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Hoopers

 

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. Poppy came 2nd in the Hooperholics UK small veterans league, and Finn gained progression points and placings in every show he was entered in. 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 in March 2020 will also be taking the Hooperholics UK instructor course.  I’ve been teaching classes at Paws4teaching since 2017, and more recently began teaching at Little Orchard and SWAT. I teach a wide range of dog breeds, ages and experience levels, from tiny cross breeds to giant breeds. Dogs can start foundation training from 6 month so old, and continue for as long as they are physically able. Many of the handlers are now competing successfully, some did have 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.

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Paws4teaching - Classes run on Sundays in Wellington. Classes are currently full, but do enquire as we do have occasional spaces available. We expect to run a beginners class in Spring, as well as having more spaces for experienced dogs. 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 - A new course is starting Sunday 9th February 2020, working towards the Bronze CHUK Award. A silver course is also starting with a couple of spaces left, suitable for dogs with some previous hoopers or agility experience. Keep an eye on www.little-orchard.co.uk for more details.

SWAT, Shapwick - Introduction to Hoopers, 26th January. Weekly classes will then start from March, date to be confirmed. See www.swat-dogs.com for details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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 with me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a chat about your requirements.

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