Approximately once per year, we run a 4 or 6 week course for complete Beginners. This covers all the basics of Agility and allow the Dogs / Handlers to experience the physical exercise, the mental stimulation, and the fun involved with the Jumps, Long Jump, Tyre, See-Saw, Weave Poles, A-Frame, Dog Walk and Tunnel’s etc.
We usually run a “Taster Day” session prior to each Beginners Course so that
handlers and dogs can have a go a Agility to see whether they will get on
with it or not, prior to enrolling on a Beginners course.
To participate in one of our Beginners Courses or Taster Day sessions, dogs must be at least 12 months old, and have good basic obedience skills (Sit, Stay, Come, etc.,).
It is particularly important that dogs will come when called, as we like
to get dogs working “Off-Lead” as soon as is possible.
We take the opportunity during the Taster Sessions to assess each dog to ensure
that it has an acceptable level of basic obedience, and that both handler and dog
have the correct aptitude for Agility.
Only dogs that pass this assessment can go on to take part in the Beginners Course.
Whilst dogs under 12 months old cannot take part in any of our formal Agility classes,
we are happy for them to be brought to Club Training Sessions as soon as they
have received all their inoculations as we believe it is important for them to socialise
and to be happy / at ease around the Agility equipment & other dogs from an early age.
We can also help with and advise on basic Foundation Skills, and
other exercises that will help Handlers form good bonds with their dogs.
We always experience a high level of interest in our Taster Days and Beginners Classes.
If you are interested and would like to go on our Waiting List, please send us your details and we will contact you as and when dates & times are finalised.
Alternatively, you might be able to have some private lessons and then join one of our other existing classes.
Click Here to see our Club Rules as well as some helpful hints if you are thinking about starting Agility.