Agility

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  A collie dog competes in the agility competition on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond.

We offer a full range of classes for the first time handler through the seasoned competitor. All of our classes are taught using positive methods and each class builds on the previous class as skill and confidence increase.

Introduction to Agility A/B

This two part class gradually introduces dogs to agility using small, safe equipment to allow them to build confidence and have a positive experience. Difficulty increases until the dogs are happily performing all of the obstacles. After successfully completing Intro A/B, new handlers move on to Introduction to Handling where they will learn the foundation handling skills they will need to progress.

Dogs must have a reliable off leash recall and good manners. We require dogs to have taken an obedience class at our facility or be evaluated by one of our instructors.

You MUST be able to attend the first night of class, and it is strongly recommend you not miss any of the classes during the session.

Handling Classes

After completing our Intro to Agility Classes, students move on to our Introduction to Handling Class, which emphasizes the fundamentals of agility handling for the new handler and/or dog, and then on to one of our Handling 1 classes, which features longer sequences and increased difficulty while reinforcing sound fundamentals. Handling 2 offers more complexity and further develops the team.  Handling 3 classes help refine skills and timing on challenging courses.

In addition to our regular handling classes, we also offer specialty classes through-out the year focusing on improving specific parts of your agility game -  Weaves, Contacts, and Jumping Skills!

If you are new to our club but have trained or completed elsewhere, please e-mail agility@dtcsp.org. We will schedule a time to evaluate your dog to make sure your are in the best class for you!

Jump and Weave Skills

Level 1 students who need help with weaves, finding entry, staying in them, and all jump skills, this class is for you. Only 3 sessions but 1.5 hour sessions.

If you are new to our club but have trained or completed elsewhere, please e-mail agility@dtcsp.org. We will schedule a time to evaluate your dog to make sure your are in the best class for you!

Agility Dog Strength and Conditioning

Conditioning has many benefits for all dogs! The exercises in this class are a great way to build your dogs confidence and improve your bond with your dog.

Conditioning will teach your dog to move from its core while actively stretching and strengthening its muscles by using various balance training tools, including balls and balance discs.

The class will reinforce positive training while exercising and building stronger bodies.

If  no classes appear in the box it means there is not a class currently accepting registrations.  E-mail us at agility@dtcsp.org or call us at (727)527-5568 and we will be glad to assist you.