Thank you for your interest in Happy Dog Agility
We offer a large variety of training services from basic Puppy classes, foundation classes and dog agility training. We have several Tracks for you to choose from:
The Puppy Track, designed to help you teach your young dog to grow into a well behaved companion as an adult.
The Agility Track, for handlers who would like to become involved in the fun sport of Dog Agility.
So, where do you start?
This all depends on your goals and the age of your dog. If your dog is over 8 months old and has never had any training, you should start in our Foundation Class, then either continue in foundation or move into the Agility Track. If your dog already has foundation training, you may go directly into the Agility Track with the Pre-Agility course. If your dog is under 8 months of age, you may choose to start with our Puppy Track.
Below is a description of the various tracks which should help you determine the appropriate class for you. You are more than welcome to contact us if you need help deciding on a class.
This track is for dogs and handlers that have had no previous training. Handlers will learn how dogs learn and how to communicate and train them. We use positive methods to show the dogs what behavior is acceptable. In the advanced foundation classes, communication is further enhanced by teaching more advanced commands as well as using positive reinforcement to teach your dog fun behaviors.
- Foundation Class
- Clicker 1
Description: In this class, dogs and handlers will learn basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come. Dogs will learn to work around distractions and how to behave in a class setting. Behavior issues such as jumping, barking, leash pulling, and general behavior will be addressed in this class. This is a six week class and costs $120.00.
Prerequisite: Foundation skills
Description: Advanced clicker skills will be used to teach your dog various behaviors. Handlers will learn how to lure, capture and free shape the behaviors they want from their dogs. Tricks such as sit-up, wave, shake, hide your head, weave through legs, and many others may be taught in this class.
The puppy track is for puppies 12 weeks to 8 months.
The Puppy 1 class is designed for all puppy owners who want to teach their puppies how to behave in a human world. Puppies are like a clean canvas upon which to paint. Giving them the right start in training and socializing will result in a wonderful and well behaved family companion. For owners who choose to continue with their puppy training, you may go into the foundation clicker class or proceed with agility training. Just a word of caution about agility training: We at Happy Dog Agility are VERY careful about growing puppies. We only do skills and equipment that are age appropriate! We do not ask young dogs to do the full height obstacles, to jump higher than their elbows, to bend around jumps or weave poles until they are old enough. However, there is so much that young dogs can learn about the sport of agility while they are still very young. It’s great fun for handlers and puppies alike! All puppies must be current on their vaccinations.
- Puppy 1
- Puppy Agility 1
- Puppy Agility 2
- Advanced Puppy
Prerequisite: Willingness to have fun with your puppy, puppy from 12 weeks – 8 months old
Description: Handlers will learn to use positive training methods to mold their puppies into well behaved adults. Skills taught will include sit, down, heel, stay, watch me, leave it, and come. General behavior issues will be discussed such as nipping, digging, barking, jumping, and chewing.
Puppy Agility 1
Prerequisite: Puppy 1 or approval by instructor
Description: Puppies in this class have an understanding of basic commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Loose Leash Walking). Many additional skills will be taught including: Wait, Hand Touch, Foot Touch, Side, Close, Right, Left and Left side heeling. Several agility obstacles (tunnels, table, tire) will be introduced. We will also work on body skills by working on wobble boards, ladder work, and travel plank.
Puppy Agility 2
Prerequisite: Puppy Agility 1 or approval by instructor
Description: This is for puppies that are about 6-8 months of age. Puppies are working more on agility type commands and are beginning to do small sequences of obstacles. Contacts are introduced and more advanced obstacle performance and foundation type commands are practiced.
Prerequisite: Puppy Agility 2 or approval by instructor
Description: Puppies are about 8-12 months old, handling skills such as front and rear crosses, lead-out-pivots, and directed jumping are introduced in this class. Obstacles are slowly brought to “almost” full height. Once the puppies reach 12 months old, they move into either the Novice or the Advanced Handling class in the Agility Track.
- Foundation 1
- Beginning Agility 1
- Beginning Agility 2
- Beginning Agility 3
- Novice Handling
- Advanced Handling
- Masters Handling
Description: In this class, dogs and handlers will learn basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come. Dogs will learn to work around distractions and how to behave in a class setting. Behavior issues such as jumping, barking, leash pulling, and general behavior will be addressed in this class. This is a six week class with a graduation at the conclusion of the class.
Prerequisite: Passing the Foundation 1 class, or passing a ½ hour evaluation by one of the agility instructors ($35.00 fee). This can be set up by contacting Happy Dog Agility via email and arranging a time for the evaluation. In order to pass, dogs must perform basic commands and show off leash control.
Description: Dogs will learn ground work commands that will prepare them for agility training, such as: Circle, Around, Right, Left, Close and Side, and Hand and Nose Touch. Dogs will be introduced to jump training, wobble boards and travel planks. This is a 6 week class.
Beginning Agility 1
Prerequisite: Completion of the Pre-Agility Class or approval by instructor
Description: Obstacles such as the contacts, weave poles, table, and tunnels will be introduced in this class. 3-4 obstacle sequences will be performed.
Beginning Agility 2
Prerequisite: Beginning Agility 2 or approval by instructor
Description: Dogs have a basic understanding of the equipment and basic handling techniques are introduced, including front crosses and the lead-out pivot.
Beginning Agility 3
Prerequisite: Beginning Agility 2 or approval by instructor
Description: Dogs understand all the equipment but are still working on the weave poles (Weave Pole Chute closed, with guides) and Contacts still need targeting. Rear crosses are introduced and sequences of 5-10 obstacles are preformed.
Prerequisite: Beginning Agility 3, competing at the Novice level in any venue or approval by instructor
Description: This class is designed for the dogs and handlers who have a solid understanding of all the obstacles, including contacts and weave poles and a basic understanding of the front and rear cross.
Novice level course analysis will be worked on as well as drills to assist in Novice level skills. Dogs will run courses of 10 – 16 obstacles.
Prerequisite: Novice Handling, competing at the Advanced level in any venue or approval by instructor
Description: This class will focus on Advanced level handling skills. Courses and drills will be taught to facility advanced level handling. Students coming into the Happy Dog program who are competing at the Masters/Excellent level may be in this class to learn the Happy Dog Agility methods of handling.
Prerequisite: Pre-Approval of instructor. Generally, dogs are competing at the Masters/Excellent level.
Description: Dogs and handlers learn to work together as an efficient agility team. This class includes: Masters level course analysis, individualizing handling systems, drill work to sharpen various skills, tight turn work, lead-out Pivots, all crosses, refined obstacle training, turn cues, and learning the best way to handle individual situations with each dog/handler team.
Happy Dog Agility offers specialty classes for specific areas of foundation, behavior, and agility areas.
Some are ongoing, other are short, 6 week sessions. Below are the regular specialty classes we offer. Please see the “Events” page for the one-time classes.
Gamblers is a specific class in USDAA agility where the dog is asked to perform a series of obstacles at a distance from the handler. In the Gamble class, we work on teaching the dogs to take directions at a distance. We work on the various types of gambles seen in both USDAA Gamble Class and AKC FAST Class.
Beginning Gamble Class
This is for dogs that do not work well away from their owner. The emphasis on this class is the “send” and the “Parallel” gamble.
Advanced Gamble Class
This is for dog that has a good idea about the “gamble” concept and will work at a distance from their handlers. “Redirects” are the main focus of this class.
Masters Gamble Glass
Dogs in this class are working at the Masters or Excellent level gamble work. All four types of gambles are combined in this class.
Stride Collection Class:
This class is for handlers who have dogs with launching strides. We teach the dog to understand the stride collection cues to get tight turns off of jumps and other obstacles. Dogs must be competing at the Advanced/Masters level to participate. This class is the only class where handlers have the option of paying as they go and missed classes are credited.
Weave Pole Class
This class is designed for dogs and handlers who need extra help in learning weave pole entrances, exits, and improving speed in the poles. It is an ongoing class and students can join it at any time, as long as they make a 4 week commitment to the class.
Foundation 1 $120.00 (6 weeks)
Pre-Agility $120.00 (6 weeks)
Puppy 1 $120.00 (6 weeks)
All Other Classes:
For all other classes, the fee is $20.00 per class. Students pay the first week of the month for one month of classes. This works out to about $80.00 per month. The amount may be more if there are 5 weeks in the month, or less if we have class cancellations the month prior.
General Information and Codes of Conduct:
- Dogs MUST be current on their vaccinations.
- Happy Dog Agility is place for you to train your dog. It is NOT a dog park. Please do not allow your dog to play with other dogs.
- No aggressive dogs are allowed to participate in any Happy Dog Agility classes or events.
- Potty your dog outside the fenced area before entering the agility field.
- Clean up after your dog! There are plenty of pooper scoopers at the farm.
- Do not allow your dog to urinate on anything man-made. If he/she does, you will be charged .25 per pee. If your dog does urinate on anything man-made, rinse it off with water.
- Dogs may not be on the agility course during walk-thru’s. We highly recommend that you bring a crate for your dog during the time you are walking the course or during lectures. However, they may be on a sit/down stay if they are reliable.
- All students must help change jump heights during class.
- Students may be asked to help move equipment at the conclusion of a class so the grounds can be mowed the following day.
- You may walk around the farm, but keep your dog out of the fields and clean up after your dog. Watch for horse drawn carriages.
Foundation and Pre-Agility Class Refunds:
We will refund class fees, minus classes taken, up to and including the second week of class. After such time, no refund will be given.
Group Agility Class Absences:
If a student misses a class, no refund will be issued and credit towards the next month will not be given. IF a class is missed, the student may make-up the class by attending another class during the week that is at or below their current class level. The only exception will be injury to the dog or handler that causes two (2) or more consecutive absences, provided that Happy Dog Agility was notified prior to the missed classes. If class is canceled by the instructor, credit will be given for the missed class.
Happy Dog Agility has waiting lists for most of the Masters Level classes. If you miss 2 consecutive classes (in any level) without notifying Happy Dog Agility via email, it will be assumed that you are no longer enrolled in the class and your space will be opened to someone on the waiting list. You will be notified that your spot has been taken. If you wish to return to the class, you will be placed on the waiting list until another spot opens.