Class Descriptions

All dogs training at SNAP must be well socialized with people and other dogs. If you have a dog with aggression issues we are happy to work with you privately, but a class setting would not be an appropriate training environment for your dog.

Agility Classes and Workshops

Agility Prep - This class is for dog/hander teams that have not trained agility before. In this class dogs of all ages are taught games designed to build drive and impulse control, as well as improve body awareness and coordination. Handlers will learn how to effectively use reinforcement while teaching recalls, targeting, retrieving and ground work. Students rotate through multiple stations during each class, enabling their dogs to learn how to work in a distracted environment right from the start.

Prerequisites: None

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee $160

Foundation - Our foundation class is where dogs of all ages begin to put some skills together. Building value for jumps; one-jump work; jump grids; initial skills to crate reliable, independent contacts. The handlers are taught to how to cue the dogs using motion and position while the dogs learn to independently execute the obstacles.

Prerequisites: Completion of Agility Prep or by teacher approval or evaluation.

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160


Beginners - Our Beginners class focuses on teaching individual obstacle performance, including A-frame, dogwalk, see-saw, table, tire, tunnel, chute, weave poles, as well as more advanced jumping skills. Students will be taught basic handling skills as they start to do short sequences.

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation, by teacher approval or evaluation.

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160

Pre-Comp - Our Pre-Competition class is where students start to put it all together, learning how to incorporate position and motion on course. Students will learn how to cue their dogs for front and rear crosses, push-throughs, post turns, pinwheels, threadles, serpentines, 180s, 270s, back sides, discriminations and sends, while also building their dog's confidence, accuracy, and speed.

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginners, by teacher approval or evaluation.

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160

Competition - The focus in our Competition class is on building independent obstacle performance, while perfecting handling skills that will improve your dog's understanding of the cues of extension and collection, while also driving for speed.

Prerequisites: This class is for teams that are competing in any agility venue.

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160

Masters - With the ever-increasing challenges being presented in agility, the focus of our Masters class will be on course strategy and the handling skills needed to drive your dog for speed while pushing for tight turns and distance work, all of which is needed to be successful at the highest levels of agility.

Prerequisites: This class is for teams that are competing at the AKC Excellent/Masters level, or their USDAA, NADAC and CPE equivalents.

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160

Companion - If you want to do agility just for fun rather than competition, this class is for you! Students will teach their dogs how to safely negotiate all of the obstacles and then learn how to navigate their dogs around the courses - just for the fun of it!

Prerequisites: A desire to have fun with your dog! (A reliable recall is very helpful.)

Each session runs six weeks.
Fee: $160

Crate Games Workshop - Using Susan Garrett's Crate Games, SNAP shows students how to teach puppies as young as 8 weeks of age, as well as older dogs, how to:
        • have focus and motivation for their work
        • relax in a crate even while another dog is working
        • have self control rather than imposed control (for a phenomenal sit/stay)
        • have a speedy and dependable recall
        • develop an amazing working relationship
        • develop confident dogs able to be proofed through tough distractions

Prerequisites: None.

When a Crate Games workshop is offered, details will be announced in The Info Zone and/or will be reflected in the class schedule.

2x2 Workshop - SNAP's 2x2 workshop uses Susan Garrett's 2x2 method to teach dogs how to find their weave pole entries and drive to the end of the poles, allowing their handler to get to the next obstacle ahead of their dog. Although class is once a week, in order to quickly advance through the program, this method requires that you practice with your dog on a regular basis. Students should be prepared to either purchase or rent 2x2s to practice at home, or rent time at SNAP in order to practice between classes.

Prerequisites: Dogs must be 12 months of age (younger for toy dogs), have a solid recall and a desire to work for toys and/or food.

When a 2x2 workshop is offered, details will be announced in The Info Zone and/or will be reflected in the class schedule.

Contact Workshop - We will teach you how to break down the behaviors you need to teach your dog fast, independent, reliable contacts. Whether just starting your puppy or retraining your contacts if you want great contacts this workshop is for you.

Prerequisites: None

When a Contact Workshop is offered, details will be announced in The Info Zone and/or will be reflected in the class schedule.