Agility Class Descriptions

Pre-Sport Puppy

 

This class is for young dogs, around 6 months in age, who will have a future in agility. Class will include safe, age appropriate exercises, such as - body awareness, flat work, recalls, crate games. Handler must have prior agility experience to enroll in this class. 

Foundation Agility

 

This class is for teams that have graduated Sport Prep (or instructor approval) and are starting on their agility training journey. Whether you want to compete at the highest levels or want to do agility to have fun with your dog, this class will give you and your dog the best skills to be successful in any agility venue, at any level. Here you will learn agility from the ground up starting with foundation exercises to training and proofing each obstacle. It is normal for students to be in Foundation Agility for multiple sessions. 

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Novice Agility

 

This is for teams that are close to competing. Teams should be able to perform all obstacles (excluding weaves) and able to run 8 - 12 obstacle sequences with 2-3 side changes. The focus is on building skills for both the human (handler maneuvers) and the dog (obstacle proficiency and independence).

Intermediate Agility

 

This is for teams that are starting to compete. Teams should be able to perform all obstacles and able to run 12-18 obstacle sequences with 3 - 5 side changes. The focus is on building skills for both the human (handler maneuvers) and the dog (obstacle proficiency and independence)

Competition Agility

 

This is a handling class for teams that are running full courses (18 - 22 obstacles) with multiple side changes. Dogs must be proficient in all obstacles. This class will focus on independent obstacle performance and handler’s strategy and execution on sequences, with some skill building and drills on the side. Students should be competing at a masters level or equivalent. 

Competition Agility**

 

This is a handling class for teams that are competing at the masters level and running full courses. Dogs must be proficient with all equipment. This class focuses on masters level courses as well as USDAA Biathlon, UKI, AKC Premier challenges. This class will have a combination of courses to challenge the handlers execution and skills/drills to improve the dogs understanding in sequences. 

Competition/International Agility

 

This is a handling class for teams that are competing at the masters level and running full courses. Dogs must be proficient with all equipment. This class focuses on masters and international level courses as well as USDAA Biathlon, UKI, AKC Premier challenges. This class will have a combination of courses to challenge the handlers execution and international/Biathlon/UKI based skills/drills to improve the dogs understanding when navigating challenging courses. 

** Prerequisites for agility training - a sit stay, off leash control around other dogs, and the dog should be food or toy motivated. In addition, there are two PREREQUISITES to foundation agility. The first is Performance Manners and followed by Beyond Basics - Sports Prep. **