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Agility registration for all but Foundation and Beginner classes requires prior instructor approval. Classes are $100 ($80 + $20 Agility Floor Fee) member/$120 non-member for eight weeks unless otherwise noted.

Contact Education Committee Chair for more information.

Foundation Skills for Agility

Prior approval from instructor required.
Contact Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For handlers with puppies, purebred or mixed breed, that have passed the Beginning Clicker or S.T.A.R. Puppy Class. Especially for young dogs (6-14 months) not yet old enough to enter Beginner Agility due to restrictions on jumping and weaving and have not taken prior agility classes.
Goals:
Build teamwork. Provide pre-agility training for puppies.
Prerequisite skills:

Puppy must be able to sit, stay, down, and come on command. It is recommended that the puppy and handler have successfully completed at least one of the following classes: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, or Beginning Clicker Class.

Promotion requirements:
Instructor determines that the puppy has the skill set to advance to the Foundation Skills for Agility 2 class.
Class size, duration:
Class size may vary, but propose to limit to 8 dog/handler teams per one hour, 8 week series.
Skills covered in class:
1. Stable sit/stay, down stay, motivational recalls
2. Distance send to touch a target
3. Run a low board with stop on the end
4. Handler focus
5. Introduction to tunnels, chute, table, jump stanchions
6. Handling on the flat
7. Dog warm-up tricks
Equipment provided by the handler:
Flat collar (buckle, snap, martingale)
6 foot leash
Travel board (if available, one will be loaned to the student or construction directions supplied upon request.)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
Travel board, tunnels, chute, jump stanchions, table

 

Foundation Skills for Agility 2

Prior approval from instructor required.
Contact Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
Purebred or mixed breed dogs six months of age or older who have been successfully promoted from the Foundation Skills for Agility 1 class.
Goals:
Build teamwork. Provide pre-agility training skill training for puppies.
Prerequisite skills:

Puppy must be able to sit, stay, down, and come on command. It is recommended that the puppy and handler have successfully completed at least one of the following classes: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, or Beginning Clicker Class, and have been promoted from the Agility 1 class.

Promotion requirements:
Instructor determines that the puppy has the skill set AND is physically mature enough to be promoted to the next class. (Puppy growth plates do not close until at least one year of age.)
Class size, duration:
Maximum of 8 dog/handler teams; per one hour per week for 8 weeks.
Skills covered in class:
1. Stable sit/stay with lead out and distractions
2. Distance send to touch a target
3. Run a low board with an independent stop on the end
4. Open weave-a-matics footwork
5. Handler focus without luring
6. Introducation to tunnels, table, jump stanchions
7. Handling on the flat
8. Dog warm-up tricks
Equipment provided by the handler:
Flat collar (buckle, snap, martingale)
6 foot leash
Travel board (construction directions supplied upon registration.)
12 stick-in-the-ground electric fence posts
Equipment provided by GLKC:
Tunnels, chute, tippy board, jump stanchions, weave-a-matics

 

Beginning Agility

Obstacle familiarization and safety
Contact Carolyn Regnier or the Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For dogs at least 1 yr of age. Younger dogs allowed with permission of instructor. Adjustment in obstacles will be made for younger dogs. Dogs under 1 year of age will not be jumping or weaving due to possible injury to growth plates.
Goals:
1. Introduction to agility obstacles appropriate for age of dog.
2. To introduce owners to methods of efficiently teaching each obstacle, teaching the concept of contacts, and introductory work toward the off-leash control needed for Novice Agility Handling
3. To prepare the teams for Advanced Beginner Agility and Novice Agility Handling classes.
Prerequisite skills:

1. Open to dogs who have completed one or more of the fundamentals classes: S.T.A.R Puppy, CGC, or Beginning Clicker class.
2 . Other dogs may be enrolled with permission of instructor, but it is strongly recommended that the dog complete a clicker class prior to enrolling. Some clicker review will be covered in class.

Promotion requirements:
1) Dog confident on equipment (on-leash) & showing ability to begin off-lead work that will be required in Advanced Beginner Agility class. Dogs must show confidence on equipment used, including, 3' A-frame, dog walk planks to 16" table, as well as understanding of target/touch.
2) Handler demonstrates skill to manage the dog around the equipment in a manner safe for other dogs and people, as determined by instructor.
3) Permission of instructor. Class may be repeated.
Class size, duration:
Eight teams per one hour class for eight weeks
Publications for Instructor Guidance:
Clean Run Magazine
Clean Run Book of Agility Games
Skills covered in class:
Basic handling, targeting, stay at start line with short lead out, fast sits/downs, working on both left and right sides, attention, recall.
Equipment provided by the handler:
Collar (flat buckle or snap, martingale)
Leash (6-foot leather or woven)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
All AKC agility obstacles, teeter board, ladder on floor. Note: Beginning dogs will start with lowered obstacles or obstacles on floor. Dogs under 1 year of age will not be jumping, or weaving. (Due to possible injury to growth plates)

 

Advanced Beginner Agility

Beginning handling techniques. Dogs should be comfortable with most equipment
Contact Carolyn Regnier or the Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For dogs 1yr or older who have successfully completed GLKC Beginning Agility or equivalent and permission of the instructor.
Goals:
To increase dog's skill and confidence both on the equipment and off, giving the dog the competence needed on full height obstacles for Novice Competition Agility class.
Prerequisite skills:
1. Completion of GLKC Beginning Agility class (or equivalent with instructor approval)
2. Dog demonstrates ability to be safely handled around other dogs, people and equipment
Promotion requirements:
1. Dog confident on all equipment at competition heights, off-leash control, and able to sequence obstacles. Exception: dogs not fully competent on weave poles may advance to the Novice Competition Agility class with permission from that instructor.
2. Permission of instructor. Class will be repeated by most dogs.
Class size, duration:
Maximum 8 dog/handler teams, 8 weeks, one hour per week.
Publications for Instructor Guidance:
Clean Run Magazine
Clean Run Book of Agility Games
Skills covered in class:
Competition handling such as sequencing, start line set up, stay at start line, fast downs and sits on table, introductory distance handling, front, rear and blind crosses, contact performance, communication from handler to dog, targeting, obstacle discrimination and weaving.
Equipment provided by the handler:
Collar (flat buckle or snap, martingale)
Leash (6-foot leather or woven)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
All AKC agility obstacles

 

Competition Handling - Novice

Dogs and handlers trialing at the Novice level or preparing to trial; off-leash control and ability to sequence obstacles is required.
Contact the Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For dogs and handlers preparing or currently competing at the Novice level AND permission of the instructor. Dogs must be at least one year of age.
Goals:
To introduce and improve handling such as front cross, rear cross, blind cross, and v-sets. To increase dog’s skills on equipment, start-line stays, and comfort with distractions in the ring. Familiarization with AKC rules.
Prerequisite skills:
Completion of GLKC beginner and advanced beginner agility classes (or equivalent)
Dog confident on all equipment, off-leash control, and able to sequence obstacles.
Exception to 2nd Prerequisite regarding weave poles MAY be available, discuss with the instructor.
Promotion requirements:
Completion of Novice title
Handler and dog familiar with various handling moves such as front cross, rear cross, blind cross, v-sets.
Permission of instructor
Class size, duration:

Maximum eight dog/handler teams, eight weeks, one hour per week

Publications for Instructor Guidance:
Course Design by Stuart Mah (published by Clean Run)
Clean Run Magazine
Clean Run Book of Agility Games
Skills covered in class:
Front pivoting cross, blind front cross, rear cross, rear cross on the flat, v-set, preventing off-courses, fast sits/downs on table, consistent contact performance, smooth, clear communication from handler to dog.
Equipment provided by the handler:
Collar (flat buckle or snap, martingale)
Leash (6-foot leather or woven)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
All AKC agility obstacles

 

Competition Handling - Intermediate

Dogs must be confident on all equipment, including weaves,and handlers must have taken the Novice Class
Contact the Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For dog and handlers competing/working at the Open or above level of agility.
Goals:
1. Continuing improvement of handler skills
2. Continuing improvement of dog’s ability to perform the obstacles
3. Continuing improvement of team communication skills
4. Increase team’s ability to handle various course challenges
Prerequisite skills:
Dogs must be confident on all the equipment (including the weaves). Handlers must have taken the novice competition class (or equivalent) and must have reliable off-leash control.
Permission of the instructor required.
Promotion requirements:
Must have completed the Open title. Permission of Advanced Competition Class instructor required.
Class size, duration:

Maximum eight dog/handler teams, eight weeks, one hour per week

Publications for Instructor Guidance:
Clean Run Magazine
Clean Run Book of Agility Games
Skills covered in class:
Continued work on front, rear, and blind crosses, v-sets, distance work, dog and handler communication.
Equipment provided by the handler:
Collar (flat buckle or snap, martingale)
Leash (6-foot leather or woven)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
All AKC agility obstacles

 

Advanced Competion Handling

For teams competing at the Exellent/Masters level. Dogs must be confident on all equipment and able to work safely off-leash around other dogs. Priority enrollment is given to members.

Contact the Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:
For dogs and handlers competing at the Excellent/Masters level AND permission of the instructor.
Goals:
Provide instruction and opportunity to practice handling skills for advanced level course challenges.
Prerequisite skills:

Completion of GLKC novice and intermediate agility classes (or equivalent)

Dog confident on all equipment and able to work off leash among other dogs. There may be more than one dog off leash concurrently.

Handler should be familiar with various handling moves such as front cross, rear cross, blind cross, etc.

 

Promotion requirements:
None
Class size, duration:

Class size may vary, but propose to limit to 6-8 teams per 50 minute session. 8 week series.

Publications for Instructor Guidance:

Linda Mecklenburg's Awesome Paws Handling books and DVDs

Clean Run Magazine

Clean run Book of Agility Games

Skills covered in class:
Linda Mecklenburg's motion-based handling system including proper use of collection and extension cues, forward and lateral sends, line of motion, etc.
Equipment provided by the handler:
Collar (flat buckle or snap, martingale)
Leash (6-foot leather or woven)
Equipment provided by GLKC:
All AKC agility obstacles

 

 

 

 
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