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. A new basic class typically starts in the Fall. When space is available, 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 email@example.com.
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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 24, 2020. 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 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM, 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 forum, an equipment "try-it" opportunity for you and your dog, a basic obedience testing (sit, stay, come, attention, reaction/impulse) and full registration into the class. This will take place at our indoor training facility off of 25th & St. Paul.
If you are not able to attend the open house, contact us for alternate options. Applications on qualifying dogs/handlers will be accepted until Tuesday, October 27, 2020 on a qualified, first come, first serve basis. This class start is for both new members or current club members new to agility (not currently in an agility class). Precedence is given to high scoring current MDTC members.
Class size will be limited to approximately 10 handlers and dogs. This class will fill quickly. The better you and your dog work together as a team, the better your odds are for earning a spot. MDTC's agility program is highly recognized for it's attention to skill and fun, creative foundation work. The program is always at member capacity so an earned spot in this class is your first accomplishment as a team with your dog! Application and approval is required to hold your spot. Please contact the agility director of training if you have questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
This Basic Foundations class starts on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:15am until 11:45am (this time includes your participation in course set-up and re-set). This class will run from November through April on Saturdays only during those times. The next new class will not start until the fall of 2021. Please be certain that you can and will commit weekly to these late Saturday mornings for these first 5 months to establish your basics within the program.
Those wanting to start agility classes should have a reliable sit, stay, down and come. Dogs should exhibit a fair level of impulse control and desire to follow your instruction. Dogs should also possess handler focus and be fairly confident in trying new things. These classes are great starts for puppies who have successfully excelled and completed a puppy class on up to adult dogs looking for a fun hobby or needed exercise!
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). Space is often limited due to high program demand. Contact us to inquire about possible openings.
MDTC is a great place for well seasoned handlers who want to add in varied training facilities and/or instructor feedback.
Outdoor training: June 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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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 (June - Mid October)
Outdoor Training Grounds*
Milwaukee, WI 53212
* Training moves indoors
INDOOR TRAINING SEASON
Indoor Training Facility*
MDTC AGILITY CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:15 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.
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:30 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.
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Basic agility handling exercises are learned and practiced both on and off leash. [MORE]
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Obstacle strings increase in number. Obstacle positioning begins to have tighter turns.
Time: 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Obstacle strings are created to continue to use and build on flatwork skills.
AG1 & AG2:
Class Day: Friday
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM & 6:30-8:00 PM
AG1 & AG2 are closed classes due to limited space. AG1 is the beginner class that eventually works up to openings in AG2. AG2 is an on-going, combined skill mix of all levels.
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