Agility Classes

Beginning and continuing agility classes are held on Thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, on Motor Avenue near Pico Boulevard. The agility area is at the west end of the park near the archery range.Yahoo Map to Classes | Training Class Map - within park (166k .pdf)


BEGINNING AGILITY CLASSES

We start new beginning agility classes two or three times a year. They are usually at 4:00 PM. We do not take registrations in advance, but will notify those interested by email when we have scheduled new classes. If you would like to be notified, you must fill out the Notification List form below.

Your dog must be at least six months old and have the ability to Sit, Down, Come, and Stay.  We highly recommend enrolling your dog in a novice obedience class before attempting agility. We also offer a class to build agility/obedience foundation skills that is directed at improving teamwork and some of the basic obedience commands using exercises you can do easily at home. Visit our Obedience Classes page for more information and availability on these classes.

 

CONTINUING AGILITY CLASSES

WLAOTC occasionally has space in our more advanced agility classes. We welcome students from other programs, although consent of the trainer is required. If you would like to be considered for an open space, you must fill out the Notification List form below. For more information, please email Agility Classes.

All agility classes are taught by Danielle Dumais and cost $150 for 8 one-hour classes.

All handlers are required to help with equipment moves and tear downs as needed.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. If you still have questions after visiting our FAQ page, please email Agility Classes.

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Notification List - Online Form


Please fill out the online form below.  This will put you on the list to be notified about openings in our agility classes.

Your information will not be used for any purpose other than sending you information about the WLAOTC agility classes.
 

Fields marked with * are required

* Your First Name:

* Your Last Name:

* Email Address:

* Phone:

* Select the class day you are interested in (classes are held from 8AM to 5PM on Thursday and Saturday):
Saturday
Thursday
Either Saturday or Thursday

* We are considering offering classes on Wednesday. Would you be interested?:
Yes
No

* Your dog's name:

* Your dog's breed (mixed breeds welcome!):

* What is your dog's ability level:
Beginner (has had less than 6 months of agility training, or no agility training)
Intermediate (has had more than 6 months of agility training within the last 2 years, can negotiate a course of obstacles, may or may not have independent weaves and teeter-totter)
Advanced (has independent weaves, consistent contacts on all obstacles, may have competed in agility trials)

Have you competed in agility trials?:
Yes
No

Does your dog have any performance titles (agility, obedience, other)? Please list:

*What classes has this dog taken with WLAOTC? (Put "none" if none.)

(Maximum characters: 150)

* Are you a member of WLAOTC?:
Yes
No

* What classes has this dog taken elsewhere? (Put "none" if none.)


Additional Comments:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my dog ready for agility?

Your dog must be at least six months old and have the ability to Sit, Down, Come and Stay. At the first class, your dog will be tested on his/her ability to come when called while off-leash and his/her behavior near other excited dogs. We don't expect perfection. Agility is an exciting sport for both dogs and handlers, and all dogs will occasionally be too excited to pay attention. But a dog that is not under control most of the time is not ready to do agility. If your dog fails the test, we will return your check and suggest that you entroll your dog in a novice obedience class before attempting an agility class.

Am I ready for agility?

Agility is physical sport for dogs and handlers. As your dog's confidence and skill increases, he/she will be negotiating longer courses at higher speeds. As a handler, you will be required to run through all or part of the course with your dog. Additionally, all students are required to help setting up and taking down equipment. While you don't need to be an athlete, you do need to be in good physical condition. There's a reason it's called "agility".

May someone other than me handle my dog in class?

In our agility classes, we are training the team: dog and handler.  The dog is not learning skills independently.  You are both learning a new way to communicate, verbally and physically.  You may have more than one person handle your dog in agility class, but both handlers need to attend class.  

What is the size limit for group classes?

Continuing classes are limited to 8 students. Beginning classes may have more students, as there is usually some natural attrition.

Do you offer private training?

We do not offer private training through our club.

When will you start the next beginning agility class?

We have a fixed number of classes each day (8) and a fixed number of spaces in each class (8). The most advanced classes are in the morning; intermediate and beginning classes are in the afternoon. As students progress and as class vacancies occur, they are moved to an earlier (more advanced) class. When enough vacancies occur, we have enough empty spaces to move everyone up and make room for a new 4:00 beginning class.

We cannot predict when students will leave class.

I filled out the form but I haven't heard from you. Am I still on the list?

Our classes are usually completely full and we have a long notification list. As space becomes available, we will notify those interested by email. We will not keep names on the list longer than 18 months, or if there has been no response to two or more notifications of class openings, whichever comes first.

WLAOTC is a club, not a for-profit business. With the exception of our paid trainers, we are an all-volunteer organization serving our active members and the community. Working club members are given priority in all agility classes. A working club member is someone who attends monthly meetings, volunteers at club events, serves on the board and committees or is otherwise of service to the club.

May I observe your classes?

Agility classes are held all day Thursday and Saturday from 8AM to 5PM at Rancho Park. It is a public park and you are welcome to observe classes. The most advanced classes are in the morning and less advanced classes are in the afternoon. If you come, please stay outside the area marked by the fencing and please don't ask the trainer questions during or between classes. If your dog is with you, make sure you keep him/her on leash and at least 6 feet from other dogs. If you have questions, please email Agility Classes.

Will I learn agility in one 8-week session?

No. You and your dog will learn basic skills and be introduced to all the obstacles in your first beginners' 8-week session. It takes months to become proficient. Before the end of each 8-week session, you will be asked if you wish to continue in class. Most of our students continue in agility classes for months and years, progressing to more and more advanced classes, and competing in agility trials.

How do we move up to more advanced classes when my dog and I are no longer beginners?

Our trainer adjusts her training based upon the capabilities of the students, regardless of the time of day. Before each new session, she arranges the classes by grouping handlers and dogs with similar skills. Move ups are done as vacancies occur in more advanced classes and the trainer will recommend a team be advanced when they have acquired most of the skills at their current level.

 

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