Agility

Not all classes are offered every session. Please fill out a CLASS INTEREST FORM online HERE to start the class sign-up process. If you have questions and are not ready to sign up for a class yet you can email info@gfdtc.org Check upcoming class schedules on our calendar.

What is agility?

Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers – from young people to senior citizens. It has great spectator appeal. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.

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Our Agility classes may require a dog/handler evaluation.

Interested in Agility? Rally? Competition Obedience? Dog tricks? Conformation? Or other upper level course?

At the conclusion of each session trainers in the advanced classes will offer placement evaluation for dogs and handlers wishing to move onto more advanced classes. The testing ensures that dog and handler are ready for the more advanced classes which tend to occur in a more exciting and stimulating environment and may require certain skills to be mastered in order to be successful.  EVALUATION by our advanced class instructors is FREE and will be posted on the calendar and advertised on our Facebook page.

Who can come for an Advanced class evaluation?

  • Dogs that have successfully completed beginner classes at the GFDTC.
  • Dogs that have successfully completed classes at another training facility, but not the GFDTC.

Evaluation will be based on desired path (ex: Agility, Obedience, Tricks, or Rally) and completed by an advanced class instructor.

At the conclusion of the evaluation you will be offered a class option and the opportunity to register that evening or receive information email on later available dates if the next level is full, is not offered, or if the next session is not convenient for you or your dog.

Pre-Agility Obedience (not offered every session)
Ages: 6+ months of age
Length: 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Instructor Evaluation/Approval.
Cost: $50
Class Description: Dog’s and handlers will perfect skills needed for start line stays, recalls, dog focus and engagement, and other skills needed to prepare them to advance and be successful within the agility program at the GFDTC.

Beginner Agility
Ages: 8+ months of age
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Instructor Evaluation/Approval. Dogs taking this class must be able to demonstrate basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay, and walking on a loose leash. Dogs must be able to function in a classroom environment with other dogs. Most of the class is onleash, but there will be brief off leash opportunities for the dog.
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class will focus on the beginning stages of agility. You will learn the core components of agility and begin learning how to handle your dog on the equipment. This is where you will get a great foundation for future agility classes. It is a fun, fast paced, positive reinforcement class that your dog will love. This class is a pre-requisite for Agility 1 and the rest of the Agility pipeline courses.

Agility 1
Ages: 10 months of age or older
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Agility and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class introduces the handler and dog to all of the agility equipment. Safety and proper performance of the equipment is stressed. Focus and Engagement techniques are also stressed.

Agility 2
Ages: 12 months of age or older
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Agility 1 and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class continues to work the handler and dog to all of the agility equipment. Safety and proper performance of the equipment is stressed. Continued work on focus and engagement techniques for the dog.

Agility 3
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Agility 2 and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class picks up where Agility 2 left off, and begins to sequence obstacles together and introduces a variety of handling techniques.

Agility 4
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Agility 3 and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class picks up where Agility 3 left off, and continues sequencing, distance obstacles, and continues to refine handler techniques.

Agility 5
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Agility 4 and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class combines more equipment into longer sequences which challenges the handler to learn more advanced handling skills and the dog to maintain accuracy on the equipment.

Agility 6
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: Agility 5 and Instructor Approval
Cost: $75
Class Description: This class continues to build on the skills learned in Agility 5 and focuses on challenging the handler to learn more advanced handling skills, and the dog to maintain accuracy on the equipment. This class prepares the student to move to Competitive Agility.

Skills & Drills Agility
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: (Contact your Instructor)
Class Description: This class provides students with instruction on signaling for certain moves on a difficult course, how to read and interpret skills needed for tricky parts of a course map, and how to execute the competitive course. The handler and dog will develop confidence, stamina and become a team.

Coursework Agility
Ages: (Contact your Instructor)
Length: 7 Weeks
Prerequisite: (Contact your instructor)
Class Description: Class/practice sessions provide participants with a chance to practice more difficult courses as would be experienced at a sanctioned Agility Trial.