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Agility Classes

Jumping Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Bootstrap taking an agility jump

Agility is an action-packed race against the clock, with the handler guiding the dog through an obstacle course made up of jumps, a pause table, tunnels, so-called contact obstacles - the Dog Walk, the A-Frame, and the Teeter - and weave poles.

Northfield Dog Training has been offering a wide-variety of agility classes since the late-1990's. While we have some trainers who are training in agility just for the fun of it, many of our students compete and earn titles with their dogs in many different venues, including AKC, CPE, and UKC. These competitions are at the local as well as national level.

All agility classes are held in the south end of the big building at the rear of the NDT site.

To download a PDF with a flowchart of recommended obedience and agility training classes, see Class Flowchart.

A note about Filled classes. Occasionally, someone drops out of a class, so we maintain waiting lists for filled classes. Your check reserves your space in a class or on a waiting list.

The classes are listed in the approximate sequence we recommend you follow.

If paying by check, please write the section number(s) and your dog(s)'s name on your check. This is a big help for processing registrations.

Are you new to Northfield Dog Training? Please read our screening information.

Upcoming Classes

Agility

             
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

We work on basic obedience control needed for agility (attention, hand touch, come, stay, spins both directions, target work) and introduce the dogs to all of the different obstacles seen on an agility course, at safely lowered heights. Your dog needs to be comfortable being held by the instructor or assistant, and to have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class.

Tue 5:45-6:40 PM Jan 14 Feb 25 $100 Raissa 20C15AGintro Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Basic Obedience like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all. We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible. There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

We work on basic obedience control needed for agility (attention, hand touch, come, stay, spins both directions, target work) and introduce the dogs to all of the different obstacles seen on an agility course, at safely lowered heights. Your dog needs to be comfortable being held by the instructor or assistant, and to have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class.

Sat 9:00-9:55 AM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AGIntroSat Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Basic Obedience like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..
Agility 2

Agility 2

We continue to work on the obedience control needed for agility and build on the foundation work started in Intro to Agility. We will introduce the various ways to change sides (including front and rear crosses), start to build the number of obstacles in a sequence, introduce different jump sequences, build on contact obstacle performance, still at lowered heights, and build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 4:00-4:55 PM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AG2SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Intro Agility like course to participate in this class.
We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible.
There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Agility 3

Agility 3

We continue to build on the skills learned in Intro to Agility and Agility 2. We will expand on the number of obstacles in sequences (4-6 with side changes, 6-8 without), expand on the types of jump sequences, build contacts to full height for the dogs that are > 12 months old, strengthen contact obstacle performance, and continue to build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 2:45-3:40 PM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AG2SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 2 like course to participate in this class.
We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible.
There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Agility 4

Agility 4

We continue to build on the skills learned in Intro to Agility, Agility 2 and Agility 3. We will expand on the number of obstacles in sequences (8-10 with side changes), build contacts to full height for the dogs that are > 12 months old, strengthen contact obstacle performance, and continue to build on weave pole performance, with the goal of completely closed weaves and independent entries. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 3 or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 1:30-2:25 PM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AG4SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 3 like course to participate in this class.
We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible.
There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Agility Skills

Agility Skills

This class focuses on handling skills, building weaving skills, and building contact obstacle sills with emphasis on two-on-two-off contact performance. We build to working a full course of 13-15 obstacles. This is a great course for the 1st-time handler.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of all agility obstacles; comfortable on full height contact equipment; ability to perform short obstacle sequences consistently; working at least 6 weave poles.

Sat 12:15-1:10 PM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AGSkillsSAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 4 like course to participate in this class.
We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible.
There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
Novice Agility Ring Prep

Novice Agility Ring Prep

This is a competition class for teams preparing to, or competing at the Novice level for any venue (AKC, CPE, NADAC,USDAA). This class focuses on the team. Handler-Dog teams will be given course challenges each week based on a certain skill and course feature. This class works on how to best maneuver a course and its challenges as a team. Each week will be a different challenge. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Dogs are expected to be able to safely and consistently perform all agility obstacles and be able to weave 12 weave poles.
Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Must have completed Novice Agility Handling or Agility 4, or have instructor approval.

Sat 10:30-11:25 AM Jan 18 Feb 22 $100 Terri 20F15AGNRPSat Filled
  Notes: This is for dogs who have closed or almost closed weave poles and are doing sequencing.
We are going to be having work done on the rubber flooring in the Big Building. We are setting aside 7 weeks of dates in which to hold 6 weeks of classes, with the plan to close down for about a week just as soon as the materials are available for the work to get done. It is unlikely to be before the week of January 27, but we want to remain as flexible as possible.
There is also always the possibility of weather cancelations causing the addition of extra classes beyond the scheduled ending date. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

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