Agility Instructors Course

 

The next agility instructors course part one will be held 14th/15th April 2018

The next agility instructors course part two will be held 19th/20th May 2018

Please email mike_of_diamonds@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in attending the course.

 

Hi Mike

Thank you very much for the very interesting and Informative 2 day course that I attended at the weekend.  I have been taking a class at Axe Vale DTC having been asked after progressing up to grade 4 with my dog Barney.  I do enjoy instructing people very much, but lack confidence and as I have not been trained for the position I often  question myself about what is right and what is wrong.

I found your course very easy to relate to, it was an indepth course presented in an easy and understandable way.  I feel a lot more confident and can't wait to take my new knowledge to club on Tuesday.  I really want to bring in more foundation work as I feel our club is a little lacking in the basics.

With kind regards
Sue Daley

 

Hi Mike
Just wanted to say thank you very much for a fabulous course. Will definitely be coming again. Thanks.Lyn


Lyn Wells, M. Phil (RCA)



"Hi Mike,
Just wanted to say we all had a fantastic 3 days, it was so inspiring and
informative, have taken away a lot of new ideas and strategies for class
members. THANK YOU
Huge thank you to everyone who helped make the course so fantastic
 Lisa Curling




Agility Instructor

This is two courses of 5 modules designed for people who are interested in becoming dog agility instructors.  

The class size is around 8-12 people.

The price for each course is £140.

A £40 non-refundable deposit is required.

 

The topics are aligned with the Kennel Clubs Accreditation Scheme for Instructors and are also excellent preparation for anyone intending to take the Agility Club Approved Instructor exam.

Venue

All of the course modules are held at Orchard Farm, Kenn, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6TT a few miles from Junction 20 of the M5.

Theory sessions and some practical sessions are held undercover in a small barn and some practical sessions are held in a fenced off sand arena or grass paddock.

There are not any accommodation or camping facilities at Orchard  Farm but there is accommodation at the nearby B&Bs and campsites.

Please ask if you would like the details.

Agility Instructor 

Course One

Module One 

Starting Instructing

First half of day one including theory and practical sessions.

Qualities of dog training and agility instructors.

Legal requirements, health and safety.

Class structure, size and abilities, warm up / down.

Training plan / planning training / training cycle

Assessing dogs & handlers – identifying and dealing with problems.

What age can dogs start training - when and what exercises are appropriate.

Basic control - how much / how little is needed before a dog can start   

Training techniques - How dogs learn, positive – negative reinforcement, rewards, shaping, back chaining,  

Module Two 

Equipment Training

Second half of day one

Mainly practical with some theory.

Describes the different techniques for equipment training, and their advantages & disadvantages, when and for how long should they used.  

Contact training methods, Starting dogs on the - A frame, Dogwalk, SeeSaw.

Weaves training methods

Tyres &  tunnels,

Jumps – recall, sendaway, basic turns, what height and when, long jump and spread.

Students may bring dogs and they may be used in practical sessions if suitable.

Module Three

Teaching Handling Skills

Day two.
Mainly practical with some theory

Commands, Control, and Direction.

Giving Advice and feedback,

Remote handling,

Advanced turns.

Motivation for handlers and dog’s.

Students may bring their dogs at no extra charge and they may be used in the practical sessions if suitable.

Course Two


Module Four (1 day) Preparing for Competition.

Theory and practical.

Many people have no intention of competing when they first start agility but then would like try it. This module helps the instructor get their students ready for their first competition.

Registration, measuring, rules and etiquette, when are the handler and dog ready, avoiding problems

Module Five (1 day) Competition Coaching

Mainly practical with some theory

Coaching the competitive handler and dog - Motivation, Setting Goals, Measuring success,

Advanced handling, Control and speed.

This module also suits the agility handler who wants to become an enthusiastic competitor but may not want to be an instructor. Students may bring dogs and they may be used in the practical sessions if suitable.


 

"Hi Mike
Thanks for the agility instructors checklist. Lisa and I had our first opportunity on Monday to use some of the techniques we learned during our time with you and I am pleased to report it was a complete success!
We both feel completely inspired after the course and can't wait to come back in September although we are pleased we have a couple of months to consolidate what we've learnt so far.
Many Thanks  
Anna Giles "

"Hi Mike,
Just wanted to say we all had a fantastic 3 days, it was so inspiring and
informative, have taken away a lot of new ideas and strategies for class
members. THANK YOU
Huge thank you to everyone who helped make the course so fantastic
 Lisa Curling

 

 

 
 
 
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