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Behaviour Modification

Behaviour modification is a specialist area, and differs from dog obedience problems. Many factors need to be taken into account. Early experience, socialisation, environment, diet, medical conditions, and training can all contribute to problem behaviour.

Therefore a detailed history of the problem is the first step to an accurate diagnosis. As each dog is genetically different and has had different experential learning, it is important that correct diagnosis of the problem and appropriate behaviour modification techniques are identified. Therefore it is important to seek professional advice from a qualified Behaviourist.

Dog Agility Information

Why Do Dog Agility

The only thing that is more fun than watching dogs do Agility is doing it with your own dog! People are attracted to Agility for a wide variety of reasons:-

Spending ‘quality time’ with their dogs.
Sharing a fun activity and working as a team with their dogs
Building confidence in nervous dogs
Helps active dogs ‘blow off steam’ and helps reduce hyperactivity
Increases mental stimulation
Improves focus
Helps improve basic obedience, and boosts owner control
Strengthens the bond between owners and their dogs

Today, Agility is one of the fastest growing sports and enjoys enormous popularity throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and USA.

What Breeds are Suitable Agility?

Any dog in good physical health can enjoy agility. Possible exceptions may be long backed breeds for example:- dashunds or bassett hounds. For equipment training small/medium breeds need to be 1 year old, large/giant breeds 18 months.Dogs of any age can partake in pre-agility classes.

Dog agility came about in England in 1978, when the organisers of Crufts wanted to fill spare time between the Obedience championships and the Group judging. John Varley and Peter Meanwell conceived the notion of dog Agility – a challenging obstacle course with many elements such as:-
High jumps
Long jumps
Pause table
Weave poles
Tyre jump
Dog Walk
A frame
The demonstration had overwhelming spectator appeal, largely because of the fast pace, challenging obstacles and the contagious enthusiasm displayed by the dogs. Agility incorporates everything that dogs love – running, jumping, climbing, tunnelling, exploring and learning.

Agility Classes

Pre-Agility Classes

All dogs and handlers wishing to progress to Beginners Agility must complete the pre-agility class first.These classes are suitable for dogs of any age and are designed to teach important foundation skills for agility training:-
Directional Handling skills
Target Training
Teaching Balance
Hind Leg Awareness
Developing essential Muscle Groups
And More
Pre-Agility Classes

 Beginners Agility Classes

Only available after completing pre-agility classes.
These classes are only available to mature dogs. Age Requirements:-
Small/Medium breeds -12 months Large/Giant breeds – 18 months

High Jumps
Long Jumps
A Frame
Dog Walk
See Saw
Tyre Jump
Course Navigation
Directional Handling


Unfortunately due to other committments Smartdogs are not currently running agility classes