Dallas Dog Sports offers agility training classes from the Beginner
level to the Advanced level. Most classes meet in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. There are a few daytime classes as
well. Although some of you would like to see some weekend training
classes, that's when all the shows are, and all us instructor types are
out showing or judging.
For class content, Private
Instruction, and Pre-requisites, click on the class level above.
* All Beginner Agility candidates must complete and pass the
graduation criteria for the Pre-Agility Level 2 (P2) class.
for all classes:
(1) Your dog must not exhibit aggression
towards people or dogs at any time ... for any reason. This stipulation
is not to be taken lightly. You will not be permitted to work an aggressive
dog at Dallas Dog Sports, and no refunds will
be made should you be excused from classes.
Handlers must be 12 years of age or older to participate.
PREREQUISITES for Beginner Agility class:
(2) Your dog must complete and pass the graduation criteria for the Pre-Agility Level 2 (P2)
class, which includes: a reliable 'sit-stay', off-leash, with distractions/other dogs and people around; focused flat work/circle work;
dog heeling with handler on both left and right sides, off-leash, at a walk and a jog;
Front Cross on the flat; Post turn on the flat.
(3) Your dog must have a reliable recall, off-leash, with distractions/other
dogs and people around.
If you and your dog don't quite
meet the prerequisites for the Beginner Agility class, we offer
Pre-Agility classes to help get you there. Visit the
Pre-Agility page for a detailed description
of our Pre-Agility program.
All classes are designed to meet
the needs of the dogs/handlers at each level. We concentrate on teaching
the individual obstacles in the Beginner classes. The Novice classes work on developing the technical skills
you will need to sequence obstacles on a course. The Intermediate level
classes assume full comprehension of all obstacles, and concentrates on
'finding the flow' on the course. The Advanced classes work on the
nuances of handling, perfecting the lines to
execute the most efficient course, and take all these skills and push it to the limit.
BEGINNER AGILITY/GRADUATE BEGINNER AGILITY CLASS:
This is the entry level class for dogs
with no previous agility obstacle training. The focus for this class is
introducing the dog and handler to the correct performance requirements
for each individual obstacle. Dog and handler will also be
introduced to short sequences of obstacles and learn to incorporate basic handling
techniques such as the front cross, the rear cross, and the post turn into
Foundation work for the Beginner
Agility Class is completed in the Pre-Agility Classes Levels 1 and 2.
You must complete and pass the graduation criteria for the
Level 2 Class (P2) to gain entry to the Beginner Agility Class.
To graduate from the Beginner/Graduate Beginner Agility Class to the Novice Agility
- Dog must be under control when off-leash.
- Dog must have a solid STAY at the start line.
- Contact Obstacles: Dogs must be crossing the low dogwalk
and aframe at speed, and performing a reliable contact zone behavior.
- Tire, Tunnels, and Jumps:
Dog must be reliably and successfully sequencing the Tire, Tunnels, and
Jumps, not necessarily working the jumps at their full jump height yet.
- Pause Table: Dog should
be performing a quick and reliable Sit and/or Down on the Table.
- Dog should be in fit condition
and at a working weight that will allow them to be successful at their
NOVICE AGILITY CLASS:
This class level is designed to take your basic
training of individual obstacle and short sequences on to the next step and add the Teeter or Weave Poles to the list of trained obstacles.
The goal of the Novice Agility Class is to get you and your dog ready for
To graduate from the Novice
Agility Class to the Intermediate Agility Class:
- All Obstacles: Dog must
be able to successfully and reliably negotiate each obstacle in its
final form (jumps at full height, contact obstacles at full height,
straight line weaves).
- Dog must have achieved three qualifying scores in
the Standard class (i.e. earned their Novice Standard title) in
either AKC, ASCA or USDAA. For other venues, please
discuss with your Instructor.
INTERMEDIATE AGILITY CLASS:
The Intermediate Agility Class is for dogs that have some competition experience, having attained their NOVICE STANDARD title.
The focus of the Intermediate Agility Class level is to improve and add to your handling repertoire, further our
dogs' education on obstacle performance, and delve into course analysis.
To graduate from the
Intermediate Agility Class to the Advanced Agility Class:
- Dog must be competing at the top level (in the
Standard class) in any venue: (Masters (USDAA), Excellent (AKC),
or Elite (NADAC).
ADVANCED AGILITY CLASS:
The Advanced Agility Class
is our highest level class. It is reserved for dogs that are
competing at the top level class - Masters, Excellent, or Elite.
This is the class where we 'find the flow' and set out to train and handle
for that Blue Ribbon performance.
If you would like some one-on-one training,
book one of our instructors for some valuable concentrated training. We
offer private instruction in both pre-agility and agility.
Fees for private lessons are listed on the "Class Fees"