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.
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.