How do I start Agility?
If you want to get started in Agility, our Agility Foundations is THE place to start!
In Agility Foundations the dogs will learn things like tunnels, jumps, the table, wobble board, tire jump, A-Frame and Dog-Walk, and many other foundation skills required to advance in agility, from the ground up. We will focus on fun, safe, and proper training on agility equipment to maximize your dog’s enthusiasm, confidence and understanding of agility, as well as correct and motivating dog handling by the owners.
It is all about FUN though! Learning will be through positive reinforcement, and games. Whether you just want to take a fun, active class with your dog, or if you are keen to start your future agility competitor, all are welcome in Foundations Class.
After successful completion of Agility Foundations, you and your pup will be ready to move into Starters 1! In Starters 1 we continue building upon those foundation skills and add the start of weave pole training too!
As you advance through class levels we continue adding more skills and building upon the ones learnt in Agility Foundations. All while having a ton of FUN!
1. Dogs must be at least 8 months old.
2. Dogs MUST have completed a group class (anywhere) prior to registering for this class.
If your dog has not taken group classes anywhere before, we recommend you register in a less active class, such as Rally Obedience Novice 1, Tricks, or Good Manners Class to fulfill the pre-requisite and to work on your dog’s focus in a group setting and develop a good teamwork relationship with your dog!
This is a very stimulating and active class and can be exciting and distracting for dogs, so ensure that you and your dog are successful and have fun at our Agility Foundations program, we need your dog to have participated in a group class previously to learn how to work with you in a busy class environment.
Please note: if you attended fewer than 4 group classes this does not fulfill the prerequisite, as fewer than 4 classes is not considered completing a set of group classes. Nosework/ Tracking classes are not considered group classes.
My dog has good obedience already, do I still need the pre-req?
While we can appreciate some people have done a good job training their dog at home, participating in a group class is a different skill for your dog and has nothing to do with how many tricks your dog can do in your living room. The pre-requisite is required for all dogs, and is in place to set your dog up for success so you can get the most out of our Agility training program!
**UPDATE Oct 1, 2020** Our Agility Foundations classes have been extremely popular and at this time, we will only be contacting the people who have been patiently waiting a while on our email notification waitlist to register for the Fall classes. We have temporarily closed the Agility Foundations class email notification list until Dec 1, 2020. On Dec 1st, we will reopen the Agility Foundations class email notification list and there will be a link to sign up on this page.
Additional Class Information
Reactive and/or Barking Dogs:
If your dog is reactive (i.e. lunges, barks etc towards other dogs and/or people), and requires a personal bubble of space from other dogs or people, we will accommodate your dog as long as you have previously or are currently working with a positive reinforcement trainer on your dog’s reactivity, so that you are skilled at managing your dog in a group setting.
Need a trainer for this? Let us know! We are happy to help!
Please note: Agility Foundations class is very high energy! If other dogs running/barking/jumping would likely cause your dog to react or be uncomfortable, we recommend starting in a calmer class like Rally-Obedience or Good Manners before joining Agility Foundations.
If your dog barks excessively around other dogs (and cannot easily be stopped with a toy or food) we ask that you please contact us to schedule a private session before joining a group class, so that we can work on the barking before joining a more exciting group class. While we understand your dog may just be excited or nervous around the other dogs, if the dogs are constantly barking it is unfair to the students who cannot hear the instructor, and the instructor who has to try to talk over barking dogs.
Need help with this? Let us know, we’re happy to help!