Intelligent Agility       (949) 412-3246

*OC Hotlist 2013 Finalist for Best Dog Trainers!*

  Next Lure Coursing at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest
Saturday, December 13 at 2:45 p.m.


Samson & Gracie the Labrador Retrievers can't wait to get back on the lure course. Both Samson & Gracie are also students in our agility classes. The photo is by their handler, Jenith Mishne.

What is Intelligent Agility?

Intelligent Agility is our philosophy of recreational agility training on professional agility equipment. We focus on the bond between you and your dog, not competition and prizes. We teach using the PET method (Praise, Encouragement and Treats) - no corrections, no yelling, no smacking. We also focus on safety for you and your dog.  The dogs all wear harnesses and we never push any dog or owner beyond their limit. Classes are always small, so students get lots of time on the course. But above all, Intelligent Agility is about you and your dog having fun! 

Intelligent Agility also offers Advanced Agility classes that both gives doggies and their handlers from the Intermediate level a greater challenge and will also prepare those who are ready to take their agility to the next level -  agility trials (competition). You do not need to compete to be in our Advanced class, as many of our students at this level merely want to continue to enjoy spending some quality time for their dogs once a week. The philosophy remains the same as our other classes. It is about you and your dog bonding and having fun.

We are currently taking sign ups for our agility classes in Orange County, CA at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest (Saturdays) and Vanguard University in Costa Mesa (Sundays), that are outdoors, on grass, and the course is fenced-in.

 Rally-O - A Different Kind of Obedience Training

Intelligent Agility also offers Rally-O classes at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. Like Intelligent Agility, Rally-O is also an extension of obedience training. Rally-O focuses on strengthening the bond between you and your pooch through a series of obedience maneuvers and courses consisting of labeled cones. Some of our agility students take Rally-O classes concurrently with agility classes to improve their dog's focus when performing agility. Rally-O also offers a great alternative for those dogs (or humans) who want or need a slower pace than agility training, but still love to work together with their best friend. It's about having a lot of fun with your dog and about learning obedience at the same time!

All of the Intelligent Agility and Rally-O training sessions include five once a week classes that last for an hour.  And, all of Intelligent Agility's classes are for those owners who want to build a stronger bond with their pet, want to have a lot of fun, have a sense of humor and love their dog.  Sound like you?  Then sign up for one of our classes - we can't wait to see you!


Costa Mesa*

Intermediate Agility Classes  (5 weeks) 

Advanced Agility Classes (5 weeks)

*Class starting dates subject to change due to factors such as weather.  Email us to find out which times still have spaces available. Classes are at Vanguard University, which is on Fair Dr. between Fairview Rd. and Newport Blvd across from the Orange County Fairgrounds entrance. Turn on to Civic Center.

Lake Forest*

Intermediate Agility Class (5 weeks)

Beginning Agility Class (5 weeks) 

Advanced Agility Class (5 weeks)

Starting class dates subject to change due to factors such as weather.    
Class prices are for five one-hour classes:

Costa Mesa $130

Lake Forest $125 for residents of Lake Forest
$130 for non-residents

For specific locations and other information:

please contact us at or (949) 412-3245
 Lure Coursing Comes to Intelligent Agility

Intelligent Agility is now offering Lure Coursing classes at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest. Lure Coursing is great for dogs of all sizes, from toy breeds to giant breeds, and everything in between. So come on out, stretch your pooches' legs, and let the chasing begin!

Unlike agility classes, Lure Coursing focuses on your dog and not the handler. For anyone unfamiliar with Lure Coursing, it is the humane alternative to hare coursing. Instead of chasing live rabbits, dogs chase an inanimate object (usually a white plastic bag and sometimes a toy) attached to a moving string.  This humanely allows pooches to fulfill their natural prey drive while getting some exercise and building their stamina.

The nature of Lure Coursing allows the class structure to be more flexible than agility. With our classes, you can sign up anytime! Classes are sold in sets of five.  Check the website before coming to class - in the event of a cancellation, we will post it at the top of the home page.  Upon sign up, you can take lure coursing at your own pace through an issued class punch card. Any set of five classes started in 2014 must be completed by December 13, 2014.  Whenever you come to class, your card is punched. When the card has been punched five times, you have completed a set of classes. It's that easy!

As with any dog activity, Some dogs take to Lure Coursing more than others. So Intelligent Agility offers a free Lure Coursing run for those who have not yet tried it. That way you can see how your furry best friend reacts to chasing lures before committing to a set of classes. You can usually tell how a dog will react to lure coursing early on, unlike agility.  As a side note, we often see dogs who struggle early in agility blossom as the class proceeds. Since this session of Lure Coursing is closed, all free Lure Coursing runs will begin the first of next year at the beginning of the next Lure Coursing session. You will need to email us if you want to try it so that we can send you a release that you need to fill out from the City of Lake Forest. Without that release, you can not try Lure Coursing.  We will post the start of the next session soon.

Like our agility classes, our Lure Coursing is outdoors, on grass and the course is fenced in.  We want our clientele to be able to relax and enjoy the sport more without having to worry about their dogs ever suddenly running away.

Intelligent Agility
is always concerned about your dogs’ safety. So when your dog begins Lure Coursing, the courses are short. As your dog builds stamina and gets used to more sudden turns, the courses become longer and more complex.  It’s tempting to want to immediately get out to the course and watch their dogs do long runs, but this is dangerous for any dog.  This is for the safety of your canine companion.  As always, safety and fun are our topmost concerns. Having said that, we think that everyone watching their dog respond to the shorter courses of beginning lure coursing will find watching their dog chasing the lure quite exhilarating! It's all about you and your dog having fun!!

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