Agility Class Description
Agile Puppy: This class is for puppies over 3 months but too young to enroll in
a regular Foundations class but planning to do agility, or for those who need a little more focus and body awareness work.
Course may be repeated and skills continued.
- Recalls: we will
work lots of different recall games
- Focus: we will work on puppies having
focus for handler and learning to ignore distractions in the environment
- Body Awareness: we will do several different body awareness exercises to help them for their future in agility and life
- Follow the handler: we will do different exercises to work on handling for agility all on the ground
- Stays: we will work on stays and other impulse control games
a select few pieces of equipment will be learned that have low impact on puppy bodies. We will also start plank work for end
position on contacts.
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
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 at the end of the session
- 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
- 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.
- Jumps: height of jumps will be slowly raised, and
combined into short sequences with tunnels, tire and table
- As 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.
to a jump
Front cross wrap
on a jump
Clock work on
Driving a straight
line of jumps
This is the 3rd
level of learning agility. Short sequences are continued to learn handling and progress is continued on learning 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 contact with handler in many positions.
- Rear crosses on one jump, then sequences
1 jump, 2 jumps, then 3 jumps
- 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.
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
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.