Dog agility is the most popular dog sport in the United States. It's a timed event where dogs run, jump, climb, and weave through a variety of obstacles in a set order. Each course is different, so the challenges never end!
Crossbones has agility classes for all dogs, from total beginner through experienced competitor, taught by Katherine Ostiguy, a USDAA Regional Champion with 15 years experience in the sport. Whether you're brand new to the sport or have competed for years, we have a class for you!
Agility classes are part of our Flex Class Program.
To select a pass and begin enrolling in classes, click here!
Private lessons are also available!
Intro to Agility
New to the sport? Start here!
Your dog will learn the basics of the most popular dog sport in the country: agility! Exercises include going through tunnels, over jumps, across narrow planks, navigating wobbly objects, & warm-up tricks. Learning to motivate your dog with toys and food, and building up to off-leash control will also be discussed. This class is appropriate for puppies, as jumps are low & kept to a minimum.
- 6 manners classes at Crossbones
- At least 2 classes within the past 60 days
This class is held 1-2 times per month on a variable schedule.
Your dog or puppy will learn foundation skills necessary for a variety of dog sports, including agility, obedience, and rally! Topics include toy drive & personal play, body awareness, heeling, retrieves, foot targeting, jumping, wraps, confidence on moving equipment, tunnels, waiting on a station, warm-up tricks, stretching, and conditioning.
This class is designed to be repeated at least ten times. Different exercises are covered each week. Students will leave with homework assignments of skills to practice around the house.
- Intro to Dog Agility class once or permission from Katherine
This class is held weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30PM.
Agility Skill Building
If your dog is focused on you in a busy class environment, eats treats without hesitation, plays (either with toys or with personal play), confidently interacts with novel objects, has a solid warm-up routine, and is over the age of 9 months, you're ready to start attending Agility Skill Building classes. This class is designed for teams preparing to compete or already competing in agility.
We have TWO separate Agility Skill Building classes: one for Contacts & Tables and one for Jumps & Weaves. New dogs should attend BOTH classes. We separate them so dogs who are struggling with a certain piece of equipment can attend classes specific to that obstacle.
In Contacts & Tables, your dog will learn a contact end position (such as 2-on 2-off or running) and correct performance of the A-frame, seesaw, dogwalk, and table.
In Jumps & Weaves, your dog will learn correct jumping form and develop confidence and striding with all types of jumps (double, triple, tire, extended spread, broad jump) as well as how to weave.
- 10+ Performance Fundamentals classes or permission from Katherine
These classes are held weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30PM and Mondays at 8AM. In each of those time slots, the topic alternates each week (i.e. Week 1 will be Jumps & Weaves, then Week 2 will be Contacts & Tables, etc).
Agility Competition Prep
In this class, you will improve your handling on Masters/Premier level courses. Handlers will learn how to walk and analyze a course, make a handling plan, and execute their choice. Courses will be broken down into shorter sequences to build success in newer teams. This class is designed for teams preparing to compete or already competing in agility.
- Your dog's performance on each obstacle must be fluent.
This class is held weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30PM.
A valid Flex Class Pass is required to register for all agility classes. Select a class based on your dog's experience level, and sign up by clicking the links above. View our class calendar online to see when each class is offered.
Still not sure which class is right for you? Or, would you prefer to have a private lesson first? Contact Katherine for assistance.