Our Agility classes are different to most!
Not only do we stick to our force-free ethos and have a maximum of four dogs per class, but they are also run by our vet Dr Katie!
Agility can be lots of fun but can also be really dangerous and put a lot of pressure on dog’s joints meaning higher risk for injuries and arthritis in later years.
Our agility is all low impact, and run at lower than standard heights.
If you plan to compete you can still learn with us as we still teach all the equipment properly – and safely!! But we only do agility for fun!
[We recommend Hoopers if you want to compete as this is low impact and gets dogs using their brains more as well as generally having a more relaxed, supportive approach to competition.]
As you progress through our Bronze, Silver and Gold classes you will gradually be introduced to all of the equipment and learn how to read and run courses. Please see each listing below for more detail on each level.
Once you have passed your Gold Agility you can then join our elite Agility Club and attend club nights to keep training up and have fun on different courses and training scenarios!
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions please get in touch.
Our group training is £100 per dog for a six week course of classes.
Classes are an hour long and the course runs for six weeks. These are generally six consecutive weeks (same day of the week and time) unless otherwise stated.
To start the bronze course your dog needs to have completed our Life Skills class.
And to progress onto the silver and gold they must first pass the previous levels.
No, our courses are not attendance based. There is an assessment at the end of the course. If you pass you will receive your medal and be eligible to continue up the levels.
The standard required to pass is high and some dogs will not pass first time but as long as you and your dog are having fun and making progress that is the most important thing! We will always support you and your dog and work to help get the best from them.
We currently offer Good Companion Awards, Agility, Gundog, Hoopers and Scent Work classes.
All classes have progression from bronze through to gold medals!
Dogs must be over six months of age to start Agility, but over eight months before starting to jump.
They can start earlier on our course than many other agility courses as we are doing low impact, low stress agility, which means it is easier on growing joints.
Larger breed dogs, older dogs or any dogs where we have concerns about joint disease or any injuries we would not recommend agility.
But another dog sport Hoopers could be perfect for them instead! You still get to run courses with your dogs and have lots of fun but it is much gentler on the dogs!
There are many reasons people can’t make group classes.
We can offer this type of training as individual training!
As agility is more based around the equipment you don’t get notes emailed out after each class (as you do in our other courses) but some notes are emailed out over the course.
This allows you to practice at home with low cost equipment and also understand some of the tougher concepts ahead of the next class.
As our courses are delivered as a set block of classes, with the same people and dogs, not roll-on-roll off it means if you can’t make a date unfortunately you are unlikely to be able to attend on another day to catch up.
You will still receive any written notes from the missed class and we endeavour to help you catch up over the rest of the course but there are sometimes limitations with this.
Yes! It is great for the family to all get on board with training.
We welcome children into class too but they must not interrupt other dogs’ training and children must be supervised at all times and are the sole responsibility of their parent/guardian.
If there are any concerns over infectious disease e.g. coughing or parasitic diarrhoea then please do not bring your dog to the Academy as you risk infecting others. If your dog is otherwise unwell it is unlikely they will do well in class and so we would still recommend leaving them at home. You can still come along and learn the exercises to teach them once they are better!
The same goes for bitches in season. Their hormones send the other dogs into a frenzy and no one, including your dog, learns very much. If actively bleeding please leave your girl at home, but feel free to come to class on your own to learn the exercises!