Class Schedule


Agility Class Information Fall 2018


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

Mondays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm Obstacle Familiarization 2

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm Short Sequence

 
 

Class Dates:  September 10, 24, October 1, 8, 15 and 22.  October 29 as a makeup date. 

 

Introduction to Agility (limit 6)
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. This class will meet on Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (setup @1:30 pm).

Instructors:  Nancy Akers and Roger Akers


Obstacle Familiarization 1(limit 6)
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 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells

This class will meet Monday afternoons inside the DKC Building from 3:30-4:30 pm (setup @3:00 pm).

Instructors:  Lisa Roberts and Kathleen Downs


Obstacle Familiarization 2 (limit 8)
To be enrolled in this class, ALL dogs MUST be tested for or have previously been tested for OFF LEAD control and must display no aggressive behavior towards other dogs or people.  This class is intended for dogs (10 months or older) and/or handlers who have done agility before, or successfully completed the Obstacle Familiarization 1 class, or have instructor permission.  The handler must have a working relationship with his/her dog.

Dogs must:

  • Willingly approach all obstacles;
  • Work on both sides of handler;
  • Have a start line stay. 

Assistance may still be required on the teeter, weaves and 2 on 2 off on contacts. 

This class is appropriate for dogs that are still having some issues with specific obstacles or with general confidence levels.   The handler may feel that they need more work establishing a solid foundation on how to correctly perform the different obstacles.

We will introduce how to "read" a series of obstacles and how to successfully navigate from one to the next.

Testing will take place at 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells.   

This class will meet Monday afternoons inside the DKC Building from 5:00-6:00 pm (setup @4:30 pm).

Instructors:  Lisa Roberts and Kathleen Downs


Short Sequence  (limit 8)
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 or have instructor permission.  Handler must have off lead control of dog.  Handler and dog must:

  • Successfully navigate full height equipment;
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of front, rear and blind crosses;
  • Demonstrate some obstacle focus and willingness to move away from the handler when sent to perform an obstacle (go on).

Focus will be on teaching dogs and handlers how to properly execute many of the maneuvers seen on agility courses. 

Dogs are not expected to do straight up weave poles and/or independent teeter. 

Testing will take place at 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the DKC building. If you cannot come at this time for testing or you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wells.

This class will meet outside on the DKC Agility Field on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm (setup @6:30p). ** In the event of inclement weather, the class will move inside.

Instructor: Tracy Fletcher


 

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.