Agility Training

All Four Paws ATG accomodates handlers of varying experience, and dogs of different ages, breeds, including young dogs and veterans. We always advocate positive training methods and encourage play in all our sessions. Handlers may bring any treats and/or toys, although we do ask that toys are silent to minimise distraction to other dogs. We keep our sessions limited to a small number of dogs (a maximum of 6) to ensure everyone gets the individual time they need.

Our goal is to train everyone for competitive agility, whether you nitially intend to compete or not, as we feel this is the safest standard and pushes us to remain in touch with the latest in dog behaviour theory and agility training methods. If you're considering starting in agility, be aware that it requires a lot of time and dedication, but every hour you spend with your dog will help develop your relationship and understanding of each other (and you'll be having a lot of fun along the way!). Agility training is very rewarding for dogs and handlers.

We require all dogs starting with A4P to be referred from North K9's Foundation for Agility class. Equivilent skill levels (such as completing either the Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards) may also be accepted. We have these requirements as it allows dogs and handlers to progress faster as they start to work toward a competitive standard of agility with us at A4P. If you have any questions please contact us!

The group has a full set of agility equipment, which conforms to the competitive standard equipment of the Kennel Club, and we are fortunate to use the facilities at Dowry Barn Livery Yard in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, and outdoor space at Farnley Tyas, Huddersfield. Our indoor arena is fully enclosed and has a hard-packed sand and fibre surface.

A4P primarily trains from 7:30 - 10:00pm on a Tuesday evening throughout the year. Our classes are taken by experienced competitive handlers, who use the same techniques and methods that they teach.

Click here for further details about our training sessions and our guidelines for training.

Agility Health and Fitness

We take your dog's short- and long-term health very seriously. Agility is a fantastic activity for dog and handler, but like any energetic sport it carries a risk of injury. The continued high-speed running and jumping can be particularly hard on young, undeveloped joints and bones. For this reason, puppies from 6 months old are welcome to work with us on foundation agility exercises, but will not be allowed on the equipment until they are physically developed enough.

Dogs should also be a suitable weight for agility. Dogs carrying excess weight will struggle with some of the required obstacles, and will be at increased risk from joint-stress injuries at a younger age. Click here to view a helpful chart; agility dogs should ideally be a 4 on this scale.

If you have any concerns about your dog's health at agility, you should initially speak to your vet, but we are always happy to discuss ways of increasing and managing your dog's fitness levels, as well as warm-up and cool-down exercises for agility.