Agility WOrkshops

We run a wide variety of Agility workshops throughout the year. Unless otherwise specified there is a maximum of six dogs and handlers on each workshop. Some workshops are suitable for young dogs but if you are in any doubt do check with your trainer.

All workshops are held at Coppice Gate Farm except where specified.

To book a workshop, please email Toni at [email protected]. Once a place is confirmed you will be asked to pay by cash or by bank transfer.

BOOtcamp sessions

The following workshops being held over Boot Camp are available to book as stand-alone sessions (unless edited to say FULL).

Please email to check availability and for prices.

NB We are now operating a waiting/reserve list for sessions that are full. We will be happy to add you and contact you should a space become available.

Friday 16th July

Advanced Rear Crosses and Slices

9:00 - 11:00 am

A rear cross by any other name is still a rear cross!! Sometimes referred to as a whisky slice or flick, some rear crosses seem more difficult simply because of the approach or exit angle. We will look at how handlers need to cue more effectively and improve their understanding of this simple handling manoeuvre.

Motivation

9:15 - 11:15 am 

A session full of sequences to encourage your dog to work away from you and create motivation. Dogs must be of a sound temperament to work in this session.

Suitable for some young dogs.

This is also an ideal workshop for beginner dogs to get used to working in a group environment. These motivation sessions are ideal to be used regularly and the dogs that benefit the most are those that repeat them on a regular basis.

Maximum 12 dogs

Obstacle Discrimination

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Obstacle discrimination is becoming more common in all grades of agility as judges lean more and more towards European style courses. Includes weaves, tunnels and contacts.
Handlers need to be confident that their dog understands their commands (verbal or body language) and can accurately complete the correct obstacle at speed as directed - a dog that hesitates does not understand the information he is being given.

Maximum 8 dogs

Startline Sequencing

12:15 - 2:15 pm FULL

Get the confidence to start your run the best and right way. We will consider various common starts and look at the best handler position considering the cues needed to include foot placement, verbals, hips and arms.

We will also look at when a wait is not necessary, how to use a running start to your best advantage, and exactly where your dog should start to gain the best line.

Dogs should already have a sound “Wait”.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Advanced Tunnels

3:00 - 5:00 pm

This session aims to build on the skills we teach in our usual Tunnel workshops, including 

  • Acute off ends,
  • Blind entrances, 
  • Tunnel to tunnel maintaining speed and commitment, 
  • Rear crossing
  • and much more!

This session is not suitable for dogs who struggle with their tunnel commitment.

Maximum 8 dogs

Focus Workshop

3:00 - 4:00 pm FULL

Exercises and games to help your dog focus on you rather than running out of the ring to play / chase/ herd other dogs. We will have more than one dog working at a time using barriers to keep everyone safe.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Weave independence

4:15 - 5:15 pm FULL

Do you need to get ahead of your dog in the weaves? Maybe do a blind turn or a front cross at the end of them? Then this session is for you. Gain distance on your dog knowing they will complete the weaves without you. Dogs must be able to weave on both sides confidently.


saturday 17th july

Handling Workshops G5-7, G3&4, G1&2

G5-7   9:00 - 11:00 am FULL
G3&4   11:30 am - 1:30 pm
G1&2   2:30 - 4:30 pm FULL

These sessions will cover all the basic handling techniques as well as weaves and contacts. You will have the chance to run a whole course before breaking it down in to smaller sequences to solve any issues you have.

Maximum six dogs per session.

Outround and Pickup Sequencing

9:00 - 11:00 am FULL

A session aimed at those who have done both foundation level workshops on Pick ups and Outrounds. We will focus on sequencing these handling manoeuvres and building confidence and independence.

Essential Turns

11:30 am - 1:30 pm FULL

Recap the basics of these foundational turns and progress them to simple combinations ensuring that your dog’s criteria is maintained. Ideal for younger dogs as well as more experienced ones who need a refresher. Covers front cross, rear cross, and blinds.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Weave Discrimination

2:30 3:30 pm FULL

Will your dog stay in the weaves when there are jumps next to them? Will they get the entry when they are the next to a tunnel? Practice getting your dog to enter and complete a perfect set of weaves avoiding any traps that are set for them!.

Dogs must be able to weave on both sides confidently.

Steeplechase Handling

3:45 - 4:45 pm FULL

Run a Steeplechase courses with no weaves or contacts. You will have the chance to run a whole course before breaking it down in to smaller sequences to solve any issues you have. A confidence building session for all young dogs or those who need greater distance handling experience.

Suitable for younger dogs who are doing long sequences.

Maximum six dogs per session.


sunday 18th july

contacts

9:30 - 10:30 am FULL

Improve your dog's understanding of your contact criteria, build their consistency and speed. Suitable for stopped and running contact methods.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Timing & Commitment

9:30 - 10:30 am FULL

Improve your confidence to give commands early, build up your dog’s commitment point to a jump so you can move away to another obstacle and avoid poles being knocked. A whole session of ‘Show and Go’ games.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Best Line G5-7, G3&4

G5-7 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
G3&4 2:30 - 4:30 pm FULL

These sessions allow you to try different ways of handling certain sequences, and time them to see which is the best route for you and your dog. Therefore these sessions are suited to dogs who can do all the basic handling manoeuvres relevant to their grade, as we will not be spending time teaching the basics. (Handling sessions do consider the best line but also focus on HOW to do each manoeuvre.)

Tunnel Traps

11:30 am - 1:30 pm FULL

Avoiding those ever so inviting tunnel entrances and maintaining focus and speed towards the correct obstacle. Plus getting more confident and independent tunnel drive when needed.

Maximum 8 dogs

Tunnels

2:30 - 4:30 pm FULL

This session concentrates on the tunnel but in a variety of ways. We will look at sending on to it, "wrong" ends, acute angle entries and exits as well as rear crossing the tunnel. We will also look at the use of a tunnel as part of a snake line. At the end we will put all of these skills into sequences to proof the learning. Suitable for all grades of dogs - many of the exercises are found in both G1 and Champ classes!

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs