- The dog must:
- Meet all Bella Vista Training Center basic enrollment requirements.
- Be at least 10 months of age.
- Current Bella Vista students must have approval from the Agility 1 instructor that the stated skills for advancement have adequately been met and be observed by the Agility 2 instructor to confirm appropriateness for the class.
- New or returning Bella Vista students must be evaluated by the Agility Director and/or Agility 2 instructor prior to enrolling in this level.
The following skills will be taught off-lead.
This level is where all agility equipment will be introduced to the teams. Dogs may not be performing all equipment independently, but they must be able to perform all the equipment to advance to Agility 3.
- Sit, down and come commands and all with distractions.
- Sit-stay and down-stay at the start line and on the table for 30-second duration with distractions.
- Line-up behaviors to include the heel and side commands.
- Teeter board and “jungle gym games” on reduced-height teeter.
- Appropriate use of targets.
- Drive around a cone.
- Recall games.
- Jump commitment exercises.
- Forward focus games.
- Handler/obstacle focus games.
- Being measured with the wicket.
- Send, recall and clockwork approaches to the tunnel, jump, tire and table.
- Front, rear and blind crosses – on the flat and with obstacles.
- Stopped contact behavior for the A-frame, dog walk and teeter.
- All obstacles listed below will be taught up to full competition height.
- Introduction work on concepts of pushing and pulling the dogs.
- Introduction to sending the dog away laterally (out) and forward (go) on command to obstacles independent of the handler.
Winged and wingless jumps, tunnel, table, tire jump, A-frame, dog walk, teeter, weaves.
The dog and handler team must demonstrate the following skills to advance to Agility 3:
- That they can perform the above stated obedience skill set with distractions.
- Dogs must be able to send to all listed obstacles from 10 to 15 feet.
- Dog must be able to be recalled over any obstacle above and have clear understanding of release word.
- Dog must be confident with the movement on the low teeter.
- Must be able to demonstrate a stopped contact behavior on the dog walk and A-frame with at least a 75 percent success rate.
- Ability to complete clockwork approaches to jumps, tire jump and tunnels.
- The team must be able to demonstrate front, rear and blind crosses on the flat.
- The dog must be able to hold a start line stay for the time it takes the handler to walk to the first obstacle and call them to complete the first obstacle.
- Handler must demonstrate the ability to turn dog 180 degrees with the opposite hand on the flat from both sides.
- The dog must be able to perform the following obstacles: Jumps, table, tunnels, the A-frame, dog-walk, teeter and weaves. Obstacles may be at lower heights.
- Handler can demonstrate all concepts and handling skills taught at this class level.