Hoopers in Dorset
Hoopers is a new dog activity gaining popularity in the UK.
This new low-impact sporting activity is ideal for dogs of all ages, sizes, shapes and mobility, even 3-legged dogs, as it does not involve any agility jumps or contact equipment. Dogs are sent through hoops, tunnels and around barrels.
It is also good for people regardless of fitness (ideal for anyone with a disability) because it is based on distance handling rather than running with your dog (you can run with them but you don’t have to).
Hoopers is also a great foundation for anyone who is just getting started in agility and is perfect for older agility dogs who are no longer able to jump but still want the fun of running a course.
Dogs of any age can take part, but they do need to have a reasonable recall, and be comfortable working around other dogs, which is why we recommend pups should be 6 months old before starting Hoopers.
In our beginner classes dogs are introduced to the equipment; hoops, barrels and tunnels. They are taken through foundation exercises and taught directional cues – similar to flatwork in agility – so they are confident about following their handler’s verbal and body cues around a course.
In this video you can see a simple sequence of hoops, tunnels and barrels:
You can take part in Hoopers just for fun or move through the different qualification levels, from Beginners through to Elite. You gain qualifications by registering with Canine Hoopers UK (CHUK) and attending competitions.
Good Hoopers Awards
If you do not want to compete, you can work through the ‘Good Hoopers Awards’: Puppy, Bronze, Silver and Gold. This video from CHUK describes what Hoopers is all about and the awards:
Our classes are run by our Accredited CHUK Instructor using positive, force-free ‘shaping’ training methods.
If you’d like to try out Hoopers use our contact form to ask about classes or 1-to-1 training.
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).