Beginners Agility Course 2017

Hi “Future Agility” Stars,
The Club is holding a Spring 2017 Beginners Agility Course beginning in April.

THE BEGINNERS AGILITY COURSE – For dogs over 1 year old.

This is not a dog obedience class – the focus is purely on agility. Your dog will be expected to have a good level of general dog obedience.
An introduction to agility equipment: your dog will have the opportunity to learn how to safely negotiate various agility obstacles, building confidence, drive, reinforcement and a willingness to work. For dogs between 12 and 18 months we will have reduced height obstacles/exercises so any growing bones/joints are not harmed in any way.

Age: From 1 year old
Proposed Start Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Duration of course: 6 week block
Location: Melrose Training Ground (directions will be given on sign up)
Class size: 6-8 dogs
COURSE COST: £48 (non refundable and to be paid in advance to secure your space)
We are limiting the spaces in this class to 8 maximum, so your dog gets more one-to-one time. If you would like a space reserved on the course please let us know ASAP by emailing us at secretary@tweedbankdtc.co.uk, messaging us via our Facebook Page or calling Natalie on 07939 300519. We require the following information: Your Name, Dog’s Name, Dog’s Age, Dog’s Breed, Contact Number and Email Address. Remember dogs must be 1 year old or over.

COURSE INCLUDES:

  • Foundation agility skills,
  • Flatwork – building speed and drive
  • Shaping and body awareness exercises
  • An introduction to agility equipemnt
  • Jumping exercises to build confidence

For dogs between 12 and 18 months we will have reduced height obstacles/exercises so any growing bones/joints are not harmed in any way.

Please DO NOT feed your dog their dinner before coming to class – they can be fed afterwards. This makes them more motivated to pay attention to you and what they are doing, and they won’t be running about on a full stomach.

Please bring high value treats such as roast chicken/cheese/cocktail sausages cut into very small pieces, it’s handy to put these into a treat bag that can be attached to your waist, you can find these quite cheap online or at a pet shop! Also bring a variety of your dogs favourite toys such as tugging toys, balls, squeaky toy. Ideally we will be looking to get them playing with a tuggy toy that only comes out to play at agility time, it makes it a very high value toy!! For those whose dogs are more food oriented there are food clams available online where food is hidden and can be thrown as a toy.

If you decide you want to continue your dogs agility career after this 6 week beginners course, we will continue lessons each week throughout the summer months (until end of September) at a cost of £25 per month set up as a Standing Order. No obligation, you can cancel this at any time.