Class Description:

The Classes below are listed from the lowest level to the highest (most experienced) level:


Each session of classes is 8 weeks in length and each class is 1 hour per week in duration for a total of 8 classes per session. Classes are run Rain or Shine. Cancelling a class is at the Instructor’s discretion and the Instructor will either schedule a make-up class on an alternate day or add a class to the end of the session of classes. 


Foundation Classes   

The Foundation Classes (Levels 1 & 2) are intended to introduce your dog to the obstacles and teach it to perform the obstacle safely and confidently.  Foundation classes will be held in a fully fenced “puppy” ring on equipment that is a smaller scale so as not to intimidate the dogs.

Prerequisites:   The prerequisites for the Foundation level are instituted to ensure the safety and health of your dog. 

  • Puppies, young dogs and adult dogs may join a Foundation Class.  Jump height will be reduced for puppies under 12 months of age and for large breed dogs under 18 months of age as it is advisable to wait until the bone plates have closed before doing jump heights of more than 6 to 10".  We recommend that large breed dog owners check with their veterinarian before starting agility prior to 18 months of age.  
  • Dogs should have some basic obedience (sit, down, come, stay). Dogs start on leash but will be taken off the leash at some point in the class and need to be responsive to their handler for everyone’s safety & enjoyment.  However, this class is held in a fully fenced field. 

Intermediate Classes   

Intermediate classes concentrate on building your dog’s confidence as well as improving your handling techniques. Intermediate will give you and your dog experience in working courses on AAC regulated equipment.  

Prerequisites:   

  • Dogs should have some basic obedience (sit, down, come, stay). Dogs start on leash but will be taken off the leash at some point in the class and need to be responsive to their handler for everyone’s safety & enjoyment.
  • Dogs must have graduated from the Foundation Classes (or equivalent), or be able to demonstrate ability on the agility obstacles sufficient to satisfy the instructor.
  • Jump height will be reduced for puppies under 12 months of age and for large breed dogs under 18 months of age as it is advisable to wait until the bone plates have closed before doing jump heights of more than 6 to 10".  We recommend that large breed owners check with their veterinarian before starting agility prior to 18 months of age.

Starters  Classes   

Starters classes concentrate on further improving your handling techniques as well as your ability to problem-solve on the course. More advanced techniques will be taught at this level.  Dogs at this level are competent on all equipment and types of courses to begin competing in sanctioned trials.

Prerequisites:   

  • Dogs must be at least 12 months of age to join a Starters Class 
  • Dogs must have either graduated from the Intermediate classes (or equivalent), or be able to demonstrate ability on the agility obstacles sufficient to satisfy the instructor

Advanced Classes   

Advanced classes concentrate on expanding the dogs' repertoire to meet the challenges of competition to aid each team to find the techniques that work best for them.   

Prerequisites:  

  • Dogs must have graduated from the Starters Class (or equivalent), or be able to demonstrate ability on the agility obstacles sufficient to satisfy the instructor.

Masters Classes   

Masters classes concentrate on individual team performance in order to adjust their techniques and produce a team able to compete at the Masters level.

Prerequisites:   

  • Dogs must have graduated from the Advanced Class (or equivalent), or be able to demonstrate ability on the agility obstacles sufficient to satisfy the instructor.
  • Dogs and handlers must have the ability to consistently work at a distance.