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


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.

Steve Croxford Achieves KCAI Accreditation

Steve Croxford Achieves KCAI Accreditation
I am really pleased to have achieved KCAI Accreditation as the first “Agility Specialist”, we like firsts at Agility1st!
The process of accreditation has been very rigorous and at times challenging, but I think this only adds value to the achievement when you finally pass!
I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in such a short time with Agility1st. My personal accreditation with KCAI and the businesses recent validation as a Preferred Educational Partner reflects our aim to become the leader in the field of Agility Instructor Training and Coaching.

Agility1st Given KCAI Approval

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) is continuing to expand its offering and set standards in education, by announcing a new partnership with sports coaching experts Agility1st as one of the scheme’s latest Preferred Education Providers (PEP).

Agility1st will be joining the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), Trevor Cooper’s ‘Dog Law UK’ and the International Animal Behaviour and Training Centre (IABTC) who all achieved PEP status last year.

Agility1st is a programme created to develop agility instructors and coaches at all levels of the sport, from recreational agility instructors to professional agility trainers and coaches. The programme is led by agility experts Steve Croxford and Mark Laker and was launched at Crufts 2013.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The KCAI scheme is proud to announce Agility1st as a Preferred Educational Provider for the scheme. 

“Preferred Educational Providers were developed after we received a considerable amount of feedback from those seeking education in dog training, that identifying courses and seminars of genuine quality is difficult, due to the proliferation of courses and the prevalence of jargon in the world of education.  The KCAI scheme introduced PEP status in 2013 to address these issues and to highlight organisations to its members which satisfied rigorous quality criteria and assessment.”

For further details on KCAI PEP, please

All the KCAI Preferred Educational Providers will be represented at the KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN at Crufts from 6th – 9th March.

November Practical Assessments

November Practical Assessments

The annual conference included an afternoon session where four more candidates had their practical assessments; Karen Colls, Sue Bartley, David Morrison and Karen White. Steve Croxford and Mark Laker were the assessors overseen by Angela White who had been asked to provide an objective view of the assessment process. Angela was not involved in the course development and acted as an independent reviewer with a great deal of practical experience in training trainers.

Steve said; “Once again the standard of preparation of the candidates was high and the two sessions run by each of the instructors were well planned and executed. It was great to see sessions being run by confident, competent instructors giving excellent feedback to their classes.”

All of the candidates were successful and were awarded certificates after a review of their practical assessment and module submissions.

(Photo: Karen Colls receiving her Instructor Certificate)

November Conference and Awards of Instructor Certificates

The first annual conference for Agility1st members took place on Sunday 17th November with over 20 people in attendance.

The day started with an excellent practical session run by our guest Angela White who is a well known dog trainer, speaker and behavioural expert. She is also a board member with the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme.

The afternoon sessions included practical assessments for our instructors Karen White, Sue Bartley, Karen Colls and David Morrisson (more on this in another news item).

Our pilot scheme members were all presented with their Instructor Certificates at the close of the day. Recipients of awards of Instructor certificates were; Yvonne Croxford, Dee Dakin, Karen Laker, Fifo Martin, Ruth MacGill and Trevor Shelswell.

Special thanks goes Nottingham Trent University for hosting the day and Dr Jackie Boyd for helping with this and to Dee Dakin who organised the day for us and for keeping Mark and Steve out of trouble!

Put a note in your diary to look out for details of our November 2014 conference.

Our First Agility1st Instructor Achieves Accreditation

Our First Agility1st Instructor Achieves Accreditation

On 26th October 2013 Sally Grove was the first of our Agility1st instructors to finish the accreditation process by having her practical assessment with Steve Croxford.

Steve said “It was clear straight away that Sally had put a great deal of effort into preparing for the two instructing sessions during which she was assessed. She has had a lot of practical instructing experience as an agility instructor and as an agility dog trainer and she demonstrated all these skills on the day. I am very happy to have Sally on board as an accredited trainer, even more so that she achieved a Pass with Distinction when her module assessments were taken into account.”

Sally has now signed up for the next stage of the programme – Instructor XL