Agility is a fast, fun sport demonstrating the teamwork between a dog and their person. The teamwork is demonstrated on a variety of courses, inspired by some of the challenges seen in the equestrian world. The courses are made up of different obstacles: jumps, tunnels, contacts, weaves and sometimes a pause table (where the handler can catch their breath). There are different types of courses: Standard (traditional agility, using all the obstacles), Jumpers (sometimes with weaves) and various games. The dog must perform the obstacles as directing by their handler off-leash. The goal is to run the course clean and fast.
The person part of the team is responsible for training the dog to understand how to perform the obstacles cleanly. To run clean, the dog must leave the jump bars up, go through tunnels as indicated, hit the contact zones of the contact obstacles (see-saw, dogwalk and A-frame), weave all the poles entering on the correct side and stay on the table in a sit or a down until the table count is completed. Good training will result in a dog that does the obstacles quickly, attentively and cleanly.
The person is also responsible for telling the dog where to go on a course. They do this with different cues, both verbal and physical. The best trained dog won’t be successful without good direction. Agility helps create a deep bond between the person and dog. People of all levels of physical ability can enjoy agility and what dog doesn’t love to play with it’s person? It is the ultimate dog sport for dog lovers.
Mia has offered a variety of classes for intermediate to advanced teams with topics such as, Agility Foundation, Course Analysis, Agility Games, Cross Options, Start-line & Contact Proofing and Turning Cues. Please email Mia if you have questions about her group classes or are interested in private lessons. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 252-4378.
Anne teaches Agility classes at the Introductory, Novice, and Competition-ready levels for all dogs and their owners who want to enjoy this great sport. For dogs that already have some agility training and need to increase their attention to their handler’s cues, consider participating in the Focus For Agility classes. For dogs that need to improve or develop their jumping ability or are starting out in agility, Anne’s Jump Skills class helps the dogs understand balance, scope, and using their bodies correctly to keep the jump bars up. Classes are offered at various times during the week, email to enroll and join in the fun!