Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility, LLC

NADAC, CPE, Rat Games, and Hide ‘N Seek Sanctioned Trials plus agility and rat hunting classes for you and your Canine Companion!

Our Services

Agility Trials

Rat Hunting Games

Facility Rental

Ring rental is available for $10 per hour for 1 dog with each additional dog $5 (dogs must be trained on the equipment they use).

Want to hold an agility trial or a rat hunting trial at our facility? Ring rental and agility equipment are also available for rent.

Email Colleen at crflam4@aol.com for more information on facility rental.

Inquire about events and classes

Our Classes

At Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility, we offer rat hunting classes and beginning agility through advanced agility classes for you and your canine companion.

We can customize a training plan to accommodate your team’s experience level as well as get you to that next level.

Rat Hunting Classes

Dogs must be 3 months of age

Come Have Fun!

What is Rat Hunting?

Rat Hunting is a new and exciting sport for you and your canine companion that is taking off throughout the country. We offer two competition venues for you to enjoy here at Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility: Rat Games and Hide N Seek.

Classes

Dogs as young as 6-months old can compete in these exciting rat hunting competitions. You can begin rat hunting classes with us when your dog is as young as 3 months old. Not only will your dog learn to use his sense of smell, you will learn to recognize your dog’s indicators that he has located the rat and how to strategize to achieve your best team performance.

Get Started

Contact us to begin a rat hunting class soon to experience how much fun this sport can be for you and your canine companion!

Agility Classes

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. The sport is great exercise for you and your dog. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the dog and coordination of the handler. In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed. Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important.

There is a lot to learn for both you and your canine companion to mesh into a competitive agility team. So, agility classes are a must to determine if the sport is right for you and your dog.

Dogs need to be at least 12-months old before beginning full height jumping and attempting full height obstacles. However, there is plenty of foundation work to be accomplished before your dog ever gets on the agility equipment. We can customize a training plan based on your dog’s age and experience to get you started having fun with this great sport.

Classes are available for beginner to advanced levels. We offer group classes, private and semi-private lessons Tuesdays and Wednesdays Daytime or Evening (Earlier during the winter). All privates are by appointment only. Use the contact page to contact us for more information on privates.

Class sessions are once a week for 6 weeks. The cost is $50 per 6 week session. We have a limit of 3 teams in our classes. Fill out the enrollment form and mail to the address listed on the form with your payment. If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather you will be notified by phone and the session will be moved to the next week. Depending on weather it could take more than 6 weeks to complete a session.

All classes are held at my home outdoors on grass. Some foundation training will be done in my barn. The outdoor training field is 120’ x 120’ and is completely fenced with chain link fencing. There is plenty of shade for you and your dog.

Foundation Agility
For dogs that have never done agility before. Dogs must be 3 months of age.

This class will help dog and handler teams learn the skills they will need to be successful when starting agility training. It focuses on becoming a team with your dog. Class will cover, targeting, handling moves, flat work for agility, clicker training, rear end awareness and some basic obstacle introduction.

Beginner Agility
Dogs must have completed Foundation Agility and be at least 8 months old.

This class will focus on introduction to all the agility obstacles (weave poles after the dog is 1 year or older), as well as some simple sequencing and handling skills.

Intermediate Agility
Dogs must have completed Beginner Agility.

This class will focus on more advanced sequences and handling skills, as well as continuing to work on correct obstacle performance and gaining distance on the course.

Advanced Agility
Dogs must have completed Intermediate Agility.

This class will focus on more advanced sequences and distance work.

Mixed Classes
Class is ½ hour Agility and ½ hour of Rat Hunting.
Items to Bring to Class
  1. Copy of your dog’s vaccination record for us to keep. Your dog must be up to date on vaccinations.
  2. A flat buckle or snap collar (no pinch collars or choke collars).
  3. A 6’ leash that clips onto your dog’s collar.
  4. Training treats. You need plenty of treats for every class. Soft or semi-soft work best. Some good ones are Bil-Jac and Zukes. String cheese and hot dogs work well also. Portion sizes should be very small and kept in a zip lock bag. We recommend you do not feed your dog right before class so they are hungry for treats during training and feed lightly their meals on training day.
  5. Toys work great if your dog is toy motivated but still bring treats as you still need them.

Enroll Today!

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Agility Class Enrollment Form

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Rat Hunting Class Enrollment Form

What is Agility?

About Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility, LLC

My husband and I moved from Minnesota to Cookeville, TN in June of 2014 and started hosting Nadac Funraiser agility trials. In November 2016 we moved to a 13 acre farm in Lancing, TN and continued hosting Nadac Funraiser agility trials. Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility was formed in July of 2018. We now host 6 Nadac and 5 CPE agility trials here on our farm every year.
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In 2001 my husband and I got our 1st Border Collie, Cody. I at first started with obedience classes when he was 3 months old, on graduation day of our obedience class someone asked me, would I be going into agility class with Cody, I asked them, “What is agility?” They told me and I replied “No, I don’t think so”. My husband was there and told me, “Why don’t you give it a try?” The rest is history, I was hooked and boy was my husband sorry he suggested we try it. Cody and I went on to compete in USDAA, NADAC, ASCA, CPE and AKC. Eventually we decided that CPE and NADAC were the venues for us. Cody and I earned many Championship titles in both venues and attended the Nadac Championships 6 times and CPE Nationals 4 times. We earned all the level Nadac titles from Novice to Elite and 2 NATCHES. He earned his 10,000 Lifetime points award right before he was retired from agility at the age of 13. He also earned 8 CPE Championship titles. I will always remember him for all that he taught me in agility. Since than I have ran 4 more Border Collies in agility that have all taught me to be a better handler.

I currently have 2 young Border Collies and a Sheltie in training. We have 6 Border Collies and 1 Sheltie who all compete in dog sports of some kind or another. We have earned a total of 12 CPE Championship titles and 13 Nadac Championship titles in agility.

In March of 2019 I started my 18 month old Border Collie Annie on Barnhunt, in less than a year she earned her Master Rat and Master X Championship titles. Annie and I loved the rat hunting sport so much that I looked into hosting rat hunting trials. Last October 2019 we started hosting Rat Games and Hide N’ Seek trials. Our dogs love this new dog sport of hunting rats. We host 7 Rat Games and 7 Hide N’ Seek trials a year.
I also do some herding on the side with my dogs when time allows. We hope to get our own sheep someday so we can do more herding.

Call For More Info:

+1 612 202 1077

Mission Statement

Our goal is to promote good sportsmanship for handlers and dogs in training and in trialing and most of all to have fun with your dog: to provide a safe environment for training and hosting performance/sports trials at our facility. We promote the sport of dog agility and rat hunting for all dogs, including mixed breeds.

Question & Answer

How old does my dog have to be to begin rat hunting classes?
3 months old
How old does my dog have to be to begin agility classes?
3 months old
Where is Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility located?
125 Clarence Lee Road, Lancing, TN 37770
What do I need to bring to class?

Items to bring to class

  1. Copy of your dog’s vaccination record for us to keep. Your dog must be up to date on vaccinations.
  2. A flat buckle or snap collar (no pinch collars or choke collars).
  3. A 6’ leash that clips onto your dog’s collar.
  4. Training treats. You need plenty of treats for every class. Soft or semi-soft work best. Some good ones are Bil-Jac and Zukes. String cheese and hot dogs work well also. Portion sizes should be very small and kept in a zip lock bag. We recommend you do not feed your dog right before class so they are hungry for treats during training and feed lightly their meals on training day.
  5. Toys work great if your dog is toy motivated but still bring treats as you still need them.
How old do our dogs have to be to compete in Nadac, CPE, Rat Games and Hide ‘N Seek?
Nadac is 18 months, CPE is 15 months and Rat Games and Hide ‘N Seek is 6 months.

Client Testimonials

“I moved to middle TN this past year and decided to try an outdoor trial at Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility. I didn’t know a soul or the venue, and Colleen Flam and Renee Ward were so friendly and helpful. They made me feel like I have been trialing at this facility for many years. Everyone at the trial was encouraging and made my dog and I feel like we belonged. Before this trial I mainly did AKC which was very catty and stressful. Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility was just the opposite making you feel like family.

Since that trial I decided to try Rat Games and Hide N Seek. The rat barn has 2 rings and is very spacious. The agility ring is completely fenced in with thick soft grass to run on. The crating area has lots of room for crates and plenty of trailer parking. This facility is very roomy and pretty. I would recommend Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility, whether you’re new at agility or you just want a fun relaxing trial. Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility is the place to go.”

Cindy and Zayle

“We got to spend this weekend at the happiest and the most magical place on earth (No, not Disney land), in the middle of nowhere in Lancing Tenseness at, as I call it, THE BORDER COLLIE RESORT 😆 Kai Qed 7 runs out of 10, and for the first time EVER, he did not miss any contacts the whole weekend😍😍 I cannot be any happier to see the improvement Kai showed me❤️ We got to camp out right by the ring, eating, drinking, and chilling with the judge and other competitors talking about agility and dogs until midnight 🐶 Kai also got to try barn hunt and he found a rat in his first try!!! 🐭 Now that Kai is in love with rats, I think I need to get a pet rat and start trialing for rat hunting. 🐁🐀”

Yasuka Miura and Kai

“Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility is one of my favorite places to have fun with my dogs. Colleen and her husband, Dick, are superior hosts and the facility is top notch! Although I haven’t participated in the Rat Games, I have participated in agility in two different venues here at Colleen’s. The agility ring and surface remain in great shape no matter what the weather. As an exhibitor who has an RV, I really appreciate being able to plug in. Sometimes the Flams even have a bonfire at the end of the day!”

Linda Anderson Zia, Lela, Two and Tor

“Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility is one of our favorite places to play NADAC agility! I often compare the ring surface to what it must feel like to run on clouds. Lunch has always been fantastic, and the ribbons and awards are lovely. I was so nervous when we attended our first out-of-town trial there, but everyone made us feel right at home, and we ended up with seven out of eight Qs on our first day! We love going to Lancing and highly recommend it to anyone who will listen!”

Beth and Skye Bear

“Great venue in a beautiful location! Convenient, nearby crating. Fully-fenced agility field. At my first trial, I didn’t know anyone but everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommend Rocky Top Mountain K9 Agility!”

Sheri Willis, Madigan, Mya and Mike

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