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Novice Contacts & Weaves w/Anne, 4 of 5

December 30, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Dates for the class session – please note these on your calendar:
Sundays: December 2, 9, 16, 30 & January 6

In the event that I need to cancel a class, the make-up date will be held on January 13th. Please note that 1/13 will not be a date that I have a class for those that miss classes during the planned session. Refunds are not issued for missed classes.

Cost per dog per 5-class session: $100/GVDC members, $125/non-GVDC members
Please bring your check or cash for the entire session to the first class. Checks can be made out to GVDC.

  • GVDC Membership Information: https://www.goletavalleydogclub.org/about/
  • All classes take place at Girsh Park in Goleta, behind Costco: https://www.goletavalleydogclub.org/practices/
  • Payment for the class session is due on the first day of the session, checks are made out to “GVDC”
  • Dogs showing aggression towards people or other dogs will be asked to leave*
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class start time to walk your dog and set up your area


11:45am: Novice Contacts and Weaves Skills:

This class is for dogs and handlers newer to agility and have already completed the Intro to Agility 1 and/or 2 class, and for those who need more confidence and understanding of the contact obstacles and weaves. We will continue to work the lowered contact obstacles individually, making sure that the dogs feel confident on the equipment and have the correct end performance on each obstacle. As the dogs’ performance improves on the contact obstacles, speed & handler distance will be encouraged as well as accuracy. We will work on teaching the dogs to understand the concept of weave entries, learning weaving rhythm and footwork, and gradually add more poles as the dogs’ understanding improves. For faster learners, distance skills and improving speed through the poles will be encouraged. Additional skills emphasized in this class: various agility foundation exercises, encouraging the frequent use of rewards for the dogs, reinforcing a start-line stay, learning how to train cues to help the dogs understand what we are asking of them. The main goal for this class is to have a fun hour with our dogs, reviewing the basics of novice-level agility and setting the stage for future learning.

Class arrival time: 11:30am

* Per GVDC club policy, dogs in Agility classes must not be aggressive towards other dogs or people, and under control of their handler at all times.

For all Agility Classes, please bring with you each week:

Your dog on a flat buckle collar or front-clip harness. Bring a variety of delicious meaty treats for your dog, water and a bowl, a chair for yourself, shade for your dog, clicker, 4 or 6 foot leash (no flexi’s please), and ideally a crate or pen for your dog. Please bring a toy or two that your dog really enjoys, to use as a reward throughout the class.

For a dog that is not yet motivated by toys or for a pup that needs some cool new ones, please look at the treat pouches lined with bunny fur and fleece and other creations, made by our own Linda Keating. Linda is often at classes and can be reached via email at 44linda@cox.net, and you may be able to purchase from her at Girsh Park: http://kibatoys.com/main.sc


December 30, 2018
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Girsh Park
Goleta, CA 93117 United States


Anne Swan