Beginners Agility


 

Beginners Agility

For dogs and handlers who have either not done agility before, or are not proficient over all the different pieces of equipment. The class aims to introduce you and your dog to the different pieces of agility equipment and teach you how to negotiate them safely, have fun while training your dog and improve the bond and communication between the two of you.

Level 1: An introduction to agility for you and your dog covering flatwork foundations, turns, low height obstacles: jumps, tunnels, A-frame, dog walk and weaves.

 

Level 2: This class increases the height of climbing equipment and continues to teach and practice handling skills and types of turns, jumping, tunnels, weave poles and seesaw. Handling skills are developed performing longer sequences. The focus is on keeping the dog and handler together, increasing the handler skills and the dog’s confidence over the obstacles.

 

Class size is a maximum of 4 dogs for complete beginners and the course fee is £75 every 8 weeks.

 

Private tuition sessions always available if for any reason you would like to learn the basics 1-2-1. Private tuition is £24 per hour / £15 half hour.


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Pre-requisites: Your dog must be at least 12 months old, have obedience basics (Come, Wait, Sit, Down), be reliable off lead and fit & healthy.

There are five stages in the process of learning agility:

 

  • Obedience Basics (Come, Wait, Sit, Down)
  • Groundwork training enabling you to direct your dog between obstacles and move together as a team.
  • Equipment introduction:  jumps, tunnels, seesaw, pause table, A-frame, dog walk and weaves all need individual training.  Agility equipment can be dangerous if your dog is not under control and trained to understand the requirements for each obstacle.
  • Short sequence work
  • Full course work


Although there is a logical order to the stages, the reality is that all the levels overlap and interact with each other so you are constantly working on and reinforcing things you’ve learnt so far as you introduce new things.  It’s important to progress at your dogs individual pace, young dogs particularly need an easy pace as they develop their ability to focus and build physical strength.

Please note: we train in all weathers and the arena is mown grass so please come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing!  Make sure you dog has had a chance to relieve him/herself outside the arena area first.  Bring a normal lead (i.e. not extendable) plenty of treats and a toy. Be sure to download and read the Agility Etiquette below - thank you!


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Agility Etiquette
A MUST read before your first lesson!
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