Welcome to our Agility class.
Starting any class for the first time can feel very overwhelming for
you and your dog. Some handlers and dogs take it in their stride and
settle in immediately, others will take time. Often it will depend on
the previous dog owning experiences for the handler and socialisation
for the dog. It doesn’t matter if you intend to compete or just
attend to have fun and socialise. Our aim is to always make it fun for
you and your dog. However your dog does need to be fit enough to do
it. Being overweight will put undue stress on their joints. There is
normally a bit of running on your behalf but we cater for all ages and
ability. Just ask or advice.
If you haven’t done
agility before then you will have been asked to complete an induction.
This session does not mean that you will have learned everything, the
process to becoming a competent team working in harmony takes time.
At the induction you and your dog will be introduced to each piece of
equipment and reminded of the safety element to using the equipment.
When you join the group session for the first time it can be easy to
feel overwhelmed but remember some have been coming for a long time,
however they had a first time once. and are extremely patient and helpful.
No dog or handler combination is the same
and we all learn at different rates.
Arriving at class Please try to arrive at
least 10 minutes before class starts, it can be very disruptive to the
class when a new dog enters. This is the time to pay your fees and settle
in, you can walk the course, so that you know where you are going.
If you are late then please do not enter the training area whilst another
dog is going around the course.
Toileting Please encourage your dog to toilet
before class outside of the training areas. Please do not let your dog
soil the equipment or training area, keep an eye on your dog and interrupt
any unwanted behaviour.
Treats & Toys We use treats and toys
to reward and motivate our dogs when training. Please make sure that
treats aren’t dropped on the ground when completing the course
as this can be very distracting for the other dogs.
Equipment If working on lead then a flat
collar and a normal lead is best, A good length would be about 1.8cm.
You will need footwear with a good grip, designed for running or walking
on rough terrain. Clothing should be in layers but not loose.
Be prepared for any weather. If you can get to training we will be running
it. If the weather turns bad then we have an indoor training area. If
you are not sure please check with Sue on the morning of training.
Warming Up & Feeding!
Please do not feed your dog a full meal within 2 hours of rigorous exercise,
make sure you move your dogs around before jumping to warm their muscles
up. I like to do a bit of obedience and trick training in-between goes.
Dog versus Dog
One of the reasons dog owners come to class is to socialise their dogs.
Some dogs struggle with other dogs in their space and so we keep our
dogs on lead when not completing the course. Make sure that you ask
before approaching other dogs. If your dog is friendly don’t presume
others are. You may be asked to muzzle your dog in-between goes.
The Equipment is of competition quality
and the contacts are rubber coated.
Contact Equipment ; See-saw; Dog Walk; A
Jesse Jump equipment for indoor training.
Other equipment:- Jumps; Tyre; Weaves; Wall; Rigid Tunnels; Pause table
and Long Jump.
Please read our Dos & Don’ts
on our website for further information.
Happy Training - Sue and team
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler
directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and
accuracy. Obstacles include the following:- Jumps; Rigid Tunnels; Dog
Walk; Seesaw; Weaving Poles; Tyre jump; Long Jump; Wall; Table and ‘A’
It started as a new spectator
event at Crufts in 1977 to fill in between other activities. Little
did we know that it would take of as a worldwide sporting event.
In competition, dog and
handler are required to complete the planned course against the clock
clearly. Faults will be given for not completing within the time, for
knocking jumps down, refusals, and failing to touch contact points.
Faults will be given for handling the dog or touching the equipment.
Taking the wrong course can result in elimination. I liken it to Show
jumping for dogs.
Agility is a very active
sport and will require some running and so please ensure that you and
your dog are fairly fit, if unsure please check with your doctor/vet
As with any exercise it
is wise to warm up those muscles before starting to avoid injury.
All dogs are born with a
need to work. Agility will provide mental and physical stimulation.
All breeds large and small are welcome, dogs from 12 months and handlers
of any age as long as they are capable of controlling their dog. (Under
16's must be accompanied by an adult)
When you first start the
training can be on lead, however basic obedience is essential and it
is far easier to run your dog off the lead which can knock the equipment
Essential commands are,
Sit, Down, Wait and Recall. So start practicing now.
Find out what motivates your dog, treats, or toys? Do you clicker train?
Although these cannot be used in competition they are very useful tools
for helping your dog learn Agility.