Dog Agility Training

Dog Agility

Dog Agility Training

What’s dog agility? Agility training is a dog sport that’s sweeping the nation, fun for young dogs as well as older ones, small or large, short or tall. Agility training helps you bond with your dog and develop mutual respect and communication skills as you negotiate obstacles and work your way through agility courses. Carefully designed with fun and safety in mind, our dog agility training curriculum prepares you for fun from day one.

To learn more about dog agility training at the Zoom Room, please read our Dog Agility FAQ.

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Introduction to Agility

Dog AgilityDescription: This class is ideal for dogs who have good basic training, but who have never before been in a group class setting (or if you just want to see if dog agility is something you and your dog will enjoy!). It’s a great opportunity to brush up on all the basic handling and behaviors that you and your dog will need in order to begin Agility Training. We’ll spend the first half learning a few focus exercises designed to help you work with your dog in a dynamic, social setting. In the second half you’ll get a great first taste of dog agility, learning a few of the basic obstacles. This class is not a requirement for Agility 1.

Prerequisites: All dogs must be nine months of age or older and able to be controlled on a leash.


Agility Training 1

Agility TrainingDescription: Designed for the dog with basic obedience training but no agility training experience, you and your dog will learn the basics of dog agility, including obstacle management, development of control and confidence.

Prerequisites: All dogs must be nine months of age or older, able to be controlled on a leash, and must know sit, down, and come.


Agility Training 2

Dog Agility TrainingDescription: A continuation of Agility 1, this intermediate agility training series will help your dog develop more control and fluidity and begin to learn agility coursework and footwork. We’ll also troubleshoot some of the more pesky agility obstacles to develop speed.

Prerequisites: Agility Training 1 or consent of instructor.


Agility Training 3

Dog Agility ClassesDescription: Advanced agility training emphasizes footwork and off-leash control to get you ready for agility competition. In this class, agility coursework and precision are emphasized.

Prerequisites: Agility Training 2 or consent of instructor.



Agility Training 4

Dog Agility 4Description: Advanced handling and coursework encompassing all obstacles. Speed, attention to detail, and smooth progression through transitions will be emphasized. You and your dog can take this class as often as you’d like, as each time we’ll have new drills, new goals, new courses.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Agility 3


Puppy Agility Training

Puppy AgilityDescription: Puppy Agility is a special class for puppies ages two to eight months, designed to be easy on growing joints and bones. This class emphasizes confidence-building for your puppy, and builds upon the foundation of great communication learned in Puppy Preschool, while also whetting his appetite for Agility. You can attend Puppy Agility once, twice, or as often as you’d like!

Prerequisites: Vaccines commensurate with age


Pup-lates®

Pup-latesUsing equipment you’d find in a human gym, your dog will learn core control and develop athleticism, balance, and strength. Perfect for dogs recovering from injuries, senior dogs, or those dogs that could stand to lose a few pounds.

Prerequisites: Please talk with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy enough to participate. All dogs must be able to be controlled on a leash.


Agility League

Dog Agility LeagueDescription: We’ve got trophies, we’ve got whistles, we’ve even got a referee shirt. Once you and your dog have completed agility training, you can team up with your classmates for some friendly competition in this weekly Agility League, designed to keep you and your dog in tip-top shape.

Prerequisites: Agility 2 or consent of instructor



Private Agility Training

Private Agility TrainingChoose one-on-one agility training if you’re worried about your dog’s social skills in group agility classes, or if you’re hoping to enter your dog in national trials and need that extra push. Private Agility classes are also a great way to accommodate your busy schedule, as you can schedule your sessions whenever it’s most convenient for you. We also offer special pricing on a package of four half-hour sessions, which is the equivalent of taking a six-week group class. Private agility classes are half an hour long, which is the perfect amount of time for your dog to master the obstacles without getting exhausted either physically or mentally.




FAQS about Agility Training

What is dog agility training?

Dog agility is a sport designed for speed. Agility training takes place on an obstacle course where the owner directs the dog off-leash. There are many different obstacles, among them the teeter-totter, the weave poles, A-frame, elevated dog walk, and various jumps and tunnels. In agility competitions, the goal is to complete the obstacles in the shortest period of time over a given dog agility course. Time faults are given for obstacles completed incorrectly. Training for agility, however, does not mean that you have to compete. In fact, most of our members participate only for fun. Dogs and their humans of all ages, shapes, and sizes can succeed at agility!

Why should I do agility training?

Most dogs can benefit from agility training. It improves balance, coordination, and allows you to interact with your dog in a positive and fun environment. Dogs love agility training, and owners often notice that their dog is happier and better behaved when they train on a regular basis. Agility training can often alleviate behavior problems by channeling a dog’s frustration into something productive and fun. Agility training is also a wonderful bonding experience between owner and dog, affording a unique opportunity to develop and celebrate positive communication throughout the agility course.

Can all breeds participate in dog agility training?

Many people wonder if some breeds are naturally more adept than others. In fact, all breeds are capable of participating in agility training, and most dogs truly enjoy the experience. The dogs most suited for agility competition seem to be the herding or working dogs. However, we’ve seen Basset Hounds in competition, so anything is possible!

I have an older dog. Can he learn new tricks?

Yes! We encourage older dogs to participate in agility training as long as they are healthy and active. We do not recommend agility for elderly dogs that may have arthritis, joint problems, or balance issues. Please check with your vet if you’re not sure. We also offer a wide range of exciting and innovative trick training and enrichment classes that are perfect for older dogs. We also have a special class called Senior Stretch and Agility which is ideal for all dogs over the age of 7, even those with joint or other health issues, as the focus of this class is on balance, gentle stretching and mental stimulation.

Is previous obedience training necessary?

In order to succeed at agility, basic obedience training is required; your dog must know sit, down, stay, and come on command - in other words, your dog must have completed our Basic Manners class or placed out of it via an Evaluation. If your dog isn’t quite up to speed, we offer accelerated obedience classes to get you out on the dog agility course quickly.

What if my dog already had obedience training?

Are you wondering what your dog will learn that she doesn’t already know? Dog agility isn’t obedience, but rather a fun game much like an obstacle or challenge course. Your dog will learn coordination, balance and self-confidence by learning to negotiate the obstacles. In addition, you and your dog will learn to communicate effectively as a team.

Do you offer advanced agility classes?

Once your dog has completed all of our agility classes, we also offer competition-level private lessons, or you and your dog can join and compete in our own Agility League once you’ve mastered the basics.

Are there competitions for agility?

Yes, there are many local dog agility competitions offered by different organizations. A listing of upcoming agility competitions and information on competing is available at the Zoom Room.

Can I come by just to use the agility course?

Yes! We offer Private Gym for quality exercise time with your dog, whatever the weather. Up to three dogs may attend these sessions, off leash, at times convenient to you. Learn more about Private Gym.

What is agility league?

It's a great way to keep your dog fit, active and engaged. League meets weekly, with different courses each week. You split into teams and do timed runs around the course. It's very friendly and fun, with the competitive aspect dialed WAY back. Each session culminates in an awards ceremony with creative trophies honoring all participants.

Is your agility course regulation sized?

No. We use all the same obstacles, and you'll learn all the proper handling. If you are an experienced competitor, you won't be able to do a competition trial run, but you will absolutely be able to practice your times on individual obstacles as well as on sequencing.

What’s Puppy Agility? It sounds fun.

Right you are. Puppy Agility is a chance to socialize your puppy with other puppies, all under the watchful eye of a professional dog trainer, while you and your puppy explore our puppy-sized agility equipment and confidence-building course. There are toys and treats and fun stuff all around the Zoom Room, but we’re pretty sure your puppy will be far too busy making new friends to notice our other amenities. It’s also a great opportunity for scheduling play dates with all your puppy’s pals.

Isn't my puppy too young for agility training?

Our Puppy Agility program is specially designed to focus on balance, coordination and improved communication between you and your puppy. Furthermore, we use custom-designed agility equipment that cannot be found elsewhere; this special equipment allows us to adjust heights. Your puppy will enjoy a fun, safe, low impact form of agility training. We do not recommend serious agility training until your dog has the requisite mental and physical development, which typically begins at one year old. But when he’s still a puppy you can lay down the foundation for excellent agility training with low jumps and the emphasis we place on coordination and communication.