Beginners Agility for Titles

Age Requirements:  Minimum 12 Months – no upper age limit. For dogs less than 12 months old, please confer with the Jump Start Office and Instructor prior to registering

Prerequisite Class: Must have a solid recall and stay (sit, down or stand) and be able to work in close proximity to other dogs.  Completion of Home Manners or basic obedience is recommended.

Length of Class:  Six week session/class cost may vary.

Size of Class:  Limited to 8 students per instructor

Course Description:

Each set of classes concludes with an NADAC sanctioned “Beginners Agility (BA) Test”.

The next NADAC sanctioned BA Test will be held on TBD.

  • The course consists of a set of classes offered in the standard two-month format. Classes start in odd numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, and November).
  • A Beginners Agility Test (for NADAC agility titles) will be offered the last week of each session: end of February, April, June, August, October and December.
  • Classes focus on basic handling skills with an emphasis on the specific exercises the dog/handler team must pass in order to earn points toward their agility title(s).
  • The program emphasizes basic dog-handler communication skills needed in the sport of dog agility, regardless of one’s preferred venue.
  • All exercises are on the ground.There are no jumps, weave poles or contacts.Hoops, gates, barrels and tunnels are used to teach and test the team’s communication skills.

Eligibility:

  • Since this is considered low impact, dogs as young as 12 months may attend the classes, enter the testing event and earn BA title(s).
  • For dogs less than 12 months old, please confer with the Jump Start Office and Instructor prior to registering.
  • This is a great activity for senior dogs that need to limit physical impact activities.
  • Dogs need a reliable recall and be able to work in close proximity to other dogs.

The Beginner Agility Test

  • Each BA Test consists of 6-7 prescribed exercises that a dog/handler team must pass to earn a qualifying score (also known as “Qs”).
  • It takes 3 Qs to earn a title at each of the three levels.
  • Titles offered include BA-I, BA-II and BA-III.
  • Skill requirements increase with each level.
  • Titles are issued by NADAC, thus a NADAC Dog Registration Number is required to earn qualifying points. This lifetime number can be obtained online at NADAC.com under Exhibitor Resources. A NADAC number is not required to take the class.
  • The BA Test is open to all qualified dogs 12 months and older.
  • Dogs need not have attended the training classes to be tested.
  • Rules governing the Beginners Agility Test can be found in NADAC’s “Beginners Agility Program Guidelines”, available on line at NADAC.com.
  • Don’t let the term “Beginners Agility” fool you!

A lot of dogs holding agility championship titles find their basic communication skills have weaknesses revealed in this series.

Session Details:
Cost: $156.00
Length: 6 - 1 hour sessions
Size: up to 8

Upcoming Sessions:
Wednesday 9/6/2017 @ 7:00 PM with Karen Birdsong at Small Yard
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Wednesday 11/1/2017 @ 7:00 PM with Karen Birdsong at Small Yard
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