Pre-Agility Core Skills

Understanding your dog, building good foundations along with a fantastic relationship and having lots of FUN is what will stop your training from becoming average and ensuring it is successful from the start!

Katrina Bayliss

To achieve success in your dog training you need to truly understand the individual needs of your dog, build fantastic foundations and keep everything fun!

When learning agility with us that is exactly what we do! We don’t rush your dogs onto kit .. we build their foundation skills, we arm you with a number of fun training games and give you the knowledge to understand your dog in a way you’ve probably never looked at them before!

Build good foundations and your training will never fall down!

When starting agility your dog needs to be introduced to the kit safely, if you rush them over kit when their body isn’t ready for it they are more likely to get injured and scared! We want to build happy, confident dogs at each stage in their agility journey.

In our core skills programme we build strong foundation skills away from the kit and we make sure that your dog is ready for each next stage before we progress.

We believe that every dog progresses at their own pace and we nurture that in our training. If your dog is a super quick learner we will adapt our training to suit- we never hold a dog back! If they need a bit more help then that is fine too!

Our NEW Pre-Agility Core Skills Course will give you everything you need to start off your Agility Training correctly. So often we see people who have rushed to get onto the kit but it’s their foundation training that is letting them down! Just as we would not embark on a new sport without learning the correct way, it is exactly the same for our dogs. The better your foundations the faster you progress!

We have trained both of our current competing dogs using these methods and games. BOTH of our dogs have climbed up the grades very quickly and within their first year competing!

The skills we teach you in this pre-agility core skills course will not only help your dog progress with their agility training successfully they will also give your dog skills for life!

We are passionate about creating happy and confident agility dogs who love the sport as much as their handlers!

Let us guide you in this informative and fun 6 week course where you will learn how to:

🐾 Use Rewards and Reinforcements and how to get it right when training!

🐾Understand how your dog makes choices and learn how to help them make the correct ones in agility training.

🐾 The importance of the Relationship between dog and owner and how to maximise this with fun games which will make your agility training successful from the start!

🐾 Understand your dog’s individual needs and how to utilise these in your agility training.

🐾 Understand your dog’s basic Body Language so that you can adapt your agility training to enable each session to be successful.

🐾 Understand your dogs Emotional needs and how to help them out when things get tough.

🐾 Understand Multi-Dog Classes and how these can effect your dogs training.

🐾 How your dogs arousal levels play a part in your dogs training and learning.

🐾 Minimising problems and what to do when things go wrong!

🐾 How to create a Confident canine so they can master the kit with confidence when it is introduced.

🐾 Understanding dog, dog interaction and how to set your dog up for success when around other dogs!

The games will teach your dog the vital Agility skills of:


🐾Proximity Value



🐾Noise Confidence

🐾Working with the handler and being in tune with their body language to enable handling success.

🐾Thinking in Arousal.

🐾Settling on a Boundary – vital in a class environment.

🐾Successful Start Lines

🐾Introducing Agility Verbal Cues.

🐾 Foundation Agility Skills


The course is split into both learning and practical elements. It is the perfect starting block for your agility training. What you learn in this course will set you up for successfull agility training for life!

We continue to use the skills we teach in this course throughout our agility training and even when we are at competitions!

Being a certified Pro Dog Trainer with Absolute Dogs we can bring you the same skills throughout your training used by Agility Team GB member Lauren Langman who is the founder of Absolute Dogs.

Dogs need to be 8 months old to join this course.

When joining this course as a group workshop your dog needs to have recall skills, basic manners and to be ok with working around other dogs off lead. Please get in touch if you need any help with this as we run a variety of workshops to help you.