Agility is a wonderful game for dogs to learn and provides a great outlet for their mental and physical energy. It builds fantastic teamwork as you learn handling skills together to enable your dog to negotiate a course of jumps, contacts and weaves at speed.
Wendy competes all her dogs and uses the handling system of one of the world’s most successful international handlers and trainers, Greg Derrett. Whether you wish to compete or simply have fun with your dog you will be very welcome.
Wendy trains with Jo Tristram who has the unique achievement of winning consecutive Gold, Bronze and Silver medals at the World Open Agility championships. She is a great trainer as well as competitor and holds regular clinics for all levels at our venue.
Our classes are run to ensure dogs can relax and concentrate on training, so aggressive dogs and lunging barking collies are not part of the picture. Naturally for those wishing to compete getting dogs comfortable with high levels of activity and distraction is essential but our classes provide a stress-free environment for all dogs, and Wendy uses her extensive experience as a behaviour specialist to provide clients with assistance if their potential competition dogs have reactivity or social skill issues.
All dogs must naturally be fit and correct body weight to meet the physical demands of the sport.
All dogs must be comfortable working off lead around other dogs and people.
Training facilities include three acres of individually dog proof fields and a purpose-built indoor building with a professional waxed sand surface to ensure secure, safe footing. Both full size and training size equipment is available and all contact equipment is rubber skinned aluminium build as used in competition – please see the facilities page for photos and more details.
You and Your Dog New to Agility
All new clients start with a private Introduction to Agility / Assessment session depending on previous experience. For new dog and handler teams detailed notes are provided.
Foundation Agility Classes
The Foundation, Foundation Plus and Young Dog Foundation Agility classes are for young dogs from 5 months old and older dogs new to the sport. Sessions include essential ground work, body awareness and confidence building activities, distraction proofing for solid start lines and handler focus, age appropriate jump work, verbal directional cues, shaping activities and all core handling skills. Contacts and weaves are taught as soon as dogs are old enough. Groups of 3 to 5 are developed as a closed unit so everyone is at the same skill level.
Novice Agility Classes
Novice Agility Classes are for dog and handler teams who know all the basic handling skills and are starting to do longer sequences. Weaves and contacts are included in courses. Teams progress to more technical sequences with proofing of weaves and contacts and obstacle discrimination work.
Intermediate Agility Classes
Intermediate Agility Classes further develop core skills, course analysis and handling decision making, courses are G5 plus
Experienced Agility for Dogs and Handlers
More experienced teams work one to one to optimise training time and this is often used from day one when diary constraints mean clients can’t make class times. Special clinics covering specific handling skills are scheduled regularly.
Next Clinics with Jo Tristram 2019
Wednesday 25th September
Wednesday 30th October
Wendy Hill Dog Training
How To Book
Please contact Wendy who will arrange an initial assessment/ Intro to Agility session.
One to one training is £20 per hour. Intro to Agility /Assesment sessions are £23 and include written details of the games and exercises covered.
Classes are £9 per dog with just 4 dogs per hour. All dogs must be comfortable working off lead around other dogs and people.