Getting Started with the Fun Sport of Agility

Agility Jumping

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

INTRO TO AGILITY

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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 Puppies

INTRO TO AGILITY FOR PUPPIES

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Classes provide socialization and confidence building for pups up to 2 years old. Designed to build confidence by introducing them to odd (to them!) pieces of agility equipment so they learn how to handle different situations with calm and skill. We introduce the concepts, build confidence, and coordination with balance and body awareness. Agility also builds fitness, focus, communication, burns energy, and provides you and your pup with a fun time to bond together. This will help set a good foundation for future team events. Focuses on the basics of agility appropriate for growing joints and bones. We introduce the concepts, build confidence, and coordination with balance and body awareness. Specifically designed for teams that would like to

Agility for puppies will help set a good foundation for future team events. Focuses on the basics of agility appropriate for growing joints and bones. Specifically designed for teams that would like to continue in the sport of agility whether just for fun or also for competition.The hour is broken into time spent discovering and learning new obstacles and using the puppy desire to run and chase with time spent practicing short, easy obstacle combinations, conditioning the drive and desire to follow the handler around!

Foundations

AGILITY FOUNDATIONS (Formerly Intro To Agility Part II)

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This is a skill acquisition class! Teams repeat this class until their dogs have confidence and comfort with Agility's 3 more challenging obstacles.

1 The Teeter. This class presents many games to build your dog's confidence, understanding, and comfort for making things tip and move beneath their feet.

2 The Weave Poles. This class presents many games to help the dog understand how to focus on the poles and find the correct way to get the handler to toss a treat. The games are designed to get the dog to do the poles without the handler standing over the dog to 'weave them' thru. This is called obstacle independence and is the same concept as when you show your dog a tunnel and they understand to go thru it even tho the handler does not

3 The Dog Walk. Just like people, some dogs are not comfortable with being up high on a narrow beam. Building confidence and comfort with being higher off the ground thru fun and gradual games is how we motivate the pups to feel good about it.

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. Dogs MUST be capable of spending time in a CRATE. Once dogs are using the equipment in an off leash environment, safety for all is K9JYM's goal. It also frees the handlers to learn the skills they need for this class, and gives the dogs a small break from their handlers to decompress and relax before they are UP next (like time in a DugOut for baseball players).


Below is list of currently running and upcoming classes.


Event Event Date Individual Price Capacity Register
Intro to Agility: Th 8/24/17 08-24-2017 7:45 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Th 8/24/17 08-24-2017 6:30 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Daytime Fri 8/4/17 08-04-2017 3:00 pm $160.00 8
Intro to Agility: Mo 7/31/17 07-31-2017 7:15 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Mo 7/31/17 07-31-2017 6:00 pm $160.00 8
Intro to Agility for Puppies: Daytime Tu 7/25/17 07-25-2017 4:30 pm $160.00 6
Foundations Agility: Daytime Tu 7/25/17 07-25-2017 3:15 pm $160.00 6
Intro to Agility: Daytime Tu 7/25/17 07-25-2017 2:00 pm $160.00 8
Puppy Agility: Daytime Mo 7/10/17 07-10-2017 12:45 pm $160.00 6
Intro to Agility for Puppies (10 wks - 1 yr): Daytime Mo 7/10/17 07-10-2017 11:30 am $160.00 6
Foundations Agility: Daytime We 7/5/17 07-05-2017 11:15 am $160.00 6
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
Jump Start Agility: 4 private lesson class tailored to your schedule 06-26-2017 $220.00 100
Foundations Agility: Th 6/22/17 06-22-2017 7:45 pm $160.00 8
We are no longer accepting registration for this event