Canine Hoopers Classes
For any age of dog from 6 months upwards.
Canine Hoopers is a new and upcoming dog sport in the UK. To learn a little more about what it is all about, take a look at the promotional video HERE.
It is low impact, so is suitable for dogs of all ages (including puppies!), and uses equipment which is accessible for dogs of all sizes, from mini to giant!
The basic equipment comprises of hoops, big 80cm diameter tunnels and barrels to run around. Hoopers courses are designed to encourage distance handling which is great for handlers of all abilities - no sprinting is required!
Our classes are based around the Good Hoopers Awards of Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The classes will be taken by Emma Cowie-Shaw who qualified as an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK Instructor in 2018.
For your dog to be able to attend these classes, the only requirement initially is for them to be able to cope in a group environment and to be able to focus on their owner when carrying out practical exercises. We will teach you everything else!
Handlers must have completed the Hoopers Foundation Workshop prior to starting the Canine Hoopers Classes. If you haven't attended our Hoopers Foundation Workshop, you can do so by booking online HERE.
If you have a dog that hasn't completed any group training sessions before, we are more than happy to arrange a 1-2-1 training session to bring you up to speed so that you can attend the group classes.
Hoopers Beginners Course
The Hoopers Beginners Course is a 6-week course with the option to continue with classes upon completion of the initial course. Hoopers classes run on Sunday mornings at Brookfield Equestrian Centre in Brindle.
This course covers all of the fundamental behaviours you need to know to be able to start working through the Good Hoopers Awards and completing simple Hoopers courses, building on the foundation topics covered during the introductory workshop.
During the sessions we will cover topics such as:
- Dog-handler focus
- Responsive recall
- Dog-handler interaction for success and drive
- Adding start line waits to the equipment
- Introducing the dog to corners
- Teaching the dog front and rear cross techniques using the equipment
- Introducing the dog to run multiple pieces of equipment in a sequence
- Spacing out the equipment to course competition standard
- Adding handler distance
- Sending the dog ahead
- Perfecting verbal cues
- Practicing simple Hoopers courses using multiple pieces of equipment
If you wish to work towards the Good Hoopers Awards, you will be assessed throughout the classes. Those who pass their assessment will receive an official GHA certificate and a fabulous rosette!
Please note:- Dogs must be a minimum of 12 months to be eligible for assessment for the Good Hoopers Bronze Award. This helps to protect young dogs that are still going through the developmental joint growth stage. But fear not! - if your pup is under the age of 12 months, you can still work towards the Good Hoopers Foundation Award during the classes.
UPCOMING COURSE START DATES:
£80 for the 6-week course