AGILITY CLASSES
2020 SESSION DATES

Jan 8
Jul 8
Feb 19
Aug 19
Apr 8
Sep 30
May 20
Nov 11

April 1 - No Class, July 1 - Summer Break, Nov 1 - Session is 5 weeks. Off Nov 25.

General Information for All Agility Classes
1. All NEW students to Sportsmen’s Agility Classes must fill out an application for agility classes. There is a WAIT LIST for most agility classes!

2. Do not sign up and pay for a class unless you have been approved to enroll by the agility director or instructor.

3. Existing students should not move up to the next level class unless they have been approved by the agility director or their instructor.

4. Dogs must be able to work off-leash in a distracting environment around other dogs and people. Aggressive dogs will be excused.

5. Competition Agility requires athletic ability of both dog and handler. You and your dog should be in good physical condition; dogs should be able to run and jump easily and handlers should be able to RUN/JOG short distances. You must wear athletic shoes in the class. Dogs should have a plain flat or rolled collar with NO TAGS on collar; dogs may not work in a choke chain or prong collar.

6. Returning students must register 48 hours before the start of class or there will be a $10 late fee, payable the first night of class.
NEW STUDENT APPLICATION



Click here for the Welcome to Agility Class handout.      
Download Rules & Regulations here.



FOUNDATION AGILITY
Wednesdays 8:30 PM - $150/6 weeks
Instructors: D. Pierfelice, J. Reddmann
Foundation Class provides the new dog and handler the tools for success in agility training and future competition. The class introduces fundamentals of handling and contact skills to build focus and confidence. All dogs begin learning obstacles at the lowest height. Class participants begin their foundation work with wobble boards, jump exercises, and shaping exercises. In addition, teams will learn the table, tunnel, dog walk, teeter, jumps, tire, weaves, and A-frame. Teams progress at their own rates and everything can be geared to a dog’s particular abilities. Class Limit of 6.

Prerequisites: Dogs entering Foundation Agility must be at least 6 months old, should have had prior experience in a group class environment and must meet the requirements on the APPLICATION FORM. Because many of the exercises will be performed off leash, dogs should be well-socialized and well-behaved around other dogs. Aggression is not tolerated. Dogs must also know and respond to the basic obedience commands (sit, stay, down and come). At least ONE prior obedience class is required beyond basic Puppy class.



BEGINNER AGILITY
Wednesdays 8:30 PM - $144/6 weeks
Instructors: R. Tazelaar
Beginner dog and handler teams will learn to do short sequences and apply basic handling skills on courses. Weave and contact performances will be further developed and improved.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed the Foundation Agility class at SDTC and/or have the permission of the Instructor or Training Director. Class Limit of 8.



NOVICE/OPEN AGILITY
Wednesdays 7:30 PM - $138/6 weeks
Instructors: D. Marble
This class is for dogs that are competing at or preparing for the Novice and/or Open level and dogs that have earned a Novice or Open title but not yet ready for Masters level work. This class will focus on handling novice to advanced level challenges while working short sequences and courses. Class Limit of 8.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed the Beginner Agility class at SDTC and have the permission of the Instructor or Training Director.



ADVANCED SKILLS AGILITY
Wednesdays 7:30 PM - $138/6 weeks
Instructors: C. Winkles
This class focuses on advanced skills and drills for dogs and handlers that are not quite ready for Masters level and need to work on skill building and motivation. Class Limit of 7-8.

Requirements: Students must have permission of the Instructor or Training Director.



MASTERS AGILITY
Wednesdays 5:30 & 6:30 PM - $126/6 weeks
Instructors: C. Winkles
This Class is open to dogs that are competing at or preparing for Excellent or Masters level agility. This class will focus on handling advanced level challenges while working sequences and difficult courses. The overall goal of this class is to develop and improve a team’s handling skills, obstacle performance, and speed. Dogs in this class need to know and be proficient with all equipment. Class Limit of 7.

Requirements: Students must have permission of the Instructor or Training Director.



The following classes are offered occationally throughout the year.


2x2 WEAVE CLASS
Mondays 7:30 PM - $125/5 weeks
Limit: 6-8 students
Instructor: C. Winkles


Do you want phenomenal independent weaves? The 2x2 method will help get you and your dog on course to fast, consistent weaves!

Students will work in groups of 2 and each class will show you several steps to practice for the week and work with you on proficiency so you can then work at home until the next class. Success is dependent on your commitment to practice 2-3 times a day for 2-4 minutes at time.

Offered twice a year

REQUIREMENTS
1-Dogs must be reliable OFF leash and not overly loud (ie constant barking) when working as there is a class in the adjacent ring.
2-Handlers MUST have access to a set of SIX 2x2 weave poles (3 sets of 2) or 6 Stick-In-The-Ground poles.
3-Dog should be TOY motivated and willing to chase a toy when tossed. (Any kind of toy or one stuffed with treats is fine!)



AGILITY SKILLS
Mondays 7:30 PM - $80/4 weeks
Limit 6-8 students
Instructor: C. Winkles

This class can be taken at any time before or during any other agility class. Agility Skills is for dog and handler teams planning to compete in agility, both for those preparing to start agility and for those already in agility who want to work on foundation skills. Exercises will include impulse control, groundwork, two on/two off contact training, tugging and motivation, body awareness, table work, and jumping skills over low bars or ground bars. This class is suitable for younger dogs. Class Limit of 8.

Prerequisites: Dogs should be at least 6 months old and have some off leash control, however some exercises can be done on leash.


Refund Policy: No refunds given after the first class. SDTC Members and Associates:
You must register 48 hours before the start of class or there will be a $10 late fee.

WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE NEXT?

Click here for a Class Progression chart