Beancroft Agility

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

Please note that lessons are very rarely available on Thursday evenings, Fridays or weekends as like most agility competitors I like time to train and compete with my dogs too.

Weekly lesson times



2pm Competition level Small/Medium

2.50pm Competition level Large LHO

6.10pm Competition level medium

7pm Competition level Large LHO

7.50pm Advanced Competition level Medium 




6.10pm Advanced Competition level Small 

7pm Advanced Competition level large LHO

7.50pm Novice dogs and handlers




6.10pm Competition level Large LHO

7pm Advanced level Small

7.50pm Novice dogs and handlers


9.30am Advanced level Small

10.20am Advanced level Large LHO


A waiting list is in operation for those who would like to join a group in the future, please get in touch if you would like to be considered for a group space and you have already completed some agillity training. I am sorry that there are no spaces for new dogs and handlers at the present time.

1:2:1 sessions can be offered in the meantime before group lessons on a Wednesday evening or after group lessons on a Thursday morning. Priority for group spaces is always given to students booking individual training as I can see where and how they can be supported in training and will best fit into a group. At the present time you would need to already be able to complete all equipment off lead to be considered for a place.




Progression through the series of lessons:

The Foundation course develops the bond between you when working together, introduces equipment, basic moves and simple sequences of obstacles. To join a group lesson your dog must be safe around other dogs and not too distracted by them. Your dog should wait when asked and should be focussed on you. Your dog should come when called and not run off during the lesson. You and your dog will learn about rewards, timing and positive praise, this will form a huge part of your agility lessons. You will learn to handle each piece of agility equipment and begin to link them together, looking for drive and enthusiasm. You will begin to learn some simple turns and will be beginning to complete simple sequences with independence (4-8 obstacles) You learn how to handle changes of direction.

The Competition level prepares you for competiton by completing longer and more complex sequences of obstacles, developing knowledge about where best to use different methods of handling. Your dog already safely completes all equipment with some speed and confidence and is beginning to have drive to tunnels, weaves and contact equipment. Handlers have a good, consistent reward system which their dog understands. Dogs and handlers can negotiate simple sequences involving straight lines and simple turns. Sequences are completed accurately (8-15 obstacles) Dogs are weaving using competition weaves and are able to hold a 2 on 2 off position on the contact equipment. Handlers begin to proof' these positions in simple ways. More complex turns are taught in short sequences.

The Advanced level courses are more challenging for both dog and handler, a coaching style rather than a teaching style is generally used, so that handlers compare methods of handling on sequences to see what suits different partnerships in different situations and moving from supported course walking to independent thinking and own analysis of methods. Handlers can complete more complicated turns and manoeuvres. Weaves and contact positions are proofed in training and this is encouraged at shows which allow it. Show preparation is covered and rehearsed.

Agility Lessons

Most people who have agility lessons join a group as this gives them chance to see how other people are getting on, watch and see what works/doesn't work when handling a sequence of obstacles and gives them chance to catch their breath! Many people learn well by watching others.

Private agility lessons are available for people who wish to focus on a particular aspect of their agility in depth, for example contact training or independence in the weaves. All dogs progress at different rates and this enables dogs to focus on their own aspect of learning in their own time.

Please ask if you would like to book or share a private lesson with a friend.

Small group lessons (maximum of 6) are held on Monday afternoons and evenings, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings and on Thursday mornings.

Private lessons are available before these sessions but please be aware that they are often booked well in advance.


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 Marley training and Bear at a show.

©Emma Conlisk 2012