The Beginner class is an 18-week program that concentrates on building engagement, focus and impulse control in the dog and introduces the dog to most of the agility equipment. Handlers will learn how to shape behavior and encourage and foster the dog’s willingness to learn, building the dog’s confidence to tackle the challenges of agility and desire to work with its handler.
The Beginner class is game-based to teach dog and handler skills that provide an excellent agility foundation, but also translate into everyday life and create a great dog to live with even if the team does not ultimately pursue an agility career. The class is designed for dogs and handlers with limited or no training in agility and also for young dogs just starting their agility careers with more experienced handlers. Generally, dogs must be at least 9 months or older to participate. Handlers must be at least 15 years of age.