Classes

Agility classes for beginners to more experienced handlers are held outdoors on weekday evenings, with occasional special weekend workshops. 

Email Sandy Moody at moodysan07@gmail.com to be added to the class schedule.

We would like each class to have no more than 8 students max; preferably a couple less. So sign up early to secure your spot.

If you have the ability to take classes twice weekly, you might find that very beneficial in getting your dog’s training to advance more rapidly.

Thanks All in Advance for your interest in our classes.

 

Class Descriptions:

Focus Class

Fun, Focus,Tricks, and Games  
A “FUN” class that teaches skills necessary to establish the basics for all future training using games and other activities.  Teams will learn Basic Obedience Skills through positive reinforcement and rewards.  For Teams with higher levels of training, more challenging skills will be introduced.  Fun Focus Tricks and Games is the basis for any activity, not only Agility Training.  You and your dog will enjoy strengthening your bond.  You dog wants to please you!! 
 
New Class  to be held on Thursday evenings starting at 6 p.m.  Maximum 5 teams per class.

This class is taught by Carolyn Baynes. Contact her at cbaynes54@hotmail.com, or call 908-216-4598.

This class is a prerequisite for the Foundation Level class.     

 

                                    

 

Foundation Level

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Focus class or per instructor’s recommendation.

Dogs will be introduced to the basic handling and foundation skills needed to start their agility career.  Foundation training includes continued focus building and continued strengthening of the handler-dog relationship. Dogs will be introduced to the travel board, learn to negotiate wobble boards, tunnels and cones. 

 

 

Graduation criteria:

  • Ability to focus on handler while other dogs are in the area
  • Ability to work on a travel board
  • A solid recall on leash
  • A solid stay with distractions on leash

Once you and your dog have a foundation established, you can start Beginner Agility which will introduce agility contacts and jumps with sequence work.

 

Beginner Level

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Foundation Level Class, or Instructor’s recommendation. 

The Beginner class is designed for the pre-trialing team of dog and handler. During a six week period,dog-handler teams are introduced to beginning contact work and contact behavior which includes continued instruction in basic handling, travel plank work, and 2-on-2-off training. In this class dogs and handlers will continue to build on the Foundation training, and begin ground work which teaches safety and builds the dog’s confidence. It is designed to encourage the development of a strong team relationship, strengthening the existing dog-handler bond.

The instructor will teach the handler how to assist the dog to complete the obstacles safely while having tons of fun too! Positive reinforcement techniques including rewards with treats and toys are strongly encouraged.

Teams are encouraged to continue at this level until ready for competition. Instructors will help determine if the team is ready to move on.

 

 

Competition Level

Prerequisite: Dogs must be at the competition level, and ready to compete or are actively competing or be pre-approved by instructor.

Competition Level Agility Classes are ongoing and customized to the level of competition of the dog and handler. The instructor designs courses with challenges the dog and handler will see at agility competitions. Time is spent on course analysis and handling strategies as well as discussions on rules and scoring. All dogs at this level are required to have solid performance of the equipment, including contacts and 12 weave poles.  Handlers will learn skills to work away from their dog, sending their dog ahead, and working more complex sequences

This class is for students who are new to competing or have experience.

 

Instructors

Sandy Moody

Sandy Moody started in agility in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys all aspects of agility, including competing, training, instructing,and doing seminars. She is now an AKC agility judge. Sandy offered instruction for several local clubs prior to BHAD, but now she teaches exclusively for us. Sandy has competed in agility with her German shorthaired pointers, earning national recognition with her Rosie, and is now competing with her poodle Reign who just completed a Mach 2.

Carole Krivanich

Carole began her agility career with her Rottweiler Emma and now runs with her Dachshunds Spec and Mo. She enjoys helping people work through their issues with their pups and seeing the happy results. Her favorite students are the “baby dogs” no matter their age, she loves introducing them to agility. The new dogs love finding a job to perform and the owners take pride in learning to work as a team with their four legged partners. Carole is also president of BHAD. You can find her helping out with the Foundation and beginner classes.

Joy Olshefsky

Joy Olshefsky has been involved in the sport of Canine Agility for about 15 years starting with her Rough Collie, Oliver, and has been involved with BHAD since its inception. She proudly worked with Sandy Moody to put together the BHAD Agility Core Curriculum still utilized in today’s classes.

Joy has had the opportunity to compete in agility across the country with both her own dogs and handling other competitors’ dogs, including a Maltese, Corgi, Lab, Poodle, Golden Retriever, All-American and German Shorthaired Pointer. She feels the opportunity of working with so many different dogs has really helped her learn to appreciate the different challenges that come with different breeds and differing levels of both bid-ability and drive. Joy’s focus in her classes tends to be on breaking concepts down into doable challenges that can be worked on at home to improve a team’s overall communication on course. Joy has established a strong following of students who appreciate her contagious enthusiasm for the sport.

Due to changes in personal obligations, Joy has recently stepped away from weekly group classes and will instead focus on periodic workshop-type gatherings. She is currently loved and owned by her 3 Border Collies: 12 year-old Triton, 6 year-ole Mercury, and 3-year old rescue pup Venus. 

 

 

Eileen Kane

Eileen began agility with her dogs, River and Cooper, because it was a fun activity to do outdoors and would also help with their obedience training. But she soon found agility evolving into so much more than that. BHAD has not only taught Eileen and her dogs agility, but also helped Eileen transition the training to paddle boarding, hiking and even going to the Vet or grooming.

Eileen is one of BHAD’s Foundation training instructors.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith started out in Agility when he was looking for something to do with his adopted shelter mutt and he has become passionate about the sport. For Mike, Agility is a perfect combination of challenge and fun. Through Agility he has been able to enrich his dog’s life, strengthen the bond that he has with his dog, and make new friends. Mike’s association with the BHAD training program gives him an opportunity to share his enthusiasm and to help others achieve their own visions of Agility success. Mike trains and trials with his dog in Delmarva and in South Florida.

 

 

Ashley Cook

Ashley was born and raised on the Eastern Shore, growing up with a love and passion for animals! She got her first job as 14 yr old at a boarding kennel, and before long was managing the kennel, dog training and grooming. Later she trained as a veterinary assistant, and then started her own private dog training and handling business. She joined Talbot Kennel Club, then Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club, and now Blue Heron Agility Association of DE, and is teaching agility classes at all 3 clubs. Although agility is her favorite, Ashley also competes and trains in Obedience, Rally, Water works, Barn Hunt, Tricks, and many more. Ashley lives in Cordova MD with her 2 dogs, Jinxy a 7yr old Portuguese Water Dog and Roxie a 5yr old Chihuahua. 

Carolyn Baynes

Carolyn began working with Chayce, her 6-month-old chocolate lab with Blue Heron Agility just to see what it was all about. They were soon hooked and have continued training with BHAD and are having a blast competing in Trials. Chayce also earned his Canine Good Citizen title and Therapy Dog title by his 1st birthday and shortly after earned four Trick Dog Titles as well. Working with Chayce in these various venues has created an extremely strong relationship and bond which she would like to share with others.

Carolyn will be teaching the new “Fun, Focus, Tricks and Games Class”.

We Vest Dogs in Delaware

Blue Heron Agility Dogs of Delaware has provided funding for protective dog vests for several local police departments and the Delaware State Police. The club’s goal is to have all canine partners in the community outfitted with the best equipment available.

For more information, contact Denise Jester at djester@nanticoke.org or 302-228-4710.

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