Agility Classes have resumed in 2017. Foundation level classes will later progress to higher levels.
Agility involves the dog quickly and accurately following his handler’s directions and running a sequence of obstacles such as jumps, tunnels, weaving poles and more!
If you would like to join Agility, your dog will need to have passed Basic 2 Obedience. Handlers need to have good control over their dogs as your dog will be working off lead most of the time.
The program consists of 3 levels of training:
- FOUNDATION – 4 week course
Covers the basic skills required for your dog to perform agility; Body awareness, Targeting and Circle work.
- BEGINNERS – 8 week course
Introduction to equipment; A-frame, Dog Walk, Seesaw, Weaving Poles, Jumps and Tunnels.
- AGILITY COURSE & HANDLING – Ongoing
You will walk the course with an Instructor and learn how to use your body positions & handling skills to direct your dog around the course.
As with all training, you will need to practice at home; at least two 5 minutes sessions per day on most days and preferably a little more than that. You need to treat it as a game and make sure that both you and your dog are having fun. Dogs learn best when they are enjoying themselves.
If you are interested in joining an agility class your dog must have passed Basic 2 in Obedience. If you already have done some obedience or agility elsewhere you can ask for an assessment when you join the club. The assessor will tell you if you can go straight into agility or if you need to complete some more obedience training first. When you have passed Basic 2 or received clearance from an assessor you can put your name down on the list on the table in the hall.
Benefits of Agility Training:
- Good exercise for dogs (and people!).
- Great for allowing your dog to let off steam and excess energy
- Provides much-needed mental stimulation for the backyard dog – mental stimulation is more tiring than physical work, resulting in a pleasantly pooped pooch.
- Builds physical and mental confidence in shy dogs and gives over-excited dogs focus.
- Following commands while working off-lead improves the control you have of your dog.
- Improves dog/owner relationships as a result of working together as a team.