Agility classes

Why agility? Quite frankly – because it’s fun!!!! Both Sammy and Jane have trained and competed at agility over many years with both border collies (very talented agility dogs) and rough collies (generally much harder to train and compete in agility at a reasonable level) and both do it because they love it – almost as much as the dogs do!

Agility is, by its very nature, reward based and motivational training (it is very hard to force a dog to go through a tunnel or jump over a jump!) and is about great dog/trainer relationships and bonding and brilliant body language and cues for the dogs. It can be great for energetic or reactive dogs (sometimes this will need to be one to one rather than group training) and builds a strong bond between dog and owner.

What’s not to love?! Why not give it a go?

Agility classes
 
Puppy classes (6-12months)
These classes will involve all of the foundations needed to set you up for agility! Limited equipment will be involved at this age due to the dog’s physical development. However, you don’t need equipment to start agility! Simple foundation exercises such as forward drive and getting the dog to follow you; as they would around a course in the future! These classes are all about learning new skills and bonding with your puppy!

Beginner classes (12 months +)
These classes are a little more advanced, and will involve some agility equipment, such as learning the basics of the weave poles, tunnels, jumps and the contact equipment, as well as continuing with the flatwork and foundation exercises, and then adding them onto the equipment! They are also suitable for older dogs that may have not done agility before, as they are physically developed enough to do some of the equipment. 

Intermediate classes
These classes are a continuation of the beginner classes, they will involve the equipment as well as adding in more complex handling, to really build on the skills previously learnt. These classes are suitable for dogs that have done some agility before and wish to work on these skills, and maybe even work towards competing. Dogs that already compete as novice or grade 1 – 3 are also welcome. We currently cater for dogs training or competing at grade 4 and above through one to one training.

Specialist children’s agility classes
These classes are specifically for children between the ages of 7 and 15 who are interested in learning the skills of agility with their family pet. Initially, foundation skills will be taught, along with some of the basic obedience that will be needed to start agility ie a wait. We will then progress to using some of the equipment dependent on the dog’s age and ability. This is suitable for all levels and abilities and can take children from fun agility to competition level!

Agility classes are on a Monday, Saturday and Sunday
All agility classes are £80 for 8 weeks

One to one agility
121 lessons are also available for all levels, from puppies, all the way up to dogs that are confidently competing! These will be tailored to the ability of both the dog and handler and are ideal for working on a specific training need, for example mastering the weaves. They are also ideal for reactive dogs that are unable to attend our standard agility classes.

One to one agility is by arrangement
One to one agility is £30 for an hours lesson.

 

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