At ADS we like to offer different challenges, one of the most fun and rewarding options is agility. This teaches the handler and dog to work together and help to promote the bond between them.
We offer agility training from the basics to competition standard. All classes are kept to a maximum of 6 dogs per instructor and in groups of equal ability where we can. There is a set six week course, after this we continue with your training at the level which you and the dog learn.
The starting age for any breed of dog is around 6 months. There is no upper age limit as long as the dog is fully fit. We adjust the equipment heights to the size and age of the dog so as to prevent any injury.
Agility is great fun for you and your dog. It can help with focusing your dog on you while there are distractions and controlling your dog off lead at various distances. It can be very rewarding experience when you are able to control your dog off lead for a whole agility course.
Agility is preformed both left and right hand sides of the dog, this enables the handler to learn how to control their dog to a higher standard.
Puppies between 6 months to a year are placed on very low impact agility for the young dogs. The emphasis of these lessons is to have fun with your puppy and learn a new skill. The equipment is always kept at a minimum height and exercises are adapted to puppies and young dogs.
The starter classes are for 6 weeks, the classes cover the basics of agility. There are a maximum of 4 dogs per group. We use reward based training only in all our training. The dog will learn jumps, tunnels, contacts and the turns which are required for agility.
The main agility groups are a direct continuation from the starter classes. Classes are normally 6 per group but for the more experienced handlers can go up to 7 maximum. All the equipment is trained at this level including weaves, hoops, long jump and see saw.
No dogs under 13 months can train weaves or go over any contact equipment
Individual lessons can cover any agility training, this can be from full courses and course management to the complete beginner who wishes there dog to experience agility isolated from the distraction of other dogs.