Agility IS for Puppies - Games set up Pup & Handler for a Lifetime of  FUN & TEAM WORK!

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

INTRO TO AGILITY is for Puppies!

  • appropriate for ALL Puppies 5 MONTHS (20 weeks) AND OLDER (Health pernittiing)!
  • where ALL the groundwork is laid for learning the game INCLUDING:
    1. teaching the handler the objectives for the game
    2. teaching the puppies how to safely and confidently use all the various pieces of agility equipment (no full height contact equipment and jump bars on the ground)
    3. conditioning the puppy the most FUN and IMPORTANT thing on the course is YOU!! THIS BUILDS committment -- staying with their person on very short agility courses!

Our goal is teaching the sport as a fun game for both handler & puppy. In these first 7 weeks, the exercises are designed to condition handler & puppy to work together as a team.

This is how we get the leashes off! The COOL part is: this conditioning process works WELL! Tires and Tunnels are the first dropped leash challenge, Eventually we drop the leash while the puppy and handler go past the jump standards. By the 5th or 6th week MOSTpuppies understand and committ to following their person thru a course of up to 10 obstacles!

ALL TEAMS begin their education with INTRO TO AGILITY, group classes; or JUMP START, which is an individual/custom instruction option.

With repetition, praise, and lots of Fun, we slowly add greater challenges, using the differing pieces of equipment (jump standards, tables, tires, and tunnels) in ways which build confidence and understanding in both the handler and the puppy together as a team.


Teams can expect to achieve these obectives in 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 (low dog walk)
  • Body awareness skills for both dogs and handlers - puppies pivot on a block/step thru spaces in a ladder - handlers do side changes & turns, being ever aware of their team mate's location to them
  • 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 puppy's commitment to their Handler and Team Mate!


  • While there is NO formal prerequisite, it is HELPFUL if your puppy already has started learning basic manners concepts; including sit, down, loose leash behavior & wait until released, but this is NOT an absolute requirement!
  • If a team is having great difficulty with building understanding by the 3rd week, it may be helpful to switch the team into 3 private lessons (the instructor's discretion)


  • 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


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