Agility is one of the fastest sports in the U.S. today. Its purpose
is to afford owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's
willingness to work with his handler under a variety of conditions.
It requires dogs to achieve higher levels of training and
interaction with their handlers, and results in a better rounded and
conditioned dog. Agility is also a great outlet for all there
When participating in agility, the dog and handler team must
successfully negotiate a course of 13 to 20 obstacles that may
include a chute, dog-walk, a-frame, teeter, weave poles, pause
table, tunnel or six different types of jumps. The course direction
is predetermined and must be followed by the dog and handler with a
minimum of mistakes within a predetermined time.
DogHaven offers a variety of group agility classes for dogs and
handlers of all ages and skills. Group classes include six weeks of
one hour lessons for beginner, intermediate, advance and competition
Handling Foundation 1 classes focus on body awareness,
strength, stretching and proprioception. Some basic agility
equipment will be used along with balance discs, balls and perches.
Foundation groundwork for handler and dog will also be introduced.
Beginner 1 and 2 are pre-reqs for this class.
Handling Foundations 2 and 3 are a continance of the skills
developed in handling 1. The class will develop handler and dog skills on jumps,
contacts and weaves. Jump skills include wrap, around, out, swing,
and switch. Impulse control is addressed on the start line and
table. 2x2 weave training and stopped contacts are introduced and
proofed with distance, duration and distraction.
In the Beginner classes, we teach you and your dog to negotiate the
equipment, and we begin sequence training. By the last class you
will be running a full course! AND, there are no prereqs to get
The Intermediate classes focus on the handler.
Movement through the courses using crosses and timely turns will be
Advanced level classes address strategy, lines and
patterns to run an efficient, fast course.
In the Competiton classes, course challenges are
presented that will be seen at trials. Handling is addressed to meet
No dog is too young or too old for agility. All breeds are welcome.
Puppies may begin their training after they are six months old.