Agility is the ultimate game for you and your dog. Dogs race around an obstacle course expending energy and having fun! They leap over jumps, race through tunnels and tires, zip across elevated walkways, negotiate seesaws and more. It's fast, it's exciting and it's fun!
But agility is a lot more than just a good time. It is great exercise for both you and your dog. It's a tremendous confidence builder for a shy or timid dog, and an energy outlet for the highly active dog.
Through agility you'll reinforce and broaden your dog's responsiveness-all in an environment that's entertaining and enjoyable for both the dog and the handler.
Agility Foundations is not required to take a Beginner class with Pam O'Day or Bonnie Henderson, but is certainly beneficial, and highly recommended. Beginner classes do require more commitment (usually the intention of continuing indefinitely).
The philosophy behind Competition Agility with Pam O’Day is simple. Pam builds relationships with each student based upon their stated goals and needs, and strives to help teams achieve their potential. A lifetime of involvement in dog sports – including conformation, obedience, tracking and agility has given Pam the solid foundation needed to assess a dog’s movement, temperament, and motivation.
Pam’s strength lies in her ability to tailor training to meet the level of each team, within the context of the classroom setting. Pam brings together a unique mix where students continually experience and succeed at new agility challenges.
Agility classes with Pam O’Day are interactive, and students are encouraged to stop and analyze handling strategies, offer suggestions, and encourage one another. Pam teaches students how to break down courses into manageable segments, analyze handling lines to find the most efficient path for both dog and handler, and regularly presents exercises to increase a dog’s potential. Agility is about more than just running a course, and students in Pam’s classes often discuss preventive health care matters, health issues that affect agility dogs (and handlers), the rules and regulations that govern agility, and sharing of information about trials and competition experiences.
With Pam O’Day, you’ll receive an honest, direct assessment of your handling techniques, and strategies for growth. Pam has trained more than a thousand successful teams in her teaching career, and continues her own growth by attending and hosting seminars with world-renowned handlers, instructors, and animal health care practitioners.
To be considered for Pam’s classes, you will need to have a solid recall, sit, stay, leave it, and down with your dog. A sense of humor, and a strong work ethic is preferred, as well!
Fee: $140.00 (includes tax), $126.00 for Tails Members.
Beginner Classes with Pam O'Day
Pam currently teaches 16 Beginner through Advanced Competition Agility Classes on Tuesdays (9 AM - 3:30 PM), Wednesdays (5 - 9 PM), Thursdays (4:30 PM - 9 PM), and Fridays (4:45 PM - 8:30 PM). If your dog has already been introduced to equipment and you have prior handling experience, and you would like your dog to be evaluated to determine which class would best suit you as a team, please contact Pam directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie Henderson is a national agility competitor and an outstanding instructor. Bonnie's approach is fun, easy to understand and has great results - many of her students have MACH's and compete on the national level.
Whether you are interested in agility for recreation or competition, it is important to continue to practice the basic principles of positive training and foster the best possible relationship with your dog. Her classes focus not only on providing a good and safe foundation for learning the obstacles, but also how to become a more knowledgeable and successful handler.
Bonnie teaches 7 Agility Classes, Beginner through Advanced, on Monday mornings 9 AM - 12 PM, and Monday evenings (5 PM - 9 PM).
Agility Foundations with Kathy Steffens
In this 6-week class, students, dogs learn to work around distractions and get introduced to flat work and handling for agility that will prepare them for a beginner agility class. While it is not a prerequisite for a beginner class, it is highly recommended. It is open enrollment, and you are provided 8 weeks to complete 6 weeks.
* MUST complete Family Dog II prior to signing up for class*
$140.00 ($126.00 for members).
Agility Foundations Wait List
If there are no offerings above, register on this list to be notified as soon as a class is offered.
Classes offered will typically be on:
Saturdays at 9 AM
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
You will notified of either, and can opt out until the appropriate class meets your schedule requirements. Just notify us via email in response to any email sent to you that you would like to remain on the list.