Our beginners’ agility program, called Great Agility, is the perfect place to get started in agility. The sport of dog agility is one of the most fun and rewarding activities that a dog and handler can share together! It’s even more so when the team has the proper foundation behaviors that will make training obstacles and handling so much easier and more successful. 

Our program is made up of six different classes, which cover everything you’ll need to get started in this sport. Start with the Agility Fundamentals class. Then, the remaining classes can be taken in nearly any order (each class’s requirements are listed). You’ll be able to retake any classes you need extra time with. Once you and your dog are proficient on the skills trained in Great Agility, you’ll be ready to join one of our Ongoing Novice Agility classes. We’d love to have you and your dog join us for Great Agility!

Agility Fundamentals

Agility Fundamentals is the first class in our Great Agility program. This class gives you and your dog the very best start in this fun sport.  

Agility Fundamentals will focus on reinforcement mechanics, engagement and recalls, body awareness, flatwork for handling, foot targeting, tunnels, foundations for jumping, and much more!

  • Dog must be a minimum of 11 months of age. 
  • Dogs and their handlers must have completed Manners 1 and 2. 
  • Dog and handler teams must pass an Agility Readiness Evaluation. 
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for this class. 
  • $168 for six, 50-minute group sessions
  • Discounted make-ups are not available for this class. A private lesson may be needed if classes are missed ($50)

Contacts

All that foundation work completed in Agility Fundamentals will finally pay off in this class, when training the full height dog walk, A-frame, and table. This class focuses on training an independent and confident performance on each of the contact obstacles. 

  • Dogs and their handlers must taken and passed Agility Fundamentals (or by instructor approval). 
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for this class. 
  • $168 for six, 50-minute group sessions
  • Discounted make-ups are not available for this class. A private lesson may be needed if classes are missed ($50)

Teeter & Weaves - 1

The teeter totter and the weave poles are some of the most complicated obstacles to teach dogs to perform. That’s why we allocated 12 whole weeks to learning them! Teeter & Weaves 1 will introduce and get your pup started on learning to perform these obstacles confidently and independently.

  • Dogs and their handlers must taken and passed Agility Fundamentals (or by instructor approval). 
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for this class. 
  • $168 for six, 50-minute group sessions
  • Discounted make-ups are not available for this class. A private lesson may be needed if classes are missed ($50)

Teeter & Weaves - 2

This second installment to the Teeter and Weaves class will allow your pup to complete their training on these complicated but fun obstacles! The focus of this class will be to solidify the dog’s understanding of the obstacles and how we would like them to be performed. 

  • Dogs and their handlers must taken and passed Agility Fundamentals and Teeter & Weaves 1 (or by instructor approval). 
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for this class. 
  • $168 for six, 50-minute group sessions
  • Discounted make-ups are not available for this class. A private lesson may be needed if classes are missed ($50)

Jumping Skills

Jumps are taken more than any other obstacle in an agility course, so we’ve dedicated an entire class to teaching your pup how to jump properly, with good form and independence. This class will not only teach the dog how to take jumps in both extension and collection, but how to take all the different varieties of jumps they will encounter (broad jump, wing jump, wingless jump, panel jump, tire jump, triple jump).

  • Dogs and their handlers must taken and passed Agility Fundamentals (or by instructor approval). 
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for this class. 
  • $168 for six, 50-minute group sessions
  • Discounted make-ups are not available for this class. A private lesson may be needed if classes are missed ($50)

Your Instructors

  • Head Agility Trainer

    Rachel Downs
    Rachel Downs got started in dog training and dog sports as a young child, having been raised in a family that trained and showed dogs in conformation, obedience, and agility. Rachel spent most of her teenage years and young adulthood training and teaching lessons and classes in agility, obedience, and behavior. She taught part-time through college, where she worked to […]
  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini
    Gabi Vannini joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches agility, obedience, rally, and tricks. She is an AKC CGC and Trick evaluator. Gabi is certified in dog training through CATCH Canine Trainer’s Academy. Gabi competes with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks and herding. She has […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson
    Meagan Johnson joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks and Pet Manners group classes and privates. Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained her first dog, Twig. Twig went on to become her first competitive agility dog in 2012. She […]
  • Agility Trainer

    Ryan Shaw, CPDT-KA
    Ryan joined WAGD in May of 2011, teaching Agility and Pet Manners classes. Ryan worked in the commercial construction industry for 22 years. When she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)  in 2013, Ryan left the corporate world to pursue her dream of working with and training dogs as a full-time profession. Ryan’s utilizes positive reinforcement training methods, including […]