Agility Classes The agility classes at SPDTC are designed to be taken in a specific sequence to better prepare teams for a safe and long term participation in the sport of agility. Each team is moved up the class progression based on their performance and instructor's assessment of how the team is doing. Participation in the Beginners through Advanced classes is subject to an assessment by the instructor. Class sizes and skill level dictates which class you and your dog may be placed in. See the club calendar for schedule details. Please note, SPDTC does not offer private agility lessons.
Please Note: Puppy Classes at Saint Paul Dog Training Club are open to dogs at 8 weeks of age. We require that all puppies participate in a vaccination protocol developed and overseen by a practicing veterinarian, and generally in compliance with theAmerican Animal Hospital Association guidelines for dogs. Owners will be required to provide evidence of a vet visit and vaccination plan/history at the first class. If your puppy shows signs of illness, please do not bring it to class. For more information see the PDF article “The Dilemma of Socialization and Immunity” by club member John Scandurra, DVM.
For more information on any agility classes or for general information about the agility program, contact Agility@spdtc.com.
If you’re already an agility student at SPDTC, please see your instructor for information on your next agility class, or email the director of agility for information. You don’t need to register for your next class online.
Puppy HeadStart Agility I & II
This class is for anyone with a new puppy. Although it is geared for the performance dog, it can also be a great time for the stay-at-home puppy.
Through play and clicker training, you will develop a close working relationship with your puppy. Designed for fun and learning, this class will give your puppy a super head start on any future training.
Puppies will come away with the ability to focus on you, find self-control, enthusiasm, drive, balance and be willing to try new things with confidence.
Classes are on Thursdays. Puppy HeadStart I @ 6:00 p.m. Puppy HeadStart II @ 7:15 p.m.
2017 Puppy HeadStart class block start dates are: January 5 • March 16 • May 25 • August 10 • October 19
Cost: Puppy HeadStart is $160 per 10 week block.
Foundations of Agility Get your dog introduced to the basics of agility obstacle performance. A great way to see if agility is for you! Build a solid agility foundation with your dog by working on attention, confidence builders, coordination, balance work, play and drive. The class will introduce ground level agility equipment and ground level to very low jumps. Targeting and clicker training will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: (2) levels of Basic Obedience Skills. Handlers must demonstrate the ability to control and work with their dogs off leash to enroll in this class.
Classes are on Thursday @ 7:15 p.m.
2017 Foundations of Agility class block start dates are: January 5 • March 16 • May 25 • August 10 • October 19
Cost: Foundations of Agility is $160 per 10 week block.
Beginners I and II We’ve built our foundation, and now we’re moving up! Continue to practice the ground work and learn more agility basics and equipment performance. Start short sequences and increase dog’s confidence on ground/low level agility obstacles. Continued work to advance contact performance will be taught in addition to learning proper weave performance.
Prerequisite: familiarity with obstacles and able to perform all at lower heights
Classes are on Mondays with Beginner I @ 8:45 pm and Beginner II @ 7:45 pm.
2017 Beginner class block start dates are: January 9 • March 13 • May 22 • August 7 • October 16
Cost: Beginners classes are $160 per 10 week block.
Intermediate More ground work and equipment practice, raise teeter to full height, medium sequences, increased distractions, increase to 12 weave poles.
Prerequisite: 6 independent weave poles.
Classes are on Mondays @ 6:30 p.m.
2017 Intermediate class block start dates are: January 9 • March 13 • May 22 • August 7 • October 16
Cost: Intermediate classes are $160 per 10 week block.
Weaves that Wow!!!
This class is for the beginning handler and beginning dog. The dog will learn to navigate the weave poles with both drive and passion. Handling techniques and ways to perfect the weaves will be taught as well as how to ensure your dog has a complete understanding of the obstacle. Class is on Mondays from 5:15 - 5:45 The class is limited to six students. To register, please contact the Director of Agility.
Weaves that WOW!!! block start dates are: January 9 • March 13 • May 22 • August 7 • October 16
Cost:$60 for 6 classes
Advanced Fundamentals For teams just getting started in competition, this class will focus on building the relationship and mindset that will lead to a successful Agility career for you and your dog. Special emphasis is given to the problems of “high drive” teams, where handlers and dogs struggle to understand each other.
Prerequisites: The dog must execute all obstacles with a good level of independence. Teams should be in competition or nearly ready to compete. Permission of the Agility Director is required for this class.
Classes are on Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.
2017 Advanced Fundamentals class block start dates are: January 4 • March 15 • May 24 • August 9 • October 18
Cost: Advanced classes are $160 per 10 week block.
Advanced Handling For the serious agility competitor, this class will focus on creating a winning team through learning advanced handling techniques and course strategy. Individual instructor feedback will be provided to each team. Full course nights occur periodically to allow practice in situation more similar to a trial setting.
Prerequisite: proficient at all equipment and all ground work.
Classes are on Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. and also Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
2017 Advanced Wednesday night class block start dates are: January 4 • March 15 • May 24 • August 9 • October 18
2017 Advanced Thursday night class block start dates are: January 5 • March 16 • May 25 • August 10 • October 19
Cost: Advanced classes are $160 per 10 week block.
Skills & Drills This class focuses on short, difficult sequences and training drills that will extend the skill set of the handler and dog. Alternatives in handling will be considered, and students are encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and consider new possibilities and techniques.
Prerequisite:The dog must be proficient with all the obstacles. Permission of the Agility Director is required for this class.
Classes are on Thursdays @ 6:00pm.
2017 Skills & Drills Thursday night class block start dates are: January 5 • March 16 • May 25 • August 10 • October 19
Cost: Skills & Drills classes are $160 per 10 week block.
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