Introduction to Dog Sports
The purpose of this class is to reinforce the skills you’ve learned in previous obedience classes by applying them to a sport that will also help develop their mental abilities and their handler focus. The class will include brain games designed to increase their value/focus on you as well as introductions into the dog sports Barn Hunt, Agility and Rally-O. This class will strengthen the bond between you and your dog and help channel some of that crazy energy into a fun productive outlet.
Dogs should have taken a basic obedience or puppy class prior to attending this class.
Schedule: 6 week, 1hr classes, $240
Upcoming Class Dates:
January 9 – February 6: 4:15-5:15PM (Open) (5-Weeks)
November 21 – January 2: 4:15-5:15PM (No Class Dec. 26)
Barn Hunt is a fun sport for your dog where they have to use their nose to locate gerbils (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw/hay. Since sniffing is such a fun activity for dogs, they love this sport!
In this class, we will introduce the dogs to gerbils and see if they have any interest in hunting for them in the straw.
Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through a predetermined pattern of obstacles in a race for both time and accuracy. A course usually has 15-21 obstacles, like tunnels, jumps, tire, weave poles, and contacts. In a trial (aka competition or show), the dog runs the course off-leash and the handler can’t touch the dog. the human half of the team relies on body language and verbal cues, to tell the canine half where to go.
In this class, we will be focusing on your dogs confidence on a few different obstacles. All activities will be age appropriate if your dog is still young to prevent hurting their growing bodies.
Rally Obedience can be described as obedience exercises performed in a sequence format, with the emphasis on an upbeat relationship between handler and dog. It is made up of a compilation of many of the traditional obedience exercises, including heeling, sit, down, stand, and stay.
In this class, we will be focusing on a few of the rally exercises and putting them together to perform a small course.