Agility Classes

Classes Offered at Manitowoc County Kennel Club

Intro/Foundation Class

For teams that want to begin agility training. DOGS MUST HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC OBEDIENCE SKILLS! Teams will learn basic foundation skills and floor work needed to begin working as a team. The majority of this training will be done on-leash. Teams will also be introduced to low level agility equipment using safe techniques. The goal of this level will eventually allow the teams to learn basic handling skills necessary to safely manipulate their dogs through 3-4 obstacle sequences at a time. (Currently Not in Session)

Advanced Class

This level is for teams that have prior agility coursing experience, and are able to manipulate a full course with equipment at full height. Teams at this level are either training toward future competition or are currently competing in the agility ring. (Currently a drop- in format. Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30pm).

General Information About Agility Classes at The Manitowoc County Kennel Club

All classes are 6-7 weeks long. Intro/Foundation is approximately 60 minutes: Advanced is 90 minutes. Class fee to non-members is based on the number of weeks in each session. Any student unable to attend further class nights may request a refund prior to the third week of class.

All dogs must be crated when not working on the floor. If your dog is reactive, bring a crate cover or crate from your vehicle. Proof of vaccinations & a clean fecal report is required with class application, for non-members. Overweight, injured/lame, or unhealthy dogs will not be allowed to participate in classes.

Jr handlers must be a minimum of 12 yrs old to participate. A parent or legal guardian must remain on the grounds while that child attends class. No child is permitted to approach a dog at any time, whether the dog is crated inside the building or outside in a vehicle. Any children on the grounds during a class may NEVER be unattended inside the building or in the parking lot! The instructor(s) & MCKC will not be liable for any accidents or damages incurred by any individual or his/her dog(s)

All dogs must be crated when not working with an instructor. Please bring treats and toys to encourage motivation.

Proof of vaccination and a negative fecal report is required on sign up night. No dogs are allowed in class with flea or tick infestation.

Dogs showing aggression in class (within reason) will be refunded their fee and be referred to an Animal Behaviorist. Wolf hybrids are not accepted in any class.

Dogs must be on lead at all times, indoors or out, unless permitted by the Trainer. It is recommended that a 6-foot leather leash be used and flat buckle collars. Retractable leads are not allowed in the building! Dogs will be brought into the building on a very short lead, so as not to interact with other dogs, and be placed within their crate immediately. Chain link or prong collars are not permitted for training; only flat buckle or martingale design.

Female dogs in season are NOT permitted in the building at any time. Speak with your instructor if your dog comes into season during a class. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their own dog. There is a graveled, fenced area for use with clean up bags/tools. It is advised to carry a flashlight with you if you will be relieving your dog on the grounds after dark. If your dog relieves itself during class, you are expected to clean it up & dispose of the contents in the trash can within the small exercise area.

Smoking is prohibited on MCKC Grounds.

If classes need to be cancelled due to bad weather, listen to local radio or television channels for an announcement. In the event that your class is cancelled, your class will be extended by 1 week.