Dog agility training is fun! It sharpens your dogs mind, helps their coordination and you and your dog will build a better bond.
We run a whole range of agility classes from those for absolute beginners to expert competition level - many of our instructors compete with their dogs every weekend - so have the 'agility bug!'
We encourage all dogs to have trained for and passed their Silver Good Citizen Award in Obedience before starting in any agility classes. These are also available at Dig It Dogs - please visit our Obedience page for further details. You may complete one course at Dig It before deciding to continue with training at the club after which you are asked to join Dig It Dog Training Club to take part in any further classes. Check out the About Us page for membership details.
We also run club competitions and our own agility shows.
If you are new to the sport of agility then we have weekly classes which will allow you to 'have a go' and see if agility is for you and your dog.
To enquire about or to book onto any of our classes then please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The course is the first level on our Agility Foundations progression system for beginner dogs. It is a 7 week course, which includes an assessment on the last week.
The course will cover all of the basics for agility and start you and your dog off on the right paw for success. The four main areas we will cover are:
- Ground work
- Jumps and tunnels
- Contacts the basics
- Seesaw skills
To enquire about this workshop email: email@example.com
We run lots of useful short courses with guest instructors that can improve or teach you and your dog specific skills. For all our agility workshops and special courses please check out our EVENTS page.
Dogskool and private hire
The type of training that will be used in the classes is positive reinforcement. If a dog finds something rewarding, it is more likely to repeat it. At one time, there were only conventional/compulsive types of training methods which generally worked by dominating the dog into doing what the owner wanted. As times have moved on, we have found that with positive reinforcement, we can actually give our dog a choice. Our job is to convince him that if he makes the right choice, he will be rewarded! It’s as simple as that!
This clearly gives a better relationship than before with our dogs.
Worming and vaccination
Please make sure that your vaccination certificate is up to date and that your dog has been wormed. Please get worming medication from your vet. Although more expensive than in the shops it is more effective. It is also a advisable to have an up to date kennel cough vaccination to ensure you dog will remain in the peak of health.
Choke chains (check chains) are not allowed during the agility classes. Recent studies have shown that not only can they damage the dogs neck, but they also cause physiological problems and aggression in some dogs.
Please use a broad flat collar, together with a reasonably long lead. (3-4ft long)
From now until the next class please find out what really motivates your dog. The best option is a treat, or could be a favourite toy. Fresh chicken, cheese, sausages or liver usually work very well and although sound extravagant, usually cost less than commercial treats. (Only a very tiny piece of food is used and the tit-bits need be no larger than 1/2 cm square) Only use these ‘special rewards’ for training.
We use a variety of methods to motivate your dog in the classes. If your dog is not particularly treat orientated then being along his/her favourite toy to play with and use than as a reward instead. Fleece tuggy toys are great for agility – available from the club shop.
Feeding your dog
Bear in mind that we want your dog to work well for the treats you use in class, so if he has just had lunch/super, he’s not going to work as well as he could.
Feed him within 3-4 hours prior to the class. On a full stomach the dog will not be very comfortable running round and there is also the chance that a full stomach can twist – which we definitely don’t want!
And finally…… Please note this is a working farm and consideration should be given to the other people on the farm not attending the agility classes. Therefore, dogs must be kept on a lead at ALL times and ALL dog mess must be removed immediately and put in the ‘pooh bin'.