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AGILITY  AT  KEYSTONE  CANINE  TRAINING  CLUB

 

 

Picture of Mackenzie by Cindy Noland.

WHAT  IS  AGILITY?

 

Agility is the ultimate fun game for you and your dog.  Your dog will follow your cues through an obstacle course consisting of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and other objects.  To see some typical agility courses, see the diagrams below.  Agility is the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States!

 

WHAT  ARE  THE  BENEFITS  OF  AGILITY?

 

Agility will strengthen the bond between you and your dog, and it provides great fun and exercise for both of you! 

 

WHAT  IF  I  HAVE  NEVER  DONE  THIS  BEFORE?

 

No problem!  We have a class for beginners to patiently teach you how to handle all the agility obstacles.

 

WHAT  IF  MY  DOG  HAS  SOME  AGILITY  EXPERIENCE?

 

We have classes for every level of experience and proficiency.  Some of our more advanced dogs compete in official agility trials.  Many of our dogs that now compete started out in our Beginners’ class. 

 

WHY  SHOULD  I  TRAIN  MY  DOG  AT  KCTC?

 

We have something for everyone!  As mentioned above, we have classes for dogs (and handlers) at all levels of experience.

 

We don’t care if you take our classes just for fun or whether you eventually want to compete in agility trials.  We just want you to have a great time with your dog!

 

We use only positive reinforcement methods for teaching.  We do not believe in harsh corrections.

 

All our instructors have competed in agility (some at the National level) and all have advanced agility titles.  In addition, they bring a wealth of experience to both teaching and competing.

 

We have a flexible training policy.  What works for one dog may not work for another dog.  Our goal is for your dog to be successful, regardless of how that is achieved.  We do not believe in “My way or the highway!”

 

Picture of Cammi by Cindy Noland.

WHAT  SPECIFIC  CLASSES  DOES  KCTC  OFFER?

 

Puppies' and Beginners’ Foundation agility

 

Intermediate agility

 

Advanced agility

 

Contacts, Weaves, and Handling skills

Agility Games

 

A detailed description of each of these classes, and the prerequisites for each, are given on our CLASSES page.  As of this writing, we have nine classes per week.

 

 

Sample Course Diagrams (click to enlarge)

Standard Agility

(with contact obstacles)

Jumpers with Weaves

(without contact obstacles)

Novice

Novice

Excellent

Excellent

WHAT  IF  MY  DOG  IS  ALREADY  COMPETING?

 

Our advanced agility class may be what you are looking for.  We simulate the sequences you will encounter in an agility trial, and teach you specific handling techniques that you will need.

 

WHAT  ELSE  CAN  KCTC  OFFER  ME?

 

Renowned agility instructor Donna Rohaus gives private and group lessons at KCTC.  Donna can help accelerate your learning curve.  Check the homepage for dates.

 

And of course, we offer a variety of other classes including Obedience and Rally.  Obedience training is a good foundation for agility, and strengthens the dog/handler bond.  Successful completion of a Basic Obedience (Family Manners) class is a prerequisite for our Beginners’ Foundation Agility class.

 

WHERE  CAN  I  SEE  SOME  KCTC  AGILITY  DOGS  IN  ACTION?

 

Easy!  Just click here to see a video of some of our dogs in an agility trial.

 

Dawson doing Standard (STD) Agility (You Tube)

Mackenzie doing Jumpers with Weaves (JWW) Agility  (You Tube)

 

CAN  I  VISIT  ONE  OF  YOUR  CLASSES  BEFORE  I  SIGN  UP?

 

Certainly!  You are welcome to visit us (without your dog) to observe any agility class and how we teach it.

 

CAN  YOU  GIVE  ME  A  SUMMARY  OF  YOUR  AGILITY  PROGRAM?

 

Our program has something for everyone.  If you have no agility experience, we offer a support network that understands your anxieties about trying something new.  If you have some experience, we offer classes at the right level for you and your dog.  We emphasize the fun aspect of agility, and our agility classes have proven to be very popular. 

 

HOW  CAN  I  ENROLL  IN  A  KCTC  AGILITY  CLASS?

 

You can download the class enrollment form by clicking here.

 

 

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