AGILITY CLASSES


FOUNDATION CLASSES

Agility Test Drive

Have a dog with a lot of energy, that loves to work for you?  Ever wonder what the sport of agility was all about?  Here's your chance to come give it a crack without committing to a full session of classes!  in this short class series, we'll introduce your dog to key concepts such as Shaping and Offering Behaviors, while working through a mini agility obstacle course.  Students will leave the class with recommendations for how to continue their agility training if they choose. 

Prerequisite: FM Foundations or similar.

Puppy/Young Dog Handling

Foundation handling skills on one jump applied to a short sequence of jumps and tunnels only (~6 obstacles).

Foundation Essentials

This is your starting point within the PCOTC Agility Program. This class teaches your team the learning structure and skills that will be utilized throughout all other agility classes: Clicker training, principles of operant conditioning, obedience and positional cues related to agility, focus, impulse control, drive, play and working through distraction.

Introduction to agility equipment will occur as appropriate for the skill level of team, but will not be the focus of Foundation Essentials. These skills will carry over to all future training and subsequently, this class should be repeated as necessary.

Dogs of any age including puppies. Class limit 8 teams.

Once proficient, or with prior instructor approval, your team may enroll in any of the four Foundation Concentration classes.

Foundation - Jump Concentration

This class focuses primarily on proper jump skills and form:

Introduction to various jumps, exercises to develop form, judge distances, build drive, and read motion and direction.

Other agility equipment (i.e. tunnels) will be introduced/utilized as appropriate, but this course will focus primarily on jumps. Class limit 8 teams.

Prerequisite: Foundation Essentials (simultaneous enrollment in both classes acceptable with prior approval of instructor)

Foundation - Contact Concentration

This class focuses primarily on contact obstacles and contact behavior:
Introduction to Dog Walk, A-Frame and Pause Table (Teeter taught in Weave Pole / Teeter Class).
Equipment will be introduced at appropriate height while dog and handler skills are developed. Other agility equipment (i.e. tunnels) will be introduced/utilized as appropriate, but this course will focus primarily on contact obstacles. Class limit 8 teams.

Prerequisite: Foundation Essentials (simultaneous enrollment in both classes acceptable with prior approval of instructor)

Foundation - Motion/Handling Concentration

This class focuses primarily on the motion and handling skills necessary for synchronized teamwork between handler and dog:

     Exercises to teach your dog to recognize and respond to the cues you will use to navigate agility course sequences.
     Drive, play and games will be further nurtured as your dog learns to turn with you, assume position on correct handler side and move away from handler as cued.

Agility equipment (i.e. tunnels) will be introduced/utilized as appropriate, but this course will focus primarily on handler cues to develop teamwork. Class limit 8 teams.

Prerequisite: Foundation Essentials (simultaneous enrollment in both classes acceptable with prior approval of instructor)

Foundation - Contact and Weaves

This class focuses primarily on Weave Poles and Contacts:

Weave Pole entries, proficiency and drive, building up to complete sets of poles. Introduction to Dog Walk, A-Frame, Teeter and Pause Table.
Equipment will be introduced at appropriate height while dog and handler skills are developed. Other agility equipment (i.e. tunnels) will be introduced/utilized as appropriate, but this course will focus primarily on contact obstacles. Class limit 8 teams.

Prerequisite: Foundation Essentials (simultaneous enrollment in both classes acceptable with prior approval of instructor)

Agility Foundation Essentials 2

Continuing to build on exercises taught in any foundation essentials course, we will build on you and your dogs knowledge of the sport of dog agility. During this course your dog will be exposed to all of the agility equipment (except weave poles) and you will begin to learn basic sequencing and handling techniques.

Prerequisite: Must have taken a foundation essentials course within the last 6 months. 

OMD-Inspired Foundations

A OneMind Dogs-inspired foundation agility class geared towards teaching handlers about the OneMind Dogs approach to Connect, Commit and Cue and the 7 handling elements that provide clear communication to their dog. Handlers will learn basic handling techniques and dogs will learn the skills they need to become the best teammates they can be. Limit 6 teams.

 

INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

Click. Treat. : Clear Markers and Reward Strategies for Agility

Does your dog spin, bark, or check out from you on course?  Do you have trouble teaching new behaviors because your dog is frantically offering everything they know, or just totally un-interested?  This is the class for you!  Unclear and inconsistent marker and reward strategies are often at the heart of these frustration behaviors we see in our dogs.  In this class, we will discuss why clean and clear markers are important, practice marker mechanics, and discuss a variety of reward strategies, and how to use them in each situation.

Young Dog Skills and Drills

Important skills and short sequences for young dogs. Tunnels and jumps only. Minimum age: 7 months.

OneMind Dogs Techniques/Sequencing

This class will focus on one (or more) specific OneMind Dogs techniques each week and how to apply them to short sequences. Contacts/weave poles are not required.

OneMind Dog Basic Techniques

OneMind Dogs inspired handling techniques including front cross, rear cross, blind cross and more.This class is appropriate for teams just starting to sequence or teams that want to sharpen their basic handling skills.

OneMind Dog Advanced Techniques

OneMind Dogs inspired handling techniques including German Turn, Hungarian, Flicks and more. This class is appropriate for handlers that are comfortable with the basic handling techniques.

Either/Or Training

his is a fun class comparing different handling techniques and exit lines in sequences. Find out why your dog will sometimes turn away from you when he is supposed to wrap a jump. Often times there is a pattern on course that is taken a couple of times but with different exits. This class will help show you how to handle your dog correctly so he understands his exit line. Handling will be addressed in this class.

Distance Skills Work

This class focuses on improving obstacle commitment and teaching the dog to move away from the handler while the handler continues on a designated path. Independent skills will be the focus so the dog can maintain the same speed through a sequence with much greater distance.

All The Distance

Handling with independence at a distance is not just for Gamblers. Give your dog the confidence with good obstacle commitment skills to move away from you on course. Slower handlers, velcro dogs, dogs that keep looking back or pulling off obstacles are most welcome.

Wicked Weaves

Whether you are just starting weave pole training, or looking to increase consistency and independence in your dog's performance, this class is for you.  eams will work one at a time, and exercises will be adjusted individually.  We'll build a strong foundation, ensuring our dogs fully understand the criteria, then work to increase the challenge for consistent performance in trial settings. 

Prerequisite: Agility Foundation Essentials.

Reliable Running Contacts

Whether you are just starting contact training, or looking to increase consistency and independence in your dog's performance, this class is for you.  Teams will work one at a time, and exercises will be adjusted individually.  We'll build a strong foundation, ensuring our dogs fully understand the criteria, then work to increase the challenge for consistent performance in trial settings. 

Prerequisite: Agility Foundation Essentials

Novice-Level Sequencing

This class will focus on short sequences of 8-10 obstacles with typical challenges typically seen on Novice level Standard and Jumpers courses. All of the equipment is used, but dogs don't have to be totally proficient on the obstacles. Novice level sequences really! Limit 6 teams.

Prerequisite: Dogs should be proficient on most obstacles and learning to handle skills. 

 

ADVANCED CLASSES

Master Skills and Drills

This class is for Master-level students only.  Challenging sequences will be worked on to maximize speed and efficiency. 

Games and Tournaments

 Ever wonder what Snooker was all about?  Or how to change your strategy from FAST to Gamblers? Or the difference between Premiere and Time 2 Beat?  This class is for you!  Every week we'll run a course from a different game or tournament, drawn from a mix of venues (AKC, USDAA, UKI).  Never heard of any of these?  No big deal!  We'll go over the rules, and also discuss tactics for the greatest success.  Trial with confidence, knowing that you won't misinterpret the rules and make a mistake.  Prerequisities: Novice sequencing.  Dogs do not need to be proficient on all obstacles, but should be sequencing 8-10 obstacles.

Masters Handling

 This class will focus on Master level courses. All equipment used.

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles and able to handle skills at an advanced level.

International Skills

Learn how to add the new training techniques into your coursework. These skills include backsides, threadles, push-throughs, lap turns, serpentines, reverse wraps, collection / extension cues. Many other handling techniques will also be covered in this class. Class lLimit 8.

Prerequisites: For teams competing at or getting ready to compete at the Masters level.

Jumpers With Weaves (JWW)

This class focuses on learning how to run Jumpers with Weaves courses at the Open level.

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles.

Standard Coursework

Teams work on handling skills and course strategies on full-height equipment. Teams should be working at an Open/Advanced competition level.Limit 6 teams.

Masters Coursework

This class will focus on Master level standard and jumpers courses. 

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles and able to handle skills at an advanced level.

Open Skills and Drills

Challenging sequences will be worked on to maximize speed and efficiency. 

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles.

International Style Courses

This class is designed for the Masters level student that has high proficiency on all equipment and is looking to be challenged in running technical courses. This class will also work on longer sequencing than the typical 18-obstacle course.

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles and able to handle skills at an advanced level.

Masters Competition Preparation/International Course Training

This class will focus on preparing you to comfortably run clean and aggressively handled masters level courses that are comparable to Masters/Masters Challenge courses in AKC, USDAA, UKI, etc. Class will alternate with one class consisting of students coming into class, walking the course, and running their plan as if they were at a competition.  Course/handling choices will be discussed and the course run again. The next class will then be an international style course, in which handling choices will be discussed beforehand.

Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles and able to handle skills at the Masters/Excellent level.