Agility Foundations

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Class Time: 5:30 PM
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier B
Class Session: 2021 Session 3
Day/Location: Monday/Versa Dog Sports (Layton)

This class held on Mondays at Versa Dog Training in Layton!

Agility Foundations class will introduce handlers to Agility who have little or no experience in this sport. More experienced handlers wishing to strengthen fundamental skills are also welcome but we recommend agility 1/2 for those participants. This class will introduce different AKC Agility competition “classes” and obstacles presented within the sport, as well as promote good sportsmanship. Teams will work on weaves, tunnels, select contact obstacles, and small space jumping drills with the focus on one jump drills. Handlers MUST bring a crate for their dog, dogs must be crate trained . Dogs will work on leash. As the Session progresses and with instructor’s permission, dogs may work off leash if they exhibit strong recall and good basic obedience skills. Participants must have passed all Tier A classes or received approval from the training director to register without the prerequisites. All jump heights will be set low to promote safe jumping practices for beginning dogs, especially when class is held on concrete.

Additional Information

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes: CGC, FIC, and Ob I or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs. Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and crate for your dog. All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.

Class Tiers

Class Tier System

Our goal is for dog and handler teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. Before students may progress from Tier A to Tier B, we strongly recommend teams pass all Tier A level classes. For Tier B through Tier D, progression depends on student ability. * STAR Puppy * Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I). * Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II. * Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I. * Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go. * Specialty classes (conditional). We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.