Agility Novice (Ongoing)

The fun continues!   Whether you’re interested in competing or not, you and your dog will have a blast developing your agility skills.  This class will include both running full courses and doing drills to hone your skills in the ring. Classes will emphasize developing your skill level as a team and continuing to build your dog’s enthusiasm and drive.

Students completing our Great Agility program and showing proficiency on all obstacles will be placed into an ongoing Agility Novice class, based on schedule availability and the team’s best fit with the experience level of the class group. 

 

  • Successful completion of completion of Agility Fundamentals, Contacts, Teeter & Weaves 1, Teeter & Weaves 2, Jumping Skills, Intro to Handling, and proficiency on ALL agility obstacles
  • Instructor approval
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations and non-aggressive. 
  • Review the Be Ready for Group Class page and the WAGD Policies page prior to enrollment.
  • $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.

Agility Bronze, Silver and Gold Classes (Ongoing)

These class levels are geared toward competitive teams, with experienced handlers 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.

  • Instructor approval.   
  • For those with agility experience, but new to WAGD agility, contact our Head Agility Trainer, Rachel Downs with information on you, your dog and your general availability. Email her at rachel@whatagreatdog.com 
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations and non-aggressive. 
  • Review the Be Ready for Group Class page and the WAGD Policies page prior to enrollment.
  • $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.

Contact us for enrollment in ongoing classes.

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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 […]