Class Schedule

Agility Class Information Winter 2020

Thank you for your interest in agility classes at Durham Kennel Club (DKC).  If you are not sure which class best suits your dog, and particularly if you have taken classes other than those offered at DKC, please contact Cathy Wells to help you determine which class is most appropriate for you and your dog.  NOTE: Bitches in season will be allowed in all classes at the handler’s own risk provided the dog wears protective britches.



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Note: Application are still accepted when class is full. Students will be added to the wait list.



Monday 2:00-3:00 pm Introduction to Agility (limit 6)

Monday 3:30-4:30 pm Obstacle Familiarization/Short Sequence (limit 6)

Monday 6:30-7:30 pm Dog Sport Foundation (limit 10)

Sunday 2:00-3:00 pm Novice Handling Skills (limit 6)



Agility Class Descriptions, Winter 2020



Introduction to Agility (limit 6). 
Class Dates:  January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17.  February 24 is a makeup date. 
This class will meet on Monday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 pm
(setup @1:30 pm).

This class is held inside and gives instruction on basic training skills for agility. This includes, but not limited to, creating a working relationship with your dog, working as a team from one obstacle to another, contact obstacle basics, and start line stays. The goal of this class is that you and your dog will learn to work as a cohesive team, which is the core of all agility training.

Instructors:  Nancy Akers and Roger Akers


Obstacle Familiarization/Short Sequence (limit 6)
Class Dates:  January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17.  February 24 is a makeup date.    
This class will meet Monday afternoons inside the DKC Building from 3:30-4:30 pm (setup @3:00 pm).

This class is intended for dogs (10 months or older) and/or handlers who have done agility before, or successfully completed the Intro to Agility or the Obstacle Familiarization 1 class, or have instructor permission.  The handler must have a working relationship with his/her dog.

There will be a progressive introduction to all obstacles found in AKC competition.  We will introduce how to "read" a series of obstacles and how to successfully navigate from one to the next.

Instructors:  Kathleen Downs and Cathy Wells.

Dog Sport Foundation (limit 8)
).  Class Dates:  January 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9.  March 16 is a makeup date. 
This class will meet inside the DKC Building on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm.

This class is held inside and is designed to start building a solid sport foundation for your dog.  The dog must be 12 weeks or older at the start of class.  Having good foundation skills puts you and your dog on your way to becoming a better team.  The foundation skills you will learn can be applied to Agility, Obedience/Rally, Freestyle or just having fun with your dog.  This class will include but is not limited to perch work, body awareness, increasing core strength for your dog, 360˚ spins, improve on verbal skills, circle work, and wraps.  Dogs must be able to sit, down, and be able to work among other dog teams.

Instructors:  Susan Bankauf and Laurence Gesquierre.

Novice Handling Skills (limit 6). 
Class dates: January 12, 19; February 2, 9, 16; March 1.  March 8 is a makeup day. 
This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 pm

** In the event of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.

This class is intended for dogs (10 months or older) and/or handlers who have successfully completed the Obstacle Familiarization/Short Sequence class or have instructor permission.  The handler must have off lead control of his/her dog.  Dogs should be able to perform all the obstacles.  Assistance may be needed on the teeter and weave poles.

The focus of the class will be on sequencing and handling techniques. Subjects to be included are crosses, increasing handler distance, obstacle versus handler focus, and drawing the path for the dog.

Instructor:  Carol Rives

Drop-In Agility Class (please read the description carefully!). 

This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on the days and times listed below.  ** In the event of inclement weather, the class will be canceled or rescheduled.

1.   Saturday, Jan 18 at 10:00 am.  Focus on weave entries
2.   Sunday, Jan 26 at 1:00 pm.  Focus on backsides
3)   Saturday, Feb 8 at 10am.  Focus on threadles
4)   Saturday, Feb 15 at 10:00 am.  Focus on serpentines
5)   Saturday, Feb 29 at 10am.  Focus on blind tunnel entrances

Teams must have completed Obstacle Familiarization 2/Short Sequence at DKC, be actively competing (at AKC Novice level or higher), or have instructor permission ( if the team can perform weave poles, but you have the option to skip them if you don’t have that skill yet. The channel weaves will be set up in one end of the field.

There is no preregistration—ie, it is a drop-in format—so you can attend one or all sessions, and pay only for the one(s) you attend.  Because this will be outside on the field, please email Tracy,, that you plan to attend at least 2 days in advance so you can be informed of weather-related changes.  Cost is $10 per session (cash only!). While each “turn” will be time limited based on the number of participants, you’ll get as many turns as you want.  I will ask for 2 “helpers” for setup, cleanup, and monitoring.  Your class fee will be comp’ed in exchange for your help.  Please let me know if you’re interested in this when you email me to let me know you’re coming.  You don’t need to come every session to help.  Since there will be designated helpers, this means no one else needs to set up or clean up… just show up and play with your canine teammate. The building will be open for restroom access.


VERY IMPORTANT – We understand that in the agility setting, dogs do get excited and may on occasion lunge at or chase other dogs that are running.  However, if any dog willfully attacks a human or another dog while in class, you will be asked to leave and may not return with that dog.

Classes fill very quickly and space is limited – please either submit your application online with payment, or return your application and a check made payable to DKC as soon as possible.  If you need