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Puppy Agility Toronto

Pre-Agility: Agility Foundations

Pre-Agility is a sports foundation class geared towards younger dogs. Students will learn how to increase their dog’s confidence on puppy-safe equipment, teaching body awareness and foundation behaviours for dog sports.

This class is a single module, designed to be able to be taken repeatedly as your puppy advances through each station.

Dog on teeter

Stations Include:

  • Balancing exercises on wobble boards, teeter boards, and inflatables
  • Limb awareness exercises, such as 4-paws-in-a-box and pivot platform
  • Wrapping a cone (foundation behaviour for agility)
  • Restrained recalls and building interest in toys

Prerequisites

Your dog must be at least 4 months of age, and have their Rabies vaccination.
There is no maximum age… Pre-Agility is not just for puppies! Exercises will be modified to the age and comfort level of your dog.

Please note that this class is only offered students who have completed Puppy Start Right or have taken at least Three (3) Foundation Skills modules. To be successful, you must have basic clicker training/handling skills, and your dog must be familiar with a classroom environment.

This is not a socialization class. There is no free-time or scheduled interaction between the dogs. Agility classes often requires dogs to be able to work off-leash near each other without leaving their handler, and this class is geared towards fostering this skill.

    K. Turner

    “Rachael was absolutely wonderful – she is experienced, knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable and confident. She gave us great tips, answered all of our questions, and was overall an excellent teacher (showing us by example and then having both my husband and I try). We had moved condo buildings and our dog had become reactive to some of the new dogs in the building and in just 2 sessions with Rachael he has improved so much. He now seems relaxed and secure and excited about his new routine and skills.  How much she cares about dogs comes across and you can tell she really wants to help.”

    – K. Turner

    Steph, Dylan, & King

    “We are thrilled with how far King has come!

    King is a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society and we got him a little over a month ago. He’s about a year and a half and to say he’s full of energy is an understatement. When we first got him we were told he was very dog aggressive, and probably wouldn’t do well in a condo.

    Enter Stephanie – Within the first few minutes of meeting her we knew she was perfect for us. She’s extremely knowledgeable, confident, and you can just tell she loves dogs. She was very patient with the 3 of us and gave us confidence in our training. Without Stephanie we would have never realized how smart King is, and how much potential he has. “

    – Steph, Dylan & King!

    Tom and Deborah

    “A year after our private sessions with Andre, our beagle Jake sits on our front porch and watches dogs walk by without aggression — dogs that used to set him off on sight at any distance. We continue to use food rewards on walks and have reduced fear-aggression responses to a rarity. He no longer guards the porch when the postman, delivery people or friends approach. Can’t tell you how grateful we are for Andre’s sound advice.”

    – Tom and Deborah

    Lauren R.

    “We had an absolutely fantastic experience here. When we adopted our dog, Corky, she didn’t even know her name and didn’t know any commands. By the end of the Foundations Skills Class she knows a ton — how to sit, lay down and even go to bed! Most of all, the trainers gave us the skills and knowledge to train Corky on an ongoing basis. The trainers are awesome and always give individual feedback about your dog. Corky had a blast going to class.”

    – Lauren R

    Lauren K.

    “My husband and I took the Puppy Start Right classes with our pup when we first got him. Two years later I still think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far as pet “parents”. In addition to teaching him the basics and teaching us how to properly train our pup, I think the early socialization made a huge difference in terms of how he interacts with other dogs. We take him to doggy daycare a few times a week and every time we pick him up the staff comments on how good he is with other dogs (even the ones who don’t typically play well with others).
    The classes at When Hounds Fly were fun, informative and taught us how to train our dog instead of just focusing on teaching obedience and tricks. If you have a new puppy, I highly recommend the Puppy Socialization class.”

    – Lauren K

    Pre-Agility Tuition

    4-week course: $189 plus HST

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

    Pre Agility is offered out of South Etobicoke and Pape Village

    Okay, I’m Ready to Book!

    This class is open to students currently taking, or previously graduated from, Puppy Start Right or Foundation Skills.