CAT Classes

The Columbia Agility Team offers classes

The Columbia Agility Team offers agility classes from Foundation through Competition classes at its practice barns in Aurora and Helvetia.

Junior Handlers USDAA CAT Trial June 2016 (1 of 1)

Any dog can enjoy agility with a little training

That’s right. Any dog with reasonably good physical condition and disposition can enjoy the sport of dog agility with a little training.  The only pre-requisite is basic obedience training. Having a good “come”, sit, down and stay will make the training much more productive and enjoyable.  Being able to leave your dog in a stay and in a distracted environment and call them to you about 6 feet away is a good test of this ability.  Also knowing what treats and toys your dog likes the best will help them focus in class.

Please note we do not accept reactive dogs in class.  Please work with a behaviorist on any issues before joining a class.

Summer 2018 Class Schedule – Sign up now! – Starts June 2018!

Registration for CAT’s Summer Classes are open now.   Please click HERE to view the Summer Registration form, print and send it in with your check for class registration.

Please note that each new dog must start with a Foundation class unless they have prior agility experience and approval from the training director.

The next session of classes after these will start in Fall 2018. Please contact the training director if you are interested in being on the list for the next registration.  You can use the current registration schedule for sample dates and times we commonly use for classes.

Contact the Training Director using THIS FORM

* Auditing spots available

Agility Foundation

is for any dog who has not had prior agility training.  Dogs must have had basic obedience training in a class setting and be able to sit, down, stay and recall consistently before starting Foundation. This class will introduce the dog and handler to agility equipment and handling skills on the flat. Students taking class with CAT for the first time must start with a foundation class.

If you have had prior agility training please click HERE to contact the training director and discuss which class level will fit you and your dog best.

Next Steps

After Foundation the next level is Next Steps.  The requirement to be in Next Steps includes: consistent recall, understanding a release word, understanding stretching and conditioning, walk/run by side with change in direction and speed, 3 obstacle sequence with a consistent contact criteria, exploring target on the ground and come to hand, understand how to best motivate your dog (food/toy/play), exploring surfaces and movement, low height teeter and all other obstacles at full height.

After Next Steps the levels are Performance and then Competition.  When you are entered in trials and competing you can enter the competition classes for more course experience.


The Columbia Agility Team and other organizations sometimes sponsor seminars given by well-known agility instructors/competitors.  These are listed on the event calendar page.