At Beechgrove, we focus on having fun for both dogs and their humans during our Agility Sessions.
Agility is the most popular dog sport in the world, for a reason – it’s brilliant fun!
Through agility we can help with everyday training for focus, recall and impulse control as well as just enjoying the sport and creating a brilliant bond between dog and owner.
Our classes and sessions are held with qualified and experienced instructors, with more than a decade’s experience working with dogs and coaching agility skills, giving your dog a great start in a new sport. We teach only the most modern, fully force-free and positive methods that are scientifically proven to be effective and enjoyable.
We want to make sure every dog can have the opportunity to join in, so we offer a range of options to suit all ages, levels, and temperaments.
We focus on how you and your dog communicate with each other, encouraging clear guidance and understanding of each other through your training – adding games and challenges that keep your skills developing and testing out your abilities as you progress.
Our Agility equipment is hand-built and designed by us – with safe use being our priority, particularly for those less experienced in the sport. We also have pieces from competition standard manufacturers, and some extras that we have uniquely designed for additional fun and challenges!
The Doggy Park has 4 different fully enclosed play areas, each consisting of different obstacle courses and agility equipment to suit all ages and stages. Our course surfaces are all-natural grass – perfect for a softer landing, grip, and reduced risk of paw-burn from running on coarse surfaces.
We offer a 6 week Foundation course for those just starting, helping to introduce and establish a working bond with our dogs and their handlers, as well as setting our teams up with the skills to begin their agility journey. We have a series of courses ranging from foundations, jump-skills and more advanced agility skills available.
Over the 6 Foundation weeks we’ll be introducing manoeuvres and skills ready for running courses, building up motivation and drive with our dogs, and of course, obstacle basics too! With a maximum of 6 dogs per class and 2 instructors you’ll be getting all the help and attention needed as we progress. Over the course we aim to help our handlers understand their dog’s learning processes for different exercises and will be including challenges to help our handlers see the progress they’ve made over the weeks.
Who is Agility for?
Any fit & healthy dog who loves having fun! Whilst we can alter our training to suit your dog’s mobility, their comfort is always first concern – is your dog comfortable and happy to exercise?
Agility is not a breed specific sport; you don’t need a collie! All breeds can join in no matter how big or small, again health is our only concern, with breeds who are prone to brachycephalic issues – please consider if active sport is right for your dog.
Puppies can join in with agility from just 5 months, learning lots of foundations and pre-agility skills that will help them learn the tricky parts without having to use the equipment. Our classes and sessions are based on the dogs in the group’s abilities, so young dogs are never training beyond their physical ability or overexercising on those young joints and developing muscles! We will introduce equipment pieces at a safe pace for your pup’s development and keep working on those vital skills that build up a fantastic agility journey for your dog.
1-1 Private Agility Sessions:
Our 1-1 sessions are perfect for dogs who struggle in a class environment, this gives them the opportunity to have their chance at getting involved, learning, and having fun too! Ideal for dogs who don’t like being in the company of other dogs, those who are nervous of new people or find it difficult to concentrate with lots of distractions that a class environment may bring.