FUNdamentals

DOG AGILITY is about teamwork and effective communication between you and your dog.

Since dogs don’t speak English and you don’t speak Dog…

WHAT'S THE SECRET? Great agility foundation training!

PROPER FOUNDATION TRAINING will ensure that your dog will not have gaps in his understanding. This will translate into more consistent success in negotiating an agility sequence.

 

DOG AGILITY FOUNDATION TRAINING CLASSES

Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll learn in my Dog Agility Foundation Training classes:

How to teach your fast dog self-control without diminishing drive

Motivated dogs love doing agility. They tend to only have one speed: FAST. Those dogs often have little self-control and no “stay” at the startline... (Read more)

How to motivate your slower dog

Slower dogs have not found the fun in doing agility and the big challenge is getting their motivation level up. I will teach you how to play with your dog and share with you techniques to help develop drive.

How to teach your dog to safely perform the following obstacles:

  • Jumps
  • Teeter
  • Weaves (using 2X2 method)
  • Tire
  • Tunnel
  • Chute
  • Table
  • A-frame

How to use a consistent system of agility handling

There are different systems of handling. My main inspiration these days is Justine Davenport. I believe that by staying true to one system of handling, your dogs will correctly interpret the cues you give them. Many handlers mix and match systems... (Read more)

How & when to perform various handling moves:

  • Front cross
  • Rear cross
  • Post turn
  • Serpentine
  • Pull through
  • Threadle
  • Push through
  • Send-away
  • Lead out
  • Lead out pivot

If this sounds like Greek to you, don’t worry by the end of the course not only will you know what the terms mean, you’ll know when to use the moves and how to perform them.

How to use acceleration, deceleration & positional cues effectively

Acceleration, deceleration and positional cues are used to let your dog know where they are going next on course. We will focus on one-jump, two-jump exercises and Derrett-style boxwork to develop these skills. More Greek? Relax, it will all make sense to both you and your dog. By the end of the session you and your dog will be running very short sequences.

How to avoid the most common mistake in agility training:


contact obstacle

In competition the dogs must touch the yellow painted portion at the bottom of the dogwalk, the A-Frame and the teeter. One of the biggest frustrations many agility competitors have is that their dogs have beautiful runs and then blow it by... (Read more)

 

Group Classes: Training for beginner handlers and dogs. Learn more...

Private Lessons: Need help with a certain skill? Learn more...