Beancroft Agility

Develop the relationship you have with your dog, keep fit and have fun!


Libby as a puppy, 7 weeks old, the day I picked her up.

Please be aware that your dog needs to have a certain level of obedience before they can join groups. If you're thinking of starting agility because you think your dog is 'naughty' or needs something to do because they're full of energy, you're probably right, but basic obedience classes would be very helpful first. I recommend Parkside and Prohound Dog Training, both local to here. You won't enjoy your agility training if your dog doesn't know the basics. Wherever you do go, make sure that they are very positive with your dog, using lots of rewards to show your dog the correct behaviours, dogs learn faster this way! They enjoy training more and so will you!

I now also offer Rally classes to help get you started working here with your dog, please see the 'Contact' page for more info

 

Who can take part in Agility?

Just about anyone, as long as you are both fit and healthy. Classes are relaxed and flexible.

If you are unsure about health, visit your doctor/ vet for advice as to whether it is safe for you, or your dog, to do agility.

What should I wear?

Agility is a dog sport so wear something you can run in such as trousers and trainers. Fell running shoes are popular amongst agility enthusiasts - have a look in Go Outdoors!

What should I bring for my dog?

For safety your dog should wear a simple, flat collar. Dogs must not wear a choker chain. You will need to bring a favourite toy, such as a ball or rope tuggy and extra nice treats, I suggest very small cubes of cheese, cocktail sausages or other tasty treats that your dog will really want (not their usual dog biscuits) Please bring a normal lead rather than a retractable one.

How old does my dog need to be?

Your dog should be about 12 months old as their bones need to be strong and developed enough to cope with the repetitive movements. Leave your puppy to grow up and be a puppy until then.

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your lesson begins so that you are ready to start promptly.

What does my dog need to be able to do?

Your dog needs to behave around other dogs as you are responsible for their behaviour. They really need to come back to you when called and it helps if they focus on you and are not too distracted by other dogs. It is also really beneficial if they will sit / stand and wait as you step away although we can work on that within lessons.

Please remember:

Dogs must remain on the lead until it is their turn to train.

To pick up any poo and put it in the bin provided.

Please, no harsh handling of any description is tolerated, including shouting, dragging or pulling your dog around. Repeatedly saying NO! to your dog doesn't make training a fun experience and they will be unlikely to respond, please be positive!

 


Janet and Gus, a beagle, demonstrating drive towards a tunnel. 

©Emma Conlisk 2012