Any dog that has never participated in agility will always start in Beginner class regardless of age. For dogs that have previous agility training, please contact the class registrar, Marcia, for advice on the appropriate class. If you are enrolled in a class at the incorrect level, the instructor reserves the right to move you to a more suitable class.
Beginner Class – will include: Introduction to all equipment. Fundamental dog and handler skills. Short, simple sequences. Obedience skills as needed. By the end of the session dogs should be confidently performing all the equipment at some level. The 1 hour class will have either 6 or 8 dogs depending on the number of instructors.
Advanced Beginner – Dogs should have been introduced to all pieces of equipment and are comfortable with most of them, though not necessarily at full height. Seesaw may still need assistance and weave poles are still being taught. Dogs should be able to stay with the handler for short sequences off leash. This class will develop equipment fluency (dogs), handling and teamwork “building block” skills and work on longer sequences. Dogs with overall confidence or motivation issues should stay in the Beginner class for another session. The Advanced Beginner class will be repeated until the dog meets the standards required for the next level. No dog will be able to progress to the next level without a reliable recall.
Intermediate I –. Dogs should be fluent on all equipment – may still need work on weaves but the dog should be working in a channel or tilted poles. Dogs must to be able to work sequences completely off-leash. They must also have a reliable recall. This is a “pre-competition” level class, regardless of whether or not the teams intend to compete. This class will continue to build teamwork and enable handlers to develop basic handling and course strategy skills.
Intermediate 2 – For dogs competing in Novice or able to successfully run a Novice-level course. There should be no major equipment issues at this level.
Competition – For dogs competing in Excellent or able to successfully run an Excellent/Elite/Masters level course.
Distance – For dogs familiar with basic sends (Novice FAST, Gamblers, Chances, lower level Jackpot). Will focus on increasing distance to get dogs ready for upper-level distance challenges and using distance to increase speed in regular classes.