Based on AKC Jumpers Agility Obstacles
You have probably watched dog agility on television. It is much fun for both pup and handler! If you would rather play than watch, join us! The trainers attending enjoy special time with their pet and get exercise, too!
Basic training is necessary for an enjoyable class. The theme of the classes here are to do agility with your dog(s) at a comfortable pace.
Various types of jumps are offered including bars, spreads, boards and the high jump. Weaving is practiced with Rally style posts to allow more space and less spine twisting for larger dogs. Class includes a 'Mini Tunnel', too! Surely a fun way to exercise - for you and your pup!
These recreational (not competition) classes follow an AKC Jumpers format and do not include contacts as in standard Agility. No teeter, dog walk or A-frame obstacles.
Each obstacle is introduced to help your dog become comfortable performing it correctly and with confidence. Pets are not rushed. As previously introduced in my Results Obedience and Manners prerequisite classes, body language and foot work for you will be emphasized in agility as well. For this reason, taking the O&M Two, (even better a Two Plus! or Rally-O) class is required before or while starting in my Recreational Agility class.
Note: We do not throw pieces of food or toys to have pets go through and over various obstacles. Nor do we use luring throughout the whole course. As in the previous training done here, we engage and train 'with our pets'!
Agility classes are held on a carpet floor! With consideration to growth plates, note older pups and young dogs will not be jumping full heights.
To avoid disappointment, please register early as classes have minumums and maximums, thank you!
Prerequisite: Results! Trainer and Pet and instructor permission. All ages are welcome. Inquire at class! (Not at BCE)
Obstacle introduction: Mini tunnel, Rally-O style weaves and assorted jumps which are low and safe for all ages and sizes!
This class held on carpet - not a slippery floor.
Offered as a one class special - pay at class (not on line or at the BCE office. This special is great for confidence building!
This class may be repeated - see the Schedule page for upcoming offerings.
Register with instructor for this special only - NOT BCE. Pay at class to hold a spot (limited).
Walk-ins will be accepted at offering if room allows.
Recreational Agility Classes!
Five weeks sessions. Register for my Rec. Agility classes with BCE. Instructor will divide class into Level One and Two per trainer and pet experience per below. Classes may be combined.
Recreational Agility - Level One
Prerequisite: Results! - Pawformance O&M Two (Rally preferred if available) and instructor permission. This level is done on leash.
Obstacles include various jumps, mini tunnel and Rally-Obedience style weaves (less twisting reduces stress on the spine). Obstacle introduction and sequences are introduced.
Your dog's manners are important here, it should not bark or whine (in excess) nor challenge other pets.
Please do not train ahead of the program for best Pawformance 'Results'!. At this level, first and foremost is an enjoyable and safe time with your pet.
Recreational Agility - Level Two
Prerequisite: Results - Pawformance Agility - Level One and instructor permission.
At this level, courses are ran and pets may be starting off leash obstacle and sequences and as the training progresses. Your dog must display good manners when excited and must be responsive to you.
Note: Only with instructor permission will pets do off leash obstacles, sequences and courses.
To help ensure a safe and enjoyable class, handler must follow instructor direction. In addition, aggressive dogs are not allowed to participate and will be excused.
Dogs that mark obstacles, bark, howl, whine or urinate in excess will be excused.
For the safety of your dog, veterinarian approval is strongly suggested if your dog is going to be jumping over elbow height.
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