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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Competitive Dog Agility I (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Obedience I or equivalent. Dogs must have one primary handler for the entire session. This class focuses on basic skills needed to succeed in agility and to make agility a game your dog will love. A minimum of 75% class attendance and contact/target behavior is required for progression. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Dog and handler are assessed at first class.


Competitive Dog Agility II (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility I. Dogs and handlers build on the skills introduced in Level I such as clicker training, building focus, attention and teamwork, targeting, basic handling and obstacle skills. Dogs are exposed to all agility equipment. Dogs must have one primary handler for the entire session. Attendance at first class is mandatory, and overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility III (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility II. Class expands proficiency and builds performance confidence on all obstacles. Handlers and dogs must have a good working understanding of clicker and targeting, with strong emphasis on contact obstacles and weave poles. Teams begin to work off leash and improve attention, focus and teamwork. Students are encouraged to repeat this class to perfect obstacle performance. Overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility IV (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility III or equivalent. Class focuses on advanced handling skills. Dogs must be able to work off leash and should exhibit appropriate performance and proficiency with all agility equipment. Focus is on handling skills, contact performance and short sequences. Overall attendance is required for progression. Bring dogs to first class.


Competitive Dog Agility V (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility IV or equivalent with permission of instructor. Class is aimed at dog/handler teams preparing to compete or currently competing. Hone your handling skills and learn what it takes to compete at agility trials. Strong emphasis on advanced handling sequences involving full courses. Dogs must be able to perform straight up 12 weaves, full-height teeter and be confident and capable of taking commands at a distance. Handlers must be able to control their off-lead dogs at all times. Bring dogs to first class.


Contacts, Weaves and Teeters (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Competitive Dog Agility I or II or equivalent skill level with permission from instructor. Class helps dog/handler teams gain the skills and training criteria for consistent performance of the contacts, weaves and teeter. Emphasis is on the training steps and required behaviors needed to successfully perform these obstacles. Handlers must be able to control off-lead dogs at all times. Bring dogs to first class.


Dog Agility for Fun of It III (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Agility for the Fun of It II/Competitive Dog Agility II. Class is designed for dogs with an excellent command of all equipment and handlers ready to learn skills such as front and rear crosses, serpentines and pinwheels. Full courses are run using all of the equipment. Dogs must be able to handle each apparatus off leash. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Agility for Fun of It IV (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Agility for the Fun of It III/Competitive Dog Agility III. Class is designed for dogs with an excellent command of all equipment and handlers who want to learn advanced skills. Full courses are run using all of the equipment. Dogs must be able to handle each apparatus off leash. Bring dogs to first class.


Dog Agility for the Fun of It (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog Obedience I. Class offers an introduction to dog agility. This class is not competition oriented. Dogs must be at least 1 year old. Dogs and handlers learn teamwork, targeting and handling skills basics. Class utilizes agility equipment. Attendance at first class is required. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Agility for the Fun of It II (13+)

Prerequisite: Agility for the Fun of it I or Dog Agility I. More fun with agility sequences and obstacle performance. Dogs must know obedience behaviors sit, lie down, stay and come and be reliable off leash. Confidence in performing contact obstacles (A-frame and dog walk) is required. Bring dogs to first class. ~


Dog Obedience Combo Class (14-Adult)

For owners and pets who have already had at least one dog obedience class session and wish to progress or brush up on levels II, III, and IV.


Dog Obedience I (14-Adult)

Includes home management, discipline and problem solving. Methods employed are affection and restraint. Dogs must be at least 6 months old. ~


Dog Obedience I Family (9-Adult)

Class is designed for family units of two or three. Handlers learn together how to train their dog to sit, lie down, come, stay and walk on a leash. Class also includes home management and problem solving. No more than three family members and one dog per registration. One adult per family must be present at each class, and all family members must be age 9 or older.


Dog Obedience II (14-Adult)

Prerequisite: Dog and owner must have completed a Fairfax County level I class or have permission of instructor. Dogs must be at least 8 months old and show no signs of aggression. Course will prepare the dog to successfully complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen test given on completion of the course. ~


Puppy Kindergarten (14-Adult)

Puppies 10 to 23 weeks old learn socialization and discipline fundamentals. Puppy owners learn how to address problems such as housebreaking, chewing and jumping. Puppies should wear a buckle collar and be up-to-date with shots. ~


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