Good Dog Agility

Classes

Our goal is to make training affordable, accessible and enjoyable; from the beginning agility team to competitive teams. We use only positive reinforcement training techniques and focus on the handler/dog relationship.

Class Guidelines

Training Guidelines

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.

Class

Descriptions

Foundations

Teaching handler/dog connection with training on markers, recall, dog body awareness...and more.

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Foundations

7-week class (1st class is without dog)
The class will focus on handler/dog connection with training on markers, recall, start line stays, dog body awareness, handler value, etc.  While some introductory work may be done on a wobble board or weave poles,  agility obstacle training will not be the focus.   This class is intended for non-aggressive, non-reactive dogs who can cope (learn) in a large class setting.

Class size is limited to 12 dog/handler teams.  Dogs must be at least 9 months of age.   1st class is handler only.
Registration

Beginners

Designed to introduce dogs to agility and the performance of agility obstacles.

Important:
All dogs MUST be crated or put in an xpen
for set up and teardown each class.

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Beginners

Beginners class is 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. Note:  This class is intended for non-aggressive, non-reactive dogs who can cope (learn) in a large class setting. Handlers should review the list of items required for participation in the class at What to bring to class page.

Class size is limited to 20 dog/handler teams. Dogs must be at least 9 months of age before the first class meeting. Classes are offered in the Spring and Fall.
Registration in August

Advanced Beginners

Designed to continue introducing dogs to agility and the performance of the agility obstacles.

Important:
All dogs MUST be crated or put in an xpen
for set up and teardown each class.

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Advanced Beginners

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, and weave poles.

 Class size is limited to 20 dog/handler teams. This 16-week class is offered in the Fall and Spring.
What to Bring to Class

Intermediate

Prerequisite:  Intermediate Agility Class or instructor approval.

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Intermediate

Intermediate - Emphasis and Goals
• Blind crosses
• Obstacle proofing such as sends, lead outs and crosses before and after the obstacles
• Distance work
• Pinwheels
• Walking/reading a course
• Rear crosses
• Front crosses
• Obstacle discrimination
• Wraps • Acceleration and deceleration
• Serpentines
• 270's
• Backside jumps
• Pushes

Prerequisite: Intermediate Agility Class or instructor approval. Intermediate Agility is a 16-week class offered in the Fall and Spring.
What to Bring to Class

Handlers

Prerequisites: Completion of at least two sessions of Intermediate class and Instructor Approval

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Handlers

The objective of this class is to focus on developing teamwork using more advanced skills. It is assumed handlers have a proficiency in basic skills such as crosses, wraps, and threadles. Each week a new skill will be taught and practiced, then incorporated into a sequence. Handling maneuvers covered will include: advanced backside skills (forced front crosses, german turns, serps, whiskey turns), jaako turns, advanced blind crosses, advanced serps and threadles. Additional skills may also be included such as advanced distance skills (lateral sends, outs and go), obstacle discriminations, layering, countermotion, lap turns, obstacle proofing, and/or strategies for running courses.

Handlers Prerequesites: Completion of at least two sessions of Intermediate Class and Instructor approval.
Dog can perform all obstacles with all crosses (front/blind/rear crosses).
Handling knowledge of threadles, serps and wraps.
Basic knowledge of backsides.
Verbal directionals are helpful but not mandatory.
Competing in agility at any venue


This 16-week class is offered in the Fall and Spring.
What to Bring to Class

Foundations

Teaching handler/dog connection with training on markers, recall, dog body awareness…and more

Beginners

Designed to introduce dogs to agility and the performance of agility obstacles

Advanced Beginners

Designed to continue introducing dogs to agility and the performance of the agility obstacles.

Intermediate

Prerequisite:  Intermediate Agility Class or instructor approval

Handlers / Masters

Completion of intermediate class or equivalent experience. 

Dog Aggression Policy

Please review this policy

Class Calendar

Schedule

Class Schedule

Fall 2022

No classes week of Oct 23 (Church Event)
Nov 20 (Thanksgiving), Dec 18 (Christmas, etc.) or Dec 25 (New Years)

Calendar

Foundations
Saturdays
March 5 to April 16
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Beginners
Mondays – Sep 12 to Jan 23
Note:  Class will be on
Wednesday week of Halloween
Equip Setup 6:30 PM
Class 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Clean up 7:45-8:00 PM

Advanced Beginners
Mondays – Sep 12 to Jan 23
Note:  Class will be on
Wednesday week of Halloween
Equip Setup 7:45 PM
Class 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Clean up – 9:00 PM

Intermediate
Tuesdays – Sep 13 to Jan 24
Equip Setup 6:30 PM
Class 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Clean up 7:45-8:00 PM

Handlers / Masters
Tuesdays – Sep 13 to Jan 24
Equip Setup 7:45 PM
Class 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Clean up – 9:00 PM

For a full-sized version of this calendar, please CLICK HERE

No classes  Week of Oct 23rd, Thanksgiving week,
Christmas, etc. week or New Years week

Class Location and

Cost

Foundations

7-week course
$ 75
00
  • Includes Semi-Annual Membership

Class

16-week course
$ 200
  • Includes Semi-Annual Membership
Class Instructor

Bios

Jim Mayer

Handlers Instructor

Lori Pacini

Intermediate Lead Instructor

Jen Wagler

Intermediate Instructor

Barb Eggett

Beginners and Advanced Beginners Instructor

Gregor Carr

Beginners and Advanced Beginners Instructor

Terry T

Advanced Beginners Instructor

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Aciana Monasterial

Beginners Instructor

Karen R

Beginners Instructor

Jan Ballard

Foundations Instructor