Dog Agility & Other Sport Classes

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Agility Foundation:

If you’re looking to get started in agility the right way and learn what the sport is really about, then this class with Frankie Joiris of Speedoggie Performance Dog Training is a necessity. Whether you have goals of competition or just want to have fun, her classes are a stimulating way to challenge you and your dog. Skills learned in class will transfer to your relationship outside of class, improve your dog’s attention and reliability, and carry over to future training endeavors. The class will introduce agility equipment and handling cues as well as develop teamwork and drive. Agility Foundation is to be repeated until Frankie approves a move to the Agility Skills class.

Agility Skills:

Prerequisite –  instructor’s permission. Put your agility foundation to work and learn important handling and obstacle skills with Frankie Joiris of Speedoggie Performance Dog Training.

BARKour: Urban Agility:

Join in the newest craze in dog fun. Canine Parkour includes all of the elements of people parkour including climbing, balancing, agility, running, vaulting, and jumping. Your dog will learn to conquer obstacles in a way that allows you to practice on the street during your normal walk or even in your apartment. It’s a low stress activity but titles can be earned by video submission to the International Dog Parkour Association. In our BARKour class your dog can learn to walk a balance beam, rebound off of walls,  jump over hurdles and much more. Get creative and have fun!

How to Get Started in Dog Sports:

This seminar is a 90 minute presentation and demonstration of different dog sports and activities. Discover new ways to bond, exercise and play with your dog. Activities covered will include agility, obedience, rally, disc, scent work, freestyle, tricks, parkour, and more. This is a people only event, but there will be hands on opportunities.

Intro to Agility Obstacles:

Agility is a fun dog sport that has your dog jumping, tunneling, weaving and more, all the while teaching you and your dog to work as a team. While this is a “just for fun” class, the instructor has earned titles on multiple dogs and competes at the Masters level. She will make sure that your dog learns how to handle obstacles safely. If you want to try out agility and increase your dog’s confidence, then this class for you! There’s no pre-requisite and it is appropriate for dogs of all ages & sizes. Obstacles introduced will include jumps, tunnels, tires, weave poles, teeter and more.

Recreational Agility:

Prerequisite – Intro to Agility Obstacles or instructor’s permission. Refine your dog’s obstacle performances and learn to connect obstacles together into short sequences. This class can be repeated because it will present different exercises each course. Obstacle sequences, obstacle performance, handling options, jump skills and other challenges will be practiced.

Puppy Agility:

For puppies up to 8 months with at least one round of “puppy shots.” This class is like taking your puppy to the playground! It is your puppy’s first opportunity to play with agility equipment in a safe, secure environment. Even if you are not planning to pursue Agility with your dog, this is a great way to introduce him to novel stimuli during that critical socialization period. Objects with weird textures, movement and sounds will all be included. Equipment introduced may include bar jump, tire jump, wobble board, pause table, and tunnel. Jump bars are on the floor to avoid stressing puppy joints.

Small Dog Agility:

Without having to worry about the large stride of big dogs, several obstacles can be set up at one time. Short sequences are set up and each participant gets several opportunities to run each one. For dogs under 25 lbs.

Novice Trick Dog Workshop:

Trick training is fun and an excellent way to challenge your dog mentally & physically. And the results are very entertaining! This workshop is for all dogs of any age. Tricks taught will be pulled from the AKC’s list to earn the Novice Trick Dog title. Even if your dog already knows some of those tricks, you will learn how to take those behaviors to the next level. There’s also room for creativity, so bring your ideas. During the last week students will have the opportunity to show off their tricks for the class and a Trick Dog evaluator, and potentially earn the Novice Trick Dog title.

Intro to Rally Obedience:

Prerequisite – Basic Manners or similar. This fun class will introduce you and your dog to the quickly growing sport of Rally-O, in which a dog and handler team performs a course of obedience tasks including sits, stays, heeling, weaving through cones, and much more. Each week you will learn basic Rally behaviors and then string them together into a course. Rally-O is a fantastic way to build on your dog’s basic manners skills in a creative and engaging way.

Beginner Flyball:

Flyball is fun and fast! It’s a relay between teams of dogs and handlers involving speed, jumping and tennis balls. In this class we will work on building solid recalls & retrieving skills, building speed over jumps, and learning the swimmer’s turn needed to safely trigger the flyball box to release the ball. Dogs must wear a plain flat collar or back-clip harness and be friendly with other dogs.

Intermediate Flyball:

Prerequisite –  instructor’s permission. The intermediate class will hone your dog’s Flyball skills. Course objectives will depend on each individual dog with the focus being on ball possesion, lane choreography, racing side-by-side, and passing an oncoming dog without chasing.

Competition Obedience:

Prerequisite – Basic Manners or similar. Take your dog’s obedience to the next level in this class with Frankie Joiris of Speedoggie Performance Dog Training. Exercises will help you work towards being able to complete Competition Obedience skills including heeling, sit-stay, down-stay, retrieve, come when called and more.

Crate Games:

Does your dog whine, bark and/or cry in a crate? The games in this class will teach your dog to love their time in the crate. When you teach your dog to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed in a crate they have a great skill when he needs his own space or safe place. This class is great for anyone starting to crate train their dog or who travel with their dog on vacation, to competitions or dog training classes & seminars. Crate Games is a step-by-step program to teach dogs focus, motivation, how to relax in a crate even with the distraction of other dogs, self control and a speedy & dependable recall. 

Four Paw Fitness

Four Paw Fitness is a dog specific fitness technique developed by Chris Ott and Frankie Joiris consisting of physical and mental disciplines, postures and focusing exercises for attaining control of both the canine body and mind. The program can be adapted to all dogs of any age. It’s great for NYC because you only need a small space a some balance discs.

Benefits include:

  • Foundation for dog sports including Flyball, Agility, Obedience and much more
  • Weight loss
  • Increased focus for puppies and dogs
  • Confidence building for shy or timid dogs
  • Coordination building
  • Small space energy burning for high energy dogs
  • Gives your dog a “job”
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Trust & relationship builidng
  • Injury prevention & rehabilitation

Fun & Games – Beyond the Basics

Game night has gone to the dogs. Are you ready to have some fun with your canine companion? In this class we will play some classic games with a canine twist. Tic, Tac, Toe, will work on sit & down stays, recall races to build a solid and reliable recall, and simon says to build focus on handler are just a few examples of games we will play in this class.. This class will teach your dog to think and play while remaining focused on you.

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Sarah’s Dog, Hank, at The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. Photo Credit: Terri Kieffer – Key4prints

small dog agility classes

Small Dog Agility class



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Sarah’s Dog, Hank, at The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. Photo Credit: Terri Kieffer – Key4prints

Four Paw Fitness

Four Paw Fitness

Classes are held at the Brooklyn Dog Training Center, 213 21st Street