2021 Update: Classes will resume in April
2021. Private agility lessons are available weather permitting.
Agility is an exciting sport that you and your dog can participate in together. A dog agility course consists of jumps, tunnels, ramps, a see-saw, and slalom poles the dog weaves through. To be successful, your dog must complete the obstacles quickly, safely, and in the correct order. The handler's job is to run along side indicating the sequence of obstacles.
There are lots of benefits to doing agility with your dog: It's great exercise plus an opportunity to learn something new together, build your dog's confidence, and practice self control in exciting situations. Most of all, it's just plain fun!
You may choose to do agility just for the fun of it or to prepare for competition. Many handlers start agility with no intention of competing, but then the agility bug bites and they are hooked! For this reason, classes will be taught so that all teams have a solid foundation for competition.
Introduction to Agility
class is designed for dogs and handlers who are new to
agility. Join us and
discover what all the fun is about! We will introduce obstacle skills as
well as building your dog's desire to work and play with you.
Running through Tunnels, Hoops, and Chutes
Walking a plank and climbing a low A-frame
Shadow handling--teaching your dog to run with you and go where they are directed
Introduction to shaping behaviors (clicker training)
Field trip to a local agility trial
This class can and should be repeated until course goals are met. If you are doing agility for the fun and exercise, you are welcome to stay at this level.
Intermediate and Advanced Classes
Level II, Pre-Novice, Novice Skills and Drills, Novice/Open)
the Intro Agility course may progress through a series of classes to
greater challenges and to prepare for competition if desired. Dogs
must be ready to work off leash. If you have taken classes with
another agility program, please contact us to find out what level
will be the best fit for you and your dog.
Pre-requisites for all agility classes:
Obedience skills: Your dog must have completed a basic
obedience class and should readily sit, lie down, stay for 30
seconds while you are 6 feet away, and come when called when you
are in an unfamiliar place. Dogs must also be comfortable
hanging out quietly in their crates while waiting their turns.
If you need help meeting any of these goals, please send me an
email. I'll be glad to provide some suggestions.
Your dog must be physically able to perform the obstacles:
Dogs that have physical problems such as hip or elbow dysplasia,
intermittent lameness etc should not do agility. Your dog must
also be a good working weight--you must be able to feel their
ribs without probing. Please speak to your veterinarian if you
have questions about whether agility training is right for your
dog. Short nosed breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs will be better
off training just during the cooler months as they can easily
overheat during the summer.
Age: Young dogs that meet the obedience requirements above
are welcome to participate, but will be limited to lower jumps.
Small dogs must be 12 months and large breeds must be 16 months
before jumping above elbow height, doing closed weave poles, or
climbing full height contact obstacles. Senior dogs must have a
Attitude: Your dog must be tolerant of other dogs and
people. There will not be any doggy playtime or socialization
allowed during class; however, the dogs will be working near
each other and at times will be off leash, so they must be
tolerant of other dogs. If your dog gets over stimulated
watching other dogs run and play, you will need one-on-one help
to address this before joining class.