Agility Classes

What is Agility Training?

Well, it’s about the most fun a dog and owner can have together! In the sport of agility, the handler has a limited amount of time to get their dog to safely navigate a set of obstacles in a predetermined order. The obstacles can include jumps, tunnels, a chute, weave poles, A-frame, dog walk, teeter-totter, and more! The dog must safely complete the obstacles in a specific order and within the time limit.

Success in agility requires proper training, as it is a game of physical skill, control, patience and, most of all, teamwork between handler and dog. Agility is a race against the clock, but accuracy is the first requirement.

Our philosophy is that a great agility team is built upon a solid foundation of basic skills. Using positive training techniques and emphasizing play, we take time at the start of your agility career to build these skills. Once the basic foundation skills are in place, we move on to equipment and handling skills. Overlaying all this is our desire to help you build a great relationship with your dog, where YOU will be the ultimate reward and agility becomes the ultimate game your dog can play with you.

How Do I Sign Up for Agility Classes?

If you’re interested in having your dog join us for an Agility Class, please contact us at 561-427-6700 or send us an email at info@luckydogtrainingclub.com. Our sales staff will be happy to talk through any additional questions and get you signed up!

Agility Classes Info

Take advantage of your puppy’s natural curiosity and abundant energy to introduce him or her to the fun sport of agility! This class will focus on some fundamentals of agility using puppy games that will utilize targeting, wobble boards, focus and basic obedience skills. Puppies will be introduced to sights, sounds, and techniques that are helpful toward building confidence without stress on baby joints. Clickers, treats and toys will be used for focus motivators. Class will help build your puppy’s confidence and strengthen your bond and partnership. The goal is to create a dog that is engaged, focused and motivated as well as one that is confident, well socialized, and eager to offer behaviors and learn.

Some goals of the class include:

  • Reliable & fast recalls, sit/down stays
  • Building drive & focus
  • Toy motivation
  • Crate games
  • Surface desensitization (things that move, make noise and are elevated; hind end awareness )
  • Introduction to some agility equipment (focusing on familiarization and confidence building initially then shifting to obstacle performance)

This class is designed for puppies 5 months to 1 year of age. The class meets one day a week for approximately one hour. Classes are limited to 7 puppies. Dogs will need to have a crate, buckle collar or gentle leader, a 6 ft. leash (nylon or leather), and lots of tiny yummy treats (don’t feed dinner before class)!

The class will focus on building a positive working relationship with your puppy using play, toys, and lots of treats.

Prerequisite: graduation from Ideal Puppy class (or similar in another school) or obedience class such as Focus Foundation; or approval from instructor or Training Director. Other puppy agility classes will follow this to continue to improve your young dog’s agility skills.

Dogs will be introduced to many of the obstacles in agility such as jumps, tunnels, contacts, and weaves in a safe and controlled manner to build your dog’s confidence and skills. Owners will be taught handling skills and footwork to best communicate with their dog teammate.

The skills needed to successfully negotiate the obstacles and the handling skills will be worked on weekly. Attention, focus, teamwork, and motivation will be practiced as the team builds confidence in an atmosphere that centers on learning skills while having fun. By the end of these classes, the dogs will have a good working knowledge of many of the obstacles and will be building up their confidence.
Prerequisite (skills needed for this class)
  • Dog and Handler must have successfully completed Focus Forward Level 2 Obedience or a similar obedience class.
  • Your dog must be able to sit, lie down, stay, and come when called outdoors and around the distraction of other dogs.
  • Your dog cannot be reactive towards dogs or people since short portions of this class may be conducted off-leash. (Your dog should be friendly or indifferent towards people and dogs.)

In this class handling skills and basic control will be improved. Students learn to give timely commands, to provide consistent and smooth body cues, and to develop teamwork with their dogs. The rest of the equipment, specifically the contact obstacles, will be taught including, a-frame, dog-walk, teeter. Different handling maneuvers such as front and rear cross, post turns, get outs, and come to side, will be taught and practiced. The dog and handler teams will continue to improve their skills and will become more proficient at simple combinations of obstacles.
(Prerequisite- Intro to Agility)

Novice Agility continues where Beginner left off. We will continue to develop teamwork and increase handling skills. Sequencing is performed off lead, therefore, your dog also must be able to sit, stay, down, and come on command, off lead. Handlers also develop the ability to switch smoothly from handling their dogs off one side to handling off the other in the middle of a sequence using front and rear crosses. The different come to side maneuvers will be practiced using obstacles. Dogs will be taught to move ahead and switch as needed from handler to obstacle focus. We will work more off leash doing short sequences of obstacles. Handling and agility skills such as front and rear crosses, serpentines, 270s, get outs and threadles will be worked on to gain comfort and confidence.

This class is designed to advance your skills and to prepare you and your dog for competition, if desired. The dogs must be reliable off leash and under good control. Handling skills and combinations will be emphasized. Obstacle skills and team communication will continue to be improved and strengthened, as will speed and reliablility. Distance performance will be improved and longer sequences will be done to work on specific skills to better the performance of the dog and handler. Contact equipment performance will be practiced and improved including two-on-two-off and/or running contacts.

The theme of these sessions will vary and the classes will teach a variety of different skills and handling maneuvers. Some topics may include distance work, perfecting weaves or contacts, improvement of rear and front crosses, obstacle discrimination, distance work, etc. Competition courses will be set up for a variety of handling challenges. Learning how to walk a course and figure out how to best run it will be emphasized. You will be faced with and learn to handle all of the challenges seen in competition and gain confidence, speed, distance, and polish.

The theme of these sessions will vary and the classes will teach a variety of different skills and handling maneuvers. Some topics may include distance work, perfecting weaves or contacts, improvement of rear and front crosses, obstacle discrimination, distance work, etc. Competition courses will be set up for a variety of handling challenges. Learning how to walk a course and figure out how to best run it will be emphasized. You will be faced with and learn to handle all of the challenges seen in competition and gain confidence, speed, distance, and polish.