We have a new class session beginning in January 2024 at an outdoor location in Northwest Las Vegas for all levels of agility. To be eligible for agility, dogs must be friendly with both people and dogs, non-reactive, physically sound, and have completed basic obedience. Our classes use strictly fear-free, force-free, positive reinforcement training approaches.
Not sure if agility is for you and your dog?
Most dogs that try agility enjoy it considerably. You will need to be able to walk across a semi-flat outdoor surface, or possibly run on the course with your dog, but you do not have to be an athlete. Many dogs can be trained to run through obstacles while maintaining a distance away from you. Some dogs are more successful than others in the competition ring, but a blue rosette ribbon is not the crowning achievement for all agility dogs. It is the growth made during training, the bond made with the owner/handler, the confidence built, and the fun times that were had that are the real achievement for many agility dogs. That said, your dog may be suitable for agility even if you do not anticipate he will be going to Westminster any time soon! Here is what a dog needs to train agility safely:
Healthy weight -- being overweight puts significant stress on the shoulders and joints
Normal eye sight
Free of current injury
Growth plates must be closed (we will set simpler challenges that avoid impact or weaves younger dogs)
- Growth plates close anywhere from 10-24 months of age, earlier for smaller dogs and later for larger dogs. Ask your veterinarian for additional information. They can confirm growth plate closure with x-rays, if needed.
Puppies' growth can be negatively affected if puppies exercise heavily or undertake exercise with impact.
Cannot be reactive or aggressive toward people or other dogs