Agility


 

Beginning Agility
This class is an introduction to the sport of Agility.  Positive reinforcement and shaping techniques are used to build foundations.  Dogs and handlers will learn turning/directional cues, targeting, two-on-two off contacts, and weave entries.  Dogs with a reliable recall may begin to work off leash under instructor guidance. Class can be repeated until the necessary skills are learned to proceed to Agility 1.

Prerequisite: Attended formal group obedience classes and be proficient in sit-stay, down-stay and coming when called in the presence of other dogs.Ramp

Class starts Sunday October 1  6:15 – 7:15 pm
Cost: $120 for 6 weeks – limit 6
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Jumping Skills
Proper jumping ability is an important skill for dogs to learn when starting to sequence. In this mini series we will train proper jumping using cavaletties and jump grids, and teaching dogs to jump with an arc. We will gradually raise the bars to full height or almost full height and increase the length of sequences.

Prerequisite: Beginning Agility

Class starts Sunday October 1 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks – limit 6
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Agility 1
The class will introduce the three crosses – front, rear and blind and emphasize proper timing and execution of  them. Sequencing skills – distance cues, obstacle focus and independence will be covered. Other skills covered include how to read the handler’s body language, lines and verbal turning cueing.  We will continue to work on two on two off and weave entries. Class can be repeated until the necessary skills are learned to proceed to Agility 2.

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Agility Ramp

Class starts Monday October 9 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks – limit 6
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Contacts and Weaves 1
Class will focus on your dog’s understanding of contact obstacles and weave poles. Exercises will be used to develop a more independent and proficient contact (two on two off). Begin training on channel weaves and mastering the weave entry.  Class may be repeated
Pre-requisite: Agility 1
Class starts Thursday October 12 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Class size : 6 maximum
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Agility 2
Advanced handling skills will be learned and basic handling skills from Agility 1 will be reinforced. (the three crosses – front, rear and blind) Handlers and dogs will learn how to maneuver serpentines, threadles, wraps, 270’s, advanced lead outs and layering of obstacles.  Beginning distance and discrimination skills will be introduced. Obstacles will be at or almost at the full height.

Prerequisite: Completion of  Agility 1, Jumping skills recommended
Class starts Thursday October 12 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks – limit 6
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Sequencing with Contacts and Weaves
Before dogs can run full coursework well they need to learn how to collect to make a weave entry or load themselves onto a contact obstacle at speed. It is also important for teams to learn the best way to exit contact obstacles with a well timed release cue. Before entering this class teams should have some proficiency with stop and hold on the contacts and should be able to perform the half height teeter with no issue. Dogs should be weaving 6 poles in a straight line/12 poles as a channel. This class can be repeated and is recommended before Open/ Masters Coursework.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Contacts and Weaves 2

Class starts Monday October 9 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Class size : 6 maximum
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Open/ Masters Coursework
AKC/ USDAA/ UKI/ CPE coursework analysis, masters level contact and weave drills, competition debut preparation.
In this class we will continue to learn handling maneuvers and advanced level skills. An emphasis will be placed on teaching the dog skills to work at a distance from the handler. We will learn advanced performances of individual obstacles, such as hard angles and collection to obstacles. This class is an opportunity to focus on the elements of a course that are difficult rather than focusing on the entire course.  Most sequences will be between 7-15 obstacles. Class can be repeated.

Prerequisite: Contacts & Weaves 2

Class starts Tuesday October 3 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $120 for 6 weeks – limit 5
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Workshops/ mini series

To sign up for a workshop please send Ashley an e-mail with the class you’d like to attend, your dog’s name and class they just completed.

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Discriminations
Focus will be on common discriminations which teams face in coursework: contact-tunnel, jump-jump, weaves-tunnel, tunnel-jump, tunnel-tunnel. Dogs and handlers will learn a balance between verbal discriminations and motion cues for discriminations, during distance challenges and through Standard & Jumpers courses. Class will be in a 2 hour workshop format.

Prerequisite: Agility 1 and Contacts & Weaves 1

Workshop Sunday May 7 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $35  – limit 4
Instructor: Ashley Allison

Turns 2 part series 
Begin training reliable verbal cues. Instruction will center around the Cik/Cap method of tight turns. When to use them, why they are beneficial as a part of foundations and as a skill to use while running coursework.

Shaping and luring techniques will be used to teach the initial steps for Cik/Cap. Teams already using the basic verbals will work through exercises to test the dog’s verbal understanding and improve it, if needed. More advanced teams will focus on commitment and “show n go” skills. 

**Homework is a very important element in this mini series. It is expected that you complete the homework in the week between part 1 and part 2. Homework requires an object that resembles a jump stanchion or is the size of a wing, and practice of 10 minutes every other day. (You can use a jump wing or upright if you have one)***

Part 2- 5/26/2017 (6:15-8:15pm)
We will pick up where we left off in part 1. Teams will work on intermediate level applications of Cik/Cap and begin to sequence them. Commitment to the jump (Cik/Cap) and “show and go” techniques will be taught.  Dogs will have a better understanding of where to go on a course that requires a wrap or a thread.

Workshop Friday May 26 & June 2 6:15 – 8:15 pm
Cost: $70  – limit 5
Instructor: Ashley Allison

Prerequisite: Agility 1

 

 

Weavin’
Weaves can be one of the most challenging obstacles to train. It is a pretty complex behavior, and is the most physically challenging to master for dogs. In this mini series we will discuss the training process, touching on when and how to reinforce using toys and/or treats, trouble shooting common training hiccups, and independence skills and drills. Homework course maps for sequencing the weaves will be given as well.

Pre-requisite: Contacts and Weaves 1 or equivalent

Starts Sunday TBD
Class size : 6 maximum
Cost: $70 team 4 team minimum
Instructor: Ashley Allison contact to sign up Dogzyay@gmail.com

Contacts and Weaves 2

Class starts where the first level Contacts and Weaves left off. Weaves focus will be on closing channels and training independent entries, crosses before, during and after weaves, distance handling, and exercises to test your dog’s understanding (proofing). Dogs begin to weave a straight line of 4-6 poles. Contacts emphasizes the dogs learning to properly perform the full equipment with the two on two off behavior and from there we focus on independent exits.Prerequisite: Completion of Contacts and Weaves 1

Class starts TBD 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Cost: $100 for 6 weeks – limit 6
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Need for Speed
Agility is a sport about both accuracy and speed. There is always a timed element to completing the course. Getting through accurately and fast is rewarded with placements, speed points towards titles or qualifications for events. Increasing your dog’s speed is not always straight forward. It could mean, going back to retrain an obstacle or a handling skill. It could mean learning how to execute handling more timely to help the dog have confidence in where to go on the course. We will consider several areas where you and your dog can pick up more speed and work through exercises to help bring out the speed demon in your dog.

Pre-requisite: Running full Open/Masters coursework (with contacts and weaves)

Starts Sunday TBD
Class size : 6 maximum
Cost: $35/ team
Instructor: Ashley Allison contact to sign up Dogzyay@gmail.com

 

Discriminations
Focus will be on common discriminations which teams face in coursework: contact-tunnel, jump-jump, weaves-tunnel, tunnel-jump, tunnel-tunnel. Dogs and handlers will learn a balance between verbal discriminations and motion cues for discriminations, during distance challenges and through Standard & Jumpers courses. Class will be in a 2 hour workshop format.

Prerequisite: Advanced Sequencing

Workshop Sunday May 7 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $35  – limit 4
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Advanced Sequencing – Teeters & Weaves
The main focus is building better proficiency and sequencing skills with channel weaves and the teeter. Additionally we will revisit topics from Agility 2 including serpentines, threadles, wraps with verbal cues, distance cues, discriminations and lead out exercises.

Prerequisite: Completion of Contacts & Weaves  and Agility 2

Class starts TBA
Cost: $100.00 for 6 weeks – limit 5
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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Pre-Agility Obedience
This class is an entry level class for Agility. Basic obedience commands will be proofed in class – sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay and come when called in the presence of other dogs. Class is for dogs new to a formal class environment or for dogs who need practice with the basic skills mentioned above.

Class starts TBA
Cost: $60 for 3 weeks
Instructor: Ashley Allison
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For more info contact Ashley at dogzyay@gmail.com