Private Agility Lessons

Confident Canines offers private agility lessons (limited availability) at the only full competition sized arena in Las Vegas.  The arena is 100' x 105' and offers excellent footing on a shock absorbing surface for our canine athletes.  We have the largest, competition sized arena in all of Las Vegas/Henderson in a quiet, semi-rural setting.  Protection or bitework trained dogs are not permitted on the premises.

 

Please contact Eileen to see if agility training at Confident Canines may be a good fit for you and your dog.  

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 aggressive toward people or other dogs

    • Dogs that need it will be given more space at class to be comfortable in close proximity with other dogs or handlers.  Dogs do not have to like other people or dogs, but cannot react aggressively​.  

    • Dogs that are good around people but do not enjoy other dogs may be suitable for private agility lessons.