Handling system preferences have definitely created some “cliques” in the agility community. It is our wish that everyone can benefit and learn from the system that we’ve developed.
Dogwoods Agility Handling System is based on a variety of turning and handling cues including motion, position, commitment point the dog has to each given obstacle as well as the path we want the dog to travel for the tightest, fastest and most efficient line.
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Listed below is our upcoming class schedule
Class dates are subject to change, please contact Debby for the latest information. Please take a few minutes to check out the directions on the Facility page to Dogwood before the first night of class and feel free to call for additional directions.
Due to the unpredictability in the Houston weather and for the safety of the dogs and students, we reserve the right to cancel classes when raining/misting or temperatures are excessively hot or cold. Please check announcements on the left hand column of the website or call the Dogwood phone number, 713-849-9115 to check on class status.
Please review the prerequisites identified for a class before enrolling and read the course description for the PREREQUISITE class.
Sorry, no refunds can be made after the first class is completed or after the class has been filled.
To be successful in our agility program, dogs need to demonstrate the following skills while in class:
- To remain calm and focused on handler while other teams are performing exercises.
- A reliable recall command with the distraction of other dogs working or playing.
- A reliable sit and down stay.
- Remain with the handler on a loose leash and when off leash.
- Be around other teams without lunging towards other people or dogs.
Starting in Agility classes, multiple dogs are off leash at the same time so these skills are critical for the dog to be successful in class. A dog that demonstrates aggressive behavior will be asked to leave class. There are no partial refunds offered.
Description: This class teaches the foundations of agility handling skills including front cross, rear cross, pull turn, pinwheels, serpentines, threadles, 180 and 270 turns, collection, extension cues, go on, etc. The class will continue to proof contact obstacle end behavior, progress weave poles to at least 6 inline with difficult entries, and will provide students the opportunity to run small courses approximately every 5 weeks. The class will continue to build on jumping skills, lateral distance handling, and foundations for students to start building obstacle independence for contact obstacles and weave poles. The class will continue to build reliability and focus on the stay on the line and recalls.
Skills required to enter this class: A reliable sit stay, the dog is comfortable and confident on all agility equipment, the dog can perform the desired contact behavior independent of the handler, the dog can perform a set of 4 inline weave poles at various entry angles, the dog has a reliable recall, the dog demonstrates self control in the agility field, can remain calm and focused while others are performing exercises, and will remain with the owner both on lead and off lead,
Home Equipment needed for this class: Ideally students need to have 2-3 jumps at home to work on the jumping drills and handling skills. Students need to have a set of 6 inline weave poles at home.
Monday @ 8:15 pm Instructors Karol Woodward, Carol Anders, and Kathy Brady
Description: This class will continue to prepare you for showing in all agility classes, Novice, Open and Excellent. We cover skills you will need to be successful as well as course management. The class continues to perfect skills that are needed to be successful in competition such as, stays, fast sits and drops, front and rear crosses, distance handling, jumping skills, layering obstacles, proofing contacts and other obstacles, and other useful tools to speed up and get the most out of a performance. This in an on-going monthly class.
Thursday 7:00 pm Instructor Andrea Friedel and Debby Quigley
Description: This class will continue to prepare you for showing in advanced agility classes. We cover skills you will need to be successful as well as course analysis and management. The class will include complex different sequences found in Maters, Premier and/or International level courses designed to build the skills necessary to successfully compete at the highest levels. In the class we will continue to perfect skills that are needed to be successful in advanced agility classes such as, stays, fast sits and drops, front and rear crosses, distance handling, jumping skills, layering obstacles, proofing contacts and other obstacles, and other useful tools to speed up and get the most out of a performance. This is an on-going monthly class.
Tuesday @ 9:00 am Instructor Debby Quigley
Tuesday @ 7:00 pm Instructor Debby Quigley (this class will also include International skills)
Thursday @ 8:15 pm Instructor Andrea Friedel and Debby Quigley
Description: This offers all Dogwood Monthly Agility Students an opportunity to come out and practice skills learned in that weeks class and use equipment. Times are 6-8 pm each Wednesday. Please check with Debby for enrollment.
Practice cost $30 per month. Prerequisite: Pre-Novice, Novice, Advanced or Masters Agility student.
Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115