Agility

Nimble. Quick. Daring.

If you're ready to turn your furry friend into Jason Bourne, agility is probably a great option to explore.  Below is the path of all agility classes to give you a glimpse of what each focuses on.

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The Track

Agility 1 Foundations - Part A

Agility 1 Foundations - Part B

Agility 2 Beginner

Intermediate Weaves and Contacts

Agility 3 Intermediate

Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience or Obedience Foundations

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 6 months

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

Part 1 of a 2-part class. This indoor class will introduce handlers and their dogs to basic agility skills and safety. The curriculum is based on shaping behaviors through the use of positive reinforcement. Activities include start line stay, body awareness and flexibility, impulse control, introduction to contact end behavior, targeting/nose touch, directions, and handling “on the flat.” Dogs will begin to interact with equipment such as wobble board, tunnel, table, and 2x2 weaves. Most work will be on lead, so dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of small, soft treats and A CRATE. Tug toy(s) highly recommended. PREREQUISITE: Beginner Obedience. Dogs should come into the class with a basic knowledge of sit, down, and come.

Prerequisite: Agility 1 Foundations - Part A

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 8 months

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

 

Part 2 of a 2-part class. This indoor class will build on the skills learned in Agility 1 Foundations Part A in teaching dog-handler teams foundational agility skills and safety. The curriculum is based on shaping behaviors through the use of positive reinforcement. Activities include start line stay, body awareness and flexibility, impulse control, introduction to contact end behavior, targeting/nose touch, directions, and handling “on the flat.” Dogs will continue to interact with equipment such as wobble board, tunnel, table, 2x2 weaves, and wing jumps (bars will be on the ground for puppies or very low for adult dogs). Dog-handler teams will begin sequencing with multiple obstacles. Dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of small, soft treats and A CRATE.

Prerequisite: Agility 1 Foundations - Part B

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 8 months

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

This class will continue to build on the skills learned in Agility Foundations. Along with proofing targeting, contact and flat work skills, the teams will begin short sequences and handling drills. While some work will be on lead, most of the course work will be off lead. Dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Please bring lots of soft treats, water, and A CRATE. Dog-handler teams should expect to repeat Agility 2 – Beginner. Dogs should do teeter and navigate 6 weave poles before moving up to Agility 3.

Prerequisite: Agility 2 Beginner

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 1 year

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

 

Weaves: The class will work around-the-clock weave entries, challenging entries, entries at speed in flow, exits (staying in the poles), crosses before and after weaves, weaving with distractions, and weave independence.

 

Contacts: The class will define exact criteria for end behavior of dog walk, a-frame, teeter, and table. We will train for full speed over obstacle into end behavior, crosses before and after obstacle, contact/tunnel discrimination, flips to the tunnel, and contact independence. Prerequisite: Agility 2

Prerequisite: Agility 2 - Weave Focus

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 1 year

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

 

The purpose of this class is to polish skills learned in Beginning Agility. Sequences, handling skills and course work will be a major portion of this class. This course will be primarily off lead, so owners must provide a crate for their dog. Dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of soft treats, A CRATE and water. Teams should expect to repeat Agility 3 – Intermediate.

Advanced Weaves & Contacts

Prerequisite: Agility 3 Intermediate 

Cost: $90

Minimum Age: 1 year

Duration: 6 weeks (1 class/week)

Weaves: The class will work around-the-clock weave entries, challenging entries, entries at speed in flow, exits (staying in the poles), crosses before and after weaves, weaving with distractions, and weave independence. Contacts: The class will define exact criteria for end behavior of dog walk, a-frame, teeter, and table. We will train for full speed over obstacle into end behavior, crosses before and after obstacle, contact/tunnel discrimination, flips to the tunnel, and contact independence. Prerequisite: Agility 2