Pomeranian dog jumping over obstacleFall 2022 Beginner classes sold out

Our fall beginner agility classes are sold out. Watch for our Spring class registration.

K9X strives to offer at least one Beginner Class in the spring and fall of each year. If you are interested in starting agility before that time, please contact us and we will direct you to other agility resources in Austin.

Please complete and submit the online registration form. Once the form has been approved, non-club members will be emailed a link within 24 hours to make an online payment of $150. This payment secures a place in the class.

Class Schedule:

Level 1: Beginner 
Fridays: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Instructor: Laura Fennell and Cynthia Stein

Level 2: Foundation Skills
Wednesdays: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Instructor: Mike Stinson and Maureen Lemke

Level 3: Novice
Saturdays: 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Instructor: Riley Scott and Maureen Lemke

Level 4: Intermediate
Thursdays:  7:00 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Jan Daley

Level 5: Advanced/Open and Higher
Not currently offered
Instructor: Nancy Radding, Debbie LaJoie, & Kim Galusha

Virtual Trials and Games(Club Members Only)
Sunday Morning – exact time TBD – watch your email
Instructor: Steve Martin

Class Descriptions

Level 1: Beginners

Prerequisite: Dog participants must be at least 12 months old and be able to reliably come to the handler when called, focus on the handler in a distracting environment, and share the class field with other dogs and people safely.

This class is for dog-handler teams that are new to the sport of agility. The focus is on obstacle familiarization, confidence building, and foundational focus and handling skills. Class meets for 8 weeks and is typically offered twice a year–in the fall and late winter/early spring.

Level 2: Foundation Skills*

Prerequisite:

Dog-handler teams must have either successfully completed a beginner agility class or be able to demonstrate a competency in completing jumps, hoops, barrels, tunnels, the dog walk, the a-frame, and the table. Dog participants must be able to reliably come to the handler when called, focus on the handler in a distracting environment, and share the class field with other dogs and people safely.

This class focuses on building obstacle proficiency and developing basic handling skills with short sequences.

Level 3: Novice*

Prerequisite:

Dog-handler teams must be able to safely and independently perform most obstacles (other than weave poles and teeter) and to sequence 3-5 obstacles. Dog participants must be able to reliably come to the handler when called, focus on the handler in a distracting environment, and share the class field with other dogs and people safely.

This class focuses on sequencing obstacles and preparing dog-handler teams to successfully navigate common patterns and challenges like serpentines, boxes, threadles, contact-tunnel discriminations, layering, and distance challenges. The goal is to prepare students for novice-level courses in AKC, NADAC, USDAA, and UKI.

Level 4: Intermediate*

Prerequisite:

Dog-handler teams have earned a Novice agility title in at least one venue (e.g. AKC, USDAA, NADAC, UKI) or have demonstrated an ability to compete at such a level. Dog participants must be able to reliably come to the handler when called, focus on the handler in a distracting environment, and share the class field with other dogs and people safely.

Handlers practice walking courses and developing and testing handling strategies. The goal is to provide practice opportunity and support for advanced dog-handler teams actively competing in Open level and higher.

Level 5: Advanced / Open & higher*

Prerequisite: Dog/handler teams have earned a Novice agility title in at least one venue (e.g. AKC, USDAA, NADAC, etc.) or demonstrated ability to compete at such a level.

Group participation (such as offering a handling suggestion during a”walk and talk”) is central to the structure of this class.

Distance

currently not offered

Prerequisite:

Dog-handler teams must be able to safely sequence 3-5 obstacles and dogs must be under handler control at all times. Dog participants must be able to reliably come to the handler when called, focus on the handler in a distracting environment, and share the class field with other dogs and people safely.

The focus of this class is to teach the dog to work independently, and at a distance from the handler, in a fast and confident manner.

Virtual Trials and Games (Club Members Only)

Prerequisite: Must be a K-9 Xpress member. Teams must be able to safely sequence obstacles and should be under handler control at all times. Members should contact their regular class instructor or the Show-N-Go Instructor if they are unsure if they are qualified for this class.

A full NADAC course may be set for the purpose of recording and submitting to NADAC for title points. Alternatively, games and non-standard classes from other venues (AKC, USDAA, UKI) may also be set.

* Dogs must pass the Behavior Evaluation prior to starting any class other than the Level 1: Beginners Class.

Weather Cancellation Policy

Austin K-9 Xpress agility classes may be canceled due to extreme or unsafe weather conditions, such as rain, lightning, snow, ice, and extreme heat. Instructors, when possible, will post a cancellation notice to the club email list.

Heat cancellations: If, at two hours before class time, the temperature or heat index is 100ºF or above, classes will be cancelled.

For information on field temperature, the training instructors will refer to the Weather Underground website.  When there is a question of class being cancelled due to heat, students should refer to this website to confirm if the temperature or heat index has reached the cancellation point (100ºF). Club members are also encouraged to refer to this website when planning to practice at the Wikazri field during hot days. Due to the weather station’s proximity to the field, it is a more accurate reference for field conditions than Camp Mabry and Bergstrom weather stations.