Competition Class - This class is suitable for those already competing with their dogs.
SUMMER - Monday evening 5.45PM equipment setup 6pm start
WINTER - Sunday morning 10am-11am
Sequencing Class - This class is suitable for those of you who have complete our beginners introduction to the different equipment and this class will build on your handling and on your dogs understanding as you learn to sequence multiple obstacles.
SUMMER - Monday evening 7pm start
WINTER - Sunday morning 9am-10am
Hoopers Classes - This is great for pre-agility dogs and for those already retired. It is also a competitive sport in its own right. It is great for building on distance handling skills. The dogs must negotiate a course made from hoops flat on the floor. It is fast and fun! We also incorporate other NADAC class skills into this Hoopers class, eg Barrellers.
WINTER - Sunday afternoon 1pm - 2pm
Beginners - All ages and breeds of dog. No experience necessary. Come along and have some fun with your dog. This class is for people and dogs who have never done agility before and want to learn how to tackle all of the different equipment before learning how to start to put it together.
WINTER - 11am - 12noon
Distance Handling - For those of you who want to learn distance handling. We will look at increasing the distance of your dog from you, handling all equipment from a distance, distance sequencing, basically all aspects required for distance handling. This is suitable for you if you simply want to increase your dogs independence but don't wish to completely distance handle. Suitable for those who don't move at all, all the way through to those that still want to run.
WINTER - 2PM - 3PM
1-2-1's are available most weekdays and weekends. 1-2-1's will be based on whatever you specifically want to work on.
We make everything fun, even the would-be boring stuff!
We use lots of positive reinforcment to encourage your canines to present the correct behaviour. This can be very different depending on the personality of the dog in question. Some like toys, most like treats and some just do it for cuddles. Others can have strange little quirks that make them feel great, e.g. my friends collie finishes an agility course and leaps into her arms and then proceeds to dangle upside down by his back legs whilst he wags his tail animatedly! If he doesn't get this as his reward for hard work, he sulks!
Individual private training sessions can be booked to work on absolutely anything. We tailor the training session to you and your dog. You just tell us what you want your dog to learn and we will teach it.
What is required?
For all aspects of dog training, you need to be patient and consistent.
For agility classes, if you are joining to have some fun then you need a sense of humour, a dog, or know someone who will lend you a dog, chatting skills and listening skills. We make our classes very good fun and very sociable.
If you are joining simply for something to do with your canine then there aren't any requirement as far as the content of the class goes. You can do as much or as little as you want to. This includes running if you would rather not!
What you need...for you:
To take part in any of our classes we recommend that people wear sensible clothes such as jeans, along with walking boots or similar sensible footwear.
We don't recommend wearing any zip-up tops as if they are undone, they tend to flap around and can put the dogs off or even catch the dogs eyes.
Warm clothes are recommended during the colder months, although layers are better for agility, simply because you warm up very quickly when you are running around.
What you need..for your canine:
A favourite toy and plenty of tasty treats that are very small thus enabling them to be given instantly rather than broken up as you go along. If you're participating in agility then please don't overfeed treats if the dog is heavily running.
Agility is where handlers have to navigate their dogs around a set of obstacles within a specified time limit.
We teach agility for fun so we dont worry about time limits unless we are having an in-house competition. We aim to make our classes a sociable and enjoyable time for owners to have some fun with their canine pals.
We hold classes every friday and saturday at Waverley Equestrian Centre. We have a secure indoor training arena which allows us to train all year round, whatever the weather. The centre also boasts a secure outdoor training area which we are able to use as and when we like providing it isnt already in use.
Agility training classes will have some in-house friendly competitions with prizes and even trophies to win.
Christmas parties are a must as they contain silly games for both dogs and owners in the festive season and are just a bit of a “let-your-fur-down” time.
Jumps These obstacles make up the majority of any agility course. They can be different heights and different widths. We will be learning how to navigate around them safely and quickly.
Tyre The tyre is a padded ring suspended in a frame that the dogs have to jump through the middle of.
Long-Jump The long-jump is made up of a series of planks that are spread apart and increase in height over the length of the jump.
Weaves The weaving poles are a straight line of poles that the dog has to weave in and out of. They can be made up of between 5 – 12 poles.
Rigid-Tunnel The rigid tunnel is a pipe that can be increased or decreased in length and can also be bent to make arcs or other shapes for the dogs to run through.
Flat-Tunnel This tunnel has a rigid entrance for the dogs to run though.Attached to the rear of the arc is a long sack like piece of material which the dogs have to push their way out of.
These obstacles are the largest pieces of equipment you will come across. They are called contacts as each piece of equipment has a small different coloured area which the dog has to make contact with on entering and exiting the equipment. The contact equipment is made up of the Dog-Walk, the A-Frame and the See-Saw.
This is a very large piece of equipment that the dogs have to go up one side, across the top and down the other.
This is a triangular piece of equipment that the dogs must go up and over the top, and down the other side, without stopping to survey their kingdom from the top.
This is quite simply a see-saw like kids play on. Its plank that dogs must walk up and stop to let it tilt in the middle before coming down the other side.