Introduces dogs and their owners to Agility jumps, tunnels, weaves, and basic handling techniques. Safety and the confidence of dogs and handlers is a priority; correct performance of obstacles is emphasized throughout the class. It is preferred that students have completed Fun-dations and are able to work safely off lead around other dogs.
Agility 102 focuses on contact Obstacles: Teeter, A-Frame, Table, and Dog Walk. Correct performance of these obstacles by dogs and handlers is taught. Completion of Agility 101 is preferred, but not required for Agility 102 as equipment from AG101 may be utilized in the class. Dogs must be able to work safely off leash around other dogs.
*Agility 101 and Agility 102 must both be taken prior to enrolling in Agility 201
Prerequisite: Completion of Agility 101 and Agility 102, or Instructor Approval Agility 201 is a continuation of Agility 101 and 102. Participants in this class will add to the skills learned in Agility 101 and 102. Teams (handler/dog) will gain confidence in the performance of all obstacles and work on skills that will prepare them for the AKC Agility Course Tests.
This class is by Invitation Only. Agility 301 prepares teams for competition in various Agility venues. The focus for this class is Handling. Students will learn/practice crosses(front, rear, blind), and try varied skills on small sequences with jumps and obstacles.
This class is by Invitation Only. Students should be actively working to compete or currently competing in Agility for this class. Agility 401 is a progression of AG301 and includes more difficult sequence challenges than those in Agility 301.
Agility Course Test (ACT) - entry level
The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry level agility event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility. It is a great way for owners to bond with their dogs and teach discipline. In addition to demonstrating their dog’s entry level skills, handlers will now learn some of the sport’s basics like how to fill out an AKC entry form, check-in at the ring, take their dog in and out of ring, handle their dog while being judged and other skills that will help them when they move on to AKC agility trials with their dog.
What is Agility?
Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit. Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles, which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws, and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time. At each trial you and your dog will race around the unique courses designed for that day. All of this is done with your dog relying solely on the cues and body language you use to direct them on course.
All breeds, including mixed breeds, can participate in Agility – from the smallest to the largest of dogs.
Make Sure the Sport of Agility Is Right for Your Dog – and You
Assess your dog’s temperament to be sure he’s right for Agility: Is he highly energetic? Does he enjoy running and responding to instruction? Does he get along well with other dogs? If so, agility could be a great fit.
But training doesn’t only involve your dog. You are critical to the process. You don’t need to be a world class sprinter to do agility with your dog. Through training and the development of good communication you and your dog can become part of the sport of Agility.
Jump Height in Regular classes:
8 Inches: For dogs 11 inches and under at the withers.
12 Inches: For dogs 14 inches and under at the withers.
16 Inches: For dogs 18 inches and under at the withers.
20 Inches: For dogs 22 inches and under at the withers.
24 Inches: For dogs over 22 inches at the withers.
Dogs may not be entered in this class if they are 22 inches and under.
24 Inch Choice: Dogs may be entered at this height at their owner’s discretion if their measurement is 22 inches and under at the withers.