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Practical Dog Agility

Saturday 27 April 2019
11:30 - 12:45
12.50 Hours / 10 Weeks

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£100.00 Course symbols: N

Course description

Dog and handler work in unison over the obstacle course. The result is a great sport that is both fun not only for the dog but also for the handler too. The student who attends training with the dog must be the person who enrols and for consistency of training, will be the person who brings the dog each week. No other people/family members can attend this course. Material costs of £5 have been included in the fee.

Entry requirements

Please note all dogs need to be 12 months and over for this course. Essential information 1. Please do not arrive before 11:20 meet in the car park off the side road where your tutor will collect you. Please arrive before 11:30 as the tutor commences teaching promptly. 2. Owners will need their own dogs at this is a practical course only the enrolled student can attend with the dog. No other friends or family can attend. 3. All dogs must wear a collar and lead or harness/head collar and an identification tag. All dogs need to be fully vaccinated. 4. As this course is held outdoors, you are advised to dress to suit the weather conditions. You will need to bring sufficient dog treats for your dog. Also, please remember to be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your dog, so plenty of poop bags/plastic bags/etc. 5. If your dog does come into contact with any infectious/contagious diseases or conditions before the course starts (such as kennel cough or mange) you need to have your dog checked by a vet before bringing them to the class. 6. Please note puppies are welcome in the class as long as the puppy has had its second injection and the vet has agreed the puppy can go and mix with other dogs at class or out and about and there is no other reason why they cannot attend. General Information Your Tutor is a fully qualified animal behaviour trainer (with over 20 animal related qualifications within her sector), a Registered Accredited Animal Behaviourist (ABTC) and a full member, board member and Education Officer of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society. The tutor has worked with problem behaviour and training cases since 2004 and runs her own training and behaviour business along with a Diploma in Teaching in Life Long Learning Sector and holds a Qualified Teaching and Learning and Skills status. The tutor has also written articles for dog related magazines.

What you will learn

Dog agility is a fun, fast moving sport in which the handler must direct their dog through and over a series of obstacles. This is a specialist course with 12 dogs/owners so plenty of one to one time. Other people/family members cannot attend this course with the enrolled student. Material costs of £5 have been included in the fee. The course begins by starting the dogs on low jumps and obstacles. The height or width of the obstacle is increased slowly as training progresses. Dogs start their training on lead with positive rewards of praise, treats and toys. So if you have a Jack Russell or a Greyhound and want to do something different on a Saturday morning, come along and join in the fun!

How you will learn on this course

Through practical individual demonstrations and theory behind why these are being taught. Lots of 1-2-1 if necessary.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Identify different types of agility equipment and how to use them safely. 2. Have increased confidence in using the agility equipment. 3. Know how to navigate around some of the agility equipment with your dog. 4. Work with your dog as part of a team.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

Not applicable all owners and dogs will receive a certificate of attendance if they have completed this course.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Students would benefit from practicing training that has been taught at the session. Training tips and a training blog is added to social media each Thursday evening/Friday morning. This is helpful for specific dog related topics.

What you need for your course


What you need to bring to the first class

Owners will need their own dogs at this is a practical course only the enrolled student can attend with the dog. No other friends or family can attend. Students must have a good supply of: 1. Poop bags all owners must clear up after their dog, 2. A variety of treats like chicken, sausages, 3. Toys, 4. A pen for completing college paperwork

What you can do next

Students can enrol on another practical dog training or dog agility course.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor may ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. This paperwork is a requirement of the College’s Quality Improvement Programme.

Venue information

Crayford Manor House Mayplace Road East, Crayford, DA1 4HB Nearest Train Station: Barnehurst or Crayford. Buses: 99, 492 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking