Super fun dog agility courses that involve focus, coordination, connection and obstacles!
Agility has been a sport in the dog world for a long time. It operates as a fun sport for the handler and dog right through to competition where handlers trial their dogs in front of judges.
Agility is not just about running fast and jumping, weaving and zooming, it is about precision, great concentration, a strong connection with the handler, a desire to take instruction at speed and it is about exceptional coordination and confidence.
Dogs naturally like to jump, climb and crawl but to do is under instruction with speed is the challenging part yet every agility champion started out as just an active dog doing natural behaviours. From there the owner works with the dog, teaching it to go ‘over’, ‘through’, ‘weave’, ‘halt’, left and right, teaching it to recognise the specific cues for each obstacle, recognise the direction it needs to go in, teaching it to stay with the owner but to also work independently when instructed.
It takes a lot of guts to crawl through dark tunnels and chutes or to climb a steep A-Frame, walk an elevated ramp and even go up and down on a see saw! Jumps require good timing, speed and a good sense body control and whilst many of these behaviours come natural to a lot of dogs, we will be teaching you and your dog how to fine tune it.
Our agility courses will be broken down into two levels, Agility Foundation being the very first and most important one followed by Agility Level 1 as we head into more advanced moves and obstacles. We will be teaching groups to learn the fundamental basics required for agility, owners will learn to work the floor off the leash, owners will learn to drive their dog away from them or towards them which will them apply to the obstacles, owners will teach the dog to work the obstacles whilst focusing on the owner, to speed up and slow down when necessary, to learn to follow direction when motioned and to help their dog gain confidence overall.
Our agility course will be run by, Lydia Whiteway, who happens to be one of our past clients with her Australian Shepherd, Phoenix. Lydia has multiple titles with four dogs in competition sports including agility, jumping, flyball, endurance herding, obedience and conformation.
Lydia is currently training Phoenix for the agility circuit and has just begun trialing around Victoria. Lydia has formatted a course so that both you and your dog will enjoy it and learn a lot but also in a way that for those who want to head towards competition, you learn the right methods from the beginning. We felt it was important that if we were going to teach agility, it had to be done right from the start.
Lydia is an accredited Delta Instructor and holds a Bachelor of Science (Grad Dip.), Certificate IV in Behavioural Dog Training and a Certificate III in Zookeeping.
Our Agility Foundation course runs over eight weeks allowing you to have time to learn the techniques, play with the obstacles and put it all together in short sequences. Each session runs for 1 hour and each dog will have plenty of opportunity to work the floor multiple times as the course progresses.
In Agility Foundation, the obstacles your dogs will encounter are the broad jump, the bar jumps, the hoop jump, the tunnel (straight and with a bend) and the elevated ramp.
You can enrol your dog into Agility Foundation from as young as 6 months of age. The exercises and obstacles in this course will be low impact so they are perfect for growing bodies.
- Agility Foundation will run on Monday night at 7pm
- All dogs starting must have completed at least Canine Classes Level 1 with Point Cook Dog Training and Day Care
- All dogs must be fully vaccinated before they can enrol into this course.
Agility Level 1
Our Agility Level 1 course runs over 8 weeks allowing you to have time to add on more moves on the floor and learn how to use more complex obstacles. Within 4-5 weeks, you will begin to work the floor and run sequences using all obstacles available. Each session runs for 1 hour and each dog will have multiple opportunities to do their circuits.
In Agility Level 1, the new obstacles you will encounter will be the see saw, the A frame and the weave poles.
All the moves and approaches are taught to minimise time being wasted while going from one obstacle to another. It also reduces the room for error as the dog will have an idea on where it needs to go and from which side before it even gets there. This is very important if you aspire to go in the competitive world of agility.
At the completion of Agility Level 1, your dogs may now be ready to move to an agility club and if we believe you have the right connection and understanding of the obstacles and moves, we will help achieve this goal!
What you can be assured of is that the techniques taught are super current and cover all aspects of doing some serious agility with you dog.
Please note that as Agility Level 1 does involve higher impact obstacles and sharp maneuvers, dogs must be a minimum of 15 months old before they can start this course.
- Agility Level 1 runs on Monday nights (this level is subject to demand)
- All dogs starting must have completed their Agility Foundation with Point Cook Dog Training and Day Care
- All dogs must be fully vaccinated before they can enrol in this course