Agility is a very fun team sport where both dog and person run a course together. Ultimately, the dog runs off leash performs obstacles, like tunnels, jumps and ramps while the person gives direction to the dog. Athleticism and teamwork are important for beginning teams to develop through active games in series of classes (Agility 1, 2, 3, etc.). It usually takes one year for a team practicing once a week to be able to run a course fluidly. Beginning teams should not expect to be training on equipment until they have foundation skills. See the Agility Class Descriptions and photos below for details and prerequisites. 

Agility Class Descriptions

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Agility Prep School: Strong Foundations

Description: You and your dog will learn how to work and communicate as an agility team, how to use toys for motivation, obedience for agility, start line stay, body awareness, forward focus, acceleration, deceleration, circle work, call to and run with and more.  We will use training equipment in this class: ladders, cavaletti jumps, narrow planks, wrap posts and lots more. 

Prerequisites: Your dog must be at least six months of age, have good attention and connection to you around new dogs and people. They should have a sit, down, stay, release, heel on both sides and a good recall around distractions. Ask us for an evaluation.

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions
 

Agility 1: Introduction to Agility: Jumps, Tunnels & Tables

Description: You and your dog will learn how to work and communicate as an agility team, send to a target, 2-on 2-off nose targeting for contacts, more acceleration, more deceleration, circle work, send to a distant table, jumps with wraps, send, call to and run with and more.  We will use training equipment in this class: table, tunnel and jumps.

Prerequisites: Your dog must be at least nine months of age, have good attention and connection to you around new dogs and people. They should have a sit, down, stay, release, heel on both sides and a good recall around distractions (Proficiency in Agility Prep School and/or Family Dog 2 level).

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions
Dogs who have proficiency in Agility Prep School and/or Family Dog 2 are the best prepared dogs for Agility 1.

Agility 2: Adding Contacts & Foundations for Handling 
Take after Agility Basics: Prep School for Agility (Level 1)

Description: You and your dog will learn how to work and communicate as an agility team, how to use toy motivation, how to perform contact obstacles safely with the 2 on, 2 off technique, learn about how your acceleration and deceleration teaches your dog to look for timely physical cues, obedience for agility & body awareness.  Obstacles: Jumps, Tunnels, A-frame, Dog Walk, & Table.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Agility 1 skills.

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions

 

Agility 3: Adding Teeter & Weaves,  
Take after Agility Basics: Foundations for Handling (Level 2)

Description: Continue building Agility 1 skills with more obstacles, handling, communication & distance. Obstacles added: Teeter & Weave Poles.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Agility 2 skills.

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions

Agility 4: Sequencing & Handling 
Take after Agility Basics: Obstacle Performance (Level 3)

Description: Agility continues in ongoing Continue polishing Agility skills on obstacles, handling, communication & distance 6 week sessions until you are proficient enough to run complex courses.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Agility 3 skills. 

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions

Agility Fun Runs (Fun Match)  
Novice, Intermediate & Advanced (Competition Level) Drills & Coursework

Description: Running drills or full courses independently with less instruction. The goal of fun runs is to promote a working relationship between dogs and their people and prepare your dog for competition in mock trial conditions. Reinforcers are encouraged on the field for fun runs. 

Ongoing Class: Saturday 9AM, Aptos (except holidays and event days, see the Calendar)

Location: LWD Field, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village, CA, Directions

 

Fun Run Prerequisites: Safety is first in agility, so we do have some basic requirements for the fun runs.

Your dog must:

1) Be at least 1-year-old 

2) Not be aggressive with other, new dogs and people

3) Proficient and trained on all of the equipment (jumps, tunnels, full height contact equipment, weave poles, etc. trained through our Agility level 3),

4) Have  verification of proficiency from an agility trainer,

5) OR approval by evaluation. Book a private evaluation at current rates with us by using our contact form.

 

Open Field Time & Field Rentals

Please contact us if you are interested in renting the agility field. Specify dates and times. Look at our class calendar to see open times on the schedule. Your dog must have been competing for at least six months and you must be pre-approved for field rental by an evaluation. Field Rental is minimum 1 hour, $25/hour for 1 or 2 dogs, plus an additional $5 per dog for 3 or more dogs. Please contact us with specific times and days for an evaluation and rental or instead of an evaluation, the name and email address of your trainer.

 

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to use reinforcement & motivation for training. This means using rewards for desirable behavior, preventing undesirable behavior and being consistent. To protect the welfare of dogs harsh corrections are not allowed at our facility. Harsh corrections include: yelling, physical corrections, collar corrections or intimidating treatment of the dog during play or while on the property. The use of electronic, citronella, prong or slip (choke) collars are prohibited during classes and anywhere on the training property.

 

What is Agility?

Agility is a canine sport where you and your dog run a course set up with obstacles like jumps, tunnels, dog walks, see-saws, and A-Frames. You can do agility at any level – just to have fun, to enhance your relationship with your dog, to compete for your personal best, or to win titles by competing against other handlers. Any way you slice it, you and your dog win!

 

Perhaps you’ve seen agility on TV or heard about it from your dog-loving friends. You know your dog can jump high and run fast. You know she is really smart and needs an activity that will challenge her body and mind, something to look forward to where you engage intensely with each other to achieve a common goal.

 

So where do you start? Start by looking at our Aptos agility classes. Having fun with your dog and improving your fitness, handling, relationship, and communication can be just as rewarding for you and your best buddy as competing.

 

A good foundation class will instruct you on rewarding with toys to motivate your dog so she will happily drive through the course at top speed and with focus. You will learn how your body language helps guide her around the course. Your dog will learn exquisite control of her body so she can run “full tilt boogie” on narrow walk ways and turn or stop on a dime.

 

In competition, should you go that route, you will work your way through beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses. Jump heights will be adjusted for each dog’s height class, from 4 to 24 inches. With a perfect score you can earn points toward an agility title.

 

Of course, the dogs don’t care what color the ribbons are or even if they win any, they are just having a great time bonding with you on the course!

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