Dog agility began in England in 1978 and is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the United States. Handlers direct their dogs through a timed obstacle course, which includes jumps, tunnels, a see-saw, weave poles and more. It’s a great way to further strengthen the bond between you and your dog. And it’s almost as much fun to watch as it is to play.
FOR ALL REGULAR AGILITY CLASSES
Sessions run for 6 consecutive weeks. Classes are of 55 minutes duration.
$120 per first dog / handler team registered in classes.
$100 for each subsequent dog registered with the same handler in classes.
Our Registration Form (PDF)
Payment must be received before week 1 of each session.
We are sorry but there can be no refunds for missed classes.
(For further details, please see our Class Payment policy on the Policies page of this website or in the New Student’s welcome pack.)
**Important note / pre-requisite: Before enrolling in any of our agility classes, all students must have attended our “Basic Manners” class or have taken one or more private lessons with either Lynne or Karen for assessment purposes.
Our agility classes run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 students in the class. In the event that any of our classes is full, a wait list will be maintained. Private lessons are also available.
Introduction to Agility – Agility Framework
Foundation Agility Skills are taught through a series of private lessons to ensure that you and your dog have the best possible start and can acquire all the necessary skills safely and thoroughly.
You can begin with a one hour assessment lesson costing $80.
Then, if you are ready to proceed, packages of 4 private lessons may be purchased. A 10% discount will apply to packages of 4 lessons that are pre-paid and booked in advance. (These must be taken within 12 weeks of booking for best results and for discounts to apply). From time to time, agility workshops are put on where students may join together to work on specific skills in a group situation.
See details of our “Thinking Thursday” workshops where we focus on specific individual skills on a regular basis.
When possible students may be integrated into existing classes once they have reached an appropriate skill level and if space allows.
New Agility Framework classes may occasionally be scheduled if a space opens up on the regular class calendar.
Contact Lynne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 704 402 5442 for information on starting agility.
Starter / Novice Level
This class is for dogs and handlers who would like to enjoy building a strong relationship with their dog, having fun together whist learning new skills and making new friends. And handlers who would like to start competing in agility trials. (The two are not mutually exclusive!)
Your dog should be familiar with all the obstacles and may have begun to sequence a few (e.g. take 2 or 3 jumps in a row / sequence a jump, tunnel, jump etc.) You may have learned these skills in our own Agility Framework class or at some other location.
You will be introduced to a consistent method of handling and how to teach your dog to read your body and verbal cues to facilitate fun, smooth running courses. We will spend some time helping you to begin to teach your dog to weave and do contacts independently (though this will require more time than is available in class – lots of practice at home is recommended! Occasional workshops will also be available to practice these skills).
If competition is your goal, we will introduce you to agility competition rules and explain what to do at your first trial. In any case, you are sure to make friends with like-minded people and have lots of fun in this and all our other classes.
Day / Time of Starter / Novice Agility Classes
Mondays 11.15 a.m.
Mondays 6.00 p.m.
Open /Excellent / Masters Level
For handlers and dogs already competing at the Open, Excellent or Masters level in AKC or USDAA trials or their equivalent. You will receive expert coaching from ex British World Team member, Lynne Stephens to improve speed, accuracy and handling to help you negotiate even the toughest courses with confidence.
Day / Time of Open / Excellent / Masters Classes
Mondays 5.00 p.m.
Mondays 7.15 p.m.
NEW In 2018!
Watch this space and sign up for our DogLogic Newsletter for news of our “Thinking Thursdays!”
On Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. we will be teaching short 1 or 2 week sessions focussing on particular skill sets e.g. Distance / Weaves / Contacts / Tunnel Fun / Wrap and Run / discrimination / verbal cues / shaping and more.
Some Thursday sessions may be devoted to lecture / demo / discussion on a variety of topics relevant to your agility and general training. Others will be of a purely practical nature.
Cost of Thinking Thursdays:
– Single evening sessions – $25.
– Sessions consisting of Part 1 and 2 – $45 for both parts or $25 for one.
– Course of the Month: Once per month, weather permitting, there will be an agility “Course of the Month” set up in our outdoor
arena. Cost: $5 per run or $20 for 5 runs.
See our events calendar for dates and stay tuned to our website and Social Media in case of cancellation.