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Agility | Class Description

Class Descriptions


PUPPY FOUNDATION

This class will introduce our young puppies to the skills necessary for future agility training.  Use of the boards, targets, clickers etc will be introduced. This class is meant for the handlers who are willing to put the work into the foundation training and get their puppies started off right.

ADVANCED PUPPY FOUNDATION

Puppies will be introduced to equipment at lower heights, jumping skills and intro to weaves as appropriate for each student. Foundation skills will continue to be reinforced. This class is meant for the handlers who are willing to put the work into the foundation training and get their puppies started off right.

BEGINNERS

This class is for the true beginner who is interested in trying agility with their dogs. Dogs will be introduced to jumping, equipment and the basic handling skills. Positive motivation will be used so bring plenty of treats and a toy.

ADVANCED BEGINNERS

This class is for dogs with some previous experience on agility equipment. Dogs will continue to gain confidence on equipment using positive methods, and will learn short sequences of 2 or 3 pieces of equipment. Dogs will need off-leash control. Bring plenty of treats and a toy.

BEGINNING SEQUENCING

Now that the team has been introduced to all of the equipment, they will be introduced to short sequences to put these individual skills together. Handling strategies such as crosses will also be introduced. 

SEQUENCING

Teams should be able familiar with all equipment. Weave poles and contacts performance will be addressed. Teams will begin to perform longer sequences and put the individual skills into short courses.

PRE-NOVICE

This class is designed for the team that has been introduced and is comfortable on all agility equipment but is beginning to put together beginning sequences and explore different handling strategies.  Dogs must be doing full height equipment but can still be working on weave poles and contact behavior.

NOVICE/OPEN

This class will focus on the handling skills necessary to successfully compete at the Novice or Open level. Teams do not have to be competing, but should be able to perform on all agility equipment. Courses will be set so that dogs and handlers will be challenged at the proper level for the team. Strategies for handling the course, walking the course, crosses, where and when to do them will all be covered in this class.

OPEN

This class will address handling skills and handling options for dogs competing or preparing to compete at the open level. Weave entries will continue to be addressed along with lead-out options, crosses and other handling skills necessary for continued competition. 

EXCELLENT

This class will focus on the handling skills necessary to successfully compete at the excellent level. Teams do not have to be competing at this level, but should be able to perform on all agility equipment. Handlers should be ready to challenge themselves and their dogs in order to increase efficiency. Strategies for handling the course, walking the course, crosses, where and when to do them will all be covered in this class.

MASTERS

This class is for those dogs that are competing at the Masters level. Handlers should have earned MX and/or MXJ or equivalent in USDAA on this or another dog. Course analysis, different handling strategies and increasing ones’ efficiency on the course will be emphasized.

SKILLS AND DRILLS

Classes that focus on particular skills are sometimes offered. This might include contact behavior, speeding up weavepoles or particular skills such as handling the 270, 180 or threadles.

GAMES

Occasionally a class on games is offered to teach the rules of games or particular strategies for dealing with games such as snooker, gamblers or FAST.

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