Introduction to Agilty - Fun with the Obstacles!

Agility Jumping

Agility is a FUN, strategy filled, and rather complicated TEAMWORK sport built on trust & communication between dog and handler.

All teams begin their education with INTRO TO AGILITY, INTRO TO AGILITY FOR PUPPIES as group classes, or JUMP START, which is an individual/custom instruction option.

Classes lay a foundation for learning through fun & discovery what the equipment is, how it is safety used, while using all positive motivational techniques. Dogs will be on leash, moving toward a dropped leash, then off leash goal with the dog/pup happily & reliably following their handler. With repetition and Fun we slowly add greater challenges using the differing pieces of equipment in ways which build confidence and understanding in both the handler and the dog/pup together as a unit/team.

Teams can expect to be doing over the 7 weeks:

  • Short agility course sequences with jump standards (winged and non winged)with bars on the ground, tables, tires, tunnels, low A-frame, and narrow low planks
  • Body awareness skills for both dogs and handlers - dogs pivot on a block/step thru spaces in a ladder - handlers do side changes & being ever aware of their team mate's location
  • In the final weeks of the class, some jumping exercises are introduced - once jump bars are up the leashes come off! The first test of dog's commitment to their Team Mate!

 

PREREQUISITE: 

  • While there is NO formal prerequisite, it is HELPFUL if your dog already has started learning basic manners concepts; including sit, down, loose leash behavior & wait until released, but this is NOT an absolute requirement!

 

 EQUIPMENT:

  • LOTS of small(pea sized), soft TREATS! - Preferably Light in color: easy to see on the dark floor! Mozzarella Cheese sticks work well for MOST dogs!
  • Flat Buckle Collar, Plain Martingale Collar, or Plain Harness - PLEASE no choker style, prong/pinch collars, or head halters
  • 4-6 ft leash with nothing hanging on it
  • You -- with LOTS of Smiles, Patience, AND Praise --- Think FUN, Discovery, and Exploration for both you and your pup <3

 

 

Intro to Agility

INTRO TO AGILITY

In Intro to Agility you and your dog are introduced to the agility equipment using fun and positive training techniques, with safety our highest priority. We'll begin slow and low - building upon each success, with lots of positive reinforcement for trying new things. Obstacle Courses will be VERY short with small challenges added slowly to build confidence, and repetitively condition responses to build  the dog's focus and attentiveness to the handler. It has to be FUN!

Intro to Agility for Puppies

INTRO TO AGILITY FOR PUPPIES

Designed to build confidence and have FUN exploring new things with YOU! Introducing young pups to odd (to them!) pieces of agility equipment where they learn mastering different situations with calm and skill, conditioning the pup to trust and look forward to the GREAT learning games you have to play with them!. Focuses on the basics of agility appropriate for growing joints and bones.The hour is broken into time spent discovering and learning new obstacles, while using the puppy desire to run and chase with time spent practicing short, easy obstacle combinations, conditioning the drive and desire to follow the handler around, focus their attention, and develop self control and motivation!

 

Jump Start Agility

JUMP START AGILITY

Open to any Team who prefers individual instruction. In Lieu of 7 weeks of regular group classes, this option offers great flexibilty with scheduling, progressing, or other special needs for either dog or handler!

In 4 ONE Hour blocks of individual instruction, teams can progress as quickly or quicker than group classes. Depending on the evaluation at the end of the 4 meetings, most teams are prepared to enter the Foundations Agility classes. Some teams may find it more comfortable to do the 7 weeks of Intro to Agility depending on the dog's or handler's confidence needs. It can be quite fun for a dog (or handler) whose confidence needs a boost to easily achieve the group work of the Introduction class before stepping up the challenges of Foundations! You get the opportunity to evaluate and observe what serves your TEAM best in going forward!

Agility Foundations

 

FOUNDATIONS AGILITY

 

This is a skill acquisition class! Teams repeat this class until their dogs have confidence & comfort with Agility's 3 more challenging obstacles, while handlers refine their communication while moving through gradually longer agility courses.

  • The Teeter. This class presents many games to build your dog's confidence, understanding, and comfort for making things tip and move beneath their feet.
  • The Weave Poles. This class presents many games to help the dog understand how to focus on the poles, finding the correct way to enter, move through, and drive forward to trigger their handler to toss a treat. The games are designed to get the dog to do the poles without the handler standing over the dog to 'weave them' thru. This is called obstacle independence. It is the same concept as when the dog understands the tunnel:  they go thru it, even tho the handler does not.
  • The Dog Walk. Just like people, some dogs are not comfortable being up high on a narrow beam. Building confidence and comfort thru fun and gradual games is how we motivate the pups to feel good about it.
  • Handlers will be learning the skills for navigating longer courses with more complex handling.  Additionally, the skills learned in Intro to Agility will be refined and further conditioned, such as focus and off leash responsibility from the dog

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Agility Tab: a short strip (4 to 8 inches) of leash material with knotted end. it provides an easy handle for grabbing an off leash dog - K9JYM has quality crafted leather tabs by ON LEAD available
  • Lots of tasty small (pea sized) soft treats. Cheese is suggested for training the weave poles as the food gets tossed. Having a light color makes it easy for the dogs to spot on the blue floor!
  • If a team uses a toy well to give value in training, bring it along

 

PREREQUISITE: 

  • Intro to Agility- OR - Instructor Approval;  Dogs need to be comfortable with the following agility equipment:  jump standards, tables, tunnels, tires & moving across low planks without stepping off before the end..
  • Full teeter & weave poles are NOT necessary.
  • Dogs MUST be capable of spending time in a CRATE.Once dogs are using the equipment in an off leash environment, safety for all is K9JYM's Highest Priority!
  • Crating also frees the handlers to learn the skills they need for this class, giving the dogs a small break from their handlers to decompress & relax before they are UP next (like time in a DugOut for baseball players)

 

 


Listed Below are Current & Upcoming classes

Click on EVENT for Details: Instructor, Possible Skip Dates, Start & End Dates
or Special Requirements

 

Event Event Date Individual Price Capacity Register
Jump Start Agility: 4 private lesson class tailored to your schedule 12-30-2017 $220.00 100
Intro to Agility: Mo 11/27/17 11-27-2017 7:15 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Mo 11/27/17 11-27-2017 6:00 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Daytime Mo 11/13/17 11-13-2017 11:15 am $160.00 6
Intro to Agility for Puppies (10 wks - 1 yr): Daytime Mo 11/13/17 11-13-2017 10:00 am $160.00 6
Intermediate Agility: Afternoon Tu 11/7/17 11-07-2017 4:30 pm $160.00 6
Intro to Agility: Afternoon Tu 11/7/17 11-07-2017 3:15 pm $160.00 8
Intro to Agility for Puppies: Afternoon Tu 11/7/17 11-07-2017 12:45 pm $160.00 6
Intro to Agility for Puppies: Tu 10/31/17 10-31-2017 8:30 pm $170.00 8
Foundations Agility: Th 10/19/17 10-19-2017 7:45 pm $160.00 8
Intro to Agility: Th 10/19/17 10-19-2017 6:30 pm $160.00 8
Foundations Agility: Daytime We 10/11/17 10-11-2017 11:15 am $160.00 6
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Foundations Agility: Mo 10/2/17 10-02-2017 7:15 pm $160.00 8
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
Intro to Agility: Mo 10/2/17 10-02-2017 6:00 pm $160.00 8
We are no longer accepting registration for this event