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Training Classes

We offer Beginner to Masters level agility classes as well as obedience classes. We always have a high demand for our Foundation for Agility class series. All training classes are taught outdoors at our training field in West Ashley (1981 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407). For directions, please click the link below.

Classes are currently in progress. For future sessions, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email list to be the first to know. 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 2022 Session Details and Registration
All classes are 6 weeks long ($70 for members*, $120 for non-members) and meet weekly - weather dependent as our field is outdoors - per the schedule below 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 (Foundation for Agility I, II, and III) 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 2022 Class Schedule

6:45-7:45pm Handling 101 with Juli

7:00-8:15pm Starters/Advanced Coursework with Arlene    Wednesday 6:45-8:00pm Foundation for Agility II with Emily and LeAnne (both fields)****
8:15-9:15pm Foundation for Agility III with Ann and Cindy F

****Register for Foundation for Agility II by emailing Lori at Use the links for all other classes, including Foundation I and III.


6:45-7:45pm Control Unleashed for Agility with Cindy C and Lori
8:00-9:00pm Masters Coursework with Sheila and Ed - starts June 16

8:00-9:00am Foundation for Agility I with Marion, Regina, and Edstarts June 5

Beginner Classes

Foundation for Agility I

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.
Prerequisites: This class is open to all. Dogs should be six months old or have permission of the instructor.

Foundation for Agility II

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 Foundation for Agility I FIRST unless special permission is given. To register for Foundation for Agility II, email Lori at Dogs must be at least 9 months of age, have a sit, stay, come, and are friendly towards other dogs and people.

Foundation for Agility III
Foundation for Agility III 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 a Foundation for Agility II class.

Control Unleashed for Agility

This class is taught by Cindy Carter, a certified CU instructor, and will help you and your dog learn to work as a team in class and in a trial setting. You'll learn to help your dog settle and prepare to work in class, handle distractions of other dogs working, and get into and out of the ring as a team.
Prerequisites: Must have completed Foundation for Agility III.

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 Foundation for Agility I, II, and III, and can safely navigate the equipment (weave pole expertise NOT required, however we will not be addressing obstacle performance issues in this class).

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 Sequencing
This class will focus on building confidence for the dog and handler team in course walking and execution of a handling plan. Course sequences will involve a mixture of common agility course designs and handlers will be encouraged to try various handling techniques to develop their skills. All agility obstacles will be used during the class. Teams not ready to sequence select obstacles (e.g. weaves) may still participate, utilizing alternate course patterns or simply skipping the obstacle.
Successful completion of Handling 101, knowledge of basic handling skills, and experience with mini-sequencing (3-8 obstacles).

Starters 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. This class will contain sequences focused on handling and obstacle skills required for the green dog getting ready or just starting to compete. Courses will have approximately 14 obstacles in a sequence.
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 developing and executing handling plans for a variety of courses that incorporate various handling challenges, including distance handling, off-course distractions, and obstacle discrimination. A variety of courses will be used (e.g. jumpers, standard, steeplechase, or Grand Prix style) to provide teams the opportunity to improve their skills and learn the basic differences in these competition courses.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic handling skills and experience handling medium length (10-12 obstacle) and/or full length courses.

Advanced Skills & Drills (jumps/tunnels only)
This class is intended for those teams that want more experience with handling techniques. Only jumps and tunnels will be used. Should be familiar with the following handling techniques: front crosses, rear crosses, lap turns, and backsides. We will continue to work on these handling techniques and add more techniques to your tool box.
Prerequisites: Dogs must be focused on the handler, confident on jumps and tunnels, familiar with the above listed techniques, and sequencing at least 8 obstacles.

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.