Agility Classes

The Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club classes are available to members and non-members. Classes are designed to help the companion dog owner teach his/her dog, using positive reinforcement, work toward a American Kennel Club Performance Title. Performance competitions are open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs. Once registered, mixed-breed dogs will be able to compete in AKC Performance Trials, such as Obedience, Rally and Agility. Please contact the AKC at on how to register your mixed breed dog.

Performance classes require a 6′ training lead of either leather, nylon or cotton. Instructors will discuss and recommend collar types either at your request or at their discretion. You will need small treats that your dog can swallow without chewing such as string cheese sliced into dime size pieces. Bring water for yourself and your dog. Other required items will be discussed in class.

Fee: $80 for GFKC members / $90 for non-member
You can make payment for classes via the payment page

Please send registration form to Bruce Hartsell: to complete registration.

Duration:  6 weeks

Starting January 27, 2018
Agility: Advanced   12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Agility: Basic/Intermediate  (dog is new to equipment) 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Colonial K-9 – 30 Big Springs Lane Stafford, Virginia, 22554 {Map & Directions}

Instructor: Bruce Hartsell

Canine agility is a fun and rewarding companion sport in which a handler directs his/her dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Beginner Agility – Introduction to the companion dog sport of agility. This 6 week class will include introduction to the course equipment, teach basic handling skills, and provide agility training techniques. Upon completion of the 6 week class, handlers and dogs should: Have a basic understanding of agility, and Confidently be able to negotiate standard agility obstacles.

Intermediate and Advanced Agility is for the dog and handler who has taken Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Agility and/or is already competing. The exercises will be more difficult and challenging and will include lots of jumps/weaves, and contacts to ensure the pair Qualifies at their next trial.

Agility Class Rules

Please bring:

  • A happy healthy dog
  • Water for dog and handler
  • Plenty of small treats and/or favorite toy
  • 4′ to 6′ lead plus snap,buckle or martingale collar. Short tap for agility
  • Use of metal choke or prong collar only with advice of instructor
  • Rabies certificate

Students are responsible for:

  • Having dog exercised and warmed up before class begins (this means come early)
  • Keep poop bags handy
  • Keeping dog on lead and under control at all times
  • Keeping dog’s nails as short as possible
  • Dog’s attention needs to stay on handler and not on other dogs
  • Dog may NOT relieve themselves on the training field or equipment
  • Dogs are not allowed on the field or equipment without instructor supervision
  • Dogs must be kept on leash or under verbal command at all times
  • Pets shall be flea and tick free (Preventive or spray is recommended}
  • No aggressive dogs or bitches in season allowed without consent of instructor or other classmates
  • Restroom facilities are available
  • Classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather (rain/snow) will be made up