Agility WOrkshops

We run a wide variety of Agility workshops throughout the year. Unless otherwise specified there is a maximum of six dogs and handlers on each workshop. Some workshops are suitable for young dogs but if you are in any doubt do check with your trainer.

All workshops are held at Coppice Gate Farm except where specified.

To book a workshop, please email Toni at SWATdogsUK@gmail.com. Once a place is confirmed you will be asked to pay by cash or by bank transfer.

sunday 3rd October

Tunnels

3rd October
9:30 - 11:30 am

This session concentrates on the tunnel but in a variety of ways. We will look at sending on to it, "wrong" ends, acute angle entries and exits as well as rear crossing the tunnel. We will also look at the use of a tunnel as part of a snake line. At the end we will put all of these skills into sequences to proof the learning. Suitable for all grades of dogs - many of the exercises are found in both G1 and Champ classes!

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Members £25 / Non-members £30

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Rear Crosses

3rd October
12:00 - 1:00 pm

From foundations to sequences. 

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-Members £20

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Steeplechase Handling

3rd October
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Run a Steeplechase courses with no weaves or contacts. You will have the chance to run a whole course before breaking it down in to smaller sequences to solve any issues you have. A confidence building session for all young dogs or those who need greater distance handling experience.

Suitable for younger dogs who are doing long sequences.

Maximum six dogs per session.

Members £15 / Non-members £20


Sunday 24th October

Contacts

24th October FULL
10:00 - 11:00 am

Improve your dog's understanding of your contact criteria, build their consistency and speed.
Suitable for stopped and running contact methods.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-members £20

Blind Crosses

24th October
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Do you feel like you are putting your life into your dog’s paws when you "risk" a blind cross? Or does your dog cross behind when you don't want them to? In this session we will look at crosses which necessitate you taking your eye off your dog for a split second in order to reduce the footwork involved in a turn. We will consider when to use them, and how to use them at contacts and tunnels as well as in jump sequences.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-Members £20

Advanced Tunnels

24th October
1:30 - 3:30 pm

This session aims to build on the skills we teach in our usual Tunnel workshops, including 

  • Acute off ends,
  • Blind entrances, 
  • Tunnel to tunnel maintaining speed and commitment, 
  • Rear crossing
  • and much more!

This session is not suitable for dogs who struggle with their tunnel commitment.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Members £25 / Non-Members £30


Saturday 6th November

Handling Workshops

6th November
Grades 3&4: 10:00 - 12:00 am
Grades 1&2: 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

These sessions will cover all the basic handling techniques as well as weaves and contacts. You will have the chance to run a whole course before breaking it down in to smaller sequences to solve any issues you have.

Maximum six dogs per session.

Members £25 / Non-members £30

Obstacle Discrimination

6th November FULL
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Obstacle discrimination is becoming more common in all grades of agility as judges lean more and more towards European style courses. Includes weaves, tunnels and contacts.
Handlers need to be confident that their dog understands their commands (verbal or body language) and can accurately complete the correct obstacle at speed as directed - a dog that hesitates does not understand the information he is being given.

Maximum 6 dogs (90 mins)

Members £20 / Non-members £25


Saturday 20th November

Weave Independence

20th November
9:30 - 10:30 am

Do you need to get ahead of your dog in the weaves? Maybe do a blind turn or a front cross at the end of them? Then this session is for you. Gain distance on your dog knowing they will complete the weaves without you.

Dogs must be able to weave on both sides confidently.

Members £15 / Non-members £20

Handling Workshop Grades 5 - 7

20th November
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

These sessions will cover all the basic handling techniques as well as weaves and contacts. You will have the chance to run a whole course before breaking it down in to smaller sequences to solve any issues you have.

Maximum six dogs per session.

Members £25 / Non-members £30

Tight Turns

20th November FULL
2:30 - 4:30 pm

Improve your dog’s turns by building their understanding of your criteria, when using body language or verbal cues. This session will increase the tightness and also the speed of your dog’s wing wraps and 180° turns even when they are accelerating into the turn.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Members £25 / Non-Members £30


Sunday 21st November

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Advanced Ketchkas

21st November
10:00 - 12:00 am

For dogs that already understand the basics of a ketchka , this workshop will look at more advanced options within sequences, angles of ketchkas and discuss when and where to use them.

Members £25 / Non-members £30

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Footwork Frenzy

21st November
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Do you struggle to execute turns and handling manoeuvres smoothly? Are you always playing catch up with your dog or feeling that you are about to fall over?

Then this session is for you!

We will look at the footwork involved in all types of turns, including front crosses, ketchkas, pivots, pick-ups, blinds and pull throughs without the complication of a dog. You will get plenty of opportunity to practice them to start the process of establishing them in your own muscle memory. This will result in more effortless handling, smoother runs and faster times on course, whilst enabling you to focus more on your dog in training and less on what your own feet are doing!

8 handlers max - no dogs

Members £25 / Non-Members £30


Sunday 28th November

Weaves

28th November FULL
9:30 - 10:30 am

A session focussing on weaves and designed to improve the weave performance of any level of dog. Speed your weaves up, proof them, work on entries - its all included! If you have a specific weave problem we can also cater for you.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-members £20

Snakes

28th November
11:00 -12:00 am

Improve your dog’s understanding of a snakeline so that you can handle it confidently whatever your position. Improve speed and accuracy in this common sequence.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-members £20

Motivation

28th November
1:00 - 3:00 pm

A session full of sequences to encourage your dog to work away from you and create motivation. Dogs must be of a sound temperament to work in this session.

Suitable for some young dogs.

This is also an ideal workshop for beginner dogs to get used to working in a group environment. These motivation sessions are ideal to be used regularly and the dogs that benefit the most are those that repeat them on a regular basis.

Maximum 12 dogs

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £18 / Non-members £23


Saturday 4th December

Advanced Rear Crosses and Slices

4th December
10:00 - 12:00 am

A rear cross by any other name is still a rear cross!! Sometimes referred to as a whisky slice or flick, some rear crosses seem more difficult simply because of the approach or exit angle. We will look at how handlers need to cue more effectively and improve their understanding of this simple handling manoeuvre.

Members £25 / Non-members £30

Pull Throughs

4th December
12:30 - 1:30 pm

As agility continues to progress as a sport, the way of handling pull throughs is becoming more diverse. Are you confident that you know how to handle them in a way that is consistent with your handling system? Can you do them perfectly on a training day but never in competition? Do you know when to use them or not? This session will improve your understanding and execution of the old classic!

Suitable for some young dogs.

Members £15 / Non-members £20

Timing & Commitment

4th December FULL
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Improve your confidence to give commands early, build up your dog’s commitment point to a jump so you can move away to another obstacle and avoid poles being knocked. A whole session of ‘Show and Go’ games.

Suitable for some young dogs.

Maximum 8 dogs

Members £15 / Non-members £20


Sunday 12th December

Jumping Fun!

12th December
G 1&2: 10:00 - 12:00 am FULL
Grades 3-5: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Run two different jumping courses to practice your skills without contacts to give you a breather! For each course you will walk it, run it, then have it explained to you. And then you get a chance to run it again.

Suitable for some young dogs. (FOR GRADE 1&2)

Maximum 8 dogs

Members £25 / Non-Members £30