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Agility Classes

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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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Thu 5:00-5:55 PM May 4 Jun 8 $100 Karen 17B35IntroThur Filled
  Notes: Maximum of 8 in the class. Dogs must have previously taken Puppy Kindergarten, Beginning Obedience, or equivalent obedience type class. Bring plenty of soft treats & a toy that doesn't squeak or roll. Please No open toed shoes.
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 1:15-2:10 PM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AGIntro2Sat 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. This class requires dogs have taken a 6 week or equivalent basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten like class... PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 12:00-12:55 PM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AGIntroSat 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. This class requires dogs have taken a 6 week or equivalent basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten like class... PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Tue 6:15-7:10 PM May 9 Jun 13 $100 Raissa 17C35AG2 7
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 9:00-9:55 AM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AG2 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Dogs need to have taken in an Intro to Agility like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Tue 7:30-8:25 PM May 9 Jun 13 $100 Raissa 17C35AG3 4
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 10:00-10:55 AM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AG3 5
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Dogs need to have taken an Agility 2 like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8

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