Just in case you’re wondering…

You may have received an email from us yesterday saying your Agility1st order is complete. We’ve been doing some housekeeping on the web site. This email is purely to say we’ve processed your order i.e. acknowledged your payment.

Any modules you’re currently working on are not effected and if you haven’t started any yet, this may be a helpful prompt for you.

Agility1st Instructor wins Business of the Year Award

josieJosie Spurling and the team from Sussex County Dog Training have recently won business of the year award. Here’s Josie’s story.


I first became passionate about dog training and agility from a young age. It became clear to me when I joined Sussex County Dog Training that attitude was paramount to any performance or teaching and that skills and knowledge could be acquired during personal development. I loved working with Agility 1st. The core of their business and development scheme had the same ethos for attitude as Sussex County did and enhanced my knowledge and teaching skill as I progressed through their Instructor and then Coach level.

At Sussex County Dog Training we strive to build wonderful relationships between owners and their dogs through ever growing and developing training methods, equipment and experiences. This is why we were delighted to receive Business of the Year Award from Portsmouths Action Coach the business development company.

This inspires me as an Agility Instructor and Coach. I will not only continue to strive to be at the top of my training game, but to expand my knowledge ever further through relationships with other trainers, businesses, young handlers and judges. I am very grateful for the team work and positive ethos and ethics provided at Sussex County Dog Training and am hopeful that this award is not the last and another leap forward in the ever growing world of dog training.


Congratulations Josie and the team.

Crufts week

It was five years ago that Steve Croxford and I launched Agility1st at Crufts. Since then over 100 agility instructors have completed our online training.

Karen and I will be there everyday this year, a part from Saturday and would like the opportunity to meet and chat to Agility1st instructors.  We have some exciting plans for the web site and future programmes which we’d like to share with you.

We don’t have a trade stand, but if you’re there and fancy a chat text us on 0783 814627 and we’ll come and find you.

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Developments at Agility1st

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Mark and Karen have been busy in the background over the last few months reviewing the Agility1st business.

The web site is in the process of moving to a new server and we’re gradually updating it and making background changes…hopefully you’ve noticed a few tweaks already.

We’ve also had a flurry of activity from new instructors and people requiring their practical assessments. So there is plenty going on.

Mark and Karen Laker take the lead at Agility 1st

Agility 1st, the high-performance training provider for agility instructors and coaches, has changed its partnership team with Mark and Karen Laker taking the helm and Steve Croxford departing.

Steve, who has been a partner since Agility 1st was founded, is leaving to focus on his important role as Vice-Chairman of the Kennel Club.

Mark said:
“Steve has been an integral part of Agility 1st from day one. We are continuing to grow and it’s important for us and the agility community that Steve can commit to his role at the Kennel Club fully while we will continue to create an environment that supports the development of the very best agility instructors and coaches. We wish Steve all the very best in his developing role at the Kennel Club who will benefit from his knowledge and expertise.”

Commenting on his departure Steve said:
“I am proud of what Mark and I have achieved with Agility 1st and I look forward to seeing them continue to make a positive contribution to the development of instructing and coaching of Agility in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity for me to focus on and play my part in the continued success of the Kennel Club.”

Client Testimonial – Hannah Grantham

Many thanks to Hannah for her kind words about our Instructor Course…

As you know I started my Agility1st Instructors programme approx. 18 month ago, which I may add is now completed. The reason I enrolled onto the course was to develop myself and learn how to use all my coaching and training knowledge from work in an agility context. I was a volunteer trainer at my local club and wanted to deliver the best learning experience to my allocated groups. Little did I know just how far this qualification would take me. Having my own Agility Training business was a dream, nothing more. My plans were to stay at the my local club but as my confidence grew during the course, I began to think ‘Why not?’ ‘What’s stopping me?’. I completed my Instructor course in December 2014, and Paw x Paw Agility Training will be opening its doors on 2nd February 2015, providing agility sessions for all, from beginners to championship level. Paw x Paw would still be a dream if it wasn’t for the Agility1st qualification and team, I couldn’t thank you all enough.

Onwards and upwards…… starting my Instructor XL qualification!

2014 Conference report

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Our 2014 Annual Agility 1st Conference has once again proved to be a great success with over 30 of our members travelling from as far afield as Fort William to join us!

Once again we thank our guest speakers for giving up their time to work with us to provide and interesting and varied programme of events.

– Maria Johnston – Movement Skills for the Canine Athlete

– Emma Fretwell – Canine First Aid

– Ruth MacGill, Yvonne Croxford and Mark Laker – Weaves Masterclass

We are pleased to be able to provide both our attendees and those who were unable to attend with a comprehensive report on the presentations and workshops on the day, you can read the report on our website here.

Course Designer App Now Available!

The long awaited Agility1st Dog Agility Course Designer app is now available for both iPad and tablets using Android technology.

The Agility1st Course Designer App allows you to design both full courses and short training sequences on your tablet.

For Android tablets the recommended screens sizes are 7″ and above, we do not recommend using the app on a screen smaller than 1024px wide due to the amount of scrolling that it would require across the course area. The App is fully functional on both iPad and iPad Mini,

  • Courses can be exported and saved to your camera roll for you to then print or email.
  • Course size go up to 40 sqm.
  • Provision for two sets of numbers (red and blue) to allow for pairs courses.
  • Pinch and zoom function allows you to fine tune the locations of your obstacles
  • Courses can be saved and edited later
  • A notes section allows you to record details such as course times or observations from your training sessions.

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Pete and Tricia Elms Achieve an Agility1st for Scotland

Pete and Tricia Elms Achieve an Agility1st for Scotland
We are pleased to announce that both Pete and Tricia have recently passed their Instructor assessments.
Tricia said on being told the news: “We are both really proud to become Scotland’s first Agility 1st Instructors!”
Mark Laker said of their assessment: “Their module work and practical assessments were of a high standard showing their experience, knowledge and flexibility as instructors. It is great for us that they are now representing Agility1st north of the border.