Classes

Find information about the classes offered at Capital City Canine Agility Club, including a list of current classes and information on signing up.

Current Classes

These are the current class offerings for January/February 2023. Sign up forms due January 18th 2023.

Skills Drills6 weeks
Agility 16 weeks
Agility 36 weeks
Agility 46 weeks
Click on a class for more information

All Classes—Beginner Level

Agility 1

This class introduces you to a majority of the agility obstacles, proper jumping skills, and starts you on the path to competition. While it starts you on the path towards competition, we will encourage you not to attempt any competition following this class.

Prerequisites
  • The dog must be 1 year of age or older
  • Is able to work off leash as needed
  • Can pass a basic obedience evaluation (to occur the 1st night of class)
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Due to weekly homework assignments, the handler must:
    • have a jump
    • have access to a jump
Class Goals

The dog is able to comfortably work off leash, can complete a full height A-frame and dog walk, is started on the teeter, has proper jumping form including drive to the jump from at least 3′, can perform a recall-to-heel on the flat, and understands parallel path.

Agility 3

In this class, you will continue to develop the skills to teach your dog how to successfully complete obstacles and run longer sequences. We will be working on things such as front and rear crosses with a jump, successful start line criteria, the difference between pushes and pulls, sequences of 10-11 obstacles, the double and triple, increased drive to the jump, and more recall-to-heel positions.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Due to weekly homework assignments, the handler must:
    • have a jump
    • have access to a jump
    • or purchase a jump
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 2 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval
Class Goals

Completion of front and rear crosses with jumps, lead outs with obstacles other than jumps, pushes / pulls, 10-11 obstacles in sequence, correct execution of the double and triple, drive to the jump from 7-10′, able to complete the teeter in sequence, performance of serpentine & directed jumping recall-to-heel efforts.

Agility 2

This class is designed for serious agility competitors. These classes are for people who are looking to develop and/or improve their handling system with their current dog or for individuals who are dedicated to agility and are bringing up a new dog in the sport. People who are new to competitive dog sports might find these classes tedious. We will focus on correct obstacle performance and proper jumping skills using single jumps and short sequences.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Due to weekly homework assignments, the handler must:
    • have a jump
    • have access to a jump
    • or purchase a jump
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 1 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval
Class Goals

able to perform a full height teeter, full height tire, dog has drive to the jump from 5-7′, execution of front crosses and rear crosses (on the flat, with stanchions & with a tunnel), recall-to-heel over a jump (basic & extension), able to run sequences of 6-7 obstacles, working towards good end criteria on the contact obstacles and table, and an understanding of pulls, lateral motion, handling cues, collection, & extension

Agility 4

This class is a continuation of the handling series and will focus on teaching additional skills such as the 270 and back-up recall-to-heels, working on lines of motion, furthering our rear cross skills and appropriately applying past and new skills to mini-courses.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Due to weekly homework assignments, the handler must:
    • have a jump
    • have access to a jump
    • or purchase a jump
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 3 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval
Class Goals

Being able to appropriately apply the skills you have learned to a course so that you and your dog are able to successfully complete the obstacles, understanding line of motion, performance of 270 and back-up recall-to-heel, send to the back side of a jump, and an understanding of the 3 types of rear crosses.

All Classes—Advanced

Skills Drills

Skills Drills is a class focused on improving handling skills and introducing some of the more advanced jumping skills. We will generally be running short sequences (from 5-12 obstacles) frequently with a pre-determined way to complete the sequence so that students have a chance to refine specific handling skills. Skills that may be worked on in the class can include post turns, front crosses, blended front crosses, pulls, rear crosses, back-side of the jump, and how to properly cue extension & collection. Exercises used may be from Linda Mecklenburg, Karen Holik, Mary Ellen Berry, etc.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Dog must be familiar with all agility obstacles
  • The focus of the class is on jumping sequences, and the dog should have a good understanding of proper jumping skills
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 4 or agility 5 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval
Class Goals

To fine-tune handling skills.

2×2 Weaves Class

Based on Susan Garrett’s 2×2 weave pole method, this class will teach handlers and dogs how to weave independently at the end of 6 weeks. Students will be responsible for approximately 5 to 10 minutes of homework per day to be successful.

Prerequisites
  • Dog should be full grown, at least 14-months
  • Is current on vaccinations and non-aggressive
  • Dog should be able to offer behaviors for rewards (shaping) for this class
  • Dog must be able to work off leash and not be a risk to other students or dogs
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • Has successfully completed C4’s agility 2 class OR
    • Has prior instructor approval
Equipment Requirements
  • Students are required to have access to 3 sets of 2×2 weave pole bases (totaling 6 poles). This can be accomplished by
    • renting them from the club (see below)
    • purchasing them on your own OR
    • building your own set with PVC

Students that rent the 2x2s from the club will be required to bring them to class each week. There is a fee/deposit of renting from the club of $120. If students return the 2x2s the last night of class in good order, a refund check of $100 will be mailed within 7 days to the student.

Class Goals

At the end of 6 weeks, dogs will be able to find the entrance to a set of 6 weave poles, and then correctly and independently pass through them.

Agility 5

This class is designed to follow Agility 4 and will continue the process of teaching our dogs to link obstacles together. Students will be given a series of skills to work, such as lead changes, off course traps, distance work. Students will work on sequencing and patterns to enhance their skills and be able to read the dogs line in competition.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Dog must be familiar with all the agility obstacles
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 4 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval
Class Goals

To gain an understanding of skills that your dog has, as well as learn new skills to further you as a team.

Competition Readiness

This class will be setup to duplicate structured trial like conditions in an effort to ready the handler and dog for competition. There will be a running order, a course to walk, and participants will also act as bar setters (when they’re not running) so that the dogs have a chance to see people in the ring while they’re “competing”.

Prerequisites
  • Is current on vaccinations, and non-aggressive
  • Dog must be familiar with all agility obstacles
  • It will be necessary to bring a crate to class so that when your dog is not in the ring they will have that down time they experience at a trial
  • And ONE of the two below:
    • has successfully completed C4’s agility 4 or agility 5 class OR
    • has prior instructor approval