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ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS


Lori Holdren's Lab, Rogue

The goal of our Agility Program is to create a safe, learning environment for both dog and handler so that they are able to enjoy Dog Agility to its fullest. Whether you view Agility as a hobby or a serious sport, each class is designed to teach you and your dog the skills you will need to achieve your goals. Our instructors strive to provide a fun and educational experience where each dog/handler team can build the strong relationship that is needed to create a well-behaved dog and a serious competitor.

Each class offered builds upon the last. Following our program from Level 1 through 7 will give you the agility tools you will need to suceed in the fastest growing dog sport in the country. Join a class and find out why!

Level 1

This class introduces your dog to the fundamentals. Each dog learns to watch their handler, move when they do and touch and move around different objects. This exposure to new objects and motions in a class environment, all the while maintaing good dog/handler focus, is essential to building the special relationship needed to move up in the program.

Level 2

  • Level 1 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • Dog works lowered A-frame on both sides of handler. Dog performs correct touch / target with handler assistance.
  • Dog works small dogwalk on both sides of handler. Dog performs correct touch / target with handler assistance.
  • Dog works lowered teeter on both sides of handler, with handler assistance.
  • Dog works table with handler alongside and with handler sending from a short distance.
  • Dog goes through Tunnel on both sides of handler.
  • Dog goes through Chute, with assistance, on both sides of handler.
  • Dog works 3 jumps on both sides of handler.
  • Dog performs 6 weave poles in separated channel and/or angled on both sides of handler.
  • Dog has reasonable "wait," "come," "down," "sit," etc.
  • Handler has Dog's attention a reasonable amount of time.
  • Handler is willing to use food or toys to motivate dog.
  • Dog is non-aggressive towards people and other dogs.

Level 3

  • Level 2 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • Dog works A-Frame on both sides of handler. Dog performs correct touch / target without assistance.
  • Dog works dogwalk on both sides of handler. Dog performs correct touch / target without assistance.
  • Dog works teeter on both sides of handler. Dog performs correct touch / target without assistance.
  • Dog works table with handler sending from a short distance. Dog performs a fast down, or fast sit from down.
  • Dog goes through Tunnel / Chute on both sides of handler without assistance.
  • Dog is able to complete a 7-obstacle sequence.
  • Dog is able to work off-lead with confidence on both sides of handler.
  • Dog stays in 12 weave poles in separated channel and/or angled on both sides of handler.
  • Dog has reliable start line stay.
  • Dog has reliable "wait," "come," "down," "sit," etc.
  • Handler has Dog's attention a reasonable amount of time.
  • Dog responds promptly to handlers recall.
  • Dog is non-aggressive towards people and other dogs.


Nancy Wyant's GSD, Becca

Level 4

  • Level 3 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • Dog is able to complete a 10-12 obstacle sequence.
  • Dog is comfortable with basic handling maneuvers such as front and rear crosses.
  • Dog works A-frame from a distance; holds bottom contact until released.
  • Dog works dogwalk from a distance; holds bottom contact until released.
  • Dog is able to complete 12 almost closed weave poles with reasonable accuracy.
  • Dog has reliable start-line wait / stay.
  • Dog understands verbal directional commands. (left, right, go on, here, out, away)
  • Dog has reliable "wait," "come," "down," "sit," etc.
  • Dog is able to work reliably off-lead, under verbal control throughout the class.
  • Dog pays attention to handler and not to the other dogs or people in the class.
  • Dog is non-aggressive towards people and other dogs.

Level 5

  • Level 4 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • Dog is able to complete novice to open level course (or equivalent).
  • Dog understands handling maneuvers such as front- and rear-crosses and reverse flow pivots.
  • Dog understands verbal directional commands. (left, right, go on, here, out, away)
  • Dog has a basic understanding of jump sequences such as a pinwheel, a serpentine, a 180 and a 270.
  • Dog understands basic hand / arm signals such as "go out," "here," and "go on".
  • Handler understands proper use of basic hand / arm signals such as "go out," "here," and "go on".
  • Dog is able to complete 12 upright weave poles both on- and off-side.
  • Dog has reliable start-line wait / stay.
  • Dog works at a moderate distance from handler.
  • Dog has reasonable understanding of obstacle discrimination.
  • Dog has immediate "come," "down," and "sit".
  • Dog is able to work reliably off-lead, under verbal control throughout the class.
  • Dog pays attention to handler and not to the other dogs or people in the class.
  • Dog is non-aggressive towards people and other dogs.


2008 DACOF - SOTC Speedsters

Level 6

  • Level 5 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • Dog is able to complete an open to excellent level course (or equivalent).
  • Dog responds immediately to handling maneuvers such as front- and rear-crosses, reverse flow pivots and other more complicated handling techniques.
  • Dog responds immediately to verbal directional commands. (left, right, go on, here, out, away)
  • Dog can successfully maneuver jump sequences such as a pinwheel, a serpentine, a 180 and a 270.
  • Dog responds immediately to basic hand / arm signals such as "go out," "here," and "go on".
  • Handler is adept with proper use of basic hand / arm signals such as "go out," "here," and "go on".
  • Dog successfully completes 12 upright weave poles both on- and off-side with speed and drive.
  • Dog has solid start-line wait / stay.
  • Dog works at a moderate distance from handler.
  • Dog understands obstacle discrimination.
  • Dog has immediate "come," "down," and "sit".
  • Dog is able to work reliably off-lead, under verbal control throughout the class.
  • Dog pays attention to handler and not to the other dogs or people in the class.
  • Dog is non-aggressive towards people and other dogs.


2007 DACOF - SOTC Sparklers

Advanced Handling

  • Level 6 is required prior to taking this course unless evaluated and approved by an SOTC instructor.
  • This is an on-going class; students can work independently or with instructor.
  • Dog works AKC Excellent-level sequences.
  • Dog responds to complicated handling techniques, both verbal and non-verbal.
  • Dog works at a moderate distance.
  • Dog works difficult obstacle entries (weaves included).
  • Dog should be capable of competing at the Excellent AKC or equivalent.

Advancement Policies

If there is any question about class level placement, an Agility Instructor will evaluate the dog and handler and make a recommendation. In order to be successful, dogs should be placed in the proper class for their skill level. Keep in mind that different dogs will advance at different rates. And, beginning handlers will need more instruction than an experienced one. Recommendations about placement will be made in order to assure that the dog and handler can maintain the highest level of accomplishment at each level. There is no prescribed length of time for Level 3, 4, 5 or 6.

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