Getting Started with the Fun Sport of Agility
Agility is a FUN, strategy filled, and rather complicated team sport built on trust and communication between dog and handler.
All teams begin their education with INTRO TO AGILITY. Laying a foundation for having fun learning and discovering what the equipment is, how it is safety used, and how to have fun working with the dog so they enjoy the learning experience is key.
INTRO TO AGILITY
Instructor: See class section
In Intro to Agility you and your dog will be introduced to the agility equipment using fun and positive training techniques, with safety our highest priority. We'll begin slow and low - building upon each success, with lots of positive reinforcement for trying new things. Obstacle Courses will be VERY short with small challenges added slowly to build confidence, and repetitively condition responses to build the dog's focus and attentiveness to the handler. It has to be FUN!
EQUIPMENT: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or pinch collars or head halters); 4-6 ft leash with nothing hanging on it. LOTS of small(pea sized), soft treats
PREREQUISITE: While there is no formal prerequisite, it is helpful if your dog already has started to learn basic commands, including sit, down, stay and walk on a loose leash, but this is not absolutely required to start.
AGILITY FOUNDATIONS (Formerly Intro To Agility Part II)
This is a skill acquisition class! Teams repeat this class until their dogs have confidence/proficiency in performing the Teeter and can sucessfully complete 6 weave poles. Handlers will be learning the skills for navigating longer courses with more complex handling. Additionally, the skills learned in Intro to Agility will be refined and further conditioned, such as focus and off leash responsibility from the dog.
EQUIPMENT: Simple Flat collar (buckle or martingale) no prongs or chokers or head halters. Harnesses are also okay. Agility Tab: a short strip (4 to 8 inches) of leash material with knotted end. it provides an easy handle for grabbing an off leash dog. K9JYM has quality leather tabs made by ON LEAD available for purchase in the office. Lots of tasty small (pea sized) soft treats. Cheese is suggested for training the weave poles as the food gets tossed and having a light color makes it easy for the dogs to spot on the blue floor! If a team uses a toy well to give value in training bring it along.
PREREQUISITE: Intro to Agility- OR - Instructor Approval; Dogs need to be comfortable with the following agility equipment: going thru jump standards, tables, tunnels, tires and moving across low planks with out stepping off before the end.. Full teeter and weave poles are not necessary.