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Agility - Sunday Member Practice Time is 3 p.m.
8009 E. Farmers Ave. (off East Loop 335)
(All members are welcome to practice at the field IF their dogs have successfully completed an AOTC Agility Class and they & their dogs are familiar with the proper and safe execution of all obstacles.  Review Agility Area Rules below.)

Agility Training Director - Jeri Berryman
AKC Agility Regulations and Agility Judges Guidelines
AOTC Agility Area Rules:  EVERYONE PLEASE READ !!!

Agility Class Schedule: 

  Classes for agility will resume in January.

Certificate of rabies vaccination must be presented.  NO DOGS AT REGISTRATION. Classes ar $100 for the 6 weeks session please bring either check or cash  

Class sizes are limited to provide you with the best possible instruction. 
Below is the list of classes that will be offered.  

Please note the start dates listed by Instructor.  Class is held for approximately one hour.


DAY/Time & 1st class                            Class (see description below)                        Instructor & location

  Saturday 9:00 am    12/12/20               Beginners Competition Distraction Training              Teresa Tucker at the AOTC building


Agility Foundation 1 : - This is a BEGINNING agility class focusing on flatwork, fundamental introduction to obstacles, and very short sequences. There are no prerequisites for this class.  However, a prior obedience class is recommended.

Agility Foundation 2:
This is a CONTINUATION of the Foundation 1 Class.  Prerequisite: Foundation 1

Agility Foundation 3:
This is a CONTINUATION of the Foundation 2 Class. Prerequisite: Foundation 2
Beginners Comp. Distraction Training: This class is designed to help you work through basic foundation commands needed for all
AKC competition Agility, Obedience and Rally venues. This is NOT just a basic obedience class! These foundation commands will be
elevated to a much higher level to help the dog understand his/her job no matter what is going on around them. In this class,
emphasis will be placed on handler focus, recall, stay in a sit or down, formal heeling and toy play even when elevated distractions
are present. Class size will be limited to 5 beginning handlers and dogs to assure more 0ne-on-one time with the instructor.

Young Dog/New Dog Skill Building Class -  Limit 10  1 to 1 ½ hour class

This class is for younger dogs over 6 months or adult dogs just starting agility. We build on the foundations you’ve already learned and add very fun and motivational games that build forward focus, independence and commitment to the wing. We’ll also work on acceleration/deceleration, Extension/Go, Tunnel Commitment, Left and Right Verbals/Mini Pinwheel and Rocking Horse Games. You don’t need a lot of equipment to do this work at home. A tunnel and two to three wing jumps. 

Monday Nights at 7:00 pm at Gail’s house. This is an AOTC class, but will be held at a private residence. Parking instructions, etc. will be provided after sign up.

Prerequisite: Previous foundation/concurrent foundation class or instructor approval.


Open/Excellent Level - Improving Handling - Limit 10  1 to 1 ½ hour class

We will look at important spots to show the dog the line

  • Where and when the dog needs information
  • Verbal and physical cues to help our dog
  • When we need stronger communication and when we can be a bit more “quite” in communication
  • We’ll also work handling skills and options for different dogs
  • Contact Gail Hefley at:


ACT Course Test Preparation/Novice - Limit 10  1 to 1 ½ hour class

This class is geared specifically for students preparing for ACT (Agility Course Test; which is a pre-Novice AKC title) and Novice Courses. There are two levels of ACT events – ACT1 and ACT2. ACT1 is designed for the beginning level dog to show beginning sequencing and performance skills. ACT2 requires an increased skill level shown by the additional obstacles to be performed.

Note: This is a new class offered by AOTC. Agility Director, Gail Hefley, is now an AKC ACT Evaluator. More information will be discussed at the July 7th meeting. We will work to ready our new dogs for the ACT1 and ACT2 testing that can be done at the AOTC field. The ACT Program is a fun and exciting way for beginner teams to start earning AKC titles! 

Prerequisite: You must have some foundation and sequencing work. We need to be sure this is the right class for you. Contact Gail Hefley at:

Novice/beginner Open

For those competing at or preparing for Novice level competition or they just moved up to Open. Classes will alternate with drills, courses and some weave work.   


This class is geared to students at most any level.  We will work fun sequences using people and objects as distractions.  There will be a variety of agility games to work cues, focus and confidence.  This is also a social class where students will be encouraged to mingle, visit, and even have a few tasty snacks on the field.  Our goal is to keep our dogs focused and on course. 


Beginner  Weaves &  basic handling skills:

This class is targeted to those training at the Beginner/Foundation and Started/Novice levels that have little to no basics of weave training and want to learn to teach their dogs the channel method of weaving using a full set of 12 poles.  Single obstacles such as jumps and tunnels may be used to work entrances and exits. We will also teach basic agility handling skills.    

It is highly recommended you have a full set of poles at home, or prepare to visit the field frequently if you are a member to practice using the Club's channel weaves.  All students who are members will be shown how to properly use the channel weaves for practice outside of class time. Your dog must be a minimum of 12 months old to participate in this class.  

Foundation Weaves:

This class is for dogs with no weave skills. The rudiments of weaves will be taught using channel weaves and the owner must be willing to commit to training between classes. Dog must be at least 1 year old.  Limited to 8 dogs.

Advanced Weaves:

Dog must know 12 straight line weaves. In this class the dog will learn how to find their entrance, committed weaves, and proofing. This class is open to club members only. Limit 8 dogs