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What is Agility? Your Instructors Our Classes Tips to help with Agility When is the Training? Where is the Training?

What is Agility?

Dog agility is a fun sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs must run off-leash and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and of the human.


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Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles, laid out by an agility judge in a design of his own choosing, with numbers indicating the order in which the dog must complete the obstacles. The handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers. Many things can go wrong, though, and for any course on any day, it is rare to be able to predict which team will perform best.


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Our agility classes range from beginner through to competition level and focus on fun and building a strong and trusting bond with your dog.

Dogs participating in agility MUST be under effective control, on and off the lead. If this is not the case, handlers will be asked to undergo some obedience training with their dog.


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The intake for agility classes is the first Thursday night each month - scroll down for further details.
The Agility and Games rules are available at the ANKC website (www.ankc.org.au)

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Your Instructors

Ty coming out of an agility tunnel

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Our Classes

Our Agility Classes start at 6:45 pm for Trialling class and 8:00 pm for beginners, intermediate and advanced class
Learning the Tyre

Beginners Class

This class is for dogs which have had little or no training in agility but understandthe basics of obedience. Dogs participating in agility MUST be under effective control, on and off the lead. If this is not the case, handlers will be asked to undergo some obedience training with their dog.

In this class you and your dog will learn:

Heather Northovers dog Shaba

Trialling Class starts at 6:45 pm

This class is geared towards the experienced agility dog and is aimed at getting you into the competition Agility ring.
 

 

 

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Tips to help with Agility

Early Takeoffs In Dog Jumping  from Awsome Paws

As Awsome Paws says:

"Early takeoffs in dog jumping are often misunderstood. Without extensive experience working directly with a number of dogs that display early takeoffs, even the most seasoned professionals (both dog agility trainers and veterinarians) still do not recognize early takeoffs. They often assume early takeoffs are related to mechanical jumping skills (correctable with training) or health problems.  However, early takeoffs are characterized by an early takeoff. The takeoff distance is increased, but the landing distance is decreased and the dog is usually on the descent phase of his jumping effort before he reaches the bar (see photo). The dog may inappropriately shorten his final stride or simply omit the stride in order to take off early and achieve a longer takeoff distance. "

Please visit their webpage Early Takeoffs In Dog Jumping for a very useful article and some videos.

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When is the Training?

Thursday nights from 6:45 pm until 9:00 pm
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Where is the Training?

At the Noonamah Horse and Pony Club grounds at Fred's Pass, Northern Territory, Australia.
Assuming you are travelling south from Darwin along the Stuart Highway:

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