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Hoopers is a low impact sport similar to agility, but using mainly hoops, barrels and short wide tunnels. The emphasis is on keeping a natural flowing line for the dog, and promoting distance handling where possible.

Hoopers in the UK is in the early stages, with organisations being formed and competitions starting in late 2017. The main organisations are Canine Hoopers UK and Hooperholics UK; while they have some differences it’s absolutely no problem to join and compete with both.

I first started training hoopers in 2017 when Finn had to retire early from competitive agility and we needed a new training challenge. I love that with Finn I can improve on our skills and work on distance handling challenges, but with Poppy I can run with her and just enjoy being able to train and compete again, a huge bonus as she retired from agility aged 6.

I compete at both CHUK and Hooperholics competitions, with both dogs having great success gaining qualifying rounds and placings, and Finn picking up bonus points for distance handling. I also judge for CHUK and enjoy being able to set lines that are kind to the dog but still provide a handling challenge.

I’m an accredited CHUK instructor and have been teaching classes at Paws4teaching since 2017. I teach a wide range of dog breeds, ages and experience levels, from tiny cross breeds to giant breeds. Many of the handlers are now competing successfully, some have had agility experience but the majority were new to competitive dog sports. I train to the same standard whether a handler wants to compete or not, and use a mixture of running and distance handling, individual to each partnership.

Classes / Events coming up - 

Paws4teaching - Classes run on alternate Sundays in Wellington. A new beginners group will start in early 2020, but depending on experience we may be able to accommodate you in the existing intermediate group. Private lessons are also available. See www.paws4teaching.co.uk or contact Jo Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Little Orchard, Rooksbridge - The current course is just coming to an end, but keep an eye on the website as we hope to have new groups starting in 2020 and may have some spaces. Keep an eye on www.little-orchard.co.uk for more details.

I’m also available to teach workshops on various topics, from an introduction to hoopers, through to handling and course running days. If you or your club is interested in hosting a training day please get in touch to have a chat about your requirements.