We specialize in agility training...
where you and your dog can start an adventure that may last a lifetime.
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.

Agility Classes Offered: Pre-Agility Classes Offered:
* Beginner   Pre-Agility Level 1 (P1)  
  Novice * Pre-Agility Level 2 (P2)  

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.

PREREQUISITES 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.

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 their sequences.

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 Pre-Agility 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 Class:

  • 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 full jump-height.

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 agility competitions.

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.

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).

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" page.

Dallas Dog Sports | 2760 Pecan Drive | Wylie, Texas 75098
Phone: (972) 442-9226
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