Beginners (Level 1)

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dog receiving praise from handlerRegister now for Spring 2017 Beginner Classes!

The cost is $150.
Pre-registration is required.

Human only orientation:
Friday, April 21 from 7 – 8:30 pm
Saturday class schedule:
Saturdays, April 22 – June 10 from 10 – 11 am
(no class on May 13)

Please fill out, sign, and return the forms in the registration packet and submit the class fee to secure your spot. Classes do fill up! The packet will be posted on our website and advertised on our Facebook page when registration is open.

The class series starts with a “human only” orientation on the first class.  The class series is scheduled for 8 classes in 7 weeks (note any scheduled breaks due to conflicting local agility competitions).

Beginner Agility Class Schedule

This class meets 8 times over 7 weeks. We cover foundation skills training & introduce agility obstacles. Please review the below dates & ensure that this class fits your schedule. Class instructors are L. Joy Mercier and Lauren Goldberg.

Goals for Beginner class:

For the first 4 classes (3 weeks), our goal is to build foundation skills needed before we can  start agility-specific training:
(1) learn theory and application of positive reinforcement (clicker) training,
(2) become more relevant and valuable to our dogs so they pay attention to us, &
(3) accustom our dogs to the class environment.

Breaks may be included in the class schedule so that instructors and students alike can attend local agility competitions on these weekends. Agility competitions (called “trials”) are a great way to see where all your hard work is taking you!

For the second 4 weeks, our goals are to introduce dogs and handlers to the main skills needed for agility:
(1) teach handlers (humans) how to apply positive reinforcement (clicker) training to agility,
(2) introduce dogs to agility equipment in a fun and safe manner,
(3) start building obstacle drive (the dog’s desire to do the obstacle),
(4) introduce handlers to “dog-side” handling, &
(5) teach handlers two methods for changing direction on a course.

Prerequisites:

The dog/handler team must have basic obedience & manners, such as an ability to be on leash, sit, down, stay, and come (recall). The dog should be able to focus on the handler (human) in a class setting. Dogs with previous experience in obedience, manners, tricks, canine good citizen (CGC), or similar group classes tend to excel in our Beginner agility class.

There is no requirement of the owner or the dog to know obstacles or the rules of agility before attending class.

Target Audience:

This class is for dog/handler teams that are new to the sport of agility. Handlers (humans) should be eager to learn and want to have fun with their dog. Dogs should be able to pay attention to their handlers on-leash with distractions and off-leash with no to minimal distractions.

Format:
8 classes in 7 weeks. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings, specific time TBD.

Attendance:
To make adequate progress in the class, students MUST be able to attend the first class and at least 5 of the 7 regularly scheduled classes.

Policy for make-up classes:
If class is held but a student is unable to attend, the instructor will not offer a “make-up” class.

If the instructor cancels class (e.g., due to weather), a make-up class will be offered. The make-up class will be rescheduled on Sunday around noon.  If the cancelled class cannot be held the following day, it will be scheduled for a later Sunday.  If multiple classes are cancelled and it’s absolutely necessary, a class will be scheduled on the designated “make up” date at the end of the class series.

Questions?

email our Membership Coordinator