Club-Doggie provides easy-access to high quality dog agility classes to those interested in learning the sport. Whether you are just starting out and wondering where to begin, or you are a nationally-recognized competitive team and want to tighten up your game, our purpose is to make agility training professional, affordable, and enjoyable. We utilize only positive, play-oriented reinforcement training techniques that build strong handler/dog relationships, while establishing a solid foundation that sets the stage for future success…and we have a lot of fun!
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Club-Doggie’s fun agility training employs positive reinforcement methods and focuses on play, play, play. All group classes are one hour long and offered seven days a week. Classes have a maximum of six students per instructor, so space is limited.
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Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: If your dog is easily excitable (won’t quiet down), focuses on other dogs rather than you, barks uncontrollably, or continually pulls hard at the end of the leash, please start with a private lesson prior to signing up for a class.
Check out this post for more information: What is Dog Agility?
Short History of Dog Agility:
The first widely-documented appearance of dog agility was as entertainment at the Crufts dog show in 1978. John Varley, a committee member from the 1977 show, was tasked with coming up with entertainment for the audience between the obedience and conformation competitions in the main ring. Varley asked dog trainer Peter Meanwell for assistance, and they presented a largely jumping-style course resembling something from the equestrian world to demonstrate dogs’ natural speed and agility. Many obstacles recognizable to modern handlers were already present at that demonstration, as you can see in the image below.
The demonstration immediately intrigued dog owners because of its speed and challenge and the dexterity displayed by the dogs. People wanted to see more, and indeed wanted their own dogs to be able to participate. The demonstration was so popular that it went on to grow into local, then national, and eventually international, competitions with standardized equipment. Below is a diagram of the first agility course that was run at the Crufts Dog Show in London, England in February, 1978.
* Please note: If you received instruction from another dog training facility or have trained at home, you will need to set up an appointment for an evaluation to determine which level of training is most appropriate for your dog at Club-Doggie.
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