Where should I train?
First you have to determine your realistic options. Here is a database listing of agility trainers in United States. Unfortunately this listing only narrows it down by state and it tends to be outdated.
Another option is to do a search on the internet for "Dog Agility" in your town or county.
Selecting your trainer is very important. If you think you might eventually be interested in showing your dog in competition, you should attend a local agility trial and ask for references in your area. Most trainers will compete with their dogs and you would be able to watch their handling style and see how they interact with their own dogs. Here are a few links to help you find out about upcoming events:
Agility events where I will be competing with my dogs:
Local dog agility trials in San Diego County:
The Southwest Agility Calendar lists agility events for Arizona, California & Nevada:
A National listing covering all agility events in the United States:
After you've narrowed down your search for your possible dog agility trainers, you should make arrangements to observe a class. This will give you the opportunity to find the location and make sure that you would be able to get to class on time. Once you have observed a few different agility instructors, you will have a good basis to make your decision.
Advantage of the clean slate
You should take care in selecting your instructor. Sometimes people who know little about agility are willing to purchase the equipment and give instruction. Beware! Although starting off on the wrong foot can be overcome, there is a big advantage in being able to train a dog's performance of the agility obstacles if you are able to introduce them correctly to the equipment from the beginning.
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