Agility provides a sport in which both the handler and dog are challenged to make their way through and over a series of jumps and obstacles. It strengthens the relationship between dog and handler in a most unique way. Dogs progress from random, disconnected pleasure seekers to partners trying to please both of you on a course. Handlers can go from wondering if their dog will ever do anything they are asked to do, to confident (we hope) teammates giving clear instructions that their partner joyfully carries out. To go from a beginning team to competitors at agility trials, Companion Dog Club offers a series of courses to help you along the way.
- Basic Agility I and II Classes: Basic classes are offered at various times throughout the year. In these classes dogs and handlers learn foundations of shaping and targeting, rear-end awareness and balance, games and impulse control, foundations of a confident recall among other skills. Dogs that have taken a “puppy class” class can be successful in Basic Agility I.
- Obstacles Classes: Six-week class sessions will alternate between “Introduction to Obstacles” and “Continuing Obstacles.” These classes will teach students how to safely train their dogs to confidently and reliably perform the three contact obstacles as well as other “obstacles” found on Agility Courses.
- Weaves Classes: Six-week class sessions will alternate between “Introduction to Weaves” and “Continuing Weaves.” Weaves Class will be taught using a combination of the “2 x 2” method and the “channel” method plus wires. To progress through these classes, students are encouraged to practice between classes. This class is taught with dogs “off leash,” so dogs must have a recall.
- Jumps and Tunnels: This class will focus on the proper method of teaching your dog to jump. It will consist of the use of body language to get your dog over the jump, then move from jump to tunnel, and then tunnel to jump.
- Topics In Handling: The focus on exercises to improve handling skills. Working on rear, blind, front crosses and handling contacts and weaves in context of a short course.
- Handling Classes: These classes build from Basic Agility, Obstacles, and Weaves classes and are done “off leash.” “Handling Coursework” classes will concentrate on 10 – 15 obstacle sequences. Frequently there will be multiple handling options for the sequences which will often come from courses at recent AKC and CPE trials. The course is designed as both the last class before starting to trial and “continuing education” as you and your dog trial.
- Premier Handling: This class will focus on AKC Premier Courses and is designed for the experienced handler and dog team. These are teams that should currently be actively competing or getting back into the ring soon.
- Other Offerings: Periodically, we hope to offer classes for those either trialing or getting ready to trial. Previously, there was a series of 3, 2-hour sessions each taught by a different experienced handler each week. Students received different perspectives on courses and how to handle them.
- Agility Fun Matches: During the colder months, CDC will offer Agility Fun Matches open to all. View upcoming Fun Matches.
We offer the following agility classes:
- Basic Agility I
- Basic Agility II
- Jumps and Tunnels
- Introduction to Obstacles
- Continuing Obstacles
- Introduction to Weaves
- Continuing Weaves
- Handling Course Work
- Premier Handling
- Topics in Handling
Unless otherwise specified, all classes meet once a week for one hour at the Companion Dog Club training building at 10803 No. 72nd Street in Omaha, NE. Companion Dog Club members receive a $10 discount on all classes.