Session: Fall 2017
Classes Start Week of: 9/10/7, End Week of: 10/15/17
Agility classes will have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7.
- 6:00 PM –Intermediate Handling
- 7 PM – Basic Handling Skills
- 6 PM – Advanced Beginners
- 7 PM – Advanced Handling
For young dogs coming out of puppy class and/ or primary obedience, starting at 5-6 mos. This course will introduce agility foundation work and concepts for agility. Topics to be covered will be focus, turns on the flat, start line behaviors, call to heel positions, motivation, contact criteria, use of food and toys as rewards, and an introduction to obstacles. Lots of exercise and games you can use in all aspects of your dog’s life.
This course emphasizes team building skills and agility fundamentals. We will focus on building confidence and having fun with your dog. Dogs are safely introduced to agility obstacles and handling on the flat. This class includes startline performance, send work, contact criteria, impulse control, and recall work.
Teams must have completed a Beginners agility class with SDTC or elsewhere in order to enroll in this class. The emphasis of this class will be to fine tune the skills started in the Beginners Class. We will add upon our distance and recall work. Simple crosses and sequences will be introduced. Obstacle performance will be raised to full height.
Basic Handling Skills
This is the next class after Advanced Beginners. Dogs must be reliable off leash. This class will focus on jumping and handling skills. It will introduce basic turning cues; crossings such as front, rear and blind crosses; handling skills for patterns such as pinwheels, 180 turns, 270 turns; forward and lateral sends. Course analysis will be introduced. Contact obstacles may be excluded from this class at the discretion of the instructor. Teams must complete Advanced Beginners in order to enter this class.
Intermediate Handling Skills
Skills taught in this class will include obstacle discrimination, contact proofing, course analysis, difficult weave pole performance including entries and exits, and distance on obstacle performance. More difficult handling patters will be taught including serpentines, threadles, blended crosses, back of jump performance, crosses on the flat, and variants and combinations of these patterns. Teams must have completed the Basic Handling class in order to considered for this class.
Advanced Handling Skills
Teams should be successfully competing at a level equal to an Excellent/Masters/Level 5 Trial standard class(or have the skill needed to do so). Complicated, challenging courses and sequences will be worked in this class. International handling skills may be taught. Individual team growth and development will be the focus of this class. Teams must have completed the Intermediate Handling class in order to enter this class.