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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 Introduction to Agility class. All training classes are taught at our West Ashley Training Field. For directions, please click the link below.

When choosing your class, PLEASE be sure to read the prerequisites listed. Students who register for classes they are not qualified for will have their registration canceled. If you have any questions at all, please email our Training Director, Sheila Ross. Registration links and prices can be found at the bottom of the page. Not all classes will be offered every session. Come on out and have fun with your dog!

Beginner Classes

Obedience for Agility
This class will focus on FOCUS! In order for your dog to be able to work with you, they must be paying careful attention to you. We will concentrate on simple exercises that will increase your dog’s desire to keep an eye on you. In addition, we will work on some basic obedience skills that are useful (necessary) to be successful in agility. Your dog will be introduced to the sit, down, come, and stay commands. In addition, we will address the art of loose lead walking. This class is open to all. Instructor: Melvin Schutt

Intro to Agility

Dog and handler teams will learn the basic commands for and how to negotiate the agility obstacles. Dogs must be at least 9 months old. The goal is for the canine partner to learn how to negotiate most obstacles on their own. Not offered during the summer session.
Prerequisites: Your dog MUST have a sit, stay, come, and is friendly towards other dogs and people.


Intro to Agility II
Intro to Agility II will continue to grow the dog's understanding of jumps and tunnels and begin working on the contact equipment (dog walk, teeter, and a-frame). Additional jump types (spreads, long jump, wall) will also be introduced. This class will strive for proficiency on all equipment and teams will begin running short sequences. Instructor: Wanda Usher
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility I within the last year or have approval of the instructor.

Beginning Handling Skills
This introductory handling class will focus on the main handling techniques necessary to navigate a starters course. 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. Instructors: Julie Neer and Deirdre Luttrell
Prerequisites: Dog must have completed Intro to Agility I and II, and can safely navigate all the equipment except weave poles (or consent of the instructor). Priority will be given to students just completing the Intro series.
To register, please contact Julie Neer at figmentgirl@me.com.


Starters Classes

Basic Handling
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. We will be learning basic handling moves in small sequences with just jumps and tunnels. Instructor: Randy Hunter
Prerequisites: 
Your dog MUST have taken the Intro to Agility series (1-3) or have approval of the instructor.

Weaving 101
This class is an introduction to weaves, with multiple techniques covered. Instructors: Cindy Floyd and Ann Ferrell
Prerequisites: 
Your dog MUST have taken Intro to Agility I & II or have approval of the instructor.


Intermediate Classes

USDAA Games and Handling (trial prep class)
This class will introduce those new to both agility and USDAA to the fun games of USDAA. 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. Not offered during the summer session.
Prerequisites: All dogs must be able to do full height contacts. Weaves are preferred but not required. We will not be addressing obstacle performance issues.


Skills and Drills
In this skills and drills class we will be working various agility challenges and connection. We will be working with jumps, tunnels, and weave poles. Instructor: Sheila Ross
Prerequisites: Your dog MUST be focused on the handler, able to weave, or with prior permission of the instructor.


Coursework and Handling
This class will work on Starters and Advanced coursework (Standard and Jumpers courses) with one course per week being run. Instructor: Lori Duncan
Prerequisites: Dogs MUST be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler, or with prior permission of the instructor.


Jokers Wild
This class is instructor's choice! Handling, distance, skills & drills, and USDAA agility games! Join the class fun with Erin. Instructor: Erin Queen
Prerequisites: Dogs MUST be proficient on all obstacles and focused on the handler, or with prior permission of the instructor.


Masters Classes

Masters Handling
This class is intended to challenge masters-level teams with 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 in Masters Standard, or have prior permission from the instructor.



Summer Session Schedule and Registration
All classes are 6 weeks long ($60 for members, $100 for non-members), with the exception of Intro to Agility II, which is 8 weeks ($100 for members, $190 for non-members). Classes begin the week of May 7th. To register, click on the class name below.

Monday Obedience for Agility 7:00-8:00 pm (back field) Full! Skills and Drills 7:15-8:15 pm Full!
Tuesday
Masters Handling 7:00-8:00 pm Full!
Weaving 101 8:00-9:00 pm (back field) Coursework and Handling 8:15-9:15 pm

Wednesday
Basic Handling 6:00-7:00 pm Full!
Beginning Handling Skills 7:15-8:15 pm**

Thursday
Intro to Agility II 7:00-8:00 pm

Saturday Jokers Wild 10:00-11:00 am - began April 14th Full!


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contact Julie Neer to register for Beginning Handling Skills; $60 members/$100 non members - 6 team max)