Agility

Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit.  Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time.  This requires good communication between the dog and handler to negotiate the course without mistakes.  This sport allows handlers to demonstrate their dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions.

DOTC agility classes are open to all dogs, both purebred and mixed breeds that are at least 6 months of age.

Success in the sport is most dependent upon the relationship between handler and dog.  This requires a time commitment at home.  These classes are taught using treats and praise to motivate the dog.

Dogs should be at least 6 months old, be well socialized and have a basic understanding of simple commands.  For example, commands like "come", "sit" and "stay" are helpful.  Dogs should be socialized to other dogs and humans.  Dogs in agility are canine athletes so they should be in good health, not overweight and have well-groomed paws and toenails.

Beginner Agility

Tuesday

5 pm

$75

This class introduces the dog and handler to different obstacles that are used on an agility course. This class is designed to help the dog and handler to work together to achieve each obstacle with confidence.

6 weeks of class for dogs ages  6 months +

Advanced Beginner

Tuesdays

6 pm

$80

Building on skills from Beginner Agility class, the dogs learn to run a numbered agility course with all the obstacles and learn how to move from one obstacle to another using voice commands and body movement.

6 weeks of class for dogs ages 6 months +

Intermediate Agility

Wednesday

6 and 7 pm

$80

This class uses a more advanced course to challenge you and your dog to continue to work as a team and so improve on your handling skills.  This class can be used as preparation for the Handling Class or can be a "stand alone" class for teams that want to develop proficiency in agility and have fun but are not interested in competing in Agility Trials.

6 weeks of class for dogs ages 6 months +

Handling Class

Wednesday 4:30 PM or TBA

* date/time subject to change

$140

Work with a professional agility instructor on handling skills that will help you accomplish your goals whether it be just for fun or for trialing with your dog. This class is for anyone that wants to improve their handling skills no matter what your level.  Dogs should have mastered basic obstacle performances prior to taking this class.

6 weeks of class for dogs ages 6 months + that have completed some agility training.