Belroi Agility Club of Virginia is dedicated to the sport of agility. and the respectful treatment of our dogs. We offer all levels of agility classes, from complete beginners who want to have fun with their dogs, to the most advanced levels of competition. We believe agility is a “team” sport between dog and handler, and that it is important for both dog and handler to have fun and be challenged. We work hard to make that happen, whether you plan to compete or do agility just for fun.
Our classes are small, so that each handler-dog team receives individual attention. All training is positive – handlers use many rewards such as food and toys, no choke chains or corrections. The aim of our classes is for you and your dog to have fun together. Classes are taught by experienced trainers who actively complete in agility, and have earned advanced titles with their dogs. Our classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings for one hour, for six weeks. Non-members pay $60 (members pay $30).
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Emily and Nelson Fletcher generously allow our club to hold agility classes on their agility equipment in their 3 outdoor rings. Two rings contain AKC equipment – one ring has Standard equipment, the other ring has Jumpers with Weaves equipment. Our third ring contains UKC equipment.
In Level 1 Agility, dogs are introduced to many of the obstacles in agility such as jumps, tunnel, A-frame, dog walk, chute, and weave poles, in a safe and controlled manner. Dogs develop the skills needed to successfully negotiate these different obstacles, and handlers learn how to direct their dogs. Dogs perform all obstacles on lead.
In this class, handlers improve their handling skills and basic control of their dogs. Dogs learn how to perform sequences of obstacles off lead, so they must be able to stay by their handler’s side and come on command, off lead. Handlers learn to give timely commands, to provide consistent and smooth body cues, and to develop teamwork with their dogs. Dogs learn how to perform contact obstacles using the Two-On Two-Off Contact method and the Running Contact method. Handlers develop the ability to switch smoothly from handling their dogs off one side to handling them off the other side, in the middle of a sequence of obstacles. Dog and handler teams continue to improve their skills, and become more proficient at simple combinations of obstacles.
In Level 3 Agility, handlers develop better teamwork with their dogs, and improve their handling skills. This is the class for handlers and their dogs who are competing in Novice agility, or preparing to compete at this level. Handlers develop the ability to switch smoothly from handling their dogs off one side to handling them off the other side, in the middle of a sequence of obstacles, using front, rear and blind crosses. Dogs learn to move ahead of their handlers, and switch from focusing on their handlers to focusing on obstacles, as needed.
This class focuses on advanced handling techniques and complex sequences found in Excellent/Masters level agility courses. The Level 4 agility class is designed to help handlers build the skills needed to successfully compete at the highest levels. Handlers continue to perfect the skills needed to be successful, and get the most out of their dog’s performance. This class is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their communication with their dog, and increase their dog’s speed and reliability.