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We offer Beginner to Masters level agility classes as well as obedience classes. We always have a high demand for our Introduction to Agility class. All training classes are taught at our West Ashley Training Field. For directions, please click the link below.

When choosing your class, PLEASE be sure to read the prerequisites listed with the class description. Students who register for classes they are not qualified for will have their registration canceled. If you have any questions at all, please email our Training Director, Sheila Ross. Not all classes will be offered every session. Come on out and have fun with your dog!

Fall Session Schedule and Registration
All classes are 6 weeks long ($65 for members, $110 for non-members), with the exception of Intro to Agility, which is 8 weeks ($100 for members, $190 for non-members). Fall classes begin the week of September 17th unless otherwise noted below. To register, click on the class name in the schedule below. *THE CURRENT SESSION IS UNDERWAY - THE NEXT ONE WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY - KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DETAILS!*

Monday
Starters Handling 5:30-6:30pm
                        Intro to Agility 7:00-8:15pm
Tuesday
Focus for Agility 7:00-8:00pm
Handling 101 7:15-8:15pm 
Wednesday Jokers Wild 6:00-7:00pm (Advanced courses)
Intro to Agility 7:15-8:30pm 

Thursday
Coursework and Handling 6:30-7:30pm (Advanced courses)
Masters Handling 7:45-8:45pm

Saturday
USDAA Games and Handling 10:00-11:00am


Beginner Classes

Focus for Agility
(previously called Obedience for Agility)
This class will focus on FOCUS! In order for your dog to be able to work with you, they must be paying careful attention to you. We will concentrate on simple exercises that will increase your dog’s desire to keep an eye on you. In addition, we will work on some basic obedience skills that are useful (necessary) to be successful in agility. Your dog will be introduced to the sit, down, come, and stay commands. In addition, we will address the art of loose lead walking. Instructor: Melvin Schutt
Prerequisites: This class is open to all.


Intro to Agility

In this class, we will work on increasing the communication and focus between the dog and handler while teaching them the skills to navigate the most common agility obstacles, jumps, and tunnels. Monday instructors: Linda Stimson, Wanda User, Sue Tetanich; Wednesday instructors: Julie Neer, Deirdre Luttrell, Cindy Floyd, and Charisse Gremaux
Prerequisites: Dogs must be at least 9 months of age and MUST have a sit, stay, come, and is friendly towards other dogs and people.


Intro to Agility II
(not offered this session)
Intro to Agility II will continue to grow the dog's understanding of jumps and tunnels and begin working on the contact equipment (dog walk, teeter, and a-frame). Additional jump types (spreads, long jump, wall) will also be introduced. This class will strive for proficiency on all equipment and teams will begin running short sequences.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility I within the last year.

Handling 101
This class will focus on handling skills that are needed to be successful in agility. You will likely use these skills for your entire agility career. Each week we will focus on one handling technique and provide homework exercises to solidify your understanding. We will also use short sequences to aid the handler’s understanding of when to use various techniques. Instructors: Juli Martin and Tami Olheiser
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility 1 & 2, and can safely navigate the equipment (weave pole expertise NOT required, however we will not be addressing obstacle performance issues in this class).


Starters Classes

Starters Handling
This handling class will take things a step further, focusing on handling techniques necessary to navigate a Starters level agility course, with emphasis on jumps, tunnels, and weave poles in short sequences. Contact obstacles will not be used in this class. Instructor: Jan Guz
Prerequisites: 
Successful completion of Intro to Agility 1 & 2, an understanding of basic handling skills, and can perform all obstacles, including weave poles (if you need to use wires or other training aids on the weaves, that is fine).

Intermediate Classes

USDAA Games and Handling (trial prep class)
This class will introduce those new to both agility and USDAA to the fun games of USDAA. We will have 2 sessions dedicated to each of the following games: Gamblers, Snooker, and Pairs. We will explore the rules of the games, handling, and game strategies. This class is also a trial prep class. There will be a "judge" along with ring crew and other positions. All courses will be Starters/Advanced level courses. Instructor: Erin Queen
Prerequisites: Dogs MUST be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler. Weaves are preferred but not required. We will not be addressing obstacle performance issues in this class.


Coursework and Handling
This class will work on Advanced coursework (Standard and Jumpers courses) with one course per week being run. Instructor: Lori Duncan
Prerequisites: Dogs MUST be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler, or have prior permission of the instructor.


Jokers Wild (Advanced Courses)
This class is instructor's choice! Handling, distance, skills & drills, and USDAA agility games! Advanced level courses will be run in this class. Instructor: Randy Hunter
Prerequisites: Dogs MUST be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler, or have prior permission of the instructor.


Masters Classes

Masters Handling
This class is intended to challenge masters-level teams with courses that require the handler to think about the most efficient and comprehensive path for the dog. Each class will allow teams to run full courses of both Jumpers and Standard style, with the option to also practice skills used in games classes such as Gamblers and Snooker. Instructor: Sheila Ross
Prerequisites: Teams entering this class MUST be in Masters Standard, or have prior permission from the instructor.