Group Classes

Our group class curriculum builds enthusiastic, safe and confident performance teams in a supportive, positive setting.  Using games, structured exercises, and lots of laughter, together we'll explore the fascinating inter-species relationship that strengthens through training with our beloved canines.

Instruction is focused on building competition level agility and sport dog skills in a fun, engaged environment, but there is no pressure placed on students to compete.  Fostering safety, trust, confidence, clear communication and a caring relationship with our dogs is always the primary goal.

Border Terrier heeling and looking up at his handler

Performance Skills 1

For Beginner Performance students.  Class focus is on engagement and attention skills in an on-leash setting and includes body awareness, targeting, tricks, Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine test elements, and more with distractions of various types and intensities. Class may be held in or out of doors depending on weather and day light.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. This class is open to existing clients and dogs with no aggression or fear history towards dogs or people.
Cost: $125 per 5 preregistered class hours or $30 per individual drop in class hour
Max enrollment: 4 dog-handler teams per class.

Class Dates: Rolling admission, 5:30 pm on Mondays October 14 - December 16, 2019 and January 6 - April 13, 2020 **Classes 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 and 4/13 will be held remotely via online platform

Flat Coated Retriever running with an obedience dumbell in his mouth

Performance Skills 2

For Intermediate/Advanced students.  Class focus is on engagement and attention skills in an off-leash setting and includes heel work, stays, position changes, targeting, tricks, retrieves, and more with distractions of various types and intensities. Class may be held in or out of doors depending on weather and day light.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. This class is open to existing clients and dogs with no aggression or fear history towards dogs or people.
Cost: $125 per 5 preregistered class hours or $30 per individual drop in class hour
Max enrollment: 5 dog-handler teams per class.

Class Dates: Rolling admissions, Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 class dates to be scheduled

Foundation Beginner Agility Group Program

Once per year, we offer a Foundation Beginner Agility Group Class Program. Courses progressively give new agility teams a solid foundation for safe, efficient, consistent and confident off-leash agility performance.

clack and white corgi running around an agility barrel

Beginner 1 Agility

Outdoor 7 week course building focus, attention, body awareness, agility stays, release cues, targeting and the beginnings of side changes progresses students to off leash work in an agility setting.  Equipment used: cones, planks, place targets and introduction to hoops, tunnels, barrels, and contact obstacles

Prerequisites: Basic obedience skills (prior group class or private lesson instruction strongly encouraged) and dogs with no aggression or fear history towards dogs or people.
Cost: $230 for 7 week session
Max Enrollment: 6 teams

2020 Class dates: Due to COVID-19 all beginner agility group classes have been canceled for the 2020 season.  Students are encouraged to consider private lessons instead.

Mixed breed dog running across the dogwalk

Beginner 2 Agility

Outdoor agility skills course building handler understanding of how to get your dog efficiently and clearly from point A to B on the course and further building obstacle proficiency.  Introduces various handling cues, side changes, positions, crosses and elements of distance foundation skills.  Equipment used: cones, hoops, tunnels, barrels, place targets, contact obstacles, jumps and introduction to weave poles

Prerequisites: Beginner 1 Agility or Instructor Permission
Cost: $150 for 5 preregistered class hours
Max Enrollment: 6 teams

Class dates: Due to COVID-19 all beginner agility group classes have been canceled for the 2020 season.  Students are encouraged to consider private lessons instead.

Flat-Coated Retriever running through the weave poles

Advanced Agility Group Class

Progressively build your agility team mastery of distance, discrimination, path, obstacle and other agility skills.  Classes will also incorporate ring skills, attention and off leash skills with distractions.  This is an outdoor, weather dependent class.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. This class is open to existing clients and dogs with no aggression or fear history towards dogs or people.
Cost: $150 for 5 preregistered class hours, or $30 per individual drop in class hour
Max Enrollment: 6 teams per class hour

Class dates: Rolling admissions, 6:30 pm on Wednesdays from July 8 to August 26, 2020 (start date moved to July 8 due to coronavirus pandemic)

blue merle Rough Collie"Katrin seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to handling dogs. Her analysis of each dog's performance and training issues is right on target. She looks at each dog and handler as individuals and gears the training toward their strengths and weaknesses. My dog was terrified of agility contacts like the A-frame and dog walk. He wouldn't even put his paw on any contact obstacle but with patience and individual help, Katrin had him up and over these obstacles in just a few sessions. I think the contact obstacles are now my dog's favorite because of Katrin's positive dog training methods. Maplewood Dog Training has been the most effective and enjoyable training I've ever had with my dog, building his confidence, as well as my own." - Karen C., Mansfield, MA