Agility Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Agility is a high energy environment for dogs, and good off lead control of your pet will be essential for you both and everyone else to enjoy our classes listed below.

We reserve the right to request that your dog obtain further obedience and/or control skills before continuing in any of our classes.

Pre-Agility / Introduction to Agility

(Dogs aged over 12 months)

Tuesday Evenings  6:30pm – 7:30pm

For dogs aged 12 months onwards who are new to the sport of agility.

Our Pre-Agility course focuses on developing a positive working bond between dog & handler, handling skills, and an introduction to the basic agility equipment.

Class numbers are kept low to ensure the best instruction so bookings are essential.

For more information, phone our info line (03 327-6900) & leave a message regarding pre-agility or complete the enquiry form on this website  here.

Agility Foundations

(Dogs aged under 12 Months)

Four 8 week courses per year, Wednesday Evenings  6:30pm – 7:15pm

Foundation training is great fun for young dogs and their humans. Under 12 months, young dogs should not be jumping heights as their growth plates have not closed. Therefore in this class you will work without the dog actually jumping, and it’s a great bonding opportunity for any dog whatever your aspirations  – agility, obedience or pet.

In level 2 we will introduce some agility equipment and improve the skills learned in level 1.

It’s the best way to start this fabulous sport!

For more information, phone our info line (03 327-6900) & leave a message regarding pre-agility or complete the enquiry form on this website  here.

Class A

Learning Handling, Weaves and introduction to Contacts

Tuesday Evenings  6:30 – 7.30pm

Introduction to more handling techniques and new skills after graduation from pre-agility

Class B

Introduction to Starters and Novice competitions

Tuesday Evenings – 7.30pm – 8.15pm

This Starters class follows on from the Beginners course.

Here the aim is to introduce more of the standard equipment & teach further handling skills so both dog & handler have confidence to negotiate basic courses, and you can start on your competing career.

Class C

For dogs and/or handlers who have experience at Intermediate level

Tuesday Evenings – 7.30pm – 8.15pm

For handlers who plan to compete in Novice & Intermediate at Championship level, or who had had dogs previously at this level and have a clear training plan.  In this class, more advanced Intermediate handling & course negotiation skills are developed, including tighter turns, handling the back of the jump, faster contacts, and handling at a distance.  Our instructors are experienced senior handlers so their knowledge is drawn on to provide expertise to our handlers.

Progression between classes

Progression criteria from class A to B will be as follows:

  1. Good attempts at the 12 pole weaves
  2. A basic 2 on 2 off and a nose target.

Progression criteria from class B to class C will be

  1. Good understanding of weaves and contacts which will feature every week.
  2. Basic understanding of senior sequences – threadles, round the backs, wraps, serpentines, etc – doesn’t have to be full knowledge as we will break them down and work on them more in class
  3. Walking a course – this class spends the first 10-15 minutes walking and breaking down the course, understanding of how and why we break down a course