Based on AKC Jumpers Agility Obstacles
You have probably watched agility on television - or at demonstrations. If you would rather play than watch, get off of the couch! If you have completed basic training, come play! Basic training is necessary for an enjoyable class - the theme of the classes here are to do agility with your dog(s) at a comfortable pace.
Various types of jumps are offered including but not limited to: bars, spread, boards, the tire (hoop) and the tunnel. Surely a fun way to exercise - for you and your pup! See "Note" below regarding other agility obstacle info. In Agility #2, after pets are comfortable, a variety of courses will be offered each session.
Classes will be held at the Howell Bennet building which has A/C and a new non-tile floor! In addition, more floor space is available as items are no longer stored along the wall! To avoid disappointment, please register early as classes have minumums and maximums, thank you!
Agility #1 Prerequisite: Results O&M Two Plus with Sports! and instructor permission. This level is done on leash and introduces obstacles slowly for confidence building. We do not throw pieces of food or toys to have pets go over or into the tunnel. Nor do we use luring throughout the whole course. AS in the previous training done here, we train 'with our pups'!
Each obstacle is introduced to help your dog become comfortable performing it correctly and with confidence. Pups are not rushed through them. As previously introduced in my Results Obedience and Manners prerequisite classes, body language and foot work for you will be emphasized here in agility as well.
Please do not train ahead of the program for best Pawformance Results!. At this level, first and foremost is an enjoyable and safe time with your paws.
Agility #2 Prerequisite: Results - Pawformance O&M Three-Rally preferred (depending on you and your dog)and Pawformance Agility #1, and instructor permission. At this level, as dogs will be off leash as the training builds, your dog must display good manners when excited and must be responsive to you. It should not bark in excess nor challenge other pets. With instructor permission, pets will be doing off leash sequences and courses.
Note: These classes do not include contacts. No teeter, dog walk or A-frame obstacles and may not include weave poles.
To help ensure a safe and enjoyable class, handler must follow instructor direction. In addition, aggressive dogs are not allowed to participate and will be excused.
Dogs that mark obstacles, bark, howl, whine or urinate in excess will be excused.
For the safety of your dog, veterinarian approval is required if your dog is going to be jumping over elbow height and a signed and dated letter stating same on your veterinarian's letterhead needs to be on file here. Yearly updates are required stating your dog is sound to do agility.
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