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. 


Classes require a minimum number of participants; otherwise classes may be cancelled or combined.


Beginner 1

The handler and dog will learn the building blocks of agility, building good connection and communication. The handler will learn how to use rewards, markers and cues. The dog will learn to focus and follow the handler and to perform jumps and tunnels.

At the end of the class, the team will be able to perform a sequence of 5-6 jumps and tunnels at speed without interruption.

Pre-requisites:

  • Dog should have some basic obedience commands - sit, stay, come.
  • Both the dog and handler must be willing to work together.
  • The handler should be able to play with the dog.

Beginner 2

The team will build a stronger working relationship and start to learn contacts and weaves, and basic handling techniques.

At the end of the class, the team will be able to perform a sequence of 8-10 obstacles at speed including at least one side change, with full height contacts. The teeter will not be included in the obstacles. Work will continue at the next level on weaves, the teeter, and contacts.

Pre-requisites:

  • The team is able to perform a sequence of 5-6 jumps and tunnels at speed without significant loss of focus.  
  • The handler knows how to use rewards, markers, and basic cues.

Intermediate

The handler will

  • learn to apply basic handling techniques concentrating on the three basic crosses: front, rear and blind, and when and how to use them.
  • learn to direct the dog through different sequences using the techniques shown in Beginners.
  • continue to build the dog’s confidence and a strong relationship working relationship.
  • learn to determine criteria performance for their team. This includes identifying strengths and weaknesses. The handler will learn how to build on strengths and compensate for weaknesses.
  • improve obstacle performance and add some distance. Work will continue on weaves, teeter and contacts.
  • be introduced to AAC rules.

Pre-requisites:

  • The team is able to perform a sequence of 8-10 obstacles together at speed without interruptions including at least one side change, with full height contacts.
  • The dog has good jumping skills and can do tunnels with confidence.

Starters

This course is for teams ready or nearly ready to compete.

The handler will learn to guide the dog running on a relatively flowing, straightforward course, with typical starter challenges (e.g. discrimination, change of direction, distance).  The handler will continue to work on cues and managing the dog’s path. The handler will continue to strengthen the dog’s obstacle focus and work on a balance between obstacle and handler focus.

Prerequisite:

  • Dogs should be comfortable on most of the obstacles and have a good enough focus on handler.

Advanced

This course if for teams that have proven themselves through competition at the starters level.

This class provides as introduction to course planning. The team will learn to handle advanced level challenges like obstacle discrimination, traps, pull-throughs, and blind obstacles through various handling techniques. The handler will learn how to support the dog at a distance and which techniques are better for their team considering the challenge and the path.

Pre-requisites:

  • Dogs should be competent on all obstacles including teeter and weaves.
  • Experience in competition is desirable and the dog may have a starter title or 3 starters qualifications (Qs). Clean runs at K-9 Kup or fun matches may be acceptable.

Masters

This course is for experienced teams that have had success competing at the Advanced level and have at least started to compete at masters level.

Course planning, master challenges, commitment and timing are some of the issues that will be addressed

Pre-requisites:

  • Teams should be confident and be able to plan for working on areas of difficulty with help.
  • The team should have an Advanced title or 4 Advanced Q’s and be competing at the master level. Exceptions will be made for dogs with agility titles from other associations and possibly for teams that demonstrate to the instructor’s satisfaction an equivalent level of performance.