Imagine the pace and excitement of agility but with a gentler, free-flowing course and you have hoopers.
Hoopers is a sport that tests you and your dog to work together to navigate a course of hoops, barrels and tunnels. Courses have no tight turns or sudden stops and no jumps or contacts so it is a lower impact activity than you might see on an agility course.
Most importantly it is fun, and because it all happens at ground level it is suitable for young puppies and elderly or disabled dogs – assuming they are otherwise fit, healthy and capable of course!
Learning Hoopers builds a strong relationship between you and your dog. Hoopers encourages a handler to work at a distance from their dog so your dog learns to really pay attention to your body and voice cues.
Who Can Join?
Your dog (and you) needs to feel comfortable in a class environment with other dogs and people running around.
A basic recall is needed, even if it isn’t always perfect – we can use a harness and long line in the early stages to help.
You will probably find it helpful to have attended our Behave! and/or our Come Back! courses before signing up for Hoopers.
Classes teach foundation skills and then build them together so you and your dog can run short sequences and then full courses.
Currently, classes are designed for beginners, but we expect to be expanding classes as dog-handler teams progress.
Join the fun in this exciting new sport!