This class is an introduction to the sport of Agility. The class focus will be on obedience cues and positions as it relates to agility. Dogs and handlers will be introduced to agility equipment and basic handling skills. Emphasis will be on safety and having fun with your dog. 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.
Class will enhance the skills from Beginning Agility. Handlers and dogs will learn how to work together through obstacles with focus, drive and independence. Introduction of the three crosses – front, rear and blind and training will emphasize proper timing and execution of them. Skills covered include how to read the handler’s body language, lines and verbal turning cueing. Class can be repeated until the necessary skills are learned to proceed to Agility 2.