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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 Focus for Agility and Intro to Agility classes. All training classes are taught outdoors at our West Ashley Training Field. For directions, please click the link below.

Classes are currently in progress. The next session will begin the weekend of June 26th and registration will open up at 4pm ET on Sunday, June 20th. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email list to be notified of upcoming classes. Thank you for your interest!

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. Additionally, please note that if a class does not have at least 3 registrants by the week of class, the class will not be held. If you have any questions, please email our Training Director, Lori Duncan. Not all classes will be offered every session. Come on out and have fun with your dog!

Summer 2021 Session Schedule and Registration
All classes are 6 weeks long ($65 for members*, $110 for non-members) unless otherwise noted. To register, click on the class name in the schedule below and follow the steps. Non-members do NOT need to log into the website to register; there will be a step during registration where you can look up your information if you have previously taken a class or are on our mailing list.


*To become a member, you must have completed three courses (Focus for Agility, Intro to Agility 1, and Intro to Agility 2) and contributed a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time at LCDA. Membership dues are $170 annually which gains you access to member pricing for classes and seminars and, when deemed proficient on all equipment, a key to the agility field.

Summer 2021 Class Schedule

Monday
7:00-8:00pm Intro to Agility with Alex

****Register only for Intro to Agility by emailing Lori at agilpaws@comcast.net. Use the links for all other classes, including Intro to Agility II.

Tuesday
7:00-8:00pm Performance 101 with Elke 7:00-8:00pm Handling Moves for the Handler with Sue (back field, 3 weeks x 1.5 hours, members only. $50) 8:15-9:15pm Intro to Agility II with Emily Wednesday No classes this session.

Thursday

7:00-8:00pm Starters/Advanced Coursework and Skills with Arlene
8:15-9:15pm Masters Coursework and Skills with Sheila & Lori

Friday
No classes this session.

Saturday
8:00-9:00am Focus for Agility with Juli

Sunday
8:00-9:00am Focus for Agility with Melvin & Marion


Beginner Classes

Focus for Agility

This class will emphasize FOCUS! We will concentrate on simple exercises to increase your dog’s desire to keep an eye on you (i.e. make you more interesting than dirt!). We will work on basic obedience skills including the sit, down, come, and stay commands. Other topics include loose lead walking, going around an object, offering a jump, committing to a tunnel, contact target work, handler and dog turns. Instructors: Melvin and Marion Schutt
Prerequisites: This class is open to all. Dogs should be six months old or have permission of the instructor.


Intro to Agility

Dog and handler teams will learn the basic commands for and how to negotiate the agility obstacles. The goal is for the canine partner to learn how to negotiate most obstacles on their own.
Prerequisites: You MUST have taken Shaping or Focus for Agility FIRST unless special permission is given. To register for Intro to Agility, email Lori at agilpaws@comcast.net. Dogs must be at least 9 months of age, have a sit, stay, come, and are friendly towards other dogs and people.


Intro to Agility II

Intro to Agility II will continue to grow the dog's understanding of the various equipment that includes contact equipment (a-frame, dog walk, teeter) as well as jumps and tunnels to ensure proficiency. Teams will begin running short sequences.
Prerequisites: Must have previous training on contact equipment and completed an Intro I class.


Starters Classes

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.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility I & II, and can safely navigate the equipment (weave pole expertise NOT required, however we will not be addressing obstacle performance issues in this class).

Handling Moves for the Handler
This class is for those students who want to obtain a better understanding of basic agility moves as a handler. Basic handling moves will be taught with practice executing them by the handler before the addition of a dog and then with the dog with the use of a jump or tunnel. Students will learn front crosses, rear crosses, blind crosses, post turns, pushes, forced front moves, and how to handle the dog exiting a tunnel to the next obstacle. Runs for the first 3 weeks, 1.5 hour class sessions. $50.
Prerequisites: Handler must have control over the dog when off-leash. Members only.

Performance 101
This class will be an extension of Handling 101, with continued focus on handling skills that are needed to be successful in agility, including timing, commitment, and footwork. We will use short sequences to aid the handler’s understanding of when to use various techniques.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility I & II and Handling 101. All obstacles will be used, with the exception of weaves (we will use weaves for those who can safely perform them).

Back to Basics - Contacts/Weaves
Just beginning contacts and weaves or need to brush up on these skills? This is the class for you! We will be working on where our dogs' back feet are and driving into position on contacts. For weave poles, we will be focused on footwork and entering the poles correctly.
Prerequisites: Your dog must be able to work around other dogs. Several dogs will be working at a time. Dogs should be at least one year of age.


Intermediate Classes

Starters/Advanced Coursework
This handling class will take things a step further, focusing on the usage of handling techniques learned in Handling 101 to navigate full agility courses, with all obstacles being used. The courses will be adjusted from Master's level courses with just slight changes to challenge the students.
Prerequisites: 
Successful completion of Handling 101. Knowledge 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).


Advanced Coursework
This class will focus on timing, commitment, and getting the dog to work away from the handler.
Prerequisites: 
Can perform all obstacles, including weave poles, and are competing at the Advanced/PII Standard level.

Starters Snooker/Gamblers Rules & Strategy
This class will focus on Snooker & Gamblers rules, skills and strategies.
Prerequisites: Dogs should be proficient on all contacts. Weaves are preferred but not required.


Backyard Dogs

This class will focus on drills that include a full range of handling challenges. This will include weave and tunnel entrances and a variety of jump skills (backsides, slices, wraps, serpentines, etc.)
Prerequisites: Dogs must be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler. Other than that, dogs competing at all levels are welcome.


Masters Classes

Masters Coursework

This class is intended to challenge masters level teams with masters/international style 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.
Prerequisites: Teams entering this class must be competing in Masters/PIII Standard, however, exceptions may be made if a student has prior permission from the instructor.


Please note that all dogs on the premises must be current on vaccinations, as recommended by their veterinarian.