Agility

7Agility Classes

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Agility Foundations Class: Agility Foundations will give you a solid beginning in the skills you and your dog need to develop a great agility team. It will also help you build a strong relationship with your dog and start to learn the basics of handling and equipment.  Your dog should have basic obedience skills or complete a beginning obedience class prior to taking Agility Foundations class.  Dogs must be at least 10 months old at start of the class.

The foundations class is a prerequisite for Beginning Agility.

Registration for this class will begin 5 weeks before the start date for BOTC members and 4 weeks for non-members.

Beginning Agility I, II, III:  Dogs that have successfully completed foundations class are ready for Beginning agility!  You will continue to learn to safely and correctly handle your dog through the obstacles that make up an agility course.  You will advance to regular agility classes when your dog is able to confidently do all obstacles at full height.  Agility Foundations class or permission of the Director of Agility are required for Beginning agility classes.

Regular Agility:  You will progress through Intermediate, Novice and Advanced classes at your own pace.  You and your dog will do more advanced combinations of obstacles with increased speed and emphasis on safety and fun!  Regular agility courses are designed to prepare students for competition, although we realize not all students will go on to compete.

Our Junior Agility League provides an opportunity for juniors to get together twice a month in an atmosphere that encourages learning and teamwork between the junior handler and their dog. Please click here for additional information.

Come join us in this great dog sport! For more information on BOTC Agility Classes, email our Agility Director Kathy Kelly at hapasa@aol.com

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Agility Instructors

Kathy Kelly

Director of Agility

hapasa@aol.com

 Agility Instructor, all levels

Kathy has been training and competing in agility since 2000, but has been training dogs most of her life: she helped her father train hunting dogs, and has dabbled in obedience, rally, conformation, and tracking

Breed: Miniature and Standard Poodles.

“I am especially interested in seeing my students get a solid foundation in handling skills, and a positive, fun, working relationship with their dogs.”

Trudi Woodward

Agility Instructor, all levels

Trudi has been training dogs for 27 years

Has competed in Agility, Rally and Obedience

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I would like my students to enjoy their relationship with their dog and to learn new ways to handle sequences in agility.”

Jan Hopper

Agility Instructor, all levels

Started training her first dog in 1981. Titled her first dog (a German Shepherd) in 1982

Competes in Conformation (AKC), Obedience (AKC, CKC, UKC, CDSP), Agility (AKC, NADAC, CPE) and Rally (AKC)

Breed: Poodle, all varieties

“I strive to make the experience of taking agility classes at BOTC a fun, stress free, supportive atmosphere.”

Ute Outlaw

Teaches Agility

Ute has been training dogs for 13 years

She competes in AKC, NADAC and CPE Agility

Breed: Miniature Poodles

“I want my students to have fun working with their dogs in this great sport.”

Debbie Griese

Intermediate and Advanced Agility Instructor

Deb has taught Agility at BOTC over 17 years.

Has competed in Conformation, Obedience, Rally and Agility (AKC and CPE) for over 30 years

Breed: Irish Setter, Irish Red & White Setter

“I enjoy teaching that level because I enjoy helping students become better handlers.”

Leona Hellesvig

Substitute Agility Instructor

Leona has been training her own dogs for 56 years.

Has competed in Conformation (AKC, UKC, CKC), Obedience (AKC, CKC), Rally (AKC, UKC) and Agility (USDAA, AKC, CPE, NADAC, ASCA, UKC). Judges USDAA Agility

Breed: Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Australian Shepherd

“I want students to develop an on-going relationship with dogs and enough of a skill-set that they can be successful in the show ring if they choose to show their dog.”

Lauren Soderberg

Agility Instructor, all levels

Has been teaching agility for nearly a year and has been training her dogs in Agility and Obedience for over 5 years.

Competes in Agility (AKC, CPE)

Breed: Pug, Pit Bull

“I hope all of the dogs leave class having had a lot of fun and having learned to work better with their handlers. I try my best to help each student learn better handing skills and to improve communication with their dog.”

 

 

Jackie Johnson

Beginner and Advanced Agility Instructor

Has been training at BOTC for 14 years, since she was 8 years old. Has been instructing agility for a year and in puppy classes for two years.

Competes in agility

Breed: Miniature Poodle

“I want my students to learn that having fun with your dog is the most important thing.”

 

Karl Getsinger

Agility Instructor, from puppy through masters level

Karl took his first obedience class in 1998

Competes in AKC and NADAC Agility

Breed: Doberman Pinscher

“I want my students to know what their role is as a member of a team and to understand how to fulfill that role.”

 

Dawn Torine

Agility Instructor, all levels

Dawn learned dog training as an adult through community education and trained service dogs for Helping Paws for about 15 years. She has also trained therapy dogs and taught therapy dog classes. She has been an agility instructor at BOTC for many years.

Has competed in AKC and Canadian Conformation, Agility, and Obedience.

Breed: Poodle, standard and miniature.

“I hope the students (people and dogs) come out of the class feeling happy and confident.” 

 Gail Moriarty

Agility Instructor, Foundation

Has been training and showing dogs for more than 40 years.

Competes in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally.

Breed: Vizsla

“I want my students to think that time spent in class was fun and worthwhile and provided them and their dog with a positive experience that will encourage them to explore the sport of agility further.”

 

 

Kay Reilly

Agility Instructor, all levels

Kay has been training and showing dogs for 45 years and teaching agility for 19 years.

She has competed in Obedience, Conformation and Agility

Breed: Standard Poodle

“Agility should be fun for dog & handler. I want the atmosphere in my class to be positive, supportive and fun while we work on the skills to create a good agility team.”

Amy Pluth

Agility Instructor, Novice

Breed: Brittany

25 years in Brittanys.

She has trained dogs in conformation, obedience, hunting, field trialling, and agility.

Competed in Conformation, AKC obedience, AKC hunt tests, AKC horseback/walking field trials, AKC and CPE agility

“I want the students in the agility classes to have confidence in their dogs and themselves when they take steps to compete in agility. “

Tina Justen

Puppy Kindergarten,Puppy Plus & Agility Instructor

Has been training dogs for 4 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I want my students to develop an understanding of how to communicate effectively with their puppies and the basic skills needed for a lifetime of learning.”