Welcome to Good Dog AgilityTraining

The mission of the Good Dog Agility Club training program is to provide high quality training resources to those interested in learning the sport of dog agility. Our purpose is to make training affordable, accessible and enjoyable to anyone interested, from the beginning agility team to competitive, nationally recognized teams. To achieve these goals, we use only positive reinforcement training techniques and focus on the handler/dog relationship.


DOG AGGRESSION POLICY

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PRACTICE SITE

The Good Dog Agility practice site is located at Pomeroy Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona


CLASS GUIDELINES

  1. Dogs must be at least 9 months old for training.
  2. Intermediate and Advanced dogs need to have completed a Beginning class with Good Dog or another training group.
  3. If you are not sure for which class to register, contact GoodDogAZ@gmail.com
  4. In order to gain maximum benefit from training, your dog must be in the correct class. Placing a dog in a class above its level leads to frustration for the dog and handler and promotes poor agility habits.
  5. What to Bring to Class

TRAINING GUIDELINES

  1. All dogs must be leashed when not involved in a training exercise. When waiting your turn to perform obstacles, please leash or confine your dog.
  2. Be prompt when it is your turn to perform the obstacles.
  3. Reward your dog for attempts and effort. Remember, some of the obstacles can be difficult for a dog to learn and may even elicit fear. Learning to perform the obstacle successfully builds confidence in the dog and improves the relationship between dog and handler.
  4. If your dog runs off during his turn, give one recall command. If your dog does not respond, do not give the command again. Giving a second command reinforces inappropriate behavior. Instead, go get your dog quickly and return to the obstacle if the instructor has directed you to do so. If it takes too much time to retrieve your dog, return with your dog to the set and your instructor will tell you when you can try the obstacle again.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

The Good Dog Agility Training philosophy emphasizes positive training techniques with your dog. The sport of agility is meant to be enjoyed by both the dog and handler. A flat buckle collar is recommended for training.

Good Dog Agility is a USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association) club and training stresses USDAA rules. All Good Dog shows are USDAA sanctioned shows. Many Good Dog members compete in NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) and AKC (American Kennel Club) as well, however, training will focus on USDAA standards, rules and regulations. Visit the USDAA site for more information about USDAA. Links to these other organizations are located under Resources on the Home Page.


DO YOU NEED AN AGILITY BUDDY?

New to Agility competition? Worried about what to expect at your first trial? Sign up for Agility Buddies!!! This program will pair you with a more experienced agility team for your first show. Your buddy will help you through the check-in process, height measuring, tenting, your walk-through, etc.

Each venue (USDAA, NADAC, and AKC) run their trials differently and your Agility Buddy is there to help you navigate your way through the confusing experience of your first trial. And, if you are an experienced handler, please help out and volunteer your time. It is a great way to give back to the club and to meet other "dog people". Contact GoodDogAZ@gmail.com for more information.


CLASS COST & SCHEDULE

 
🐾 Beginners
$175
16 Weeks
 
🐾 Advanced Beginners,
🐾 Intermediate,
🐾 Handlers/Masters
$160
16 Weeks
 
🐾 FUNdamentals
for Agility
$60
6 Weeks


Class Schedule Forms Page

Check the GDA Calendar for class days

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  • BEGINNERS
  • ADV BEGINNERS
  • INTERMEDIATE
  • HANDLERS
  • MASTERS
  • FUNdamentals

Beginners class is a 16-week course designed to introduce dogs to agility and the performance of agility obstacles. Time will also be devoted to developing basic foundation skills such as stay, down, sit, come and come to hand. The class will focus on teaching handlers how to communicate with their dogs and gain a greater understanding of how dogs learn. Handlers will be expected to practice exercises during the week outside class. While the exercises generally do not require home equipment, students may eventually consider acquiring some minimal equipment such as a jump, 12’ plank, and PVC weave poles. Handlers should review the list of items required for participation in the class at “What to Bring to Class".

NOTICE: Class size is limited to 20 dog/handler teams. Dogs must be at least 9 months of age before the first class meeting. Class cost is $175

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Advanced Beginners classes are designed to continue introducing dogs to agility and the performance of the agility obstacles. Students in this class should already be familiar with agility obstacles such as jumps, teeter, dog walk, A-frame, chute, and weave poles. This is a 16-week class and $160.

NOTICE: Class size is limited to 20 dog/handler teams.

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Intermediate - Emphasis and Goals
• Work both sides with dog
• Wean off weave gates
• Wean off leash
• Solidify obstacles and contacts
• Proof obedience (lead outs, down, etc.)
• Straight-line sequencing
• Turn sequencing
• “Go”
• “Here” (come to hand)
• Intro to tunnel and jump crosses
• Intro to flips
• Targeting and contacts
• Table work
• Distance work
• Increasing jump height

Prerequisite: Intermediate Agility class or instructor approval.

Intermediate Agility is a 16-week class

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Handlers - Emphasis and Goals
• 180’s and 270’s
• “Wrap”, “turn”
• Crosses
• Lead outs
• Proof obstacle performance
• Strengthen weave work (drive, difficult approaches/exits, etc.)
• Advanced “go”
• Obstacle discrimination
• “Out”
• Strengthen distance – linear, sequencing (gamble), layering
• Call/send to obstacles (increasing angles and distance)
• Reverse flow pivot
• Pinwheel sets
• Serpentine and threadles
• Developing as a team
• Strategies for running courses

Prerequisite: Completion of intermediate class or equivalent experience. Successful evaluation.

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Masters - Emphasis and Goals
• Handlers/elite courses split, then run full
• Sequences emphasizing specific skills / strategies
• Proofing handling skills and obstacle performance
• Solidifying teamwork

Prerequisite: Completion of intermediate and/or handlers class or equivalent experience. Must have at least one agility title in USDAA, NADAC or AKC for entrance. Successful evaluation.

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FUNdamentals for Agility is a 6 week course designed to introduce dogs to agility. The class will focus on teaching handlers how to communicate with their dogs and gain a greater understanding of how dogs learn. Time will be devoted to developing basic foundation skills such as stay, down, sit, come and come to hand. Most of the work is done "on the flat". Handlers will be expected to practice exercises during the week outside of class. For dogs 5 months and up. Cost is $60

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Huge Congrats to our 2016/2017 Season Beginner Graduates!

Congratulations yet AGAIN to
Maureen Hughes and Tigger!

Tigger PDCH PlatinumThey received their USDAA Lifetime Achivement Platinum in November!

They earned 50 P3 Q's in each titling class (Gamblers, Standard, Snooker, Pairs, Tournament and Jumpers).
and
500 qualifying scores overall!.

WOW!!


 

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