Agility training tips
- Agility training should always be fun, positive and consistent.
- Find your dog's favorite treat or toy to use in your training. Reward your dog with the treat or the toy if he completes the behavior you ask of him.
- Train in short sessions to hold your dog's attention and keep him engaged. Always end the sessions at a point when your dog still wants to participate.
- Introduce obstacles one at time, so your dog doesn't get overwhelmed.
- For the tire jump, lure your dog with a treat or a toy through the hoop while the tire is sitting on the ground first.
- For the jumps, set the bars on the lowest settings, so your dog can easily jump over them and build up confidence as he goes.
- For the tunnels, scrunch them up so they are no longer than 2 or 3 feet long and make sure they are straight. Your dog needs to be able to easily see through to the other side. You will need the help of another person to help you teach your dog to go through the tunnel. One person can hold your dog on one side while you go to the other end and call your dog towards you. Reward your dog along the way to encourage him to go through the tunnel.
Agility training facilities in the St. Louis metro area
Greater St. Louis Agility Club (GSLAC); contact Member Chairperson Laura Harper at [email protected]
Wentzville - Westinn Kennels, 1522 Swantnerville Dr., 636-332-WOOF (9663)
Gray Summit - Jennifer McDonald, teaches at 878 Cherokee Ridge Lane, Labadie, MO, 636-451-2116, [email protected]
House Springs - Deb Frank of Laughing Wolf Agility Academy, 636-274-0582 or[email protected]
Wildwood - Kris Morrow, [email protected]
Rock Hill - Karen Bazdresch teaches agility at Happy Dog Spot, 2544 Rock Hill Industrial Court, 314-963-PAWS (7297), [email protected]
St. Charles and Troy - Karen Winter and Sandy Primovic, Excellence in Motion, 6101 Ozark Way, Troy, MO, 314-703-5119 or [email protected]
Caseyville - Dog Sports at Kim's, 1951 Townsley, 314-277-0594; [email protected]
Joan Meyer, Triune Kennel, also teaches at Kim's, [email protected]
Lori Schulz of Zonebusters Dog Agility Inc. also teaches at Kim's Canine Club. Contact Lori at 618-659-1359 or [email protected].
Belleville - Fay Fults, The Belle-City Kennel Club, 618-345-5899, [email protected], 2448 Eastview Dr.
Edwardsville - Lori Weinberg, 618-616-3647, [email protected]
Agility Clubs & Dog Clubs Holding Agility Trials in the St. Louis Area
Gateway Agility Club (GAC): AKC trials
Greater St. Louis Agility Club (GSLAC): AKC, NADAC/AMBOR, TDAA and USDAA
Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club: AKC trials
Show-Me Agility Club: UKC/AKC Trials
Tri-County Agility Club: AKC trials ([email protected])
Zonebusters Agility Group: USDAA trials ([email protected])