Through Personalized Training Programs
The PBH agility curriculum offers a comprehensive program designed to take students from their first agility experience through competition at the highest levels of the sport. We use positive methods to build drive and motivation to keep dogs and handlers happy while we train. Above all, we promote the FUN of playing with a well-trained partner.
If your dog has already had obedience training, then you are all set to start with Agility Foundations 1. If not, please see our obedience class offerings. For those already training in agility, please see detailed descriptions of these classes below. New agility students with prior training may choose to have a free evaluation prior to enrollment. We also have Flyball classes for you and your dog to enjoy.
For information on class days and times and to register for a class, go to the schedule page.
Private lessons with PBH instructors
Private lessons by our instructors are available at a cost of $40.00 for 1/2 hour, $85.00 for an hour at the PBH training center. Private lessons are good for people with variable schedules who can not commit to the same time for 6 weeks or as a supplement to the group classes when one-on-one help is desired.
Group Sport Class Descriptions
***Note: Any new student with prior agility experience can schedule a free evaluation to be placed into an appropriate class. Contact Valerie to schedule an appointment.****
Flyball – This class will cover both beginner and intermediate flyball exercises including jumping and box turns. No experience required however dogs must be at least 1 year old and have basic obedience training.
Agility Foundations 1: Class will focus on building teamwork between the dog and handler. Exercises cover: attention in distractions; teaching your dog to play with you; finding what your dog loves and using it for training; switching between drive and relaxation; focus in drive; shaping to obstacles; beginning handling moves; and many more exercises designed to create a great sport dog. Also great for those who want to achieve better focus in distractions, learn to play with your dog and build your dog’s confidence. Students who have not graduated from a PBH class must come to a free evaluation. See calendar for day/time. Students who wish to ensure a space in this class should enroll prior to the evaluation. Prerequisite: Dog must know, sit, down, come, watch and attention and handler must know how to use a marker word or clicker. (Formerly Sports Foundations)
Evaluation: During the test the handler is encouraged to use any positive
methods including food, toys and repeated commands.
1. Sit on command without immediately getting up
2. Down on command without immediately getting up
3. 15 second stay with dog in any position and handler in any position
4. Restrained recall with distractions
5. Move with handler while on leash without dragging handler
or being dragged continuously
6. Ability to be in a class setting with other dogs without being
disruptive (no continuous barking or lunging)
7. Ability to do 2 tricks
Agility Foundations 2: This class
introduces small agility equipment and continues to teach handling skills,
jumping and weave poles. Prereq: Agility Foundations 1 or
Agility Foundations 4: Class transitions dog/handler teams from the small agility equipment to full size contacts in a full-size agility field. Focus is on keeping the dog and handler together in a more distracting environment, increasing handler skills and developing the dog's confidence on full-height obstacles. Teeter is introduced. Prereq: Agility Foundations 3 or equivalent.
Class will focus on handling in short sequences, obstacle independence without
targets and teeter and weave performance will be practiced. Also covers types of
turns and obstacle/handler focus introduction. Prereq: Dog must be under control
off-leash in the outside training areas, able to do the dogwalk and A-frame at
full height on the first attempt (targets okay) and performing jumps and tunnels
independently. (Formerly Intermediate Agility 2)
Masters Sequences: In this class students will practice the skills needed for successful competition at the highest levels of the sport. Students should be trialing at the Excellent B or Masters level or have permission of the instructor to take the class.
Novice Sequences: In this class, students learn the basic equipment and handling skills to prepare for competition at the Novice level. Weaves not required.
Agility Run-Throughs This is an opportunity to practice with your dog on a USDAA or AKC competition course. Cost is $5 per dog. No pre-registration is required. Check web calendar for schedule.Each dog/handler team will have 3 minutes on the course to practice, alternating turns with the other teams present.
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