Welcome to Agility 

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 Agility is a popular canine sport in which a handler directs a dog through a variety of obstacles such as a tunnel, teeter-totter, tire jump, weave poles, pause table, and standard jumps.

Class Prerequisite: Dogs must be at least one year old and successfully completed Pre- Agility Class.

Cost: $165

Agility training is a great way to exercise your dog and fulfill his natural instincts. One of our most popular courses and suitable for all dogs, this fun course will take you and your dog right through from the basics of agility to running a full agility courses – over hurdles, through tunnels and tyres and over contact equipment such as the A-frame and dog walk

Here are the four main benefits of agility training for your dog and why you should try it.

1. Agility will fulfill your dog’s natural instincts

In the wild, dogs are natural hunters, chasing and running after a variety of prey. While in pursuit of food, dogs must often follow rabbits and foxes through a forest and navigate though a variety of barriers. Their natural instincts involve jumping over fallen logs, climbing up steep slopes, and squeezing through bushes and vegetation. Since the end goal is to catch up with prey, time is of the essence and the faster a dog runs, the better their chances of ending up with a satisfying meal. Agility courses are designed to mimic these types of natural scenarios and fulfill the hunting and chasing desires of your dog.

2. Agility is great exercise for your dog

Agility is a great way to get rid of your dog’s excess energy. Running through a course that involves passing over and through a variety of obstacles will challenge your dog’s mind and body. Involving your dog in agility will help to strengthen his muscles, improve coordination, keep him fit, and increase endurance.

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3. Agility will help you get in shape, too!

As the handler, you will be running alongside your dog, and assisting him with soaring over jumps, weaving through poles, and crawling out of collapsed tunnels. While you and your dog compete to swiftly finish the course, you will be treated to a heart-healthy cardiovascular workout.

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4. Agility helps strengthen the bond between you and your dog

Agility courses are set up so that dogs would not be able to complete them without the help of the handler. As the dog must rely on the verbal and hand instructions from the handler in order to navigate the course, the trust between owner and dog will be increased. Helping your dog to pass through agility obstacles will help reinforce basic obedience commands, improve dog/owner communication, and ultimately help to improve your dog’s behavior outside of the agility course

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Benefits of agility training:

Much needed exercise which is a basic need of every dog:Your dog gets a great workout, building strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness.

An improved bond between you and your dog:

Leading to a better all round relationship as you learn to work together and negotiate the obstacles.  You learn how to communicate and read each other’s signals and best of all you’re outdoors and having a good time together

Agility burns of energy and addresses boredom

This leads to a reduction in destructive behaviors around the home and even helps address some forms of aggression

An increase in confidence and self esteem

Agility is really good for nervous and anxious dogs to build up confidence in their own ability and their trust in you

Sharpens the dogs mind

Your dog has to do a lot of thinking and gets great mental stimulation, increasing awareness and alertness.

Better basic obedience

With the ability to follow instruction and increased trust and confidence

Perfect outlet for working, high energy and active breeds

And not only them, its great fun for any healthy dog that takes to it (and most do!)

Plus increased fitness, flexibility and stamina for owners!  Few people give up agility once they’ve started – what better way to get in shape!

Class Schedule: To Be Announced 

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Advanced Beginners Agility (Level 2)

For those who wish to take agility to the next level we offers advanced agility course  to increase your skills.

Class Schedule: To be announced

In Beginners Agility, you and your dog established the foundation work necessary to be a successful agility team.  You and your dog have decided agility is going to be lots of fun, so let’s go on to high school.

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Handler & Dog Skills:

  • Obstacle sequencing (negotiating a series of obstacles)
  • Body language
  • Verbal cues
  • Determining where to put a front or rear cross                                
  • Finding the most efficient path for your dog
  • Handling

After completing both Beginners and Advanced Beginners Agility, teams move to Level 3 (college!) and continue to progress to each higher level (Level 4 through Level 6) based on their handling skills, teamwork, and space availability at the next level.  All training continues to be positive with emphasis on teamwork and having fun.

 

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Handler & Dog Skills:

  • Using body language to direct your dog                                                     
  • When to use verbal cues
  • How and when to do front & rear crosses
  • Proper footwork for positional cues
  • Decision-making to develop the best course strategy
  • Finding the most efficient path for your dog
  • Finding and working the dog’s line
  • Obstacle discrimination
  • Lead-outs and lead-out pivots                                                             
  • Straight lines vs. turns
  • Serpentines and threadles
  • 180’s and 270’s
  • Push-thrus
  •  Working your dog from a distance
  •  Acceleration and deceleration

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Class Structure:

.Most agility classes are split into two groups of students and dogs, and both instructors have an opportunity to work with each group during the class (classes average 90 minutes in length).  This teaching plan allows each student/dog team generous practice time on the agility equipment (5 or 6 sequences per class), as well as more individualized attention from the instructors.

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Class Fees$165  for 6 week session

Consecutive classes, paid prior to or at the first class attended.

All classes meet once a week for approximately 6o to 7o minutes

All handlers wanting to do 3 or more classes- the fee is discounted to $100

Dogs need to be in good physical condition conducive to agility training.  Instructors will help make recommendations for the health and well-being of each individual dog.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your class is to begin.  This gives you time to potty your dog and be ready for the start of your class

If there is a dog with special needs, like an ARF dog (aggressive, reactive or fearful), we highly recommend private lessons or enrolling in our classes to assist with behavioral issues to help set the dog up for success before enrolling in classes.

Class Schedule: To Be Announced