What to Expect

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.


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.