Our agility classes are different to most! Our unique approach is force-free like all our other training. It is also 100% based on dog welfare!
Many agility classes are hectic and stressful for dogs. They might enjoy running the course but find the preamble and excessive waiting around very stressful!
Instead we focus on dog’s coping well and teach appropriate behaviours for waiting and frustration tolerance during our classes. Our classes have a maximum of four dogs it means they have lots more opportunity to practice on the equipment too!
We will not force dogs to do any equipment they aren’t comfortable with. Instead we focus on increasing confidence around these items until the dog can enjoy it!
It is a great way to spend time with your dog both getting some physical exercise. But our classes are also great behavioural help for dogs too!
What is included?
- Six weeks of one hour classes
- Maximum four dogs per class = much more time on equipment for your dog compared to regular agility classes!
- Medal on passing of the course (bronze, silver and gold!)
- FREE Tuggie toy on first class!!
There are three levels to our classes starting with our bronze class. This introduces the basic equipment and by the end of the course you and your dog should be able to run a route including jumps, a tunnel, weave poles, pause box.
You will start work on some of the more complex equipment too which will progress in later levels including the seesaw, hoop jump, collapsed tunnel and eventually the A frame and dog walk too!
Who is the class for?
Our agility classes are for any dogs who have completed, at a minimum, their Life Skills class with us. This is to ensure all dogs are happy and confident at our Dog Academy and working around other dogs. By completing the Life Skills class you and your dog will have also started our force-free training and have begun some of the necessary skills to excel at agility.
If you have yet to complete Life Skills please book onto that course first and you can then progress to agility.
If classes aren’t suitable for you and your dog (due to timings of classes, or dog reactivity etc) you can book in for 1-2-1 agility instead. It is not necessary for you to have completed life skills if you go down this route.
Due to our high quality, low impact surface our agility can be suitable for most dogs. We also have low movement options including hoopers (like jumps but without the jumping!) and limited turning meaning we can do a course even with some medical restrictions (overseen by our vet Dr Katie).
We do want dogs to be mature before jumping any height but can start classes from a younger age to most classes due to our unique approach to agility! All dogs must be over six months before starting agility but we will discuss any other restrictions based on breed and conformation of your dog.
How to book
Book your place by emailing (email@example.com) or phoning (07785 800008) to let us know which class you’d like and then buy your place online!
Start dates on here and on our Facebook page!
What to bring
- High and low value treats
- Non tightening harness/collar and fixed lead
- Sensible footwear (you might be running!) and clothing (it’s mostly outdoors!)
- Poo bags