Understanding your dog, building good foundations along with a fantastic relationship and having lots of FUN is what will stop your training from becoming average and ensuring it is successful from the start!Katrina Bayliss
If you are new to agility it can be confusing knowing where to start.
It is so important that you dog is taught safely. If your dog doesn’t know how to complete the skills correctly they are likely to get injured and scared!
Although many want to see their dogs jumping the kit and running through tunnels straight away, it is really not worth risking your dog getting injured or damaging the relationship you have with them by asking them to do something they aren’t ready for.
My training is knowledgeable, kind, and most importantly fun for both the dog and the handler! The more fun you have the quicker your training progresses!
I train one to one so I can give your dog my complete focus in the session. I know how to tailor the training to enable your dog to grow in confidence, succeed and have fun!
If dogs are rushed onto kit too soon they can make mistakes. These mistakes will only need to be undone later down the line! It is a lot easier and far quicker to teach a dog how to do a skill correctly from the start, than it is teaching them to relearn an already embedded skill! (It can be done, it just takes a little longer)
I learnt from my dog Milo, that if you don’t train things properly from the start, you only have to revisit the training later on!! This can be frustrating for the handler and confusing for the dog! (You can read all about that in my book)
To achieve success in your dog training you need to truly understand the individual needs of your dog, build fantastic foundations and keep everything fun!
When learning agility with me that is exactly what I do! I will not rush your dogs onto kit .. I will help you to build their foundation skills, arm you with a number of fun training games and give you the knowledge to understand your dog in a way you’ve probably never looked at them before!
Build good foundations and your training will never fall down!
I designed my Pre-Agility Programmes as I realised there is a huge need for foundation skills to be utilised more in agility training! I hate to see dogs who are rushed onto kit often lacking in confidence, not happy and not enjoying their training!!
When starting agility your dog needs to be introduced to the kit safely, if you rush them over kit when their body isn’t ready for it they are more likely to get injured and scared! We want to build happy, confident dogs at each stage in their agility journey.
I believe that every dog progresses at their own pace and I nurture that in my training. If your dog is a super quick learner I will adapt my training to suit – I never hold a dog back! If they need a bit more help then that is fine too!
In my Pre-Agility Programmes I help you to build strong foundation skills away from the kit and I make sure that your dog is ready for each next stage before we progress.
If you decide to add on some online learning or the Geek Club! (not essential, but very useful) you will also gain valuable information on how to truly understand your dog and their behaviour, enabling you to get the best out of them in their training and at home! This creates a fun, happy, trusting relationship between you which will create the perfect agility team!
My Pre-Agility Programmes will give you everything you need to start off your agility training correctly. So often I see people who have rushed to get onto the kit but it’s their foundation training that is letting them down! Just as we would not embark on a new sport without learning the correct way, it is exactly the same for our dogs. The better your foundations the faster you progress!
I have trained both of my current competing dogs using these methods and games. BOTH of our dogs have climbed up the grades very quickly and within their first year competing!
The skills I teach you in this pre-agility core skills programme will not only help your dog progress with their agility training successfully they will also give your dog skills for life!
I am passionate about creating happy and confident agility dogs who love the sport as much as their handlers!
Both my Pre-Agility Programmes are designed to give you the core games and skills needed for successful agility training from the beginning.
Before signing up to my Pre- Agility Programmes you will need to book a taster session. This is a 30 minute appointment where I meet you and your dog to have an informal chat about what previous training your dog has had. We will play some training games and you are able to see our training venue. In the taster session I will then advise you which of the Pre-Agility Programmes would be best for your team: