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Refer to the calendar for date & time of classes.  Refer to “Signup & Registration” for additional information.

2024 May/June Session Training Schedule

Sign ups – April 21 – 24
Orientation – May 9, 6:30 PM
Classes begin w/o – May 12
Classes end w/o – June 16
Make up day for MEMORIAL DAY – June 24

Monday

  • 3:00 – Backyard Dogs Coursework – Bev B/Sandy R
  • 6:30 – Advanced Beginners – Chris B/Susan L

Tuesday

  • 6:30 – Novice Handling – Michelle K/Courtney S
  • 7:30 – Agility Foundations – Courtney S/Judy K

Wednesday

  • 6:30 – Intermediate Handling – Judy Z/Shanon W
  • 7:30 – Advanced Handling – Self Taught

Thursday

  • 6:30 – Beginners Agility – Brenda B

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*Prerequisite to International Handling – must have taken Part 1 or 2 or have instructor permission.

**Run Thrus are open to teams working in handling levels.

Class Descriptions

Recalls, Sends, and Collections

Just starting out or noticing that your dog has zoomies while in the ring?  Come build your relationship with your dog while creating drive and understanding on the flat.  This class is open to agility teams of all levels.

Introduction and Continuing Contacts

Raise the bar on your dog’s contact performance.  This class will begin with plank work to proof your dog’s understanding and later transition to all three contact obstacles (dog walk, A-frame, and seesaw).  This class is open to teams working at the Beginners Agility level and higher.

Developing Weave Skills

Struggling to find an entrance or keeping your dog in the weaves?  Here is your opportunity to build and proof your teammate’s skills.  This class is open to teams in Advanced Beginners and above.
 
Backyard Dog Sequences

Challenge yourself to run clean on small space exercises.  Sequences will include front, rear and blind crosses.  Teams must be working at the Novice Handling level or above.

International Handling Techniques

Want to learn the fancy moves?  Now’s your chance to focus on the handling mechanics.  Teams must be working at the Intermediate or Advanced levels.

Young Dog Run Thrus

Seeking additional time to practice the obstacles? Here’s an opportunity for your young dog. Different equipment will be set each week for isolated practice and short sequences. This class is appropriate for teams working at the beginners agility and advanced beginners levels.

Backyard Dogs Coursework

This class is full of short sequences to work on handling skills and will have an international flair. Anticipate lost of backsides. Teams must be at the Intermediate Handling level or higher to register.

Agility Foundations

This is the entry point for the agility program. Teams who enroll are required to have completed puppy or primary obedience at SDTC or elsewhere. This class is suitable for dogs 5-6 months old and up. In this class, you will build the underlying skills for agility success. Topics include focus, recalls, mat work, start line behaviors, turns on the flat, use of motion, motivation, and an introduction to obstacles. Lots of exercise and games you can use in all aspects of your dog’s life.

Beginners Agility

Teams must have completed Agility Foundations to enroll in this class. This course emphasizes team building skills and obstacle fundamentals including start line performance, building commitment to jumps and tunnels, contact criteria for dog walk and A-frame, and finding weave entrances.

Advanced Beginners

This is the next class after Beginners Agility. The emphasis of this class will be to fine tune the skills started in Beginners Agility. We will continue building commitment to obstacles. Obstacle performance grows to 6 independent weave poles, spread jumps are introduced, and contacts are raised to full height. Simple crosses and sequences may be included.

Novice Handling

Teams enrolling in this class must have passed Advanced Beginners. Dogs must be reliable off leash. This class focuses on jumping and handling skills. It will introduce basic turning cues including front, rear and blind crosses; handling skills for patterns such as pinwheels, 180 turns, 270 turns; forward and lateral sends. Obstacles such as contacts and 6 weave poles are included at the instructor’s discretion. This class is ideal for young teams competing in or ready to compete in Novice-Open AKC/Starters USDAA/Levels 1-3 CPE standard courses. This class can be taken multiple times. There is much to learn.

Intermediate Handling

Teams must have successfully completed the Novice Handling class in order to be considered for this class. Skills taught in this class include obstacle discrimination, contact proofing, course analysis, difficult weave pole performance including entries and exits, and distance on obstacle performance. More difficult handling patterns will be taught including serpentines, threadles, blended crosses, back of jump performance, crosses on the flat, and variants/combinations of these patterns which are found on Excellent AKC/Advanced-Masters USDAA/45C CPE/Beginner-Novice UKI standard courses.

Advanced Handling

Teams must have successfully completed the Intermediate Handling class to enroll in this class. International handling skills will be taught to navigate the courses and sequences presented in this class which are equivalent to Premiere AKC/Masters Challenge USDAA/Masters Series UKI. Individual team growth and development will be the focus of this class.

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