The registration cost for an 8-week class is $120 and the cost for a 4-week class (or workshop) is $60.

Masters Handling Workgroup

Rings 1, 2 and 3

Instructors: Barbara Scanlan and Wendy Woods

Class limited to 7 participants

This course will work on skills handling and training challenges common to AKC Agility Excellent, Masters, Premier and ISC classes. We will refine basic handling skills such as front and rear crosses and running lines while developing higher level skills such as backside sends, complex crosses, threadles, layering and difficult weave pole entries and exits. We will also continue to build independent performance of all obstacles while maintaining criteria.

Prerequisite: Teams should have well-defined stopped or running contact criteria at full-height competition level. Dogs should be able to weave 12 weave poles. They should also be experienced in driving toward targets and working with remote reinforcement. Teams should be able to send a dog to an obstacle from at least 5 feet, including to a backside of a jump.

The course is open to all previous members of the Masters Handling Workgroup, as well as past participants of International Skills, Layering and Threadles workshops at DTCCU. Your team should be graduates of Advanced Agility classes at DTCCU or the equivalent.

Does my dog have to be trialing at Excellent/Masters level to join this group?

No! The goal of this class is to prepare for and improve on those skills needed to compete successfully at this level. If you are ready to enter competition, or are already competing and can direct your dog through a course with multiple side changes while staying connected with your dog, you should be ready for this class. See additional prerequisites above.

For questions regarding whether a team is prepared to take this class, please contact the instructor.  

Length of classes: 8 weeks

Agility classes may be repeated once, if necessary.  If your dog has not learned the required skills after repeating a class you will be placed on a waiting list until there is space for you to try again.  

All classes involve wait time until it is your turn to run your dog.  You must bring a crate to agility class so your dog can learn to wait calmly and quietly.