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Dog agility is a popular canine sport in which a handler directs a dog through a variety of obstacles such as a tunnel, teeter-totter, tire jump, weave poles, pause table, and standard jumps. During competitive agility events, handlers attempt to navigate dogs through a course as quickly and as accurately as they can.
Agility is a sport that requires a long-term training commitment to be successful. To participate in agility your dog must be well under your control, especially in a close contact setting.
The Agility program at TCOTC includes training at all levels. We have a wait list for our entry-level classes. New Foundation Agility classes are typically offered twice a year, subject to staff and facility availability. If you are interested in joining the agility program, fill out the wait list application for one of the entry-level classes below. Dogs do not need to meet the prerequisite requirements to be added to the wait list.
To find out about possible openings at advanced levels, or for any other questions about the agility program, contact the Agility department.
Puppy Agility takes advantage of puppies’ prime learning time to use the agility setting to establish good habits, and develop love of the sport, teamwork with handler and comfort with agility equipment. It also teaches a balance between self-direction and focus on the handler. Puppy Agility provides a fun environment that classically conditions the puppy to enjoy the agility ring and agility training. All equipment used in the class is scaled for puppies. No full size equipment is used. Puppies can start as young as 8 weeks, but not older than 5 months. We recommend taking obedience classes while on the wait list and concurrently with agility training.
For adult dogs with some obedience background, Foundation Agility is the right place to start building a working relationship with your future agility dog. Every top-level competitor will tell you that a strong foundation in self-control, mutual trust, self-confidence and fun is a MUST for success in agility. In Foundation Agility, handler and dog will perfect stays and recalls, learn to move together in synchronization, gain confidence working both sides and at a distance, and experience some of the excitement of agility in a safe, controlled environment. Though a few obstacles will be introduced in these classes, the focus will be on control and teamwork.
Dogs must be at least 12 months old and have met one of the following criteria by the time they start class:
- Have successfully completed Basic Training, Intermediate Obedience, Impulse Control and Reliable Recall at TCOTC
- Have earned an AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate (CGC)
- Be a puppy agility graduate (with regular and continual participation in that class)
- Receive an acceptable obedience skills evaluation to certify their skills are sufficient for agility classes.