Class Schedule


Agility Class Information Spring 2019


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.

 

 

Mondays, 2:00-3:00 pm Introduction to Agility

Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm Obstacle Familiarization 1

 

Monday 7:00pm - 8:30pm Outside Run-Thru Class

Monday 8:00pm-9:00pm Dog Sport Foundation

Tueday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Novice/Open Sequencing

Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Excellent.Masters Handling

Sunday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Novice Handling Skills

 
 

Agility Class Descriptions, Summer 2019

 

 

Introduction to Agility (limit 6)
Class Dates:  June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22.  July 29 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 1(limit 8)
Class Dates:  Class Dates:  June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22.  July 29 is a makeup date.  This class will meet Monday afternoons inside the DKC Building from 3:30-4:30 pm (setup @3:00 pm).

To be enrolled in this class, ALL dogs MUST be tested for or have previously been tested for ON LEAD control and must display no aggressive behavior towards other dogs or people.  Dogs must have successfully completed the Intro to Agility class, a basic obedience class, or have instructor permission.  You must have a working relationship with your dog.

This class is intended for dogs (10 months or older) and/or handlers who have either not done agility before or who feel that they could use some more work establishing a solid foundation on how to correctly perform the different obstacles. This class would be appropriate both for beginners and for dogs who have had one or two classes before, but who still have some issues either with specific obstacles or with general confidence levels. Dogs will be introduced to the tunnel, table, tire, dog walk, A-frame, weave poles, teeter, and jumps.

Testing will take place at 4:00 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells

Instructors: Cathy Well and Kathleen Downs.


 


Outside Run-Thru Class  (limit 12)
Class Dates:  June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22.  July 29 is a makeup date.  This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm.  ** In the event of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.

To be enrolled in this class, ALL dogs must be tested for off lead control and no aggressive behavior ONLY if the dog has never taken a class with us before.  This class is for those dogs and handlers who have successfully completed an Obstacle Familiarization 2 course or beyond, are currently competing, or have instructor permission.  Handler must have off lead control of dog.  Handler and dog must successfully navigate full height equipment.

Each week, both an AKC JWW and Standard course will be set up.  Instruction is limited, but Tracy is available to offer suggestions and help if you request it.

Testing will take place at 4:00 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells

Instructor: Tracy Fletcher

Dog Sport Foundation (limit 8)
Class Dates:  June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22.  July 29 is a makeup date.  This class will meet inside the DKC Building on Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00 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.

Testing will take place at 4:00 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells

Instructor:  Paula Buchma

Novice/Open Sequencing (limit 8)
Class dates:  June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23.  July 30 is a makeup date.  This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm
** In the event of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.

This class aims to improve your handling skills using sequences to explore different options and find the best handling method for each team.   Dog and handler teams should be close to competing or are already competing at the Novice/Open levels.  Dogs must be at least one year old at the beginning of class.  The courses will alternate between AKC Standard and Jumpers with Weaves courses each week.

Instructor:  Laurence Gesquierre

Excellent/Masters Handling (limit 8)
Class dates:  June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23.  July 30 is a makeup date.  This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm
** In the event of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.

This class will focus on improving your handling skills and learning new ones.  Each dog and handler team will learn the best strategy to increase their success in the ring.  The team should be trialing at the Open level or above.  The courses will alternate between AKC Standard and Jumpers with Weaves courses each week.

Instructor:  Susan Bankauf

Novice Handling Skills (limit 6)
Class dates:  June 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 28.  August 4 is a makeup day.  This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:00 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 2 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

 

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 to have your dog tested for admission go ahead and send in your application NOW to hold a place in the class and e-mail to schedule a testing session as soon as possible!  Please do NOT send your health certificate in with your application – bring it with you on the first night of class – your dog will not be admitted to class without it.