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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.

Current 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.

Sat 1:00-1:55 PM Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AGIntro2Sat Filled
  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. 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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AGintroSat Filled
  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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 10:00-10:55 AM Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AG2 Filled
  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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 3 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Thu 12:30-1:25 PM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AG4Thur 7
  Notes: Maximum of 8 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
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 11:00-11:55 AM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AGSkillsThu Filled
  Notes: Maximum of 10 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
Novice Agility Handling

Novice Agility Handling

This class will focus on handling skills, learning how to front cross, rear cross, and blind cross. Building weave skills with channeled weaves, and building contact obstacle criteria (2o2o, 4 on the floor, running). Team will continue to work on running a full course of 13-15 obstacles. Proofing will be introduced focusing on start line stays, contacts, and weaving. In addition to attention and motivation.

Prerequisites

Agility 4 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NAH Filled
  Notes: Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
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.

Mon 8:00-8:55 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NRP 2
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Novice/Open Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team.
Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competiting at the Novice/Open Level. Instructor approval required.

Thu 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AGComp1Thu 3
  Notes: Maximum of 6 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Novice/Open Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team.
Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competiting at the Novice/Open Level. Instructor approval required.

Mon 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NOPSP Filled
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of he class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35AGPSP 1
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Advanced Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Advanced Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of he class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35APSP Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of he class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 5:00-5:55 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35EXPS Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Masters Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Masters Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY. Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of he class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 8:00-8:55 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35MPSP Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Open/Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Open/Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY. Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of he class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Mon 5:00-5:55 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35OEPSP 4
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.

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