The sport of agility has taken off in the last few years among dog enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike! It’s a great way to have fun, get exercise, and build a great relationship with your dog. We hear from lots of people who think that their dog would love to try agility, but they don’t know where to get started. Here at Lucky Dog, we’re very beginner friendly and can help you from your first lesson to your first competition and beyond! If you’re ready to try this exciting sport with your dog, read on to figure out which class is best for you.
Before enrolling in any agility class, dogs must have completed Manners 2, be up to date on vaccinations, and be 7 months or older. If you haven’t taken classes at Lucky Dog, please contact us to set up an evaluation to determine which class you should start.
Agility classes run on a skills-based system- that is, you don’t move on to the next level until you’ve mastered the class you’re currently in. You can view the level requirements below.
A strong foundation is crucial for learning agility! This class will work on developing handler skills and basic obstacles. In order to move on, teams must be able to perform:
- Tunnel: in various colors, both straight and curved
- Tire jump: in flow of short sequences
- Pause Table: down (or sit) for 5 seconds, in flow of short sequences
- Go around: cones, baskets, and jump wings
- Walking across a low plank
- 2 on 2 off position: luring into it is fine
- Front cross: on the flat, no obstacles
- Short sequences: 4-6 items, of jumps, table, tire, and go arounds
The Red class starts laying the groundwork on your rock solid foundation. This class focuses on some of the more intense obstacles like weaves and the teeter. In order to move on, teams must be able to perform:
- Lowered dog-walk: in flow of sequence with target behavior
Broad jump: in flow of sequence
2×2 weaves: dog must go through open channel without arm weaving the dog through
Pin wheel with jumps
Lowered see-saw: able to get all 4 feet up on the board
Rear Cross on jump: understands concept and has started practicing
The White class introduces the final obstacles you’ll see on a course and increases the height of contact obstacles. This class also introduces more difficult handling skills.
Criteria coming soon!
The Blue class is where it all starts to come together. This class polishes up your obstacles and introduces more complex handling.
Criteria coming soon!
The Bronze class is for teams who are gearing up to compete. In order to move on from the Bronze class, teams must be able to perform:
- Weaves: Open Channel weaves, can go all the way through 6
-Handler on Left or Right
-Working towards closed
-can be done in flow, handler not assisting through
- Contacts: in flow of course
- See-saw: Assisted, but full height
- Crosses: both front and rear crosses on a course
- Sequences: up to 10 items
The Silver class is for teams who have the skill level to start competing (whether they want to trial or not). This class runs full courses while paying special attention to areas that still need work. In order to move on from the Silver class, teams must be able to perform:
- All equipment
-Contacts full height
-CLOSED 6 weaves without assistance
-Can use front, rear, and blind crosses on course
- Running novice-style courses
- Working on 12 poles
- Pinwheels, serpentines, and threadles
- Proficient back sides and jump wraps
- Starting Novice sends (6-10 ft gamble lines)
The Gold class is for teams who are consistently running full courses. This class will introduce complex courses and test your skills as a handler. In order to move on, teams must have:
- Completed Silver skills
- Can do all equipment unassisted
- 12 weave poles
- Jump serpentines and threadles
- Started obstacle discrimination
- Working on Open sends for gamblers
The Platinum course is for serious teams who are competing at the Masters/Premier level. This class runs full courses to hone your skills.
- Completed Gold skills
- Always 12 weaves out
The agility ring is available to rent ($20 f0r 30 minutes) with the following restrictions:
- Ring rentals must be booked and paid for in advance
- Only one dog/handler team per half hour rental
- Do not attempt unsafe jump heights
- Only use the equipment your dog is familiar with
- Your dog must be off-leash to use contact equipment
- Ask an employee for help raising or lowering contact equipment
- No water in the ring
- Clean up any accidents immediately
If you are enrolled in a Lucky Dog agility class, contact the facility or stop by the desk to book a ring rental! Current Lucky Dog agility students also receive $5 off the cost.
If you train elsewhere or are self-taught, we require an evaluation before approving any ring rentals to ensure your dog can safely use the equipment. This evaluation will be approximately 20 minutes and is $20. Please contact the facility at email@example.com or (817) 741-3647 to schedule a ring rental evaluation.