Agility Training offered by SWAT
SWAT has both an indoor and outdoor areas with 2 full sets of competition standard equipment.
Beginner dogs and handlers start at SWAT having one to one lessons that last half an hour, this allows the dog to learn all the equipment safely and to build up its trust in its handler. It also allows the handler to concentrate on learning the basics - not worrying about the dog's behaviour with other dogs as agility is taught off lead. We believe this is the best possible way for beginner dogs to learn and is a major reason why SWAT has been so successful in the competitive world. In a group session, the whole group has to move at the same pace. Every dog and handler partnership is unique and therefore will need to be taught the basics slightly differently. 121 lessons therefore provide value for money as you will progress quickly to a level which allows you to join groups.
Agility can be very useful in helping nervous dogs gain confidence when taught in a way aimed at them, through 121 sessions. As they gain in confidence and their skills increase, a careful introduction to groups can then be made.
Private lessons are available throughout the day on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We currently have a waiting list for evening 121's on a Wednesday and Thursday.
However, we also recognise that some people prefer learning in a less intense and more social way - so we also offer groups on a Monday and Tuesday evening, and a Wednesday daytime. These are suitable for all dogs who have a basic understanding of the equipment.
All of our groups generally have a waiting list. We require all new clients to have an assessment lesson so we can ensure they are put into the best group for their ability.
We also offer workshops on a weekend throughout the winter. These are always aimed at specific skills so you can choose the ones that are relevant to you and your dog and therefore progress your training more effectively. Please see our Events page for more information.
If you would like to book any groups or private lessons, or would just like further information on any of these services, please do contact us and we would be happy to help.
Unlike most clubs, ALL lessons are only taught by Toni and Lizzie ensuring consistency.
For those first time competitors, we provide full support when attending your first show. We will help to arrange pre-show measuring, get the Kennel Club record book and a guide to entering and show etiquette.