Vortex Agility Classes
Vortex classes are generally limited to six dog-handler pairs per class. The wide variety of classes cover all aspects of training, from pre-agility skills (little to no equipment used), to foundation training (equipment familiarization, solid contacts, weave pole training), to top-level competition training with tried-and-true handling techniques.
Vortex students regularly compete in USDAA , NADAC , ASCA , AKC , TDAA , and CPE sanctioned agility trials. Specific classes are always tailored to fit the exact needs of the students.
The class structure varies depending on the level of class as well as the class size.
In foundation and beginning classes there will often be "stations" set up for students to work their dogs on. Students will have an opportunity to work with their own dogs individually, observe others working their dogs, and also have sufficient one-on-one time with the instructor.
In later classes, sequences of varying difficulty (depending on the level of the class and the specific skills the students would like to work on) will be set up for each dog to run. During their time on course, students will receive feedback on their handling and have the opportunity to problem solve and work through sections of the sequence or equipment performances.
The Vortex training site is a large outdoor arena that is covered and lighted with open sides. The surface is wood shavings. The equipment is competition-grade the contacts are covered in Contactacoat. The arena is used occasionally for both fun runs as well as sanctioned agility trials.
Suggested Behaviours to have before beginning Agility classes:
There are a number of behaviors that are helpful for a dog to have before beginning agility training. If you are new to the sport, consider training these behaviours first:
- A reliable Stay or Wait. Either in a sit, down, or stand
- A "leave it" command, or otherwise good handler focus
- Food drive (interest in food)
- Toy drive (interest in play)
- Socialization with dogs and people
Six-week session (one hour classes): $90
Private lessons: $70 per hour
Semi-Private lessons are also available
Directions to Vortex facility in Kent WA:
Take Hwy 167 to the 212th St. exit. Go east, up the hill. 212th will become 208th. Continue east, past Kentridge High School, till 132nd and turn right. There is a light and a right turn lane. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto 216th. Go past the driveways on the right, down the hill and turn right just past the trail crossing sign and before going over the little bridge. Park down below, and walk up the hill to the arena.
Map of Kent Site ~ this link will open a new window
Please contact instructor Sandra Katzen directly for specific information regarding classes times and schedules to find one that will work for you and your dog!
* It is a requirement for all classes that the dog in question is sound and is not aggressive toward people or other dogs.
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