Dog Agility Toronto

Agility at When Hounds Fly

 

Agility is not for new dogs that have never taken training before. It requires a lot of pre-requisites such as the completion of Foundation Skills class. If your dog has never taken training, start in Foundation Skills or see the pre-requisite information below if you trained at other excellent schools.

Finally! We are proud to have a full, multi-level Agility program, to take your dog from complete novice, to successfully completing a full course, and even trialing… and beyond!

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Pre-Agility

 

Course Description:

  • This course is designed to provide you and your dog the foundation skills you’ll need to make learning agility fun! We will work on developing focus, confidence and engagement through a series of games and activities that will help to eliminate common struggles and enhance your dog’s learning experience.
  • Throughout the course, you will work on advanced skills such as disengagement from distraction, working in proximity with the handler, managing excitement levels, impulse control, developing body awareness, strengthening your connection as a team, and fostering a resilient and optimistic outlook toward new experiences

Prerequisites

 

  • Completion of Foundation Skills or Evaluation Module
  • Your dog has to be engaged with you for treats or toys
  • Your dog needs a functional recall
  • Your dog needs a functional stay with some duration and distance
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    Agility Level 1

     

    Course Description:

    • This series will develop advanced impulse control, focus and dog handler engagement
    • Learning basic obstacle, handling, flatwork skills, foundation skills needed for contact equipment performance such as comfort on planks.
    • Introduce jumps and tunnel performance

    Prerequisites

     

    • Pre-Agility or passing a 1-on-1 paid evaluation
    • Dogs attending this class must be generally non-reactive to other dogs and tolerant of handling by strangers.
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      Agility Level 2

       

      Course Description:

      • Building on the skills learned in Level 1, this course will continue to develop handling sequence and flatwork skills
      • Further development of plank performance, increased comfort with moving surfaces and teeter noise and introduction to A-Frame and weave pole performance

      Prerequisites

       

      • Completion of Agility Level 1 with good proficiency in skills covered or passing a 1-on-1 paid evaluation
      • Dogs attending this class must be generally non-reactive to other dogs and tolerant of handling by strangers.
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        Agility Level 3

         

        Course Description:

        • This course will focus on further development of contact performance skills. The teams will continue to work on weave pole performance, and sequencing while learning how to safely navigate the agility contacts.
        • Introduction to the Dog Walk, progression to low teeter and full height A-Frame performance
        • Equipment used will be set at low heights to start and slowly progress to full height

        Prerequisites

         

        • Completion of Agility Level 2 with good proficiency in skills covered, or passing a 1-on-1 paid evaluation
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          Agility Level 4

           

          Course Description:

          • This intermediate/advanced level class will focus on the handling skills needed to navigate a agility course
          • Teams will continue to refine handling while learning how to read a course and determine the best handling technique to use on a different courses every second while increasing comfort on full height contact equipment, perfecting contact performance and weave skills on alternating weeks.
          • Ideal for teams that want to play recreationally or have aspirations to compete.

          Prerequisites

           

          • Completion of Agility Level 3 with good proficiency in skills covered, or passing a 1-on-1 paid evaluation – dog/teams from other schools need to be able to sequence 5-6 obstacles and have no issues with contact equipment set to low levels
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            Agility Club (after Level 4)

             

            Course Description:

            • Similar to Agility Fun Matches or a House League, each participant gets a specified number of minutes to run the course. You can use toys and treats!
            • K9 Sportsplex team members can be asked to judge, score faults, and even include you on a posted brag board for friendly competition if desired!
            • There is no formal instruction, but it is supervised for safety, timing, and scoring
            • Club can and should be taken multiple times to continue to practice and refine your agility skills

            Prerequisites

             

            • Completion of Agility Level 4, and dog/handler is comfortable with all equipment.
              Dogs needing additional work to get comfortable with the Teeter, A-Frame, and/or Dog Walk should re-take Level 3 to gain more comfort on the equipment
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              Meet Your Agility Instructors!

              We’re partnering with the talented trio of K9 Sportsplex – Mindy Yuan, Nicole Ridout, and Rosemary Cullander.

              The K9 Sportsplex team boasts over 25 years of combined agility experience, including training, competition, and teaching.

              They’ve titled multiple dogs in Agility, have competed both at the Regional and National levels, and continuously seek opportunities to learn from top Agility instructors and handlers from around the globe.

              Agility Tuition

              6-week Pre-Agility: $360 plus HST

              Agility Levels 1-4 and Agility Club: 6-week course: $360 plus HST

              Each class is 45 minutes in duration

              For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page:

              Where and When?

              Note: Agility programs are only offered at South Etobicoke

              Pre-Agility

              Wednesdays, 7:00 pm. July 10-Aug 21 (Skips July 31)

              Level 1

              Wednesdays, 8:00 pm. May 29-July 3

              Level 2

              Wednesdays, 6:00 pm. May 29-July 3 

              Agility 3, 4, 5 : Only One Summer Session until Fall!

              Level 3

              Thursdays, 6:00 pm. June 20-July 25

              Level 4

              Thursdays, 7:00 pm. June 20-July 25

              Agility Club

              Thursdays, 8:00 pm. June 20-July 25

              Trained Elsewhere? Take a Challenge Evaluation

              Took an equivalent to our Foundation Skills class elsewhere? Have solid engagement with your dog and great handling skills? Understand how to train with positive reinforcement and marker training, and do not use or rely on aversive tools in your training?

              We invite you to Challenge our Evaluation Module, and if you and your dog passes, you’ll get access to our advanced classes.

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              Prerequisites – Please See Above in Course Description

              Trained Elsewhere? Challenge our Evaluation Module and pass to get access.

              Login to our class calendar system and reserve your spot in a 6-week series.