Agility Training

We try not to have many rules and regulations, but we do have some guidelines that we ask everyone to follow whilst training with us.

  1. Bring poo-bags and please pick up after your dog(s)
  2. Leave your dog(s) in the car until the session is ready to start
  3. Arrive promptly, and be prepared to set up or pack away equipment accordingly
  4. Ensure your dog is on a lead when you are not working on the equipment
  5. Please be considerate of other dogs and handlers; don't let your dog bark continuously or cause unwanted distractions
  6. No unsupervised practising on the equipment unless you have been given prior permission (warm-ups are important but this should be done on the flat!)
  7. We do expect all dogs to have a good level of basic obedience and be reasonably well socialised

Progression from each group is based on the individual team rather than the group as a whole. Every dog and handler works and progresses differently! When we feel you are ready to move on, you will be invited to join the next group.

Our Tuesday night training time is split into three seperate sessions.

Introduction to Agility

This session runs from 7:30 - 8:00pm.

This class introduces dogs and handlers to the various peices of equipment. Handlers begin to learn basic handling cues and how to motivate and work their dog in an agility environment. Both dogs and handlers work on developing the skills for fast, accurate, and independent completion of all the obstacles.

We ask that all dogs and handlers who attend this class have either been referred from North K9's Foundation for Agility classes, or have passed the Good Citizen Dog Scheme or Pet Code courses (minimum Bronze level), or have a similar level of training. (Please get in touch if you have a query!)


Group One: Pre-Competition

This session runs from 8:00 - 9:00pm.

Training focuses on putting basic obstacle completion into common sequences, as well as handler timing and positioning. Both dogs and handlers work on building confidence when tackling extended sequences, and working with increased distractions and busier environments. We continue to develop independent contacts and weaves in this class.


Group Two

This session runs from 8:00 - 9:00pm.

The training in this group is mainly focused on integrating independent contact and weave performance into sequences, as well as developing the best way of working for both dog and handler. Handlers are encouraged to develop course walking skills, and to learn where different handling options may suit different dogs. We look at sequences and sections from competition course plans, and encourage everyone in this group to work to a strong competitive standard.


Group Three

This session runs from 9:00 - 10:00pm.

This group works on a more informal basis, as the group essentially trains itself. The group considers a full agility course at least once a month, but also spends time working on shorter sequences and exercises. This group has some experience G1 handlers but mainly consists of dogs working in Grade 3-7 at KC agility shows.

If you can't make your normal or assigned session, please let us know and we'll do our best to accomodate you elsewhere.

Outdoor Classes

Steeplechase

This session runs on Mondays from 2:00 - 3:00pm at our outdoor venue.

Steeplechase classes are based on fast, flowing lines with jumps and tunnels only. This class helps build confidence and speed in dogs and handlers, and is suitable for pre-competition and competitive level dogs. Spaces can be booked via North K9 or All Four Paws ATG.

One-to-One Sessions

We offer 45 minute one-to-one sessions as required, at either our indoor and outdoor venues.

You can book individually or for a group of 2-3 dogs. You do not have to be a member of All Four Paws to book a session but we strongly recommend having some agility experience before booking a session. Please contact us or speak to us at training for further information.