Agility is one of the
fastest growing dog sports in the country, and there are lots of
local trials in which advanced students can compete & earn
titles (Check out agility events on Animal Planet & other cable
TV stations!). There are many agility registries as well -
NADAC, AKC, UKC, CPE, USDAA, and TDAA. Whether you're interested in recreational agility
(for fun and exercise) or competitive agility (for fun, exercise
AND earning titles), we have a class for you!
classes teach the dog how to safely maneuver the various
obstacles - A-frame, dog walk, teeter-totter, weave poles,
tunnels, chutes, jumps and more. They teach the handler how to
guide his dog through the agility course, with an eye on safety
and control - not just speed!
We use the same positive approach to agility training that we use in all our classes. But, to make certain that class time is spent on learning agility (rather than basic obedience), we do have one pre-requisite: all Beginning Agility students must have trained their dog through at least
Advanced Home Obedience with Family Dog (or equivalent training through competition obedience or another training school
with instructor's permission).
Off leash control is also necessary if you plan to progress into Intermediate and Advanced Agility classes. For your comfort, we have a full sized lighted, heated, indoor area at our
9,200 square foot Kent facility. All of our agility equipment is professionally made and inspected regularly to make sure it is safe and secure. A special note about safety. If you are shopping around for agility classes, be sure to watch for the following red flags: off-leash, out of control dogs; poorly managed and/or crowded classes; buildings or arenas that are not totally escape proof; and unsafe or unsteady equipment.