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Classes & Training

All of our classes are taught by volunteer instructors.


Classes begin in September for all levels, and continue through the Winter and Spring months. (We take a break during the hot summer months.) Our sessions are back to back. Due to rain-outs and holidays, our start times for new sessions will vary. Please review our calendar below to determine the next start date for each of our levels. Our classes are limited to 10 students. Please email our our Training Director if you need additional information.


AGGRESSION POLICY *Please take note, this is very important.

If you have a reason to believe that your dog is aggressive, do not sign up for our classes.


TRAINING GUIDELINES

During all of our training classes, for the safety of the dogs and the handlers, please observe the following guidelines.

  • Handlers are responsible for their dogs at all times; before, during and after training classes.

  • For all training levels, crates must be brought and used at every class, either in the training area, or in a vehicle nearby.

  • Please plan on using snap style buckle collars or martingales if you plan on leaving a collar on during runs. Dogs will be encouraged to practice “running naked”.

  • For safety reasons, harnesses will not be allowed on the dogs during their runs.

  • Absolutely no choke, pinch or shock collars allowed on the training grounds.

  • No dogs will be allowed to remain on a leash in a down-stay without the handler at the end of that leash.

  • Leashes should not be tied to the fencing of the training area or to the benches.

  • Spectators are encouraged to watch but not to provide input to the students during training class. Spectators are encouraged to remain outside the fence of the training area.

TRAINING CURICULUM

Agility FUNdamental
Criteria - It is strongly suggested that you and your dog have basic obedience skills, including walking with a loose leash, recalls and sit, down and leave it commands.  An evaluation will be performed prior to the first night of class to assess dog and handler level. Your dog must be at least 9 months of age when classes begin. 
Note:  Agility class is meant to be fun for you and your dog.  It is a time for you to learn to play and learn with your dog.  This is not a play session or play group.

Class Objectives – this is an 6 week course designed to introduce you and your dog to the fun and exciting sport of agility.   This course is designed to introduce dogs to the basic concepts needed in agility; shaping, body awareness, impulse control, focus with distractions, sends, recalls and building drive.  The focus of this class is not obstacle training.  

Agility FUNdamentals Skills Test (for advancing to next level, Beginner Agility One)
Group Sit and Stay with handlers 6 feet away for 1 minute
Group Down and Stay with handlers 6 feet away for 1 minute
Dog “heels” on left and right side of handler in group environment
Dog recalls to hand with enthusiasm on right and left sides
Dog turns away from handler on the flat, both left and right sides
Dog drives to target 6 feet from the handler
Dog recalls to hand over jump to both right and left hands

Beginner Agility One

Criteria - Those entering this level must have successfully completed Agility FUNdamentals and successfully passed the Agility FUNdamentalss Skills Test. 

Class Objectives – This is an 6 week class focused on the introduction to equipment/obstacles and to increase fundamental handler and dog skills; crosses, side changes, completion of simple sequences of 3-4 obstacles.  Dogs will be exposed to all obstacles, although they may not be at full height. 

Beginner Agility One Skills Test
Dogs should be performing all equipment at some level (except weave poles)
Dogs should be able to stay with handler for short sequences of 3-4 obstacles off leash
Dogs should have solid recall

Beginner Agility Two

Criteria – Those entering this level must have successfully completed Beginner Agility One and successfully passed the Beginner Agility One Skills Test.

Objective – Building on skills learned in Beginner Agility One dogs will be exposed to all obstacles at full height, and weave poles will be introduced.  Working together off-leash with drive and enhancing handler skills to develop and establish equipment criteria and confidence in the dog with teamwork skills for longer sequences. 

Beginner Agility Two Skills Test

Dog must be able to perform on all equipment at full height
Dog must be able to execute a minimum of six weave poles (on side entry)
Dog must be able to stay with handler for simple 8-10 obstacle sequences.

No dog and handler team will be allowed to advance to the next level without a reliable recall.  The Level Two class may be repeated until the dog and handler meet criteria for the next level.  


Younger dogs may be considered at instructors sole discretion for FUNdamentals class

TRAINING FACILITY

Classes are held at Lake Island Recreation Center in Winter Park (450 Harper Street, Winter Park, Florida 32789). This facility is near the corner of Fairbanks and 17-92, directly behind the Burger King, and adjacent to the baseball fields. It is a very nice facility with a large fenced in area and plenty of lights.

CLASS FEES

The following class prices are in affect as of August 2014

$120.00

Non Club Member  - Fundamentals Class  - Six Week Session

$105.00

Non Club Member  - Fundamentals Class  - Six Week Session  - REPEAT

 

 

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Fundamentals Class – Six Week Session

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Fundamentals Class – Six Week Session – REPEAT

 

 

$120.00

Non Club Member  - Beginner – Level 1 Class  - Six Week Session

$105.00

Non Club Member  - Beginner – Level 1 Class  - Six Week Session – REPEAT

 

 

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Beginner – Level 1 Class – Six Week Session

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Beginner – Level 1 Class – Six Wee Session – REPEAT

 

 

$120.00

Non Club Member – Beginner – Level 2 Class –Six Week Session

$105.00

Non Club Member – Beginner – Level 2 Class – Six Week Session – REPEAT

 

 

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Beginner – Level 2 Class – Six Week Session

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Beginner – Level 2 Class – Six Week Session – REPEAT

 

 

$120.00

Non Club Member – Level 3 and/or Level 4 – 6 Week Session

$60.00

DOI Club Member – Level 3 and/or Level 4 – 6 Week Session

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

Click here to download PDF of complete Fall 2014 training schedule.

Ready to Enroll? Follow these steps.

  1. Email our Training Director your name, your dog's name, age and breed. Also indicate which level you are interested in.
  2. Download the enrollment form (click here for the enrollment form), fill it out and bring it on the first day of class.
  3. Show up the first night of class with a copy of your shot records and your method of payment.


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