Agility is an exciting and growing sport where you and your dog run through an obstacle course against time. MDTC's agility classes range from basic to advanced. New basic classes start in both the Fall and Winter. We offer year-round open enrollment for agility handler-dog teams who have completed basic or foundations levels classes. We welcome all dog breeds and mixes.
MDTC's agility program follows the venue training needed to advance in AKC, CPE and USDAA. Our classes are also a great addition for those needing to add in varied training facilities or instructing styles.
If you have questions or are interested in joining a class, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Basic Foundations Class for Agility
Beginners - The Basic Foundations Agility Class is for dogs that are just starting out in agility. Registration for our next Basic Foundations agility class will be done during the Open House & Registration on October 22nd, 2016.
See above for the registration forms; Be sure to use the correct form: Current club member or New member to the club.
It is helpful/preferred to have the forms filled out and needed dog info copies collected prior to your arrival at the open house. Cash or check payment will be collected at the Open House.
On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 12:45, we will be having an Agility Open House & Registration to introduce you and your dog to the MDTC agility program. There will be an introduction, question and answer opportunity, a "try-it" opportunity for you and your dog, an informal basic obedience start check (sit, stay, come, attention) and full registration into the class. This will take place at our indoor training facility off of 25th & St. Paul. Here is a FLYER LINK for you.
If you are not able to attend, contact us for details and email your registration form to: email@example.com You must submit an application to join in the class. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, October 25th on a qualified, first come, first serve basis. Class starting is for both new members or current club members new to agility (not currently in an agility class). Up to two new Basic Classes will begin on Saturday, October 29th starting at 10:15 AM and/or 11:30 AM. (Exact timing details will be available as spots fill.)
Class size will be limited to 9 handlers and dogs (Unless the 2nd class does not fill. Then it will be determined if class will be larger but longer session). Class will be filled on a qualifying first come first serve basis. Application and approval is required to hold your spot. Please contact the agility director of training if you have questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
Those wanting to start agility classes should have a fairly reliable (or solid work in progress) sit, stay, down and come. Dogs should also exhibit a fair level of handler focus and be fairly confident in trying new things. These classes are great starts for puppies who have successfully completed (or are in) a puppy class on up to adult dogs looking for a fun hobby or needed exercise! Puppies as young as 12 weeks old are welcome to start. (We LOVE starting the puppies super early....they do not need basic obedience perfected, but started teamwork is a must.)
Experienced Agility Handlers
Registration is open year-round to agility handler-dog teams who have completed basic or foundations levels of agility at another facility. You can join in at any level (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Advanced).
MDTC is a great place for well seasoned handlers who want to add in varied training facilities and/or instructor feedback.
Outdoor training: May through October
Indoor training: October through May
What is Dog Agility?
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives. The handler may not touch the dog or obstacles. The dog and handler perform as a team; handler guidance, dog performance. The handler guides the dog by voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the dog and strategic coordination of the handler. In some situations, the handler should be close to the dog exercising control to insure that the dog performs the more precise aspects of negotiating a given obstacle. In other situations, the handler should be able to send the dog out or away to a distant obstacle, while the handler takes a shorter route to the next critical location on the course.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge or instructor. The surface may be of grass, dirt, turf or rubber. Depending on the type of competition, obstacles may be marked with numbers that must be followed in order or, obstacles are given a point value and it is up to the handler to comprise the best strategy to accumulate the most points. The number and types of obstacles on a course varies according to the performance level of the dog and handler.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision. Speed is very important but control and accuracy are vital to complete courses successfully. The performance should convey an image of fun, enthusiasm, and companionship between the dog and handler.
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|Agility Training Facilities and Class Descriptions|
Tracy McCarty and Australian Shepherd, Fourwinds Denali Zeni’s Legacy, "Zeni"
Agility - Australian Shepherd Club of America Nationals Specialty. West Bend, WI. In September, Aussie‘s from all over the United States, Canada and Europe gathered for competition in various sanctioned events.
Zeni qualified and placed in all her runs. She titled in both Jumpers and Gamblers. Most exciting, she received High In Trial, ranking her #1 in her class. With this high honor, Zeni will be pictured in the Aussie Times publication. Congratulations!
Tracy McCarty and Australian Shepherd Sierra Jade’s Star Legacy, "Sierra"
Australian Shepherd Club of America Nationals Specialty
Sierra qualified in all but one of her runs and placed in all but three of her runs. She titled in Gamblers.
Daryl Ann Stuppan and All American, "Cashmere"
Entered Standard Level 4, Qualified (Q‘d) and placed 1st! Entered Jackpot Level 5, Q‘d and placed 3rd. This Q moves Cashmere to the Champion level (C) in Jackpot. Entered Colors Level C and placed 1st. September 23rd. Entered Fullhouse Level 5 - Q‘d Entered Standard Level 4, Q‘d and placed 2nd. This Q moves Cashmere to Level 5 in Standard.
OUTDOOR TRAINING SEASON (Mid-May - Mid October)
Outdoor Training Grounds*
Milwaukee, WI 53212
* Training moves indoors
INDOOR TRAINING SEASON
Indoor Training Facility*
MDTC AGILITY CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Basic agility handling exercises are learned and practiced both on and off leash. [MORE]
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Obstacle strings are created to continue to use and build on flatwork skills. [MORE]
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Obstacle strings increase in number. Obstacle positioning begins to have tighter turns. [MORE]
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Full courses are broken down into sections. Course explanations are given and walk-throughs insisted upon to allow handlers to know where and how they need to be to maneuver the course most successfully. [MORE]
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Full courses are presented to walk and execute. Handlers are expected to maneuver on each course as if they were running on a trial course. [MORE]
Class Day: Friday
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
A full course is set-up. Students from the Novice level on up may attend. [MORE]
AG1 & AG2:
Class Day: Friday
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM & 7:00-8:00 PM Duration: On-going
These are closed classes due to class size limitations. [MORE]
Agility Information, Rules and Regulations
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