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.

Current Classes

Agility

                       
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
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 5:00-5:55 PM Mar 5 Apr 9 $100 Karen 20B25AG3Thurs Filled
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 11:30-12:25 PM Mar 12 Apr 16 $100 Karen 20B25AGSkillsThurs Filled
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.

Thu 3:00-3:55 PM Mar 5 Apr 9 $100 Karen 20B25AGComp1Thurs Filled
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.

Thu 6:30-7:25 PM Mar 5 Apr 9 $100 Karen 20B25AGComp2Thurs Filled
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 3:30-4:25 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 8:00-8:55 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 3:30-4:25 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 5:00-5:55 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 8:00-8:55 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

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. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 5:00-5:55 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25SGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.