Agility Workshops

Take advantage of these bite-sized sessions for great ideas and mentored practice on a specific skill. Minimum registration of at least 3 students required for each workshop to go forward, so if you are interested be sure to sign up in advance. All workshops $40.

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December 3rd, Saturday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Do you have a dog that stresses up or checks out in training? Or are you just interested in a way to make your training more efficient, clear, and enjoyable for your dog? In this workshop you will learn how to use a variety of reinforcement strategies to help you more quickly and easily train agility behaviors such as obstacle independence, handler focus, reliable contacts, or fast, accurate weaves. The topics covered will include location specific markers, training loops, engagement protocols, and more! You will learn how to train these different reinforcement strategies from the ground up, so this workshop is perfect for brand new teams or experienced teams that are looking to troubleshoot their training. Puppies as young as 4 months old are welcome!!

Reinforcement Skills for Agility

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December 4th, Sunday:

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you new to the world of dog sports or curious if agility might be a good fit for you and your dog? Come try it out! In this workshop you will be able to explore what dog agility is all about! Dogs will be (safely) introduced to various types of equipment and play games designed to teach foundational agility skills. By the end of this workshop you will know if agility is the sport for you!

Intro to Agility!

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December 3rd, Saturday:

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

In this workshop you will learn a variety of tricks and games to develop the foundation behaviors needed for stellar stopped contacts! The topics covered will include how to teach a clear understanding of the end behavior (4on or 2o2o), how to create speed and motivation to drive to the end of the contact, how to develop impulse control so your dog does not early release, ways you can improve your dog's body awareness and confidence on the equipment, and more! This workshop is perfect for new dogs just starting out in agility as well as dogs whose contact performance you'd like to improve. Since we will not be working on the full height contact equipment, puppies as young as 6 months old are welcome!!

Stopped Contact Foundation

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January 6th, Friday:

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

This workshop will focus on the skills teams need to be successful competing on novice to intermediate level courses. The topics covered will include course analysis, course walking, the timing and execution of trained skills, as well as fun games you can play to help mimic the mindset you will need to have on competition day!

Intermediate/Novice Coursework: Competition Prep!

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January 7th, Saturday:

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

 

In this workshop you will learn drills and games to improve the reliability and independence of your stopped contacts! For dogs that struggle with maintaining their 4on or 2o2o when you try and add handler motion, distance, or arousal you will learn how to add these distractions systematically so that your dog can be successful. Common contact challenges will be addressed including basic layers and discriminations. This workshop is not appropriate for dogs that need to completely relearn or build their stopped contact from the ground up.

Stopped Contact Proofing

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February 26th, Sunday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

This workshop is for anyone looking to build better toy drive in their dog or troubleshoot their issues with toy play. We will use a variety of games to help teach your dog conflict-free tugging, retrieves, drops, and more! Does your dog enjoy toys, but not as much as food? Do they tug great at home but never in class? We can help with that too! Dogs of all ages and experience levels are welcome! 

Developing Toy Skills

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January 8th, Sunday:

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you new to the world of dog sports or curious if agility might be a good fit for you and your dog? Come try it out! In this workshop you will be able to explore what dog agility is all about! Dogs will be (safely) introduced to various types of equipment and play games designed to teach foundational agility skills. By the end of this workshop you will know if agility is the sport for you!

Intro to Agility!

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February 26th, Sunday

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

In this workshop you will learn a variety of drills and grids to help improve your dog's jumping. The topics covered include helping the dog learn the correct take off point for jumps, teaching them how to adjust the length of their stride between jumps, proper collection for both wraps and serpentines, building rear end strength for more powerful jumping, and more! 

Agility Foundation Skills:

All Things Jumping

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December 4th, Sunday:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

In this workshop you will learn basic course analysis and how to use the three basic crosses to handle common challenges found on novice or intermediate level courses. Teams will be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones, but the goal is ultimately to determine which handling choices are best for a particular dog and handler. There will be a big focus on the timing and execution of the three basic crosses, so if you are constantly being told "you're late!", this workshop is perfect for you!

Intermediate/Novice Handling:

Which Cross Where?

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January 7th, Saturday:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Does your dog stop and spin or run past obstacles the second you fall behind? Or are you losing time or risking an off course because of super wide turns? In this workshop you will learn how to teach your dogs physical and verbal cues for extension vs collection. We will focus on teaching dogs to independently take lines of obstacles on a single verbal cue, as well as how to train tight wraps on jumps and tunnels. 

Agility Foundation Skills:

Go!! vs Woah

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February 24th, Friday:

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Are you new to the world of dog sports or curious if agility might be a good fit for you and your dog? Come try it out! In this workshop you will be able to explore what dog agility is all about! Dogs will be (safely) introduced to various types of equipment and play games designed to teach foundational agility skills. By the end of this workshop you will know if agility is the sport for you!

Intro to Agility!