Dog Agility Classes


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Intro to Agility

We will introduce the dogs to all of the obstacles used in dog agility. This class is appropriate for dogs 10 months and older. All equipment will be low.
Prerequisite: A formal obedience class

Duration: 3 Weeks ~ Fee: $50

 

Contacts and Weaves

This class is for dogs and puppies 11 months and older. We will teach the dogs a behavior to perform on the contact obstacles. We will also start the dogs weaving.
Prerequisite: Dogs must have taken an Intro to Agility class
You will need: A contact board (having a training set of weave poles is recommended). Ann Embry with Zippydogs can make you the equipment very affordably (25zippydogs@gmail.com)

Duration: 5 Weeks ~ Fee: $80

 

Jumping and Flatwork

For dogs and puppies 11 months and older. We will teach the dogs a formal jumping program via the Linda Mecklenburg method. We will also teach the dogs flatwork (all of the turns we use in agility 'on the flat').
Prerequisite: Dogs must have taken an Intro to Agility class

You will need: Linda Mecklenburg's book Mastering Jumping Skills (can get it at www.cleanrun.com) and 2 jumps. Ann Embry with Zippydogs can make you the equipment very affordably (25zippydogs@gmail.com)

Duration: 5 Weeks ~ Fee: $80

 

Pre-Novice Handling

This class is for teams currently running at the Pre-Novice to Novice level. Exercises will be of the *Novice* level.  We will be learning and practicing all of the handling skills needed in agility. We will do this through working on sequences designed to perfect handling skills through successful repetition, with a different focus each night.  We will also be proofing contacts, learning weave poles, and occasionally working on full length Novice level courses. 

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Novice Handling

This class is for teams currently running at the Novice level. Exercises will be of the *Novice and Open* level.  We will be learning and practicing all of the handling skills needed in agility. We will do this through working on sequences designed to perfect handling skills through successful repetition, with a different focus each night.  We will also occasionally work on full length Novice and Open level courses.

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Open Handling

This class is for teams currently running at the Open level. Exercises will be of the *Open and Excellent* level. This class will delve into the different handling strategies and what works best for your team. We will be tidying up your handling and working on exercises with a different focus each night. We will also occasionally work on full length Open and Masters level courses. 

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Excellent Handling

This class is for teams currently running at the Excellent level. This class will delve into the different handling strategies and what works best for your team. We will cover the whys and hows of handling, lead changes, crossing, obstacle discriminations, etc.  We will be tidying up your handling and working on exercises with a different focus each night. We will also occasionally work on full length Masters level courses.

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Masters Handling

This class is for teams currently running at the Masters level - teams working on their agility championship title. This class is for teams who are already handling smoothly and who are proficient in all of the different handling strategies. We will be running exercises that will push you beyond your comfort level in order to improve your confidence in your handling skills. We will also occasionally work on full length Masters level courses and occasionally International-style exercises. 

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

advanced distance handling

This class is for teams at the Open through Masters level. This class will be working on sequences with distance challenges to help you master the FAST and Jackpot classes in AKC and CPE.  Some distance skills that will be covered are outs, go's, dogs flipping away at a distance, layering and more!

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

beginner distance handling

We'll be teaching your dog to work away from you, laterally and linearly.  Teaching out, go, and layering skills to dogs NEW to distance.  Except for weave poles, all obstacles need to be trained and dog needs to be proficiently doing them at full height.  NO remedial obstacle skills will be covered.

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Advanced Coursework

This class is for teams at the Open thru Masters level. This class will be working on Excellent level coursework with the intention of running 3-4 courses per night. We will not be covering new skills, but you will practice applying the skills you already have

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $45

 

International Sequencing and Coursework

This class is for teams at the Excellent and Masters level. This class will be working on International-style sequences and full length courses, with the intention of running 4-6 exercises per night. Come try your hand at applying the skills you have on International exercises.  Light on instruction and heavy on equipment time and challenges!

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $45

 

CPE Skills

A class focusing on the skills needed to be successful in CPE.  We will run Standard, Jumpers and games courses and work on handling skills.

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

just for fun agility - starts january 7 @ 8:00 pm

Prerequisites - none, but no aggressive dogs allowed. If you want your dog to get some exercise and have some fun at the same time, this class is for you! We’ll introduce some of the agility equipment adding fun and learn some challenging games to help your dog with confidence and boredom! Instructor: Marilyn Donlon Gormley

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

Teeter troubleshooting

Troubleshooting performance issues with the teeter. Will work on helping dogs with fears of the motion, sound, height, and problems bailing. We will also work on teaching dogs to drive to the end to ride it down and to improve teeter speed performance. This class has homework and will require access to a Buja board and teeter either at home or at AQ4U with a membership.  Instructor is Stacey Breckel

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

jump grids

We will help your dog learn how to properly use their bodies to jump.  Breaking down each component that a dog needs to understand to jump effectively, and as a result will create better confidence, more thoughtful jumping and more speed.  Appropriate for all ages (we'll use jump bumps in place of bars for younger puppies.)   Instructor is Stacey Breckel

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

european turns

One Mind Dogs inspired course that is designed to help handlers and dogs learn to understand and execute the different European turns.  These are benefitical on Masters Challenge, Premier, and International Sweepstakes courses and can also be used on regular agility courses.  Each week, 2-3 skills will be taught and then practiced in a short sequence.  We will break down and study each element of the turn to learn to properly execute them.    Instructor is Stacey Breckel

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

overcoming trial stress

Will benefit dogs who stress in the ring at trials or young or green dogs whose handlers wish to teach to handling trialing from the get-go. This class will have homework. Dogs working to compete in any dog sport can benefit from this class.  Instructor is Stacey Breckel

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

 

weave pole troubleshooting

Troubleshooting performance issues with the weave poles, including help with entries, popped poles, speed, independence, proofing and getting started/finished up training the weave poles. Class will have homework and you'll need access to weave poles. Instructor is Stacey Breckel

Duration: 4 Weeks ~ Fee: $65

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