Description of Classes

Puppy Class: This course is for puppies 3 months to 6 months of age. Only 10 slots are available, first come, first serve. Puppies must have completed their first series of shots, plus their rabies vaccination. The focus is on getting you and your puppy off to a good start. Topics include housebreaking, chewing, jumping up, and basic commands such as sit, down, and come. No prerequisite class required.

Basic Obedience: This course is for dogs that have not had any formal obedience training, regardless of age (puppies must have completed their first series of shots, plus their rabies vaccination). Topics covered include: walking on a loose lead, sit, down, and come. The class also covers dog management and control. At the end of the class, the handler should have a good understanding of how to teach their dog using positive reinforcement(clicker training)and the dog should understand the basic commands. No prerequisite class required.

Intermediate Obedience/CGC Prep: This course expands on the basic class, but with more emphasis on using clicker training to teach various dog behaviors. Included is more work on loose lead walking, duration of sit and down, recall and fun dog tricks! Also covered are the ten exercises necessary to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test. This test is conducted the week after the class session is over. Prerequisite class is Basic Obedience.

Basics for Competitive Obedience: This course is intended for those who have never competed in an obedience trial but would like to do so. In addition to practicing obedience exercises with your dog, time will be spent explainaing the ins and outs of an obedience trial including how to register your dog, how to enter a trial, rules governing a trial and what the judges expect at an AKC Obedience trial. Prerequisite class is Intermediate Obedience, or at the discretion of the instructor.

Beginner Novice Obedience: This course is intended for those who wish to begin to work on more precision exercises such as Heel on Leash, Figure Eight, Sit for Exam, Recall, Sit Stay, leading to entry in the beginner level of formal obedience competition in standard AKC Obedience trials. Prerequisite class is Clicker II, or at the discretion of the instructor.

Novice Obedience: This course is intended for those who wish to continue to work on more precision exercises such as Heeling, Stand for Exam, Recall, Stays, Sits and Downs, and Ring Readiness, leading to entry in the first level of formal obedience competition in standard AKC Obedience trials. Prerequisite class is Beginner Novice, Basics for Competitive Obedience, or Intermediate Obedience, or at the discretion of the instructor.

Open Obedience: This course is for dogs that are working on the requirements for Open, the second competition level obedience class. Prerequisite class is Novice Obedience or attainment of a Companion Dog Title.

AKC Competitive Obedience Skills and Drills workshop: A fun and fast paced ring preparation class designed to strengthen and improve your ring performance. Suitable for all levels from newbies to seasoned pros. Through a series of challenging drills and proofing exercises you will achieve a more consistent ring performance, learn to work smoothly, accurately, and with confident teamwork. An excellent weekly addition to your solo rally and obedience training program. Build a more confident dog team with improved focus attention and avoiding common ring distractions. Open enrollment format provides ongoing sessions, come for just a tune up or the entire series. Caution: The fun of Competitive obedience and rally can be addicting! Pre req: CGC Certificate or equivalent classwork.

Rally Novice: This course is intended for those who wish to participate in the sport of Rally. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of stations. At each station a sign indicates the skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Prerequisite class is Novice Obedience or attainment of a Companion Dog Title or at the discretion of the instructor.

Rally Advanced and Excellent: This course is intended for those who wish to continue to train and compete in the sport of Rally at the Advanced and Excellent level. Prerequisite is attainment of the Rally Novice title or at the discretion of the instructor.

Nose Games: This course teaches handlers about scents and dog scenting skills, as well as how to set up and play a variety of increasingly complex nose games with their dogs. Nose games are a source of both mental and physical stimulation, and can help dogs become more self-confident, build stronger bonds with their handlers and enhance their problem solving skills. Prerequisites are completion of Basic Obedience class or at discretion of the instructor, availability for all classes and a commitment to complete homework assignments. Class size is limited to six dogs who are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Circus Dog Tricks Novice: All dog training is really just tricks! Intro to tricks is a super fun 7-week class geared towards relationship building while learning exciting new behaviors and giving your pooch important mental stimulation. Far from being silly, tricks can be the building blocks for more advanced work in competitive dog sports like agility, obedience or freestyle dance. Teaching tricks gives you valuable training experience using various methods of positive training techniques. Most important, trick training is just plain fun, and not your normal boarding school style obedience class. Your dog will be the life of the party wherever you go. Therapy dogs find it useful to brighten smiles, and make teaching competition behaviors much easier. This class is appropriate for puppies thru adult dogs, no experience necessary. You and your dog will learn sit, paws up, spin, bow, prayers, shake hands, hoop jump, shell game, fetch, roll over, figure 8's, jump through my arms, wave, soccer, crawl, balance & catch, sit pretty, how to trim their own nails, and more. Catapult your training skills and have a blast working with your dog. Upon completion of your class and display of tricks learned, you will have the opportunity to earn a novice trick dog title NTD. Numbers are strictly limited to 10 students due to the amount of space each dog needs, so book a space now!

Circus Dog Tricks Intermediate: Continue adding to your dogs' tricks repertoire and honing their skills in this 7 week class. More complex and amazing tricks will be introduced. You will participate in a multi dog circus troupe routine choreographed to music. Learn to use props, pedestals, heeling to music and costumes to showcase your star performance. Prerequisite: must hold a novice trick title, or prior trick training of 15 tricks, and a CGC "or equivalent". Upon completion of your class you will have the skills necessary to earn an intermediate trick dog title ITD. Numbers are strictly limited to 8 students due to the amount of space each dog needs. Register now!

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