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.
2019 Puppy HeadStart class block start dates are: January 10 • March 21 • May 30 • August 8 • October 17
Cost: Puppy HeadStart is $170 per 10 week block.
Foundations 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.
2019 Foundations of Agility class block start dates are: January 10 • March 21 • May 30 • August 8 • October 17
Cost: Foundations of Agility is $170 per 10 week block.
Beginner Beginner class builds upon the skills learned in Foundations II. The class includes continued instruction on the weaves, improvement upon handling skills, and increased distance and independence in handling.
Prerequisite: familiarity with basic handling, basic familiarity with all equipment
Classes are on Mondays @ 7:40 p.m.
2019 Beginner class block start dates are: January 7 • March 18 • June 3 • Aug. 5 • October 14
Cost: Beginner classes are $170 per 10 week block.
Intermediate Intermediate classes provide instruction in more advanced handling techniques and more advanced sequences. Skills we work on include: crosses, threadles, serpentines, discriminations, and distance work.
Prerequisite: closed weave poles, understanding of basic handling, and proficiency with all equipment
Classes are on Mondays @ 6:30 p.m.
2019 Intermediate class block start dates are: January 7 • March 18 • June 3 • Aug. 5 • October 14
Cost: Intermediate classes are $170 per 10 week block.
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 @ 8:30 p.m.
2019 Advanced Fundamentals class block start dates are: January 9 • March 20 • May 29 • August 7 • October 16
Cost: Advanced classes are $170 per 10 week block.
Masters I & II 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.
Masters I is on Wednesday @ 6:15, and Masters II is Wednesday at 7:20 and Thursday at 4:30.
2019 Masters Wednesday night class block start dates are: January 9 • March 20 • May 29 • August 7 • October 16
2019 Masters Thursday night class block start dates are: January 10 • March 21 • May 30 • August 8 • October 17
Cost: Masters classes are $170 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.
2019 Skills & Drills Thursday night class block start dates are: January 10 • March 21 • May 30 • August 8 • October 17
Cost: Skills & Drills classes are $170 per 10 week block.
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