‘Do you know of any good Dog Agility Classes in London?’ is a question I often get asked. So I thought it was time to put together a ‘Dog Agility in London Guide’ to help pup parents find a class close to them. Especially as it’s the time of year when people are thinking about taking up new activities, so hopefully, this will help with that too.
I would like to start by adding a disclaimer that although we haven’t tried these classes personally, some have come highly recommended to us by people who have and others I have spoken to the people running the Agility Club to find out more about the classes. Please note, this guide is not intended as a replacement for doing your own research as to whether the dog agility class is right for you and your pup, but at least this will give you a good starting point on where to find Dog Agility Classes in London.
Finally, before we dive in, in the time I was researching this guide, it became clear to me that as with any sport for dogs (and humans) you sign up to, making sure the class is right for you is important. For example, what type of Agility does the class offer – competitive or fun, the credentials of the class trainer(s) and the class content i.e. are there adequate warm-up exercises included; are all factors to consider.
Guide to Dog Agility In London | Where Can You Do Classes?
Our guide to Dog Agility in London is organised by area to help you find a course/club close to you…
Dog Agility Classes in North London
Trent Park Dog Agility – Trent Park
Treant Park Dog Agility Club is a Kennel Club registered Agility Training Club in Trent Park and the first, Agility only club in the UK. The club trains throughout the year as they are lucky to train at an indoor riding school on Monday evenings which has the added benefit of a sand surface which is low impact for dog’s joints. There are two ways to join the Trent Park dog Agility Club:
- As a beginner: The Club offers one or two beginners courses per year (the next one is Spring), covering the basics of Agility, concentrating on introducing the equipment and handling techniques.
- With experience: If you and your dog already have agility experience, then the club offers a trial lesson to which class you would be best suited to. There are currently 6 classes, including the beginners which covers all abilities.
The club is well respected and only uses positive reward-based training, and all the instructors have many years of experience. The club also told me that one trainer is also a behaviourist with the Dog’s Trust. There is a £200 membership fee per year to join the club, and then the beginner’s course is £110 for an 11-week course.
Get in touch with the club via their Facebook Page or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAC’s Jodie’s Agility Club at Elmtree Country Club – Enfield
Also recommended to me were the Agility classes that take place at Elmtree Canine Country Club in Enfield. These are actually run by an external club that holds classes there, currently on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for beginners. The club is in Division 1 of the Agility Club League but is a friendly and supportive club that caters for all levels with beginners, sequencing and full courses available that you can progress through in line with your dog’s ability. Classes are on a rolling monthly basis and are £10 per lesson payable at the beginning of the month. For more details, please contact the club via their Facebook Page or via the Elmtree Canine Country Club.
Alpha Dog Training – Finsbury Park
Alpha Dog Training in Finsbury Park was recommended by several people. However, their courses only run from April to September (bi-weekly) as they are held outside, so it’s a fair-weather activity only for the club.
Prices are very reasonable: £20 or £30 if you’re not an Alpha Dog Training client already. Then £2.50 /session after that. There are also two sessions, one for smaller/older/younger dogs and then a second for larger dogs. See the Alpha Dog Training website for more details.
Agility Training with Angus Macfarlane – Stanmore
Well-known Agility Trainer, Angus Macfarlane (who also runs dog agility courses at Mudchute Farm in the Isle of Dogs as listed below), has a permanent Agility Field in Stanmore and classes can be booked on a one to one or small group basis. Costs will depend on how many people are booking, e.g. £60 per hour (one person) or £70 per hour (two people). And for those travelling by public transport, Angus offers a pick-up service from Stanmore Station for £5 each way. Please contact Angus on 07973 830075 for more details.
Muddy Mutley’s – Edmonton
Muddy Mutley’s offer Fun Agility courses in Edmonton, North London. Courses can be booked six weeks at a time and cost £90, visit the Muddy Mutley’s website for more details.
Epping Green Agility Club – Epping Green
Epping Green Agility Club is a well-established Agility Club based at the Sunset Stables in Epping Green. As classes are outdoors on grass, the season runs from March to October on Monday and Thursday evenings. Classes cater to beginners, intermediates and advanced levels, and are £6 per class or £10 per class if you have two dogs in the same class plus membership to the club which is £10 per year. The club aims to have a maximum of 6 dogs per class, therefore classes need to be pre-booked. There is currently a waiting list for those who wish to join the club. If you’d like to try before signing up, the club also runs ‘have a go’ fun days for those who would like to see if their dog likes it. For more info, please get in touch via the Epping Green Agility Club Facebook Page.
Dog Agility Classes in South London
Perfect Dog – Brixton
Perfect Dog run Fun Agility courses in Brixton in an outdoor, floodlit area of The Ebony Horse Club. A great thing about this fun agility course is that ALL proceeds from the Agility Classes go to the Ebony Horse Club, a registered charity working with disadvantaged young people to teach life skills, build confidence and provide opportunities through riding and horse care.
Beginners and Advanced Classes run for six weeks, usually on a Monday evening with the next course starting in March. The cost is £90 for the six-week course.
You can find more information on the Perfect Dog website, and we love that this is one fun agility course that benefits others as well as you and your dog.
Dog Stories – Staines
Dog Stories offer Fun Agility classes in Staines. Elizabeth from Dog Stories told us that ‘Fun Agility is not suitable for those looking to compete, but it is perfect for those who want to strengthen their relationship with their dog as well as improve their behaviour and socialisation’.
Fun Agility terms at Dog Stories consist of 6 classes and costs £150 per dog/term, usually on Saturdays with classes for both beginners and intermediates catered for.
The club is very sociable, often having a group lunch after the intermediate class to which everyone is invited and on the last day of term, there is an end of term competition with award rosettes in a range of categories to celebrate everyone’s achievements.
Classes take place outdoors so take a break during winter, starting again in late February, visit the Dog Stories website for more info.
Dog Agility Classes in East London
Friendly Creatures – Leyton
Friendly Creatures hold agility classes in a paddock behind The Waterworks Centre on Lea Bridge Road on Sundays.
Courses are booked on a six-week basis with two levels currently catered for – Beginners & Improvers. The courses cost £90 for six weeks – for more information, visit the Friendly Creatures website or contact Lydia on email@example.com.
Mudchute Farm Dog Agility – Isle of Dogs
The dog-friendly Mudchute Farm in Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs also holds Agility Classes on Mondays with the respected trainer Angus Macfarlane who competes at Championship level, running the classes. Courses run on an 8-week basis and cost £150.
Please contact Angus on 07973 830075 for details of next course dates.
Doug’s Dogs – Mile End
Doug’s Dogs let us know that they were planning to offer Agility Classes at their indoor training space near Mile End and these would be six-week courses for beginners and intermediates at the cost of £120. However, we haven’t been able to confirm when the courses would be starting – so please do get in touch with Doug’s Dogs via their website for more info.
Dog Agility Classes in West London
Mad About Mutts – Hayes
Mad About Mutts is a small friendly club in Hayes run by trainer Bea Curtis. Classes are held on weekends as well as during the week, and classes can be booked on a 5-class-block basis. To discuss classes and prices, please get in touch with Bea via the Mad About Mutts website.
Other Dog Agility Classes and Clubs in West London
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a response from the following Agility clubs in West London, but are including them in this guide in case the information is useful:
Dog Agility Classes in Surrey
Scrambles Dog Training – Walton-on-Thames
Scrambles Dog Training is a well-established dog training centre in Walton-on-Thames on the edge of south-west London in Surrey. Scrambles offer both one-to-one training for Agility as well as courses. Scrambles instructors all have many years’ experience in Agility with several of them working dogs at Kennel Club Championship level.
Courses cater from Foundation through to Championship levels, with Foundation courses for beginners starting approximately every ten weeks. Classes are generally held on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. It costs £100 for a ten-week course, and after two courses of ten weeks, you will be invited to become a fully-fledged Scrambles member which saves you approx 20%. The next course starts on February 1st, 2020!
If you have any recommendations for other classes or clubs to include in the guide, then please do leave a comment below.