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 dogs with health concerns and large/giant breeds. There are no jumps but instead a course consists of hoops which your dog runs through, barrels they 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 MAPDT PGDip CCAB MRCVS is an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK instructor and designs all our class plans and courses. We can cater Hoopers training for all physical abilities for dogs and humans.

“Hoopers helps dogs to manage their arousal whilst practicing low impact sport with their family. And it’s so much FUN!”

Dr Katie Friel-Russell MRCVS, Positive Pet Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions please get in touch.

All prices are on class pages where you can book directly.

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!

There are many reasons people can’t make group classes.

We can offer this type of training as individual training or many of our courses are available online for you to follow at home too as much of the equipment can be modified to things you have at home!

Yes, the course on our online portal details all the behaviour taught and you can practice most behaviours with equipment at home.

Yes, the class is for us to teach you how to teach your dog. You need to practice at home to proof the behaviours and give you and your dog the practice that you both need!
Frequent, short sessions are best and are easy to fit in around every day life!
On the bronze class you will be able to borrow a hoop to take home for the duration of the course to allow for even more practice!

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!

If you have any other questions

please contact us