Agility training for dogs of a minimum of 12 calendar months of age who have ongoing annual vaccination. Training is offered with the aim of the handler and dog reaching competition standard. European turns and gridwork form part of the instructed techniques.
- 6.40pm-7.30pm First Session: Classes 2 and 4
- 7.40pm-8.30pm Middle Session: Classes 1 (beginners) and 5
- 8.40pm-9.30pm Last Session: Classes 3 and 6
For further details talk to an instructor.
Future Agility Beginners' Courses
The beginners' class (Class 1) is currently closed to enquiries. We offer an email alert service that will inform you when we are open for applications again.
When the application period re-opens, you can apply for a place by filling in online form with some details about you and your dog. The application period is open for a month, then the instructors consider to whom to offer a place for an assessment session before the beginners' 10-week course.
**** Update 8/12/16 ****
Due to the need to accommodate existing handlers with new dogs we will not be having an intake of new agility dogs and handlers in January 2017. We hope that those starting in Class 1 in January can be fast tracked so we can have a new intake in the near future.
£3.50 per class or block payments over specified time periods - work out cheaper than paying weekly but no refund available if you miss a week due to illness etc.
plus £10.00 Annual Membership (£5.00 under 18s)
50% reduction if joining after 1st September
Contact us for more details.
Agility training takes place on Tuesday evenings at Mount Pleasant Equine Centre (part of Shuttleworth College), Old Warden, Bedfordshire.
- We train at an indoor venue (although it isn't heated, so wrap up warm in winter!) on a wax/sand surface.
- Suitable footwear includes trainers, astroturf shoes and hockey shoes.
- Please do not let your dog run off lead on the paths and in the woodland around the centre. Keep it on a lead at all times except when you are working your dog.
- Pick up after your dog at all times.
- Toilets are located to the right after entering through the narrow door between the white building and the metal shutters from outside. From the smaller arena, go straight on through the stables until you come to the back wall of the building at the far end. The toilets are through the door at the bottom of a ramp with rails.
- If your dog has a long coat, you can use dog grooming spray or a horse product: Canter® Mane and Tail Conditioner to prevent the surface sticking to the dog's coat. These products are available from pet shops and equestrian supply shops and are pictured below:
Dog Grooming Spray is available from most pet shops.
Canter® Mane and Tail Conditioner is available from online stores and from G&M Growers, near Biggleswade
- We need help setting up the equipment before the start of the first session and putting it away after the last session. It takes between 15 and 20 minutes. If you train in the first session, could you arrive as close to 6.15pm as possible.
- Allow handlers and dogs training in the previous session to leave the arena before you enter it.
- Only work your dog on the equipment when directed to do so by an Instructor.
- Keep your dog on a lead at all times except when you are working it. Keep your dog under control at all times when around other dogs; not all of them like other dogs.
- Give space to a dog being worked - particularly at the start and finish.
- We would appreciate it (as would our neighbours!) if you could keep your dog's barking to a minimum when it isn't being worked.
- If you have not trained for 3 weeks and have not let us know why not, your place may be given to someone else. If you can't come to training, either temporarily or permanently, please let us know. You can do this using the Contact us form.
- Training is offered with the aim of reaching a standard for competition. European turns and gridwork form part of the instructed techniques.
- Our equipment is supplied by JDA Agility Equipment who also supply Agility Shows. It is of Kennel Club competition standard.
- The weave poles use the standard spacings and we have channel weaves for the less experienced dogs.
- All of the contact equipment has rubberised surfaces: the A-frame, the seesaw and dogwalk are wooden. We also have a lower height wooden dogwalk.
- Tunnels are secured using canvas panniers weighted with sandbags.