May 30, 2015

Dog Agility

If this is your first time playing agility, you are in for a treat! People AND dogs love learning this sport. It’s a fun and healthy activity for both you and your dog. Beginner agility dogs will need to complete the first two levels of our Manners program, then you’ll be ready to roll! Our program is a great place for the brand new agility enthusiast to learn the ropes.

For those with agility experience, we also have world class level instruction to take your competitive game to the next level. If you don’t see a class that works for you, please contact us to be placed on the Interest List. As ring space becomes available to start new beginner groups, or fill-in existing groups, we will contact people on the interest list first. 

Checkout the Class Descriptions below or jump to the Agility Class Schedule.

Class List


 

Agility Foundation and Agility Obstacles 1 – 3

Description: This series of six-week classes will give you and your dog a great start in Dog Agility.  11015000_10153172039566694_495475894994436652_o
You’ll be on the path to running full agility courses, including all the obstacles and basic handling techniques. For those looking for a “just for fun” alternative, check out our Intro to Pupgility™.  Click here to learn the differences.

In this series of classes, you and your dog will learn the foundation behaviors needed to be successful in agility training. You’ll progressively train each of the obstacles and the basic handling moves needed to run full agility courses. Along with learning all the basics we’ll emphasize developing your dog’s love for the sport!  By the end of Agility Obstacles 3, teams will be executing long, beginner level sequences.

Note: The first week of Agility Foundations will include an assessment of whether your dog will be able to successfully progress through this series of group classes. Some dogs become overly excited by being in the big ring with other dogs who are also excited. Some dogs are fearful of this scenario or the agility obstacles. In any case, if this class isn’t the right fit for your dog, the instructor will let you know and may suggest agility privates, or a different activity.

Requirements:

    • Dogs must have completed Manners 2, be at least 8 months old, and may not be people or dog aggressive
    • Classes are designed to be taken in the order of Agility Foundations,  Agility Obstacles 1, Agility Obstacles 2, Agility Obstacles 3. After successfully completing the full series, teams will promote into an ongoing Agility Novice class.
    • This class will require some at home practice. Students should plan to obtain the required practice equipment:
      • Agility Obstacles 1 students – should have a minimum of 2 jumps for at home practice (available at WAGD or www.AffordableAgility.com)
      • Agility Obstacles 3 students- should have a set of 2×2 weave poles for at home practice (available at WAGD or www.AffordableAgility.com)

Class Fee:

      • $150 for each set of 6 session (one hour each) classes
      • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

Schedule: Click here for full agility schedule

 

Agility Novice – Advanced (Ongoing)

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Description: The fun continues! Whether you’re interested in competing or not, you and your dog will have a blast learning how to run competition level courses. Classes will emphasize developing your skill level as a team and continuing to build your dog’s enthusiasm and drive.

Requirements:

      • Dog/Handler team can perform all obstacles, may still need support on some
      • Successful completion of Agility Obstacles 3
      • Teams can negotiate short, simple courses
      • Dogs must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee:

      • $88 for each set of 4 consecutive class meetings, each one hour long
      • Review Ongoing Class Policies prior to enrolling
      • To drop the class, 1 WEEK WRITTEN NOTICE is required (please send an email to info@whatagreatdog.com)

Schedule: Click here for full agility schedule

 

Agility Special Topic Classes

We offer an assortment of special topic agility classes. The availability and requirements vary. Examples of special topic classes include Agility Skills & Drills, Fundamentals of Agility Handling, Performance Puppy Workshop, Fast & Fun, Jumping Skills, Puppy Foundations for Experienced Handlers, Contact Cures, Great Weaves, Perfecting the Basics and more. You’ll find these special topics classes on the agility schedule page.

If you are interested in a particular topic that is not on the schedule. Please shoot us an email with that information. We’ll add you to the interest list, which guides our decisions on adding classes and times.

Agility Bronze, Silver and Gold Classes (Ongoing)

These class levels are geared toward competitive teams, with experienced handlers (i.e. typically not your first agility dog) running challenging competition level courses.

Bronze: Teams should be comfortable running Advanced/Open courses. This class will cover the analysis of handling options for complex sequences and building your dog’s speed and enthusiasm. 

Silver: Teams should be ready to work Excellent / Masters level competition courses. Dogs should be actively competing to join this class. The level of course difficulty will increase to challenge you as a handler. The emphasis is on learning to make good decisions on how to execute challenging courses.

Gold: Teams should be actively competing at Masters level. Teams will be coached through the handling options needed to compete at the top level of the sport.

Requirements:

      • Instructor approval. For those with agility experience, you may schedule a private lesson (online or call our desk), or arrange a drop-in to an existing class to determine if its a good fit. To arrange a drop-in, email the specific instructor with some information on you, your dog and your general availability. She’ll get back to you with a list of any classes which have openings that are a potential fit.
        • Frisco competitive agility – jody@whatagreatdog.com
        • Richardson competitive agility – rachel@whatagreatdog.com
      • Dogs must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee:

      • $88 for each set of 4 consecutive class meetings, each one hour long
      • Review Ongoing Class Policies prior to enrolling
      • To drop the class, 1 WEEK WRITTEN NOTICE is required (please send an email to info@whatagreatdog.com)

Schedule: Click here for full agility schedule

Pupgility™

Pupgility™ is our own brand of recreational agility fun! This is our only class that doesn’t require practicing in between class sessions (Phew! That sure takes the pressure off!). Dogs will learn several of the agility obstacles including Jump, A-Frame, Dogwalk, Tire and Tunnel. Basic agility handling will also be taught. The obstacles will be kept at a lower height for safety AND you’ll have the option to skip the pesky teeter and weave poles. Because we keep all the equipment nice and low, this class is appropriate for young dogs and even senior dogs.

Both you AND your dog are going to love this program. It gives you a weekly chance to get out, get some exercise and have some fun together! This six week Intro to Pupgility™ class will introduce all the obstacles named above. We’ll also start stringing those obstacles together to create mini-courses. You’ll start out by joining an Intro to Pupgility™ class. Some teams may choose to take the Intro class multiple times. But, once you and your dog have mastered the targeted obstacles, you’ll be ready to join an Ongoing Pupgility™ group to keep the fun rolling!

Requirements:

      • To join Intro to Pupgility™ – Completion of Manners 2
      • To join Ongoing Pupgility™ – Completion of Intro to Pupgility™ or Agility Obstacles 2
      • Dogs must be 10 months or older and current on vaccinations
      • Reliable off leash recall
        • Will your pup come running when you call him from across our training ring?
        • If not, we’ll be happy to help you develop that behavior in a private lesson
      • Retired agility dogs, and those who have trained elsewhere, are welcome. Just shoot us an email (info@whatagreatdog.com) to get approval prior to the class starting.

Class Fee:

    • For Intro to Pupgility™
      • $150 for 6 weekly classes, each one hour long.
      • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.
    • For Ongoing Pupgility™
      • $88 for each set of 4 consecutive class meetings, each one hour long
      • Review Ongoing Class Policies prior to enrolling
      • To drop the class, 1 WEEK WRITTEN NOTICE is required (please send an email to info@whatagreatdog.com)

Schedule: Click here for full agility schedule