WEEKLY CLASSES at the McCANN AGILTY ARENA
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Kayl’s Style of Teaching & Assistant Coaches.
Kayl teaches 12 agility classes weekly from the Foundation to International Level. She excels at people training. She has years of experience teaching students of varying abilities as well as different dog breeds. This enables her to solve problems & to be creative when teaching new skills to both human & dog.
Kayl has an open approach to the sport and is constantly evolving in her handling system. She pays close attention to detail, but her high energy and positive attitude allow students to enjoy learning while achieving success with their dogs.
Kayl teaches with several experienced assistant instructors in her classes. All instructors have trained through the McCann Dog Training Program & have been hand selected to be Instructors at the training school. They have all taken agility classes with Kayl & are now competing with their own dogs locally, Nationally & Internationally. Having multiple instructors in an agility class allows more training time for the students & also the benefit of having MANY more chances for helpful feedback.
Level 1 – Foundation Agility & Control
(Monday 6:00pm, Tuesday 7:15pm) New Sessions starting each Month
Dogs and handlers learn the proper foundation to prepare dogs to compete in the sport of Agility! Dogs must be competent working off leash or on a light line in a busy class environment. Dogs will learn obstacles like jumps, tunnels, foundation for contact obstacles, intro to weave poles as well as foundation skills & body awareness exercises to prepare dogs for success in agility. Handlers will also learn control exercises to help dogs learn to be focused and motivated to do their job in the agility ring without getting distracted.Students & dogs who have graduated (at least) McCann Dog’s Trainers “Grade 3” level with excellent verbal control & a recommendation from their head instructor will be given first priority. If you are not a McCann Student & would like to register for a foundation class, please contact Kayl McCann directly.
Level 2 – Agility Obstacles & Basic Handling
(Tuesday 12:30pm & 6:00pm, Wednesday 7:00pm) New Sessions starting each month!
This class is geared toward dog & handler teams have some foundation training and strong enough control that they can work off leash without issue. Dogs will continue their foundation training using jumps & tunnels but will also be introduced to the rest of the agility obstacles such as the contacts & weave poles. Students will also learn some basics about handling. Dogs will be working short basic sequences involving most equipment by the end of the program. The lessons in this program are different each week & are designed around the dogs in the class. This enables the students to take this class several times, allowing the dog to make gradual progressions while still keeping things both fun & interesting. To graduate from this level, dogs must be confident on all obstacles including a low set teeter without tables & straight weaves with the help of guide wires.
Level 3 – Skills & Drills
(Monday 7:15pm, Tuesday 11:15am & 12:30pm Wednesday 5:45pm) New Sessions starting each month!
To enter the Skills & Drills class, dogs should have a strong understanding of the obstacles and be confident on all equipment (basic understanding of teeter and weaves). Dogs must be able to work off leash for this level. Dogs will learn skills such as working at a distance, obstacle discrimination, directional cues, longer sequences and course running. Students will learn more about the technique and handling skills needed for running a dog smoothly through a course. This is a great class for those who are competing in Starters/Novice level at trials, for new handlers to the sport or those interested in playing agility recreationally.
Level 4 – Master Agility Class
(Tuesday 10:00am, Wednesday 8:30pm) New Sessions starting each month!
This class is for dog & handler teams competing at trials at the Advanced & Master levels. Kayl will be incorporating the OneMind Dog Methodology in this level. The handlers must have some basic understanding of this methodology. More advanced agility skills will be taught such as distance skills for gamble classes, handling drills, obstacle discrimination, directional cues and proofing exercises that will prepare teams for competition. Students will also learn about other games classes offered at trials. Handlers must have a recommendation from their level 3 (Skills & Drills) Agility Coach before registering for this level.
Level 5 – International Handling (Invite only)
(Monday 8:30pm, Tuesday 8:30pm) New Sessions starting each month!
This class is for those interested & ready to work with their dogs at an International Level. The drills & sequences in this class will be directed towards Master Challenge classes & International level competitions. This class will focus on more intricate handling sequences, course running, course analysis & handler decision making. Techniques from the One Mind Dog Methodology will be taught & put into practice in this class. This class is invite only. Contact Kayl McCann if you are interested in joining this class.