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Just for Fun Agility Class

 Agility training even just for fun will give you and your dog a way to build a closer relationship, a great way to release energy, and mentally stimulate your dog.  It is, also an excellent way to build confidence in the shy, timid or fearful dog.

Your dog will be introduced to the agility equipment one at a time.  Each piece of equipment will be referred to as a Station.  We will not go to a second station until your dog has mastered the first.  Your dog will not be forced over or thru the equipment.  We will use flat collars only, no training chains, please.  We will cover touching the Contact Zones (which would be Yellow).  The last page is a list of obstacle names and phrases to use in the class.

Week One:

  • Warm up exercises, heel, automatic sit, fast and slow walk, sit-stay, down-stay, and stand.
  • Practice the Side-step.
  • Introduce the Back-up command.
  • Get your dog to run beside you in a line.
  • Walk over the Cavaletti Pole station and thru jump wings.
  • Introduce the Table station.
  • Introduce the Tunnel station.

When your dog is comfortable with the obstacles in each station, we will do a walk thru pattern several times.

Week Two:

  • Question and answer.
  • Warm up exercises:  heeling, side-step, sit-stay, down-stay and  back-up.
  • Practice Cavaletti Pole station ending with a Cross Jump, the Table station, adding distance from it, and the Tunnel station.
  • Introduce the Weave Pole station.
  • Introduce the Ramp station, making sure to emphasize touching the contact area on each side of the Ramp.

When they are comfortable with the obstacles at each station, we will do a walk thru pattern several times.

Week Three:

  • Question and answer. 
  • Warm up exercises:  heeling slow and fast, side-step,  back-up, sit-stay, down-stay and stand.
  • Practice all stations already covered. 
  • Introduce the Dog Walk station, making sure to emphasize touching the contact area on and off the dog walk. 
  • Introduce different types of jumps:  tire (hoola-hoop), cross rail, and the vertical.  We will cover the Spread Jump next week.
  • Make a pattern with all stations covered thus far.

Week Four:

  • Question and answer. 
  • Warm up exercises:  heeling slow and fast, side-step, and back-up, sit-stay, down-stay and stand.
  • Practice all stations already covered. 
  • Introduce the Teeter, making sure to emphasize touching the contact area on each end of the teeter. 
  • Introduce the Chute. 
  • Introduce the Spread Jump. 
  • Make a pattern of all the stations.

Week Five:

  • Question and Answer.
  • This week we will work on areas that you and your dog may be having a problem with.
  • Introduce the Water Jump
  • We will run thru some patternss, first at the walk and then if you want in a slow jog.

Week Six:

  • Question and Answer.
  • Discuss any new problems that have come up.
  • We will work on the problem areas.
  • Then, we will run a pattern, which will include a sit stay and a down stay.
  • Lastly,  we will take a picture of you and your dog at your favorite station and receive your Certificate of Completion.

What you will need:

  • Your Dog
  • A 6 foot leash
  • Flat Collar
  • Proof of vaccinations

Station Names and Commands

  • A-Frame - Scramble, climb, mountain, charge, wall, walk on, climb, plank.
  • Chute - Chute, tunnel, through, push, gogogo.
  • Dog Walk - Dog walk, cat walk, walk it, walk on, climb, plank.
  • Contacts - Get it, bottom, spot, touch, wait, easy.
  • Jumps - Jump, hup, over, get up.
  • Spread jumps - Hup, jump, over, big jump, big hup, big over.
  • Table - Go table, Table, place, rest, load-up, bang, box, get on.
  • Teeter - Teeter, See saw, Tip it.
  • Tire - Tire, circle, middle, hoop, ring.
  • Tunnel - Go tunnel, Tunnel, through, Zoom.
  • Weave Poles - Weave, Do Da, Wiggle, Snake, In-out, zig-zag, boogie.