Foundations for Agility: This is the first class for learning agility. Skills learned will be a combination of obstacle performance and handling. All learning will be done in a careful manner, always working for confidence from the dog. Puppies should be a minimum of 8 months, preferably closer to 10 months to enroll. All dogs should have some basic skills like recalls, sit and down, stay, and focus on owner. Multiple dogs work on the floor at the same time, so no aggressive or reactive dogs may enroll. When in doubt, it is always good to attend more obedience/manners classes before starting agility training.
Obstacles learned will be:
- tunnel: starting short and straight and working up to curves, with independent entries and commitment
- table: we teach an automatic sit or down for greater independence
- tire: we teach the dog to find that “hole” from many angles, including lead outs and lateral distance
- jumps: we start with wings alone and then introduce the bar very low
- Contacts: All contacts are introduced at lowered heights, in a manner that creates confidence and body awareness. First we get the dog comfortable with going on them, then we begin to teach the end behavior of stopping with their 2 front feet on the ground and their 2 back feet on the contact (2 on/2 off). Students will be loaned a “travel plank” for home practice (must be returned).
Handling skills taught:
- wrapping a wing and then a jump
- teaching “GO”
- rewarding dog at side, both sides
- follow the handler on the flat, including turns and changing speeds
- front cross footwork on flat
- spins in both directions
- turning away on flat (tandem turn)
Beginners Agility: This is the 2nd level class for learning agility. The class continues to focus on both obstacle skills and handling skills. Non-contact obstacles will begin to be combined into short sequences.
Contacts - As the dog learns the 2o2o position, he is started moving into position with the handler in many positions. Goal is to learn to perform the contact independent of handler position or motion.
- Lateral distance to a jump
- Front cross wrap on a jump
- Clock work on one jump
- Flow through short sequences
Advanced Beginners: This is the 3rd level of learning agility. Students continue to learn handling through short sequences and progress on contacts.
- Dogs will progress to performing entire contact obstacles. Heights will start to be raised on the teeter and a-frame. Lead in jumps may be added if ready. Focus will be on dog performing good end behavior on contact with handler in many positions.
- Rear crosses on one jump, then sequences
- Front cross in sequence
- Blind cross in sequence
Intermediate Agility: This is the 4th level of agility. The weaves poles are started in this level, using the 2 x 2 method. Some sets of 2 x 2s are available for rent to practice at home, which is very necessary for learning weaves. Increasingly longer sequences are used to practice handling, with jumps being raised as dog is confident. Contacts are now done in sequence and raised until full height. This level will be repeated until all dogs are at full height contacts and performing straight weave poles in sequence.
Sequencing Agility: This is the 5th level of agility at Get Rev’d. All contacts are now at full height. All obstacles, including weave poles and contacts, are included in sequences that also work on handling. Focus continues to be on perfecting and maintaining proper obstacle performance and handling skills, for both the handler and the dog.
Novice/Open Agility: This level is for dogs that are competing at the Novice/Open level (or equivalent). If not competing, dog should be able to sequence all obstacles, including weaves, with contacts at full height. Handlers should be able to execute basic handling moves like front and rear crosses. This class will use sequences and courses to work on typical handling required for Novice and Open level courses at trials.
Masters Agility: This level is for dogs competing at the Excellent/Masters level (or equivalent), or dogs ready for the challenge of courses at this level. Class will mostly focus on coursework, breaking courses down into smaller parts and also running full courses. Challenge will be appropriate for masters level dogs.
International Agility: This is the highest level at Get Rev’d Agility. Dogs should be competing at the Masters level to enroll, or be able to handle the challenges seen in international type courses. International type courses will be broken down into parts and worked and also run as a whole course.