The Beginners classes work on building relationship and communication between dogs and handlers. Positive reinforcement techniques are used to develop basic obedience and begin clicker training. The class aims to teach the correct timing for rewarding positive behaviours. These can include some basic skills such as focus, being calm, coming when called, sit, drop and stay. Handlers work at making themselves much more exciting than any distractions to maintain their dogs attention and focus. Training games are changed regularly to avoid boredom and emphasis is made on taking breaks to ensure skills are learnt in short and fun sessions. Learning the importance of release commands and rewarding the dogs when they listen and respond to these is also covered along with the introduction to impulse control games using “Zen treat”/”Zen Bowl” etc.
The Advanced Beginners class works on correct timing of rewards (food, toys, and experiences) as well as luring, shaping and reinforcing behaviours. Social skills and manners are developed including calm greeting of people and dogs. Other techniques that are worked on include recall, loose lead walking, wait, automatic sit, send to mat, switching from working to calming and foundation skills for obedience and agility training. Commands/tricks such as sit, drop, stand, roll and spin to name a few are also worked on as well as chaining groups of tasks together such as sit-drop-stand sequences.
The Intermediate class works on more advanced skills applicable to many disciplines but with a competitive obedience focus. This includes understanding and using more advanced training techniques such as shaping, training games for focus, engagement and impulse control. Dogs and handlers start learning about rear end awareness exercises through the use of platforms and perches for heel position and position changes. The class teaches dogs to be problem solvers along with developing off-lead exercises.
Trialling classes: CCD/ CD
The CCD, CD Trialling Class focuses on further development of attention, perch work, platform work, retrieve, stays, send to hoop, mat etc. The dogs and handlers also work on their ring entry, proofing and recalls. All of this is done through plenty of fun ‘games’ which make up the whole concept of getting ready for competition.
Trialling classes: Open/ UD/ UDX
The Open, UD, UDX Trialling class develops the dog and handlers competition standard heelwork, retrieves, send away, directed jumping, positive proofing against distractions, out of sight stays, ringcraft, signals and scent discrimination while preparing the dogs and handlers for competition and/or continuing their competition experience.
The Rally-O class is a fun obedience activity where dogs and handlers, walk through a series of stations (numbered cards) that describe different activities that you need to complete. Handlers are allowed to communicate with their dogs and encourage them all the way whilst correctly completing the stations in order. The class works at helping each other with all aspects of completing the stations according to the rule books from all levels together with associated ring craft and trialling rules.
The Social Agility class is designed for those who would like to do agility with their dogs that are not planning on trialling. It is a fun class that teaches all levels from basics to some more advanced agility handling.
The Foundation Agility class is the first step in your competitive agility training. The class teaches basic jumping skills such as jumping in straight lines along with beginning to teach tunnel drive. Foundation contacts are taught using the 2 on 2 off contact method on non-full size contact equipment. Channel weavers are introduced and some basic handling skills are taught such as the front cross.
The Pre-Elementary Agility class starts to teach handlers more advanced handling skills and develop the confidence of the dog and handler teams. The dogs start to use the full size contact equipment as well as working on more complicated jumping courses. They continue to work on their foundation skills and are introduced to different handling techniques such as rear and blind crosses. Weave skills are worked on and tunnel drive is reinforced.
The Elementary class develops the confidence of both handlers and their dogs practicing courses. They work on jumping courses and developing more independence on the full size contact equipment. The class builds weave skills and distance tunnel drive. Handling techniques such as threadles, serpentines, front, rear and blind crosses are worked on along with building on lead outs at the start line. Trial ring etiquette and course walks is also learnt in this class.
In the Pre-Trialling class you will work on the confidence of the team dog and handler) to start trialling along with learning about how to trial. The class also works at polishing different handling techniques such as rear, blind and front crosses. It also begins teaching more independent weaves and confidence with contacts. Some more advanced handling skills such as taking back sides of jumps, flyind, German and K-turns are also introduced along with learning how to be a more discerning agility handler.
Trialling I and II
This class is for dogs and handlers who have gained at least one title in competition is either novice agility or jumping. They are still instructed classes that aim to work on more handling skills at the excellent to masters level as well as working on previous skills to become a more confident and better handler. The class includes course walking skills, challenge analysis, improving all current skills, learning complex manoeuvres and becoming familiar with different techniques to give you more options and skills when competing on course to produce faster and more competitive runs.
The Senior Agility class is for senior triallers. Handlers are generally very experienced in this group and don’t have an instructor as they have trained multiple dogs or have titled first dogs. Handlers must be invited to join this group or have graduated from all instructed classes. Senior handlers from other clubs who wish to join need to make a request through training enquiries.
What to bring to class
- Wear enclosed shoes.
- Week 1 (Registration Night)
– Beginners classses need to leave their dog at home.
– All other classes will need to bring their dog wearing a flat collar (no check/choker chains) and flat lead.
- Week 2 onwards – all classes need to bring their dog
You will also need:
- Small pieces of moist food that your dog enjoys (such as polony, cheese, sausage and chicken). Your dog shouldn’t get this food regularly at home so that the food stays highly motivating. Kibble is not appropriate as it is too dry. For economical and healthy treats, you could try baking some of these recipes.
- A bum bag or treat pouch so that you can easily access the training treats.
- Water for your dog.
- Clicker if using
- In addition to the above information, your dog must be in a fixed collar with no tags attached.
- Please bring treats/toys, a clicker and a long lead (if you use one).
- Crates or pegs to secure your dogs in between training runs