AGILITY CLASSES


FOUNDATION CLASSES

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.  Limit 6 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. Limit 6 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. Limit 6 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. Limit 6 teams.

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

Foundation - Weaves and Teeters

This class focuses primarily on Weave Poles and Teeters:

  • Weave Pole entries, proficiency and drive, building up to complete sets of poles. Introduction to Teeters including drive, comfort, contact behavior.

  • Other agility equipment (i.e. tunnels) will be introduced/utilized as appropriate, but this course will focus primarily on weave poles and teeters.

Prerequisite:  Foundation Essentials (simultaneous enrollment in both classes acceptable with prior approval of instructor).  Limit 6 teams.

Foundation - Contacts 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. Limit 6 teams.

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

OMD Foundations for Agility

A OneMind Dogs 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

Young Dog Skills and Drills

Important skills and short sequences for young dogs. Tunnels and jumps only. Minimum age: 7 months. Limit 6 teams.

Contacts and Weaves

This specialty class is for students who want more time progressing their contact and weave training. All levels are welcome as instruction will be tailored for each team to progress wherever they are in training. Limit 6 teams.

Weaves & Teeter

Have you already begun training your weave poles & teeter, but haven’t quite completed the training yet?  Then this class is appropriate for you!  In this course we will progress beyond the basics to help your dog have a better understanding of their job on both the weave poles and the teeter so they can perform both independently and confidently. Limit 6 teams.

Running Contacts and Tight Turns (on jumps)

Start running contacts from the ground up or perfect those straight exits or more complicated turns! At the same time, we will be focusing on your dog’s tight turning ability, which can often be one of the most challenging jumping skills for dogs to master effectively. Limit 6 teams.

Crazy Fun Front Crosses

The front cross is the most versatile and useful handling technique. Learn how to apply and execute them appropriately, while at the same time learning just how fun they can be! Courses will consist of Jumps/Tunnels (with option weave poles). Join the fun!!! Limit 6 teams.

Crazy Fun Blind Crosses

Learn how to apply and execute blind crosses appropriately, while at the same time learning just how fun they can be!  Courses will consist of mostly Jumps/Tunnels.  Join the fun!!!  Limit 6 teams.

OneMind Dogs Handling Techniques 1

This class will cover 8 handling techniques using the OneMind Dogs approach to learning the techniques, proper execution and where to apply on courses. Covered techniques will be: Front Cross, Rear Cross, Blind Cross, Whisky Cross, Backside Send, Reverse Spin, False Turn, and Lateral Push. Limit 6 teams.

OneMind Dogs Handling Techniques 2

This class will cover 8 handling techniques using the OneMind Dogs approach to learning the techniques, proper execution, and where to apply on courses. Covered techniques will be: Forced Front Cross, Jaakko Turn, Lap Turn, Tunnel Brake, Running On The Dog’s Line, Japanese Turn,  Reverse Wrap, and Tandem Turn. Limit 6 teams.

OneMind Dogs 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. Limit 6 teams.

Independent Obstacle / Distance Skills

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. Limit 6 teams.

Either/Or Training

This 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. Limit 6 teams.

Novice Skills

In this class we will begin short sequences that involve basic handling techniques. We will incorporate the use of contacts and weave poles in these sequences. Dogs do not have to be proficient on these obstacles, but should have been introduced to all equipment at this point and be done or nearly done with teaching the dogs how to perform all of the equipment safely and independently. Limit 6 teams.

Novice Coursework

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

Open Skills and Drills

Challenging sequences will be worked on to maximize speed and efficiency. Limit 6 teams.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles.

Open Sequencing

This class is designed for those working towards the Masters Level.  Class will include a combination of full coursework and short sequences to build each team's proficiency with advanced maneuvers such as wraps, threadles, and serpentines, while also perfecting fundamental handling skills such as front crosses, rear crosses, and blind crosses. Limit 6 teams.

Pre-requisite: Novice Sequencing or instructor approval.

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.

Jumpers With Weaves (JWW)

This class focuses on learning how to run Jumpers with Weaves courses at the Open level. Limit 6 teams.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles.

Masters Skills and Drills

This class is for Master-level students only.  Challenging sequences will be worked on to maximize speed and efficiency.  Limit 6 teams.

Masters Coursework

This class will focus on Master level standard and/or jumpers courses. Limit 6 teams.

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

International Skills and Drills

Based on the most current courses seen in international competition, we will focus on perfecting challenging sequences within the course. Limit 6 teams.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

International Coursework

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. Limit 6 teams.

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

Control Unleashed

For performance dogs-in-training only. This class follows the curriculum based upon Leslie McDevitt’s book and program, Control Unleashed! Do you have all the basics down with your future performance dog and need the “next step” to get them ready for the excitement of agility, obedience, rally, and flyball class? Then this class is for you. This class is appropriate for dogs who have mastered basic obedience behaviors such as “stay” and loose-leash walking and are non-aggressive around other dogs. However, non-aggressive dogs working on reactivity are welcome. It is designed to give your dog the experience of being loose around other dogs while remaining in “work mode”, not “play mode.” It is designed to desensitize dogs to other dogs moving quickly or tugging nearby. The foundation theme of this class is Connection; we will be exploring various ways for you to feel connected with your dog and remain the center of your dog’s focus around an increasing level of distractions, and help you take that next step towards becoming a working team. Limit 6 teams.