Foundations of Agility Handling

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Class Time: 7:15 PM
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier B
Class Day/Location: Wednesdays/Versa Dog Sports
Class Session: 2024 Session 2

Do you want to keep your dog fit and mentally stimulated while also challenging yourself? If so, then Dog Agility is the sport for you! Dog Agility is a sport where the handler (you) directs the dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit. In Foundations of Agility Handling, both dog and handler will learn basic turns on the flat, on jumps, and with tunnels. This is a Tier B class, and dogs are expected to have passed ALL Tier A classes prior to enrolling in this class. A reliable recall (come cue) is a necessity for all dogs who enroll in this class.  Handlers will need to bring a crate to class for their dog.

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

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.