Dog Agility Classes
Our dog agility training venue is a secure field conveniently and pleasantly situated near Corfe Castle in Dorset. (Click to download PDF Agility Field directions map).
In addition to an extensive range of full sized equipment for more experienced dogs and handlers, we have a comprehensive set of smaller sized apparatus ideally suited to beginners and miniature breeds.
Whilst our agility classes are designed mainly for fun, some members do like to compete and we support them wholeheartedly.
Our smallest member is a Toy Poodle, and our largest is a German Shepherd, with all breeds between. Take a look at the videos below in which some of our members display their prowess.
When Can My Dog Start Agility?
We do not accept dogs that are younger than 12 months (18 months for GSDs). This is because the young dogs bones and muscles are still developing. Allowing a younger dog to go over the jumps, the A-Frame, the dog-walk or use the weaves puts unnecessary strain on them that can lead to problems such as early on-set of arthritis as they get older. However, younger dogs can attend our Pre-agility Foundation or Hoopers classes to gain a good foundation for when they are old enough for agility.
When Are The Classes?
Because our dog agility classes are mainly an outdoor activity they take place during the drier months of the year on Sundays mornings (check our class calendar).
We hold three classes on Sundays – two for beginners and smaller dogs and one for the larger and more experienced dogs. The beginners start at 10.00a.m. and finish at approximately 11.00a.m. The class for the more experienced dogs starts at 11.30am.
The dogs enjoy socialising and having a run around the field together after the last class whilst we are clearing the equipment away.
What Happens if it Rains?
Our priority is the safety of both dogs and handlers. If it is raining, which means it could be slippy underfoot and potentially dangerous for the dogs on wet equipment, class is cancelled. We check the field early Sunday mornings and a decision is made 1 hour before class starts. If class has to be cancelled we put a post on our Facebook page letting you know or you can text to check on the day (please visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page so you get the notices in your Facebook Newsfeed).
During the wetter, winter months we hold Pre-Agility Foundation Classes at Sandford Community Hall, near Wareham.
Club Loyalty Card Scheme
We do not ask you to book a series of classes – as some organisations do. You are welcome to come along as and when you can and pre-booking is not required. And you do not have to attend the same day every week.
Doing it this way means that you and your dog can take the training at whatever pace suits you and your lifestyle.
However, if you do attend regularly – of course we do recommend that – then you will benefit from our Loyalty Card Scheme. At your first class you will be given your card.
Each time you pay to attend ANY of our classes your card will be stamped. The card holds 10 stamps, once filled you will be given another. You can use your completed card to ‘pay’ for any class you wish to attend (this does not include 1-to-1 sessions or special workshops).
PLUS – if you introduce a new person to any of our classes, when they have filled their FIRST card you will also get a free lesson as a ‘Thank you’ for the introduction. (This applies only to their first card, not any subsequent cards they may fill).
We often support local fetes and charity events by giving Agility Demonstrations or holding an Agility Scurry, where members of the public can take their dogs around a small agility course. Check our events calendar for events we are attending.
Lucy (Bichon) and Peachy (Toy Poodle) on the small agility course
Terry’s dog, Glen, showing us how it is done on the larger equipment