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

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, 6:45 pm on Mondays October 14 - December 16, 2019 and January 6 - April 13, 2020

Foundation Beginner Agility Group Program

Once per year, we offer a 3 part Foundation Beginner Agility Group Class Program. Each 5 week course, taken in series, progressively gives 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

Session 1: Foundations

Outdoor 5 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, hoops, planks, place targets and possibly tunnels

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: $150 for 5 week session or package rate of $375 for preregistering for all 3 Beginner Agility Series courses
Max Enrollment: 6 teams

Class dates: 5:15 pm on Thursdays 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 & 5/16

Corgi having fun running through an agility tunnel

Session 2: Directionals

Outdoor 5 week course building handler understanding of how to get your dog efficiently and clearly from point A to B on the course through the directional skills of Out, Here, Go, Switch and Tight.  Introduces various handling cues, side changes, positions, crosses and elements of distance foundation skills.  Equipment used: cones, hoops, tunnels, barrels, place targets

Prerequisites: Beginner Agility Session 1 Foundations or Instructor Permission
Cost: $150 for 5 week session or package rate of $375 for preregistering for all 3 Beginner Agility Series courses
Max Enrollment: 6 teams

Class dates: 5:15 pm on Thursdays 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20 & 6/27

Mixed breed dog running across the dogwalk

Session 3: Equipment Skills

Outdoor 5 week course building dog and handler understanding and confidence in jump, weave and contact obstacle skills.  Progressively builds jumping mechanics, weave pole skills, and contact performance for dog walk, a-frame and teeter totter.

Prerequisites: Beginner Agility Session 1 & 2 or Instructor Permission
Cost: $150 for 5 week session or package rate of $375 for preregistering for all 3 Beginner Agility Series courses
Max Enrollment: 6 teams

Class dates: 5:15 pm on Thursdays 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, & 8/15

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: $125 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 Thursdays from April 18 - August 29

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