Agility

Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. You don’t have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!

Dog must be able to demonstrate a Novice level of obedience. This requirement may be achieved by passing the TDTC Novice Obedience-II class evaluation, or by earning either an AKC or UKC Novice obedience leg.

Note: ALL handlers who have been training at TDTC, entering Beginning Agility for the first time should submit the attached “Beginning Agility Supplemental Enrollment Form”. Handlers/dogs not training before at TDTC previously, must contact the Agility Director to discuss their training history and possibly schedule an evaluation of their dogs obedience skills and behavior. Beginner Agility handlers are encouraged to continue in an obedience class.

Agility Enrollment

Please download and print the attached packet, following the in packet directions for submittal.

Winter Session 2021

$75 tuition includes ten, one hour classes.*
*Member pricing $55, or $40 with voucher

Beginning Agility

Admission Requirements: Dog must be able to demonstrate a Novice level of obedience. This requirement may be achieved by passing the TDTC Novice Obedience-II class evaluation, or by earning either an AKC or UKC Novice obedience leg.

10 week course, one hour per week.

Note: ALL handlers who have been training at TDTC, entering Beginning Agility for the first time should submit the attached “Beginning Agility Supplemental Enrollment Form”. Handlers/dogs not training before at TDTC previously, must contact the Agility Director to discuss their training history and possibly schedule an evaluation of their dogs obedience skills and behavior. If your dog is under the age of 2 yrs or over the age of 7 yrs, TDTC recommends you check with your veterinarian before the first class to ensure your dog is physically ready for agility. Beginner Agility handlers are encouraged to continue in an obedience class.

Dogs will be instructed on AKC and UKC equipment. Focus will be on the dog gaining a stronger confidence negotiating the equipment, as well as improving Start Line stay, jumping skills, further introduction to weaves and consistent contacts. Short obstacle sequences will be taught and lengthened as the dog progresses in training. Dogs leaving this class will demonstrate the improved basic ability to negotiate all contact exercises and a solid understanding of the Obstacle Contacts and Weave Poles. Dogs that successfully complete the end of course evaluation will move into Novice Agility.

Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Barb Casto / Tom Kotch January 6, 2021 March 10, 2021 3
Intro to Weaves

This course is designed to train dogs/handlers in a way that will result in consistent, accurate weave pole performance, using a proven method.

5 week course, one hour per week.

Dogs will be instructed using 6 weave-o-matic weave poles, starting at the beginning and progressing in difficulty.  Students will be encouraged to purchase a set of 6 weave-o-matic poles for practice at home.  Practice at home adhering to class instruction is strongly encouraged for best results.

Admission Requirements: Dog must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of Beginning Agility. This requirement may be achieved by taking a session of a TDTC Beginning Agility class.  Dogs must be able to demonstrate off lead handling, preferably on both sides of handler. Dogs must be able to demonstrate a TDTC Novice II level of obedience.

Note: Handlers/dogs not training before at TDTC previously, must contact the Agility Director to discuss their training history and possibly schedule an evaluation of their dogs obedience skills and behavior. Advanced Beginner Agility handlers are encouraged to continue in an obedience class.

Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Not Offered this session
Novice Agility

Dogs must pass the beginners agility evaluation or by earning an UKC qualifying score towards a U-AGI and U-AGII agility title or one leg of an AKC Novice agility title.

10 week course, one hour per week.

The dog and handler will work toward a Novice Agility title. Dogs and handlers will learn basic jumps, control of the contacts, weave up to six (6) weave poles (the dog will be introduced to twelve). Handler skills necessary to complete a novice agility title. Dogs leaving this class should be ready to compete at a novice level in most agility venues.

Admission Requirements: All requirements for Beginning Agility or Advanced Beginning must be met. Dog must be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and acceptance of agility obstacles. Handler must be able to demonstrate control of his/her dog while running an agility course. This requirement may be achieved by passing the TDTC Beginning Agility class evaluation (Note: Testing only offered on normal class test day), or by earning a UKC qualifying score towards a U-AGI and U-AGII agility title or one leg AKC Novice Agility (NA). Registration for class officially opens at the conclusion of testing for the previous Novice Agility class. The following priorities will apply when accepting registrations:

  1. TDTC instructors with a dog qualifying for this level.
  2. Students completing the previous Novice class but NOT recommended for advancement to Advanced Skills Agility.
  3. Students advancing from the previous Beginners class; Students unable to proceed on to Advanced Agility due to class capacity; and students rejected from the previous class due to class capacity.
  4. All other eligible registrants on a first-come basis.
Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Thursday 1:30 p.m. Instructor: Johnnie Hart January 7, 2021 March 11, 2021 4
Thursday 8:00 p.m. Instructor:  Jane Tyson January 7, 2021 March 11, 2021 6
Saturday 11:30  p.m. Instructor: Tom Kotch January 9, 2021 March 13, 2021 4
Advanced Skills Agility

Dog and handler must be able to demonstrate basic Novice skills on an agility course. This requirement may be achieved by passing the TDTC Novice Agility class evaluation, Please note that testing is only offered on normal class test days) or by earning a UKC U-AGI and U-AGII title, or by earning an AKC Novice title.

10 week course, one hour per week.

This class is the final level class where skills are polished and increasingly difficult obstacle sequence are introduced. Teams in this class will learn skills needed to compete at the excellent level in any agility venue.

Admission Requirements: Dog and Handler must be able to demonstrate basic Novice skill level on an agility course. This requirement may be achieved by passing the TDTC Novice Agility class evaluation (Note: Testing only offered on normal class test day), or by earning a UKC U-AGI and U-AGII title, or by earning an AKC Novice Agility (NA) title. Registration for class officially opens at the conclusion of testing for Agility classes. The following priorities will apply when accepting registrations:

  1. TDTC instructors with a dog qualifying for this level.
  2. Students repeating Advanced Skills Agility
  3. TDTC members and their dog(s) qualifying for this course.
  4. All other eligible registrants on a first-come basis.
Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Thursday 12:00 p.m. Instructor: Chris Hatchett January 7, 2021 March 11, 2021 FULL
Thursday 7:00 p.m. Instructor: Jane Tyson January 7, 2021 March 11, 2021 2
Saturday 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Dovie Ryan January 9, 2021 March 13, 2021 4
Saturday 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Tom Kotch January 9, 2021 March 13, 2021 FULL

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