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Agility Classes at MHS

What is dog agility?

Dog agility is a popular canine sport in which a handler directs a dog through a variety of obstacles such as a tunnel, teeter-totter, tire jump, weave poles, pause table, and standard jumps. During competitive agility events, handlers attempt to navigate dogs through a course as quickly and as accurately as they can. Agility training has many benefits - it fulfills your dog's natural instincts, helps strengthen the bond between you and your dog, and is great exercise for the BOTH of you!

Learn More About the Benefits of Dog Agility Training
Read Our Agility Class FAQs


All courses listed are offered on a first come, first served basis on Maui Humane Society's Agility Field, and led by volunteer instructors Betty Brask and Lorraine Borsum. Participating dogs and puppies must be licensed under Maui County, current on their vaccinations as appropriate to their age and on flea and tick prevention. Any dog that presents a potential danger to people or other dogs may be asked not to participate at the instructor's discretion. 

100% of your course fee benefits Maui Humane Society's shelter pets. 

Agility I - Basic Agility
Agility II - Intermediate Agility
Agility Weaves & Handling Skills
Agility Run-Throughs

To register, email us or call (808) 877-3680, ext. 219. You will be asked to provide the following:

-     Completed copy of the registration waiver, available here
-     Copy of your dog's vaccination history
-     $75 payment


Agility I – Basic Agility

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Class Description: Think you have a dog who would be good at agility? This is a fun class for dog friendly dogs over 6 months of age* to learn how to playfully interact with their handler while maintaining focus and control. No prerequisites needed. Begin your agility training by learning the essential foundation skills along with emphasis on the “team relationship” between you and your dog.

Dogs and handlers are introduced to the agility equipment and basic handling skills. Dogs are taught to safely go over, through and walk on agility equipment. The fundamentals of agility are emphasized; safety, contacts, dog/handler teamwork. Dogs must be 6 months or older, physically capable, and have basic obedience commands (come, sit, walk on loose leash). We will teach you to handle your dog to go through tunnels, go over jumps, climb A-frames, and more! Emphasis on foundation and attention work.

Some of the tools and training methods which we will teach to the handlers and dogs include:

  • The use of toys to reward and motivate the dogs
  • Shaping behaviors using clicker training
  • The fundamentals of operant conditioning (clicker training)

Each student will be given a clicker during the first class. Bring a hungry dog (skip breakfast) on class days. Students are responsible for bringing yummy treats (small or easily broken into small pieces), favorite toys and a basic collar and flat leash. No flexi-leads, prong or chain collars please. 

Course Fee: $75 for 5-week series. (max 6 students)

*Because they are still growing their bone plates, dogs less than one year old will be restricted to specific equipment and handling.


 Agility II - Intermediate Agility

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Class Description: Continue where Agility I left off. Have fun while working on longer courses and gaining confidence on all of the equipment.  We will work on contacts, distance skills, and independent weave poles.  Work handling skills including front crosses, rear crosses, serpentines and 270’s. For handlers and dogs who have completed Agility I and/or permission of instructor. 

The skills to be learned include:

  • Building drive and focus through rewards and play
  • Jumping skills
  • Performing all equipment (A-frame, dogwalk, teeter, weaves, tire, chute, etc.)

An increasing focus on handling skills including:

  • Turns
  • Side changes
  • Obstacle Discrimination
  • Start Line Stays and Lead-outs
  • Preparing to enter fun matches and trials

By the time a dog/handler team master the skills covered in Agility II, they should be ready to enter their first fun match or competition.

Course Fee: $75 for 5-week series (max 6 students)


 Agility Weaves & Handling Skills

Class Description: Continue developing your agility skills and relationship with your dog. For handlers and dogs who have completed Agility I.

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Course Fee: $75 for 5-week series (max 6 students)


Agility Open Practice*

*For past and current students of MHS Agility.

Open Practice sessions will run on the following Saturday mornings from 8-9:30 am:

  • December 15, 22 and 29
  • January 5,12,19 and 26
  • February 2,9,16 and 23
  • March 2,9,16 and 23

Class Description: Practice your agility skills, run the courses, and train without distractions during these practice sessions. Prerequisite is an MHS Agility class and/or instructor approval. This is not a class with instruction, but sessions are supervised by an agility instructor. 

Course Fee: $10 per session at the door. No sign-up required.


Questions? Read our Agility Class FAQs first. If you don't find your answer email us at training@mauihumanesociety.org.

PO Box 1047, Puunene, HI 96784
Operating Hours: 11am to 6pm, 7 Days a Week
(808) 877-3680
Info@MauiHumaneSociety.org
 

 

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