AG350: Agility In Da House! Small space skills!!

Instructor: Loretta Mueller

Course Details

Are you trapped inside with your pup during the extreme heat or cold?

Do you only have a very small space to work with your dog and want to perfect your agility skills?

Do you need to go back to basics with your trained dog, brush up on the foundation work and take it to the next level?

Are you looking for some fun games to play with your dog that will set them up to be an agility star?

Then AGILITY IN DA HOUSE is your class!

Loretta has to deal with tough Minnesota winters from October to April (sometimes through May!!) and she works all of her competition dogs inside her house on skills so that they stay trial ready! She also works her young dogs on skills so when the nice weather hits, those skills carry over to easy and fast training in a short period of time!

Making the home work for agility training in a small space can really take some critical thinking. This class is all about "using whatcha got" in the house, purchase from the department store, or any other crazy idea you can come up with. INVENTION is the key. We want to figure out ways to make YOUR house work for training!

There will be levels from Beginner to Advanced presented for EACH GAME so you will know the exact progression your dog needs to take. And through the Gold spots, you will get to see problem solving with each level. 

Since Loretta trains puppies all the way up to her older dogs (with ADCH-Platinum titled, podium winners at National events, Lifetime Acheivement Award winners) you will get to see how you can take each game to the next level!

There will be lots of discussion on how to make things in your home work for YOU and your dog in regards to agility.


There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration will begin at 9:00 AM PST.

Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot you can sign up any time during the registration period.


Week 1:
Turn! Turn! Turn! (Teaching dogs to love turns!)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Start line stay games)
TOTB Challenge #1

Week 2:
Pump Up The Jam! (Getting Ready to RUN!)
Footloose (Contact Behaviors)
TOTB Challenge #2

Week 3:
Don't You Want Me (Handler Focus versus Obstacle Focus)
It's All About The Cones, 'Bout The Cones, No Upright (Handling)
TOTB Challenge #3

Week 4:
Torn Between Two Lovers (Making Choices)
Under Pressure (Working Pressure you will see in agility--handling pressure, obstacle pressure, environmental pressure)
TOTB Challenge #4

Week 5:
Down On The Corner (Tables)
You Spin Me Right Round (Directionals)
TOTB Challenge #5

Week 6:
Runaway!! (Recalls, application in the house)
Willie And The Hand Jive (Hand Targeting/Connection)
TOTB Challenge #6

TOTB=Think Outside The Box :) Getting creative with our training!

Prerequisites and Equipment

Puppies need to be 12 weeks or older and ready to have some fun!!


Two Traffic cones (can be purchased from Home Depot, Amazon Etc). Size? What size is relative to your dogs size. Ideally it needs to be tall enough so your dog sees it as an object to go around, but not so big it takes forever to get around (so example is a tiny yorkie with a 3 foot tall traffic cone...TOO BIG :) 

Rewards (treats or toys or both)

1/3 Yoga Mat, Hit it Board or a soda flat (cardboard box that you get cases of soda in) or another low sided box


Containers (to contain rewards)

And a great imagination!!!!

Course Testimonials

A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...

THANK YOU for all of the content included in this class and for all of your feedback!! Everything was so well organized and clearly explained and demonstrated.        

Thank you not only has this helped my beginning agility dog. I have use it to start my young obedience dogs and my seasoned obedience dogs. It is also a wonderful use in keeping the dogs entertained during the winter months.

Loretta - you never disappoint! I love your classes (and your seminars) You seriously make me want to retire to MN so I can take in person lessons!          

Nicely paced. Each week was a manageable chunk. Loretta breaks down the skills in easy to understand chunks so that no matter where you are with training, you can build or refine your skills.         

Loretta is the ultimate positive trainer - feedback is personal, detailed, and full of C/Ts         

Thank you for your care and attention when reviewing videos, it doesn't go unnoticed!            

Nice variety in this class. Glad that I got a lot of practice on releasing without motion. The multiple turns around the cone was a huge help for us. Thanks!