AGILITY FUN

Looking for a fun way to bond with your dog?

Agility dog training classes help develop mutual respect and communication as you work your way around a sequence of obstacles. Our classes are designed with fun and safety in mind. Your dog must be able to focus on you in the presence of distractions, so we encourage you to attend a group obedience class first.

Agility Fun dog training class introduces dogs and owners to spatial orientation, movement and body awareness to actual agility equipment. This class also introduces dogs and owners to some of the theory behind obstacle performance using targeting, clicker work and positive reinforcement. In addition, teams will develop an understanding of shaping behavior plus experience training in a multi-dog environment. The teams will learn to broaden their ability to focus on basic, yet important tasks.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be proficient with basic cues, work well with others, and demonstrate the ability to have self-control. In addition they must be able to work reliably for brief periods of time off leash. Finally, a strong interest in toy and/or food rewards is a plus.

 

SNIFF IT

Harness the power of your dog’s nose in this fun, smart, contemporary twist on canine scent detection.

Build handling and observational skills while teaching your dog to use his or her natural instincts to find specific odors amid distractions. This emerging sport is designed for ALL types of dogs, whether young or old, quiet or high energy, timid or extroverted; providing mental and physical exercise for all teams. Unlike agility, this class requires very little equipment and is easy to train at home or between classes. This “introduction” class will provide you with an overall understanding of scent detection/discrimination, the basic concepts involved in searching for a specific odor, the use and handling of equipment and odors as well as learning how to develop the desire to “search.” Dogs will be worked individually. A flat or buckle collar or harness and a 6′ or 10’ leash are required.

Prerequisite: Dogs must work well with others, and demonstrate the ability to have self-control. A strong interest in toy and/or food rewards is a plus.

RALLY NOVICE

Rally is a relatively new dog sport (2005) that offers handlers and their pets an experience that is both stimulating and fun.

The dog/handler team move at their own pace, similar to that of rally-style auto racing, throughout a course of signs displaying obedience tasks to be done. It was originally developed for the traditional pet owner, however, due to the fact that there are many levels, it can also be challenging for those who are more competitive.

Novice is for those just getting started:

  • All exercises are performed with your dog on leash.
  • There are 10-15 signs.
  • Exercises vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.
  • You may talk, clap your hands and/or pat your legs to encourage your dog.
  • To earn a title it takes three qualifying scores. After Novice, handlers may choose which class they are ready to participate in, either the Intermediate or Advanced level.

As it is with any sport, we highly recommend getting involved with your local AKC Club and taking a class. Prospective students are usually welcome to observe a class before signing up for a training course. When you attend a class with your dog, instructors will show you how to train your dog and will expect you to practice at home. The younger the dog, the shorter the practice sessions should be. For the best results, both you and your dog should enjoy frequent short sessions, combined with some play and rewards.