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AGILITY TRAINING

A fun way to build on your bond and exercise your minds.

Agility is a great way to deepen the bond between you and your dog whilst maintaining fitness, as well as ensuring your dog uses their brain making them a more happy, relaxed companion at home too.

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We believe agility is designed for all breeds and sizes and do all we can to adjust to this and suit each dogs way of learning. We encourage dogs and handlers of all levels to get involved in the sport.

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CLASS TIMES...

Mondays:   5pm-6pm   /  6pm-7pm  /  7pm-8pm


Wednesdays:   (Privates/1-2-1's) -     10am-11am  /  11am-12pm 

These are also available upon request. 

Thursdays:   7.45pm-8.45pm

Saturdays:   10am-11am    /    11am-12pm

PRICES...    

Class - £10 an hour    1-2-1- £23 an hour.

EXTRA INFORMATION...

Agility classes are grouped on level of experience with beginners, novice and advanced classes taking place throughout the week.


These classes consist of a maximum of 6 dog and handler partnerships, this means there is enough time for the individual attention required. 

Although the sport is fun, fast and exciting, we do like to stress that not every class will be running full courses, skill and fitness exercises are also incorporated into our training. This can be challenging and new for both dog and handler. 

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BEFORE STARTING CLASSES, we do ask if every dog can have achieved their bronze level good citizen test or equivalent training to this such as attending regular pet obedience classes. Basic obedience training is essential before beginning agility classes. We also ask that your dog be at least 6 months of age. 

If you are unsure on anything, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information

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WHO CAN JOIN?

We welcome all breeds and sizes of dogs, however, do ask for your dog to have completed the equivalent of its' Bronze good citizen dog scheme test in order to have the relevant control necessary for agility. We also ask for dogs to be at least 6 months of age or older before starting agility training.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

We ask if you can bring plenty of your dogs favourite treats and a variety of toys to every class. Examples of types of toys include a tugging toy, a toy that will fit into your pocket or a long chaser toy, don't worry if you don't have all of these just bring what you have and your dog most likes. With these items, it means you are prepared for any exercise we may introduce into the class. 
Please also have your dog in a broad flat collar and bring a reasonably long lead (3/4ft long).

WHAT TRAINING METHODS ARE USED?

We believe in positive training methods only, these are kind, fair and effective. We find dogs respond best to positive reinforcement methods such as shaping, luring and targeting. 
Although not everyone may want to reach competition level agility, the methods used will set any dog up for this path in life if you were to decide this is what you wanted to do, and you got the 'agility bug'.

WHAT TREATS SHOULD I USE?

Tasty, moist food treats are usually the best to use as rewards during training, examples of these include that such as chicken, cheese, liver or cocktail sausages. Surprisingly, these usually work out cheaper than normal commercial dog treats. Tiny pieces of the food should be used of about 1/2cm in size.

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HEAD TRAINER

My name is Jodie and I am the agility instructor at Hartson Dog Training. I am a stage 2 qualified BIPDT instructor, owning four border collies which I currently train and compete in agility with. I have trained dogs since the age of 12 and have competed for the past 4 years, this includes qualifying for the UKA Grand Finals in 2021, 2022 and now 2023! In addition to this, I have also competed in obedience competitions, including the KCGDS semi-finals and crufts. I have worked with a variety of breeds, including chihuahuas, labradors, spaniels and terriers.

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