Dog Sports

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Class Descriptions:

Dog Sport Prep - This is a preparatory class aimed at bridging the gap between Obedience class and Rally and/or Agility, preparing your dog for success in either sport. Prerequisites: Beginner Obedience. Some of the skills covered are:

  • Targeting
  • Circle stays
  • Two on - Two off
  • Fronts & Finishes
  • Rear-end awareness
  • Balance

Puppy Agility I - For puppies 6 months to 1 year of age. Introduce your puppy to the world of agility. Includes training in motivational gaming, confidence-building, and basic handling skills. Prerequisites: Puppy Playschool or Instructor Approval.

Puppy Agility II - This class continues where Puppy Agility I left off.

Beginner Agility I - Come to class ready to have some fun learning about agility with your dog. We start working on getting the dogs comfortable on equipment and on handling exercises with single obstacles. Puppies over 9 months are welcome - if your dog is under 16 months of age, jumps will be kept below hock height and we will not work on any regular contact equipment or weave poles (puppies can still work planks, tippy boards, handling, motivation, etc.) You will learn fundamental exercises to prepare for a career in agility. Includes training in motivational gaming, confidence-building, and basic handling skills. Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Obedience or Dog Sport Prep.

Agility Focus/Attention - This class works on lead-outs, working through distractions while maintaining focus on the handler, and working on stays while the handler is in motion. Focus on maintaining attention, focus, and connection when you are moving and changing direction or increasing/decreasing speed. Play and food as rewards. Prerequisites: Puppy Agility or Beginner I Agility.

Beginner Agility II (Agility Handling I) - This class continues where Beginner I Agility left off.

Beginner Agility III (Agility Handling II) - This class continues where Beginner II Agility left off. Learning new handling skills, getting all equipment to competition level, working on obstacle performance criteria, learning how to read an agility map, and analyze and run short sequences. 

Recreational Agility (Beginner II - Intermediate Level) - For teams that are not necessarily looking to compete and just want to run low-pressure beginner & intermediate level courses for fun and exercise. Offered as drop-in sessions or as a set of 6. Prerequisite: Beginner I Agility or Instructor Permission.

Intermediate Agility - Dogs must have completed Beginner I, II, & III Agility classes. We work full sequences and equipment at this level of agility. This class is designed to be repeated.

Advanced Handling Agility - Focuses on learning more advanced handling skills and preparing for competition, analyzing maps, and some Dogs at this level are running full courses and practicing a variety of agility handling concepts. This class is designed to be repeated.

Advanced Competition Agility - Complex handling skills, competition strategies, course analysis, and Excellent/Master level course work. Dogs at this level are running full courses and actively competing in the sport. This class is designed to be repeated.

Reactive Agility - For dogs who struggle in the presence of other dogs (only one dog is off leash working at any one time). Come to class ready to have some fun learning about agility with your dog. We start working on getting the dogs comfortable on equipment and handling exercises with single obstacles. In addition to agility training, we will work on your dog's ability to work around other dogs. Some of our students are able to work through their dog's reactivity enough to safely move on to taking regular classes. Class is limited to 4 dog/handler teams. Pre-requisites: Dogs must obtain instructor approval. Click here to book a short evaluation. Dogs should have basic obedience skills - no prior agility experience necessary.

Intro to Rally Obedience - Rally obedience is a sport in which dog and handler move through a numbered course. Depending on the level, there can be anywhere from 12-24 stations. Each station consists of a pace change, a stationary skill (such as a sit, down or stand), or a moving skill (serpentine through cones, 360 degree turn left, finish, about turns, etc…).

This class will primarily focus on the skills required for the novice levels of AKC and WCRL, but if requested we can also work on UKC, C-WAGS and/or Rally-Free. We will work on how to train individual skills, and short sequences of skills before doing a full course.

We have lots of fun in our rally classes, and even if you aren't interested in competition, it is a nice class to take for perfecting basic obedience and heeling skills. Prerequisites: Beginner Obedience & Advanced Beginner Obedience or Dog Sport Prep.

Intro to Nose Work - This class will introduce dogs to the sport of Nose Work.

Inspired by working detection dogs, Nose Work is a scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This sport is ideal for handlers and dogs of all abilities, sizes and ages. It builds confidence in dogs and helps keep dogs healthy and happy.

First we start by teaching your dog to sniff out a favorite toy or treat hidden in a box, eventually dogs search entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles as well as containers. 

No pre-requisites for Nose Work at all -- no obedience required. Dogs of all ages (including puppies, handicapped dogs, all the way up to seniors) are encouraged to join. Dog-reactive dogs are welcome.

Intro to Nose Work II - This class continues where Intro to Nose Work left off. Introduces other types of search areas: Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles.

Nose Work - Continuing on Primary - For dogs that have completed Intro I & II but are not yet ready to move to odor, due to age, confidence, or just want more practice before starting odor Pre-requisites: Intro to Nose Work I & II or Instructor Approval.

Nose Work - Intro to Odor - Once dogs have learned how to confidently search for treat hides, we introduce target odors Birch, Anise, and Clove. Pre-requisites: Instructor Approval.

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