Hoopers is a fantastic, all inclusive dog sport. It is similar to agility in that you and your dog can compete against others whilst running a course.
But compared to agility it is much gentler on joints and so is better for older dogs any with health concerns and large/giant breeds. There are no jumps but instead a course consists of hoops which your dog runs through, barrels the go around and tunnels. On a course there are no sharp turns either!
As you progress in training Hoopers focuses a lot on distance control, which is about asking your dog to run the course whilst you don’t! This means they are using their brains more, have more confidence and it’s more fun for both of you!
Hoopers Bronze Class is suitable to start for any dogs who have completed their Life Skills course and are over six months of age. You and your dog can do this as well as doing agility (many will do both!). You can progress through the bronze, silver and gold courses and then join our regular Hoopers Club!
- Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc APDT PGDip MRCVS is an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK instructor
- Maximum of four dogs per class
- Force-free training
- Progressive Levels
- Can cater for al physical abilities for dogs and humans!
“Hoopers helps dogs to manage their arousal whilst practicing low impact sport with their guardians. And it’s so much FUN!”
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 £80 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, and Scent Work classes.
All classes have progression from bronze through to gold medals!
Yes, for some classes you will be emailed out notes detailing all the behaviours we taught that class.
Some aspects of the class are sequences which won’t be emailed out.
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 the 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!