Introductory Agility Course

 

see under Activities for a full description of the agility sport

 

 

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The Introductory Agility Course is for dogs that have completed the beginners obedience course and are training at grade 1 level or above.  The dog must be reliable off-lead and must respond quickly to verbal commands.

 

The Introductory Agility Courses are held regularly throughout the year.  Class numbers are strictly limited so you must register interest for this course.

 

The start dates will be advertised on the website and in the club’s newsletter.

 

The classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and run for 7 weeks unless otherwise stated. First week please arrive by 9.00 a.m. to complete enrolment.  Other weeks please arrive 15 minutes early to help set up equipment and allow 15 minutes after the class to help pack up.

 

Please bring soft food rewards that your dog can swallow quickly, i.e. chicken, steak, sausage, cheese, cut into very small pieces.  The treats must be something extra special that you will only use when training your dog - not the usual kibble that you feed your dog and not smackos.  You will also need to bring a toy that can be thrown that will fit in your pocket – e.g. a tug toy.

 

For safety reasons you must wear sturdy enclosed shoes – no thongs/sandals will be allowed.

 

The main aims of the introductory agility course:

 

1.     Teach the dog & owner the basics of agility

2.     Introduce the agility equipment and the teach the correct use of equipment

3.     Guide the owner through the correct method of agility training

 

 Introductory Agility Course Outline

 

·          Introduce agility equipment

o         Broad jump

o         Dog walk

o         Hoop

o         Hurdles

o        Spread Hurdle

o         Scramble

o        Seesaw

o         Table

o         Collapsible Tunnel

o         Flexible Tunnel

o         Weaving Poles

 

·          Several topics for discussion:

o         Training equipment

o         Age requirement for dogs

o        Safety considerations for dogs

o         Further training after introductory course

o         Agility Games – Snooker, Gamblers, Strategic Pairs

o         Competing in Agility/Games Trials

 

General training throughout the course

 

·           Emphasis on the skills needed to commence agility

·           Safe use of agility equipment

·          Correct use of praise and rewards

·           Training at home