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 **12.11.17 - Winter Agility Training updated**

AGILITY

What is Agility?

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It's fast, furious and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to compete, but it must be registered with the Kennel Club - either the Breed Register or the Activity Register. There are a minimum of 16 obstacles allowed under Kennel Club Regulations, such as straight forward hurdles, long jump, tunnels, weaving poles, "A" frame, dog walk and a see-saw.

Agility requires the dog to be under the handler's control at all times. Agility classes are run against the clock to ensure that handlers do not take their dogs round the course at a walking pace in the hope of ensuring a clear round.

The setting of a reasonable course time, together with the careful design of the course, allows the dog and handler to show their skill at control and speed.

Agility can become a real addiction. It's fun, friendly and keeps you and your dog in tip-top shape. Most people's first insight to Agility comes from the coverage of Crufts each year and the agility competitions held in December in conjunction with The International Horse Show at London's Olympia. The setting of a reasonable course time, together with the careful design of the course, allows the dog and handler to show their skill at control and speed.

There are over 300 licensed Agility Shows held annually, not to mention the numerous special sponsored events which take place nationwide.

There is no set answer as to which breeds of dog are considered suitable for Agility. Any dog of sufficient size and fitness can traverse all the regulation obstacles, and you will see from watching the various Agility competitions at Crufts that there is a wide variety of breeds competing, each with their differing builds and sizes.

If you decide that Agility is a suitable activity for you and your dog, your next step is to receive some expert training.

Membership and Fees

Annual Membership

£10.00 per year club membership (January - December). Membership is to be paid by the end of January for the full year and includes all members/dogs of same family.

Class Fees

Foundation Classes:  £25.00 per 8 weeks course

Pre-Competion:  £25.00 per 8 week course

Competition Class:  £25.00 per 8 week course - suitable for KC Grades 1-4

Advanced Class - Grades 5-7:  £2.00 per class per person

All  8 week blocks must be paid for on week one.

Training Times

Summer Training (2018) - To be confirmed

Foundation Class (For Puppies +5 months and all new dogs/handlers)

This class is for new dogs / handlers who wish to learn the basics of the handling system to teach.
Level 1 will cover foundation jumping skills which will include gridwork, set-point exercises, flatwork including circlework, acceleration/deceleration, start-line procedure, rear end awareness, tunnel and lateral distance.
Level 2 will look at combining jump work with tunnels, pivot turns and pin-wheels with the introduction of targeting and 2on 2off position for contacts.

 

Pre-Competition (follow-on course from Foundation)

In this class we start to introduce the main handling skills including Front Cross, Rear Cross, Pull Throughs, Serpentines, Push Rounds, Wrong End of Tunnels. We will also train weaves and full contacts; dog-walk, a-frame and see-saw.

 

Competition Class (Suitable for Grades 1 - 4)

This is where we start to look to fine-tune all aspects of handling and running full courses. Working on course analysis / handling options, fault analysis and setting individual training goals. A specific training station will be set-up each week to practice skills whilst waiting your turn on the main training station with the instructor.

 

Advanced Class (Suitable for Grades 5 - 7)

This will be an open session for grades 5-7 only. Although no specific instruction is available, due to the experience everyone has, it is envisaged that everyone works together to help each other. Possible guest trainers / workshops to be arranged.

 

Tuesday Evenings; 

 Arrive for 6pm, Class starts at 6.30pm - 8.30pm


Next 8-Week Course Dates - To be confirmed

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Next 8 week block to start - TBC

Winter Training (October 2017 - March 2018)

Foundation Class (For Puppies +5 months and all new dogs/handlers)

Sunday Mornings
Arrive for 10am to help set-up.
Class starts at 10.30am
Duration: 1.1/2 hours

Pre-Competition (Follow-on course from Foundation)

Sunday Mornings
Arrive for 10am to help set-up.
Class starts at 10.30am
Duration: 2 hours

Competition Class (Suitable for Grades 1 - 4)

Sunday Mornings
Arrive for 10am to help set-up.
Class starts at 10.30am
Duration 2 hours

Advanced Class (Suitable for Grades 5 - 7)

Sunday Afternoons
Arrive for 12.30pmam to help set-up.
Class starts as soon as set-up is complete
Duration 1.1/2 to 2 hours (depending on numbers)

This is an informal session with no specific instruction.  Courses will be set-up and then you have a chance to work on what you need to.  Although instructors will be on hand of offer any advice / assistance if required.

Meet our Trainers

Julie Chapman

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Julie has been competing in agility since 2002 and currently runs Oz (Indistorm Warning) her 9 year old border collie, working at grade 7 and her youngster Tai (Redcharisma Pandemonium) who is currently Grade 5.  Julie first started competing in 2002 with Saxon, her first ever Border collie and learnt very early that good solid foundation work is essential if you want to progress through the grades in agility. From then on, she has followed the Greg Derrett handling system and also follows the Susan Salo's Gridwork Foundation Exercises and also Susan Garrett's new 2x2 weave training.  All this combined foundation work took Oz (Indistorm Warning) from Grade 3 to Grade 6 in just 12 months. In 2016 Julie and Oz (and their team mates) won the Kennel Club Crufts Team Agility Large Dogs Final in 2016 and qualifed the team again for the Large Team Crufts Final in March 2017.   More recently Julie has started to look at alternative methods and handling and finds the more "tools you have in your toolbox" - the more equipped you will be to handle the challenges that judges are now setting.

 

 Julie currently take the Competion Class (aimed at grades 1-4).

 

Julie has enrolled on the Agility1st "Instructor" Course which is a KCAI Scheme Preferred Educational Partner (Level III) and all our courses have been developed with Kennel Club Accreditation in mind.

Jane Blackwell

Jane has been doing agility for over 5 years and competes at Grade 7 with her 5 year old working cocker spaniel Zola. 

 

Zola hasn't been the easiest dog  to train, going off to scent for food is her aim, but perseverance, determination and good teachers have helped Jane and Zola achieve great success. Jane have also done the Kennel Club Good Citizen gaining Gold in 2016.  Janes older dog is a show cocker spaniel Leo, and has dabbled in a range of dog activities. Jane I loves teaching both her dogs new tricks.  Jane now wants to use her experience to help others achieve their dreams. 

 

Jane has enrolled on the Agility1st "Trainer" Course which is a KCAI Scheme Preferred Educational Partner (Level III) and all our courses have been developed with Kennel Club Accreditation in mind.  Jane says she is thoroughly enjoying learning how to teach and seeing handlers and dogs progress through the classes at the club. Jane currently takes the Pre-Competition class which involves teaching handlers and dogs the main handling skills used in agility.

Di Shepherd

Await details.

 

 

So Are We Any Good?

We are proud to say, yes we are. We have members who have representated England in European Open Agility Championshps / FCI and WAO's. Four of our members won the Team Agility Final held at Crufts in 2016.

General Information

  • Always bring small, tasty treats and a favourite toy.
  • Always keep your dog on a lead unless the instructor says otherwise.
  • Be aware of other dogs and owners, respect their distance for safety's sake.
  • Always clean up after your dog – bin provided near the gates.
  • It is wise to arrive early to exercise and toilet your dog before class. Try not to feed your dog a meal before training.
  • No bitches in season please – but do attend class yourself if you can!
  • Dress for the weather - most training will take place outdoors.
  • Reward based methods only – NO Harsh handing, no full check chains or physical punishment etc. allowed.
  • Parking available - please ensure access for all other cars in both classes - and access to the field must be available at all times for emergency services if required.
  • As our trainers are volunteers, they may change for each class dependent on availability.

We appreciate your cooperation to make classes as safe and as fun as possible. Thank you.