About K9X

Austin K-9 Xpress is a club run solely by volunteers, and often no one is available to immediately return a phone call or email or provide class information. Your patience is appreciated. Our club members pool our time and support to provide a field, equipment and classes so our dogs can learn the skills to compete, or just have fun.

Class information is here: http://www.k9x.org/dog-agility-classes/.  If you already have agility experience and want to join any of the current classes, you can attend after passing an evaluation. The evaluation will test your and your dog’s ability to operate safely on the field with other dogs, and your dog’s ability to safely sequence the agility obstacles. The evaluation also will determine the level of class that is appropriate for you and your dog. Please email info@k9x.org to schedule an evaluation.

After passing the evaluation, you can take classes for two months for $50. After two months in classes, club membership is required to continue.

An application for membership will require sponsorship from two current club members, so joining classes is a great way for you to get to know us. Please note that your application must be voted on by club members at a meeting, so it can take some time for you to be approved, depending on when your paperwork is submitted. Meetings are held every other month.

Upon becoming a member, you will be required to pay annual dues of $30. These will be prorated depending on when you join during the year. To continue in classes and/or use the field on your own time to train, field fees are $50 a quarter. In order to offset this low cost, your participation in club activities is required. Involvement can include, but is not limited to, events such as field work days, attending meetings, and helping at club agility trials.

If you would prefer a location to simply attend classes and don’t need field access or want to contribute as a club member, we can recommend some private trainers in the greater Austin area.

If you would like to start in a beginner class, new classes begin each spring and fall, depending on demand and the weather. A registration packet will be posted on k9x.org when beginner classes are open for registration.

Dogs aiming to enroll in a beginner agility class will benefit from basic obedience skills. These are commands such as sit, come when called, etc. Austin K-9 Xpress does not offer individual instruction in basic obedience, but many trainers in the Austin area do, including Becky Saltwick with Pawsitively Agility Dogs; her field is right next to ours.

If you have more questions or need more information, please email info@k9x.org.

 

Mission statement

To promote and further canine training and handler education and fellowship, including, but not limited to, agility training for dogs and handlers.

Objectives

1.  Promote dog training through positive reinforcement (rewards)

2.  Educate the public about dog agility training

3.  Conduct agility classes to improve dog and handler skills

4.  Encourage the training of agility judges

5.  Host American Kennel Club (AKC) and North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) competitions

6.  Promote cooperation and good sportsmanship in agility training and competition

Community

K9X contributions to the community include:

  • Offering beginning agility classes free of charge to rescue organizations. For many dogs, additional training and skills provide a better chance of finding their “forever home.”
  • Holding agility demonstrations at community outreach events, which help to educate the public about responsible dog training and ownership.
  • Donating pet food and human food to community food banks. Each year we organize collections from our members for food banks, as well as other items needed for local animal shelters and non-profits.
  • Donating money to Austin-area, dog-related non-profit organizations. (Please note that we are not a grant-making organization and do not accept proposals or solicitations.)