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.

Agility Classes Info

Learn the basic obedience and communication skills needed to build a better relationship with your family dog or to start competitive dog sports such as agility and rally. This class is the foundation for all future training. It will increase communication and awareness between your dog and you. Some of the skills we will cover include attention, some off leash control, ability to work around other dogs as well as people and distractions, drive and motivation, confidence and basic obedience such as sit, down, stay and come. We will train or improve basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, come and no jumping. Other topics covered include: heel and side position, toy drive, and motivation. The focus of the class is on improving manners, gaining skills, and increasing confidence to build a more enjoyable relationship and become an effective team. This class is a prerequisite to Intro to Agility as well as a great prelude to other obedience classes.

In Introduction to Agility: Core Skills, dogs will be introduced to many of the obstacles in agility such as jumps and tunnels, 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.

In Introduction to Agility: Contacts and Weaves, the dog will learn how to negotiate the contact equipment with confidence (dogwalk, A-frame, teeter). The correct end position for the contact equipment will be introduced and shaped. Beginning success in the weave poles, one of the most challenging agility obstacles, will be an important aspect of the class.

(Prerequisite- Focus Foundation, or similar obedience class)

(Prerequisite- Focus Foundation, or Puppy II, or Obedience I)

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.

Each session a different course is set up so you can practice your handling skills. Do the entire course or work on a section at a time. This is a great opportunity to polish up your skills in preparation for showing or to give you a new place to work your dog. We will have a novice course nested with an excellent course.

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.

Agility Training Classes

Intro to Agility (Levels 1A & 1B)
Intro to Agility (Levels 1A & 1B)
Age one year and up
Class size 7
$145.00
Beginning Agility  (Level 2)
Beginning Agility (Level 2)
Age N/A
Class size 7
$140.00
Novice Agility (Level 3)
Novice Agility (Level 3)
Age 1 year and up
Class size 7
$140.00
Intermediate Agility(Level 4)
Intermediate Agility(Level 4)
Age one year and up
Class size 7
$125.00
Advanced Agility Handling & Skills (Level 5)
Advanced Agility Handling & Skills (Level 5)
Age 1 yr and up
Class size 7
$125.00
Beyond Excellent – Masters/International Handling ( Level 6 )
Beyond Excellent – Masters/International Handling ( Level 6 )
Age one year and up
Class size 8
$140.00
Agility Fun Runs
Agility Fun Runs
Age
Class size
$ p/h
Puppy/Adolescent Agility Fun!
Puppy/Adolescent Agility Fun!
Age 5 mo- 1 yr
Class size 7
$145.00
Puppy/Adolescent Agility 2
Puppy/Adolescent Agility 2
Age 5 mos to 1 yr
Class size 7
$140.00
Puppy/Adolescent Agility 3
Puppy/Adolescent Agility 3
Age up to a year
Class size 7
$140.00
Private Lessons and Consultations
Private Lessons and Consultations
Age
Class size
$ p/h