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Old 06-19-2012, 04:08 PM
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I don't know how you agility people do it. Seriously, the only agility places I'm finding I either don't *love* it, or if I do love the place/trainer/etc it is costly up the wazoo! >_<

The one place that I like the looks of (haven't visited yet) that seems to have some good reviews from people I know and is fairly close, you have to take 4 classes prior to actually doing agility. 3 classes getting use to the different equiptment, and one balancing/stretching/strength training class.

That's all great, I think it would be a lot of fun, they are each 8 weeks long, so takes plenty of time to get use to the stuff and environment, which is great for Art. The bad part is it's $180 PER CLASS! >_< Which, wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't 4 classes before even getting to do the agility. Art is a fast learner, settles in really fast so I don't know if the slow pace would work well, but even if it did, that's about $720 before the first agility class. Then another $180 for the first agility class. Not only that, it's 32 weeks, which is around 8 months! That's not even counting the time between classes.

>_< *sigh* I'm feeling a bit frustrated with this, but I really want to get into agility or flyball. The only place I found that does flyball without driving all the way to Seattle (an hour and 30mins away, worse with traffic) uses some of the traditional methods which isn't what I want. *sigh*

Any suggestions on finding a good place?
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:15 PM
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I honestly would have trouble affording it if I didn't work at a facility that I traded hours for classes/ring time. Can you ask about financing or trading?

We charge 100 for a class which is 6 weeks of 1 hour each.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:21 PM
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Our classes are $185 for 7 weeks, 50 minute classes with 8-10 dogs. That price seems pretty normal to me.

We call the first two classes "agility 1" and "agility 2" to get people in, but it's really shaping 101, mat work, etc. You need those foundations.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:28 PM
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180 for 8 weeks I'd consider reasonable. Things here used to be that.. now it's closer to 210 or so for 6 weeks too often. Foundations are hugely important. Those first four classes is it no agility as in what you feel is agility.. or is it working on foundation behaviours?
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:33 PM
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We offer two tracks, a "starting off right" and an Intro class, both filter into intermediate and then novice prep and then advanced & excellent (with specialities like distance, etc). The starting off right is basically those essential foundations where as the intro includes some foundations but a whole lot of just getting up and going for people who just want to have some fun.
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If three classes are getting used to the equipment, you ARE doing agility! Beginning agility stuff includes introduction to equipment. What people think of as "real agility" or "sexy stuff" - sequencing - doesn't come until later.

It takes a good while of work before you're ready to rock 'n roll. Auggie and I trained for over a year before we ever trialed. Well, you can trial sooner, but IMO it's better to wait until you really honestly know what you're doing... I've known people who start trialing and then stop because they don't know weave poles or this or that, so they crash and burn in open, then once they beat those ghosts they fail in excellent, and it's just rough. Better to just start and keep rollin'.

$180 sounds a bit high, but for 8 weeks, not terrible.
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I pay $80/6 weeks here and classes have anywheres from just us to 2-3 other dogs. Its nice as our trainer will make up different exercises for each person depending on their experience.
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If three classes are getting used to the equipment, you ARE doing agility! Beginning agility stuff includes introduction to equipment. What people think of as "real agility" or "sexy stuff" - sequencing - doesn't come until later.
This! You have to have all those foundations before you start doing sequences and such.

The group that I go to offers 4 different "levels". I started with "Beginner" level and now we're "Competition" level, even though we still haven't competed yet (though my instructors insists we are ready, lol). The other two levels are "Advanced Beginner" and "Intermediate".

Oh, I pay $60 for 4 weeks.

Good luck finding a class/instructor you like! Hopefully you'll be able to
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Ouch. I am paying $85/6 weeks and cringing. The place I was going before was $30/7 weeks (plus annual membership dues) but it was a *terrible* match for Steve and I. (Though I am trying to get into a distance class there next session!)

But yes, foundations is GOOD! provided it progresses.
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I pay $135 for six weeks. 1 hour sessions, classes are a max of 7 dogs, but usually more like 4 - 5. It's my fun money. I rarely go out to dinner or movies, and my "vacations" are agility events.

Like others said - the foundations are so critical. I was frustrated at first (many many moons ago when I started with Meg) because I thought the trainer moved too slowly. It's paid off in spades. I'm still with that same trainer, six years, three facilities, and one dog later.

I've had Gusto in classes for 10 months or so (6 weeks of Good Manners, the rest Puppy Competition) and he's just starting to sequence a bit. The first six weeks of our Competition class was almost entirely crate games, restrained recalls, and a bit of body awareness work.
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