|Welcome to Agility Addicts, home of the AGILITY FORUM|
From the start, we have been fortunate to enjoy superb training facilities at Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Albrighton. The venue is just off the A41 (map) on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border between Telford and Wolverhampton. Our indoor venue has a top quality sand-fibre surface that is kept in good condition for our training sessions and agility shows. It is firm enough to be brilliant to run on, with some give for dogs when landing.
We are not an elitist club - we will train all types of dogs, and dogs of all heights, taking many complete beginners and bringing them up to the standard needed for success in competition. You don't need a collie to do agility, and you don't have to be a superfit handler either. But it does help to have a sense of humour, a willingness to learn and a lot of patience.
We are primarily a competing club - in that we take our agility seriously and want to work our dogs to the best of our abilities, and as a bonus be successful in the competition ring.
We hold regular agility shows at our own training venue and elsewhere in the West Midlands, averaging about 10 shows a year.
As we know what hard work it is to run a successful agility show, we often offer our help on an individual or club basis, to judge or ring party at other clubs' shows.
We play hard as well as train hard. We hold club competition nights for members, and at agility shows we socialise and camp together. And there's the Christmas night out where we present the annual club awards, and Christmas agility party where we eat, drink, and play silly games with our dogs.
Occasionally we are asked to give agility displays at events in the area, and are happy to oblige as it gives our inexperienced handlers an opportunity to work their dogs in a different environment, and we get the chance to share our love of our sport with others.
We believe passionately in reward-based training methods. You cannot expect a dog to give of its best for you if it gets hauled around by the scruff, or treated harshly in other ways.
We encourage all our handlers to use clicker-training and other positive reinforcement training methods. Reward your dog for taking steps towards the wanted behaviour, rather than punishing mistakes. Always ask yourself: "What is it like for my dog to work with me?"
Our training approach is geared towards helping the dog understand what is needed by kind methods. We use channel weaves for beginner dogs to help them and their handlers gain confidence quickly. Our Elementary handlers use a mixture of nearly inline channel weaves and competition weaves in their classes, to help reinforce correct weave technique.
We encourage target training for contacts, using a marker such as a clicker or 'clicker word', not a food lure. Dogs learn stop positions at the end of contacts, in some cases the 2-on 2-off position. Where appropriate with our younger dogs, we are moving over to the 4-off position to help achieve safe running contacts.
Winning Out of Elementary (Grade 1)
Winning Out of Starters (Grade 2)
Winning from Grade 3 into Grade 4
Winning from Grade 4 into Grade 5
Winning into Senior (Grade 6)
Qualifying for Finals