Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles.
The basic foundation of obedience such as sit, down, stay, down, stay and off leash control is required and essential in the development of agility training. If you feel your dog meets these requirements without having successfully completed an Advanced Obedience course or a Beginner Agility Course, an evaluation can be scheduled for you.
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Beginner Agility is open to dogs that have not had formal agility training and have successfully completed Basic Obedience training. This is a 6-week progressive course that covers all the fundamentals of agility, along with the obstacles. All the equipment is introduced at lower training height and gradually increased based on your dog’s progress.
Positive training methods are used, with lots of fun, toys and treats. This is a progressive course and attendance of all 6 classes is required to successfully complete the course along with instructor approval. Successful completion of the beginner course allows the dog and handler to move into the Advanced Beginner Course to continue training.
Advanced Beginner Agility
Open to dogs that have completed a Beginner Agility course or equivalent. This is also a 6-week progressive course. This course is a continuation of building confidence on all obstacles while gradually building heights and difficulty while learning control off leash. Climbing skills, balance and weave poles are other aspects of this class. Positive training methods continue to be used, with lots of fun, toys and treats. This is a progressive course and attendance of all 6 classes is required to graduate. Graduation from Advanced Beginner Agility allows dog and handler to move either into a drop in basis to Advanced Beginner or onto Intermediate I level which is a drop in class. The Instructor of the course will determine the next level for you and your dog.
Open to all dogs that have completed Advanced Beginner Agility or equivalent training with Instructor approval. Topics covered include: Gaining/keeping dog focused on the game, keeping control and accuracy while working sequences.
Dogs need basic obedience skills including: reliable recall, sit, down and stay. Basic handling concepts will be introduced while working short sequences. Handlers will learn how body language affects the dog’s response and begin learning directional signals.