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

Agility Class (Summer 2022)

Day

Time

Class

Instructor

Sunday

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

3:00pm-4:00pm

Agility Skills and Drills (limit 6)

Carol Rives

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

4:15pm-5:15pm

Agility Skills and Drills (limit 6)

Carol Rives

Monday

June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 11, 18

7:00pm-8:30pm

Using AKC FAST Class  to build Agility Skills(limit 6)

Tracy Fletcher

Tuesday

May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 21

 9:30am -10:30am

Beginning Handling and Jumping Skills  (limit 6)

Kim Secter, Betsy King

Thursday

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7

6:00pm -7:00pm

Novice/Open Handling (limit 8)

Laurence Gesquiere

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7

7:00pm -8:00pm

Excellent/Master Sequencing  (limit 8)

Susan Bankauf

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

Note: Durham Kennel Club reserves the right to cancel class if a minimum of dogs is not reached a week before start of class.

 

DURHAM KENNEL CLUB AGILITY CLASS INFORMATION

 


Using AKC FAST Class to build Agility Skills

Prerequisite: You should already be able to perform all of the agility obstacles or instructor approval. 

This class will introduce you to the AKC Fifteen and Send Time (FAST) class while also working on improving your obstacle performance. You will learn about the FAST rules and scoring. We will work on techniques to obtain lateral distance. We will work on visualizing your performance. We will work on figuring out a safe and efficient "path" that lets you qualify while practicing the obstacles you want to work on. The courses will be Novice and Open level FAST courses


Novice/Open Handling

Prerequisite: For teams currently competing in Novice levels or above

This class is designed to improve your handling skills on Novice/Open courses. After walking the course, we will discuss the different handling options. Each team will have the opportunity to run the different options possible to see what works best for them.


Excellent/Master Sequencing

Prerequisite: For teams currently competing in Excellent/Master levels, or upon Instructor's approval

This class is geared toward people who want to improve their handling skills on Excellent/Master courses. We will set up excellent courses and discuss different handling options. Then we will run as many options as possible so each team can discover what works best for them.


Agility Beginning Handling and Jumping Skills 

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Dogs and Handlers MUST have taken an Introduction to Agility Course , Beginner Agility Class, Basic Obedience Class or Foundation Performance class. Dogs must have a good recall and focus so they stay with their handlers while working.

The class will include learning to perform a Front Cross, Rear Cross and how to cue Turns.  . Natural Motion and position cues will be focused on. Handler to develop a consistent set of cues to help the dog know when extension versus collection are needed in a sequence. Specific jumping skills will also be addressed to help develop a confident  and efficient jumping style.

Note: Class will be held outdoors and its is recommended trhat you have 2 jumps sat home.


Agility Skills and Drills

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: This class is intended for a range of skill levels from dogs (10 months or older) and handlers who have successfully completed the Obstacle Familiarization 2 class (or have instructor permission) up to teams currently competing at the Novice Level. 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 class will focus on very short obstacle sequences meant to reinforce specific skills. Skills to be covered may vary depending upon the needs of the students but will include such things as sticking and holding contacts, independent weave pole performance, and handler skills such as various types of crosses.


Intro to Agility 2

Prerequisite: Must have taken “Introduction to Agility Class” or have permission of the Instructor. (For those that have taken another Introduction to Agility Class elsewhere they would need to be evaluated by the Instructor.)

This class is a continuation of the "Introduction to Agility class". The Goal of this class is to strengthen the training relationship, focus and teamwork with your dog.   Building confidence, joy and drive to perform equipment, jumps, tunnels, contact obstacles and weaves at the introductory level.  Handlers begin to learn the basics of performing a Front Cross and simple handling like post turns.  Self- control for sit stays and start line set-ups will continue.  Handlers will continue to build their skills in recognizing, marking and rewarding behaviors appropriately.
Training a contact zone end behavior will continue along with Weave Pole and Teeter training. 


Intro to Agility

Prerequisite:none

This class is held mostly 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 be working as a cohesive team, which is the core of all agility training.


Obstacle Familiarization

Prerequisite:To be enrolled in this class, Your dog must be 8 months or older. You must have completed an Introduction to Agility or Obstacle Familiarization class or be able to demonstrate off lead control of your dog.

This class is intended to teach dogs and/or handlers how to correctly navigate the agility obstacles found on AKC courses. This class would be appropriate both for beginners and for dogs who have had one or perhaps even two classes before,
but who are still having 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.


Long Sequence

Prerequisite:none

The Long Sequence class will consist of a 10-15 obstacle sequence (a new sequence each week). Anyone competing at the Novice or higher level in AKC Agility is welcome. If you are not competing, instructor permission is required. We'll walk the course as a group and handling strategies will be discussed. Each team will then run the course and help will be offered (if desired). If there are any skill gaps, then exercise suggestions will be discussed to build those skills. Each team will get at least 2 turns to run the course. Each team will have enough time per tum to re-run problematic sequences of the course and/or try different handling strategies.


Masters and Premier Sequencing

Prerequisite: For teams currently competing in Excellent/Master levels, or upon Instructor's approval. 

This class is geared toward people who compete in Premier and Master and want to improve their handling skills. We will set up Premier and Master courses and discuss different handling options. Then we will run as many options as possible so each team can discover what works best for them.  

 


Premier Sequences

Prerequisite: For teams currently competing in Excellent/Master levels, or upon Instructor's approval. 

This class is geared toward people who compete in Premier and want to improve their handling skills. We will set up Premier courses and discuss different handling options. Then we will run as many options as possible so each team can discover what works best for them. 


Handling Skills

Prerequisite: Completed DKC’s Agility Skills and Drills class or equivalent or trialing at the Novice level or above. 

This class is designed to teach and improve your handling skills. We will discuss and work on different skills each week like front crosses, sends, wraps, etc. As the handler improves the dog will also begin to recognize the handling to increase teamwork. 


Masters and Premier Sequencing

Prerequisite: For teams currently competing in Excellent/Master levels, or upon Instructor's approval. 

This class is geared toward people who compete in Premier and Master and want to improve their handling skills. We will set up Premier and Master courses and discuss different handling options. Then we will run as many options as possible so each team can discover what works best for them.