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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 at our West Ashley Training Field. For directions, please click the link below.

Classes are currently in progress. Please check back later for the next session.

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!

Spring 2020 Session Schedule and Registration
All classes are 6 weeks long ($65 for members*, $110 for non-members). 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 two LCDA courses and 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.

Spring 2020 Class Schedule

Monday
6:30-7:30pm Focus for Agility with Melvin and Marion (back field) 6:45-7:45pm Intro to Agility with Kim Peyser, Elke, and Vanessa^ 8:00-9:00pm Intro to Agility with Alex, Elke, and Sue^
^Register for Intro to Agility by emailing Lori at agilpaws@comcast.net


Tuesday
7:00-8:00pm Masters Coursework with Dani 8:15-9:15pm Starters/Advanced Coursework with Sheila
Wednesday 6:45-7:45pm Performance 101 with Charise 8:00-9:00pm Performance 101 with Charise
8:00-9:00pm Focus for Agility (back field)

Thursday

7:00-8:00pm Weaves! with Cindy and Emily (back field)
6:30-7:30pm Performance 101 with Tami
8:00-9:00pm Intro to Agility 2 with Juli and Janette

Friday
8:00-9:00am  Young Dogs Skills & Drills 2 with Lori

Saturday
10am-11am Backyard Dogs with Erin



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. Instructors: Jan, Elke, Vanessa (Monday early class), Alex, Elke, Sue (Monday late class)
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.

Handling 101 (not offered this session)
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).

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 ause short sequences to aid the handler’s understanding of when to use various techniques. Instructor: Charise (Wednesdays), Tami (Thursdays)
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).


Starters Classes

Young Dogs Skill & Drills (not offered this session)
This class is intended for young dogs or for those teams that want more experience with handling techniques. Only jumps and tunnels will be used.
Prerequisites: Dogs must be focused on the handler, confident on jumps and tunnels, and sequencing at least 5 obstacles.

Young Dogs Skill & Drills 2

This class is intended for young dogs or 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. Instructor: Lori Duncan
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.


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. Instructor: Sheila Ross
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 Handling Skills for Trialing Teams

This class will include skills and drills to help improve your handing. We will be working on both small setups and full course exercises. Instructors: Jan Jones and LeAnne Meyer
Prerequisites: 
Must be proficient on all equipment (using weave devices like wires is ok for those still training weaves).

Weaves!
Weave pole training from the ground up. Become familiar with several methods for teaching the weave poles. The class will emphasize the 2x2 training method. To be successful, you will need to complete daily practice (short sessions). By week 6 most dogs should be weaving 12 poles in short sequences. Instructor: Cindy Floyd and Emily Soyka


USDAA Games (not offered this session)

This class will introduce those new to both agility and USDAA to the fun games of USDAA; consider this a trial prep class. 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.
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.


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.) Instructor: Erin Queen
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 Handling

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. Instructor: Danielle Scott
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.