GROUP DOG AGILITY CLASSES

 

What is Basic Agility Class

Agility is easy to do, and almost every dog can learn!

Partners BASIC AGILITY program is a FUN RELAXED training program.
It is open to ALL breeds, ALL sizes of dogs, and ALL ages (minimum 6 months)
All Basic Agility classes will run classes ON-LEASH.
In Basic Agility your dog will learn various obstacles such as Jumps, Tunnels, A-frame, Hoop, Collapsible tunnel, Dog Walk, Weave poles and the Teeter.

 

▶ Basic Agility class teaches you and your dog the basics of manners, respect and socialization.

▶ You will learn how to teach your dog to walk and run at your side.

▶ You will learn to teach your dog run an agility course

▶ You will learn the basics of pet ownership.

▶ You will learn how to recognize and address basic problems.

▶ You will learn how to handle your dog around other dogs.

▶ You will learn how to understand your dogs behavior.

 

How do Group Classes work

▶ You attend class with your dog.

▶ You will be taught by an instructor, and normally at least one assistant-instructor.

▶ Classes are held at our training facility, and are once per week. (Exceptions sometimes apply)

▶ Handlers (you) are required to train their own dogs, as this is a group class

▶ Instructors and assistants are not able to work individually or privately with students during class

▶ If you need to work privately with your instructor, you are welcome to schedule a session with them

 

Training Curriculum

▶ We will provide you with a training curriculum of your course

▶ This will cover Homework; Drills of the Week, Tips on Training and other information

▶ It will also include some Free Dog Training Tips

▶ Each week you will receive the next weeks schedule

 

Obstacles covered in Basic Dog Agility group class

▶ Jumps

▶ Tunnels

▶ A-frame

▶ Hoop

▶ Collapsible tunnel

▶ Dog Walk

▶ Weave poles

▶ Teeter

 

Class Sizes

▶ Most classes have eight to ten students.

▶ Some of the more advanced classes may have up to 12 students

▶ There will generally be additional assistant instructors to help out.

 

Prerequisites

▶ Your dog MUST be under basic control

▶ No aggressive dogs are permitted in agility classes

▶ Your dog must be able to walk on a leash

(If you have behavioral issues, such as aggression, leash problems, etc, you can work privately with a trainer)

 

Competitive Dog Agility Training

▶ A number of our instructors compete in serious competition agility

▶ However, our BASIC AGILITY program is a fun based, social agility program - it is NOT competitive!

▶ You will still learn how to control and run your dog for agility; it will just be more relaxed.

▶ After you complete Basic Agility (Level 1) you attend Level 2 Agility, which is more advanced, but still a "fun" class.

▶ Our Level 3 Course "NOVICE AGILITY" is for people who want to be more serious

▶ And if you want to compete in Agility Trials, then join our Level 4 classes - call for details

 

Basic Dog Agility Group Class does NOT

▶ Basic Agility Group Class does not address aggression issues

▶ Basic Agility does not address serious behavioral issues

▶ Basic Agility does not include personal individual attention. It is a group class, not private lessons.

▶ If you need personal attention, please make an appointment to work with your instructor.

 

What if my dog doesn't get along with other dogs.

▶ One of the requirements for all Group Classes is that your dog MUST get along with other dogs.

▶ If you are having dog aggression issues, then sign up for Resident Camp or a Private Lesson

▶ These are better suited to the individual attention your dog needs.

▶ It will also allow us to properly evaluate and treat your issue.

▶ If your dog behaves aggressively towards other dogs in Group Class, you may be asked to leave.

▶ We would prefer this did not happen, so please talk to us if you have any questions.

 

Equipment

▶ You will only need a leash and collar to start.

▶ Please don't purchase anything additional until you have chatted with us.

▶ We will gladly guide you in what you need to train.

 

What do I need to bring to class

▶ For your first class, bring a leash and a collar.

▶ Your instructor discuss various options for equipment.

▶ We also suggest a dog water container, treats and a chair for spectators.

 

Can children train (or attend) classes

▶ We encourage kids to participate in training of their dogs

▶ Most of the instructors have been training since childhood, so this is important to us.

▶ We do have some important limitations:

▶ We define children to be anyone under 18 years of age

▶ Children participating in class should to be at least 8 years of age (Instructors can approve younger kids)

▶ Children need to be behaved, cooperative, willing and happy to be in class - no pressure from parents!

▶ Parents MUST be PRESENT at all times during class

▶ Parents can NOT drop their kids off and disappear (sorry) If you do, your child will not be allowed in class

▶ Finally, parents MUST READ this article on prey drive

 

Duration of Course

▶ Group Dog Agility Classes are eight (8) week course, of one lesson per week

▶ Classes are generally 55 minutes in duration

 

What if I miss a class

▶ We will make every effort to fit you into another class of there is one available.

▶ Missing one class is normally not a problem, and you should be able to catch up.

 

What does Agility Cost

 

 

 

Weather Cancellation (WEATHER LINE 480 595 6700 Option 5)

▶ If the weather is poor, we will cancel class.

▶ While we try and contact students, sometimes this is not practical.

▶ Please call the school ONE HOUR BEFORE CLASS. Our number is 480 595 6700, and select Option 5 (weather line)

▶ There will be a message that will state: (a) CLASSES ARE GOING AHEAD or (b) CLASSES ARE CANCELLED

▶ We make a final decision at least one hour before class on the weather.

▶ Remember we may cancel class for heat warnings, freeze warnings or for excessive rain.