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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 week of September 12th (unless otherwise noted) and registration will open up at 6pm ET on Sunday, August 22nd. 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!

Fall 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.

Fall 2021 Class Schedule

Monday
7:00-8:30pm Intro to Agility 2 with Arlene

Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm Go the Distance: Distance Skills with LeAnne 7:00-8:00pm Control Unleashed with Cindy C (back field) 8:15-9:15pm Handling 101 with Emily Wednesday 6:45-7:45pm Starters/Advanced Coursework with Charise

Thursday

7:15-8:45pm Masters Coursework with Sheila & Lori

Friday
11-12:00pm Advanced Skills & Drills with Lori

Saturday
8:00-9:00am Intro to Agility with Juli and Candy****
9:30-10:30am Backyard Dogs with Erin (starts 9/4)
10-11:00am Focus for Agility with Christy and Janet (back field)

****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.


Sunday
8:00-9:00am Focus for Agility with Melvin & Marion (back field)


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.


Control Unleashed: Building a Better Team

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.


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).

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 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.

Go the Distance: Distance Skills
Is distance handling a skill you need? Do you find it difficult to keep up with your dog on course due to handler mobility issues? Do you have a velcro dog that needs to learn to run more freely away from you? Does your dog like to run circles around you, barking and biting in between obstacles?
This class will start with the basics of sending your dog away and showing them the lines they need to take on-course with confidence and speed. Happy Happy Dog!
Prerequisites: Dogs must be competent on all equipment. Skill sets will include both full course and smaller set ups.


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.