Dog Agility Foundations Course

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  • Learn Agility, the teamwork sport between you and your dog

    Courses give your energetic dog a job and keep them active, thinking, and busy! 

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    Note: if a block of group sessions isn't an option for you, the syllabus can be covered on a 121 basis MORE INFO


    Dog with bundles of unchanneled energy and bounce?

    We’re working dog owners and know what it can be like living with a smart and energetic dog! Without an appropriate channel, their boundless energy and unmet natural instincts can come out in all sorts of problematic ways: running, chasing, playing, hunting and lack of hearing when they’re busy doing something ‘important’ to name a few!

    Maybe you’re looking for something fun to do together regularly to keep your dogs physically and mentally stimulated?


    Spend an hour a week with your dog learning new agility skills, improving obedience, and strengthening your bond.


    The progressive programme is designed to equip you with the foundational skills to not only tackle obstacles but also navigate courses so that by week 4 of the course, you will have learnt how to communicate with your dog and focus on achieving the same goal, which is completing a sequence of obstacles without faults.

    In the final week, you will have a go on a full agility course as a taster of what the Agility Club is like.

    Each week leading up to this, I will teach you the cues and help you master the basics moves to direct your dog where to go and what to do.

    Introducing your dogs to this new challenge will keep their brain ticking and focus their love for life.


    What's included?

    Small Groups

    • Space to aid dogs' focus.
    • Your friendly, professional trainer will be on hand to offer support and guidance should you need it, as well as throw in challenges for those who want one! (in person and online).

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“… The small classes for the foundation course gave my GSD space to learn and has definitely helped build her confidence … Have decided to continue on with agility to continue to build on her confidence and also because it helps tire her out mentally” Pat, Course Attendee

    4-week block of 60-minute Classes

    • Learn new agility skills by being guided through steps of progressive exercises.
    • Advance from training short sequences to running some simple multi-obstacle agility courses.

    + 1 x Private Training Session.

    • The 121 included in your package can be used to focus on your training goals: anything from general obedience and puppy training, to agility, gundog work or content from the classes. 

    Ongoing access to members' training options at discounted prices

    • Group classes, one-off workshops and events exclusively for dogs/handlers that have completed one of the Anglian Dog Works Foundation Courses or demonstrated that level of ability one-to-one such as Agility Club.


    How they work

    You will meet each week with your trainer and other like-minded handlers to learn new agility skills by being guided through the steps of progressive exercises. For example: 

    • Confidently run straight and curved tunnels.
    • Run at a distance from you over jumps, in a line and ‘fans’, without ducking under or swerving around the outside.
    • Turn left and right when given a directional cue.
    • Teaching you agility handling moves such as ‘front crosses’ and 'go rounds'.
    • Sit-stay at the start line using Place Boards
    • Advance from training short sequences to running some simple multi-obstacle agility courses.

    You can find more details on the course syllabus by searching 'Week 1... 2... or 3' in the search bar of the website; The exercises are designed to give you all the skills to navigate basic agility courses. In Week 4, we run an Agility Club Course as a taster of what the follow-on Agility Club training is like.

    Each week of the course has a theme, so if you miss a session of your block, you won't find yourself behind the rest of the group when you return.

    After training, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to train your dog. You will receive clear instructions and the steps on how to continue your independent practice for dog agility training, at home, and between classes via weekly emails. 

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“… Both of us learnt lots of new skills and we ended up completing a reasonably long agility course after a short amount of time! Each week brought something different but built on previous skills - this approach kept us both engaged and eager to return!” Sam, Course Attendee

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“…We really really enjoyed it and the thought and planning you put into sessions makes it run like clockwork - which is important for an enthusiastic dog…” Mitch, Course Attendee

      Anglian Dog Works has two Dog Agility Training venues to choose from:

      • The Farm at Balsham is located just off the A11, 7 miles from Cambridge, 10 miles from Newmarket, 12 miles from Saffron Walden, 25 miles from Bury St Edmunds. 
      • The enclosed Paddock at Barton is in partnership with Positive Paws Dog Training located near  Foxcotte Farm, Comberton Road.

      When you book, you can expect welcome emails with links to all the details you need before the day, including things to bring and directions with a map. 

      Your initial confirmation email will include a coupon code you can redeem on the Anglian Dog Works’ online booking system to book the 121 at no additional cost or redeem on Member's Group Training options after graduating.

      All ages, breeds, and experience levels are welcome

      All breeds of dogs who have had their vaccinations and are 6 months and onward are welcome. Activities can be adjusted to be lower impact and therefore suitable for puppy agility foundation training as well as an activity to do with older dogs. READ MORE

      While your dog needs basic obedience such as a sit and recall off lead or on a long line, the most important thing is that you come with the right mindset, a good bond, and a willingness to learn and put in the practice.

      Dogs must be able to focus in a group setting and never shown aggression or bitten a person/another animal.


      Note: if group sessions are not suitable, the syllabus can be covered on a 121 basis MORE INFO

      Want to join us?

      You can check availability and book online by selecting one of the options below.

      Note: If you see the message "No appointments are available this month" on the booking page, this is because courses are fully booked; please use the contact form to get in touch and let me know you're interested as I have a waiting list you can be added to & I will message you if there are any cancellations or dates added.


    • Can I bring someone to watch?
    • Yes, spectators are more than welcome. 

      What we recommend is that you decide who will be handling your dog and stick to that person doing the training for the duration of the session to save any confusion for your dog.

      Any children under the age of 18 must be always accompanied by an adult.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 18 reviews
      Simon Hatcher
      Agility Course and Agility club

      We really enjoyed the course and first week of the agility club.

      The course gave us the basics, with clear instructions and support from Emma, and the club was great. A mixed group of experience, which really helped, so we can see where our goal is (some really good dog handlers) and empathy from the less experienced dog owners.

      Everyone was super friendly, I think every dog owner has been in an embarrassing situation or 10!!, so everyone was supportive and encouraging.

      Definately going to keep going it was great fun for us and Milo

      Agility beginners course

      Excellent instruction from Emma, we both enjoyed the classes!

      Jessica Pratt
      Fantastic course

      Barney and I thoroughly enjoyed the foundation agility course and made great progress in the 4 week course. The 1-2--1 session was an added bonus. Emma is a fantastic instructor. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to do something fun with their dog.

      Ursula Wilcox
      Brilliant training

      This is an excellent course. Jack, our Irish Water Spaniel and of course myself, learned a lot. Coordination and working as a team is essential. Emma is brilliant and very patiently explained all moves needed. I highly recommend this activity for all dogs.

      Jane Langham
      Great introduction to agility

      Emma is an extremely knowledgeable trainer and the course was just what we needed to get Noodle (and me!) on the right track. Each session was full of really helpful information and tips, carefully structured to gradually increase the dogs ability to follow commands and achieve a full course run after just 4 lessons ! The emails prior to each lesson really helped and explained what the aim of that day would be with tips to practice in advance. It was great fun and a massive learning curve for us both and we look forward to joining the club classes to continue our agility journey. We highly recommend Emma to anyone thinking about joining an agility club.