Agility is a sport in which a handler directs their dog through an obstacle course. The goal is to be fast and accurate.
Can Any Dog Do Agility
Yes! Any Dog CAN do Agility!
How obedient does your dog need to be for you to come to an agility class?
Your dog needs basic good manners – sit, down, come… and be dog-and-people friendly.
Will your dog be off-leash during class?
Do you use food in training?
Yes. The food is used as a behavior – contingent reward (not as a treat). Some people also use toys.
At what age can your dog start agility?
Puppies can learn the foundation for agility without ever doing any obstacles
Young dogs can learn handling skills and obstacles that do not require any jumping.
Adult dogs can be introduced to obstacles and handling exercises.
Older dogs can learn the foundation, handling skills, and obstacles that do not require any jumping.
Do the dogs play with each other during agility class?
No. Agility classes are not a substitute for going to a dog park. During class it’s all about you and your dog working together.
Do all your students have to enter competitions in order to take classes?
No. Agility is about having your best time ever – that’s all that matters.
Do you have to practice at home?
No. Most people don’t have room in their backyard for agility equipment – that’s why they come to class. However, there are many handling and dog skills you can still practice without needing equipment.
My dog does not like other dogs, can he come to an agility class?
Only dog-friendly dogs can come to agility classes. Private lessons are appropriate for a dog who does not like other dogs. If you would like to work on your dog liking other dogs, please contact me.
My dog does not like people coming close or touching him, can he
participate in agility classes?
Only people-friendly dogs can come to agility classes. If you would like to work on your dog liking other people, please contact me.
How long does it take until my dog can compete in agility?
Every dog is different. Your progress depends on many things, such as the dog’s age, how much you practice, how easily the dog listens to you.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes. Private lessons are a great way to work on many things one-on-one.
Do you offer advanced dog agility classes?
Yes. There are intermediate and competition classes and private lessons.
Lots of soft dog treats
6 ft leash and flat buckle collar (dog harness preferred).
What is Krista’s background with dogs?
Cognitive Animal Behaviorist
Agility competitor and trainer (NADAC, AKC, USDAA)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Qigong Practitioner
Nationally published dog book author (Plume and The Lyons Press)
Personal pack includes Golden Retriever, and six Border Collies
Agility titled dogs from 3 different groups (sporting, working, herding)
Clients dogs include: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervurens, Border Collies, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Catahoula LeopardDogs, Dachshunds, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Hounds, Labrador Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Shih Tzus, and mixed breeds. Any dog can play agility!
Krista’s students compete in DOCNA, NADAC, USDAA, AKC, TDAA, and ASCA
Find Krista In the news CNN, Fox News, Sports Illustrated, Current Affair, Hard Copy, Best Friends Radio, and Arizona Republic.
Find Krista As a Keynote Speaker
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, (APDT), American Holistic Veterinary Association (AHVA), International Veterinary Association (IVAS).