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Recreational Agility




6 weeks

About the Course

Agility can be a fun and exciting sport to do with your pup, but what if your goals or maybe your dog’s personality do not include the commitment or drive needed to be successful in competitions?  While most competitive agility dogs are young, active and healthy, our pet dogs can benefit by learning how to navigate a simple introductory level Agility course. That’s were Recreational Agility comes in!!

Physical and mental fitness is as important for us as it is for our pets. What can we do to exercise our minds and bodies? What regimen is appropriate for our age and health status, and that of our dogs? What activity would provide fun for us both?  Reactional Agility!!! 

How does agility training benefit our dogs?  Dogs in the wild hunt for their food by running through fields or forests, jumping over logs, climbing up slopes, crouching under bushes and making sharp turns to catch their prey. They must move quickly and nimbly to get their next meal. Agility courses reflect that same hunting experience and allow dogs to use their inborn instincts and provide both mental and physical exercise.

Our Recreational Agility Class will introduce you and your pup to the basic Agility obstacles including; jumps, hoops, tunnels, weave poles and barrels.   This class is not about competing or trialing your dog (we have some great Agility Training Clubs locally for that) but rather is aimed at continuing to build that strong connection that we focus on in all of our classes. The class is appropriate for all dogs over one year of age, even seniors!  You and your dog must have completed a basic obedience class (or equivalent), dogs must have a reliable recall, be friendly with both dogs and people and be able to work around other dogs.  All dogs are welcome, even seniors or pups with physical limitation and we can adapt the obstacles for their needs.

Curious?  Excited?  Interested?  Join us to experience the fun of Recreational Agility!

Your Instructor

Kelly Hawtrey

Kelly Hawtrey

Kellys' unique ability to connect with her human students allows her to shape the learning process in ways that makes sense to both halves of the partnership: dog and human. The past thirty years she has followed and studied Suzanne Clothiers' training style and has gained her unique outlook on training from Suzanne. Kelly continues her education by participating in workshops, training camps, behavior seminars and webinars. Kelly is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, APDT, an Accredited Dog Trainer with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, IAABC-ADT, a Professional Dog Trainer with the Pet Professional Guild, PPG-PDT, a Certified Fear Free Professional as well as an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, STAR Puppy instructor, FIT DOG instructor and an APDT CLASS instructor. Kelly raises and shows Saint Bernard's and is proud of her owner handled AKC Champions and Grand Champions.

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