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!
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, Cindee Burkitt and Sybil Davis, DVM. 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. Because they are still growing their bone plates, dogs less than one year old will be restricted to specific equipment and handling.
100% of your course fee benefits Maui Humane Society’s shelter pets.
Introduction to Rally Obedience (SOLD OUT)
60-minute classes with Sybil Davis, DVM (Wednesdays, starting July 8th at 6pm)
Rally obedience is a fun way to progress with obedience training after their initial obedience class and consists of the handler and dog walking through a course of about 15 signs and performing obedience commands listed on each sign. Dogs will learn to heel with a loose leash, and will sit, stay and down at various signs. This fun and interactive class also prepares dogs and handlers to enter AKC rally trials.
Bring lots of high value small treats and a 4-6′ leash. The ‘Pocket Rally’ app is very useful to review how to perform each sign so owners can practice at home.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. Dogs need to be able to walk on a leash and should have some basic skills such as sit, stay and down.
Course Fee: $75 for 6-week series. (max 6 students)
Dog Tricks for Fun and Fitness
60-minute classes with Sybil Davis, DVM (Mondays, starting July 27th at 6pm)
Reduce the risk of injury by having a fit and flexible dog and learn fun tricks and skills to show off to family and friends! This course will improve your dogs learning and problem-solving skills and enhance the bond between you and your dog through a fun, low stress activity. About 10 tricks will be taught in each class, starting with foundation tricks and will progress in difficulty week to week.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. It is recommended that each dog have basic obedience skills. We will be helping dogs perform some tricks so a harness is recommended to prevent injury.
Course Fee: $45 for 3-week series (max six students)
Beginner Agility I: Obstacle Training (SOLD OUT)
60-minute classes with Cindee Burkitt (Thursdays, starting July 9th at 5:30pm or 6:30pm)
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.
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 and more. The fundamentals of agility are emphasized; safety, contacts, dog/handler teamwork.
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.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. Dogs must be 6 months or older, physically capable, and have basic obedience commands (come, sit, walk on loose leash).
Course Fee: $75 for 6-week series (max 6 students)
Intermediate Agility (NOT OFFERED AT THIS TIME)
50-minute classes with Betty Brask
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.
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:
- 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.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. Participants must complete Beginning 1: Obstacle Training or have instructor approval to register for this class. Dogs must be able to work off leash with reliable recall.
Course Fee: $75 for 6-week series (max 6 students)
Intermediate Rally Obedience (NOT OFFERED AT THIS TIME)
50-minute classes with Sybil Davis, DVM
Description: The class will consist of heeling practice, performing the rally signs correctly and going through a different rally course each week. There will also be information on how to enter and be successful competing in a Rally Obedience trial.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. Participants must complete Introduction to Rally Obedience or have instructor approval to register for this class.
Agility Open Practice (NOT OFFERED AT THIS TIME)
*For past and current students of MHS Agility only. Open Practice sessions will run on the following Saturday mornings from 7:30-9:30 am:
- TBD – call (808) 877-3680 ext. 240 for details
Class Description: Practice your agility skills, run the courses, and train without distractions during these practice sessions. This is not a class with instruction, but sessions are supervised by an agility volunteer.
Requirements: All ages and breeds are welcome. Participants must have previously completed a course or instructor approval.
Course Fee: $10 per session at the door. No sign-up required.