Agility Classes

May 2022:

2022 COVID Information: Here is some important information for you to know about:

We are requiring ALL students and our staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be able to come to an in-person class. Students must show their card to a staff member BEFORE entering the building for their first class.

We have lifted our masking requirement, at least for now, but you may certainly continue to wear one.

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.

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 Handling Skills

Intro to Agility Handling Skills

We work on basic handling skills for control needed for the agility course. 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

Intro to Agility Obstacles or instructor approval.

Thu 6:15-7:10 PM Aug 4 Sep 15 $120 Terri 22F08AGIntroHandling 2
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Intro to Agility-like course or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 9/8/22
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 Obstacles and Intro to Agility Handling Skills or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Tue 6:45-7:40 PM Aug 2 Sep 6 $120 Terri 22F08AG2Tue Filled
  Notes: Needs to have instructor approval to participate in this class.
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.

Thu 7:30-8:25 PM Aug 4 Sep 15 $120 Terri 22F08AG3Thur Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 2 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 9/8/22
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.

Tue 5:30-6:25 PM Aug 2 Sep 6 $120 Terri 22F08AG4Tue Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 3 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
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.

Thu 5:00-5:55 PM Aug 4 Sep 15 $120 Terri 22F08AGSKThur 1
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 4 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 9/8/22
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Mon 7:00-7:55 PM Aug 29 Oct 10 $120 Rita 22D08AGEMCOM 1
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 5TH
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 2:30-3:25 PM Aug 31 Oct 12 $120 Rita 22D08AGEMCOM Filled
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 7TH
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 4:00-4:55 PM Aug 31 Oct 12 $120 Rita 22D08AGEMCOM 2
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 7TH
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Aug 31 Oct 12 $120 Rita 22D08AGEMCOM 1
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 7TH