Training Schedule

Welcome New Members!

We teach people how to train their dogs. Our basic obedience class instructs on the use of a Clicker to re-enforce the positive aspects of training. This makes training fun for both people and their dogs.

SADTC sponsors a group of people interested in the sport of Rally Obedience. In Rally you heel your dog through a course by following exercise signs. If you have trained your dog to heel, sit, down and come, you might enjoy training with the Rally group. Call the SADTC number or email us and we'll contact you with information on dates, time and location.

Winter of 2014 we will be introducing a new class called Nose Games which utilizes the dog's natural scenting ability. It is great fun for both dog and handler. See below for more details.

Location

San Antonio Humane Society building at 4804 Fredericksburg Road, just outside of Loop 410.

Classes Offered

Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. Proof of Vaccinations must be presented at the time of registration. PLEASE SEE OUR DETAILED VACCINATION POLICY BELOW. Clicker, Obedience, Rally and Puppy classes are 8 weeks long and cost $80. The Nose Games class is 6 weeks long and costs $80. More detailed descriptions of the classes and current schedule are shown below. For further information call 210 738 1030. Leave a message and a club member will gladly return your call.

SADTC reimburses 50% of the class fee for perfect attendance in a training class for those who have adopted dogs from an acknowledged rescue organization.

Puppy Class: This course is for puppies 3 months to 9 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 / Clicker I: 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 and the dog should understand the basic commands. No prerequisite class required.

Clicker II: 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 Clicker I.

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 or Clicker II, 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.

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 1: This six-week course teaches handlers about scents and dog scenting skills, as well as how to set up and play a variety of 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 Clicker II class, availability for all six classes and a commitment to complete homework assignments. Class size is limited to eight dogs who are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Class Schedule

Since we are an all volunteer organization, we give our instructors a break over the summer. The planned Class Schedule for the Fall session starting Monday September 15, 2014 is shown below. Most classes are one hour long each week for eight weeks. Fall registration will be on Monday September 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Humane Society, first come, first serve, CASH OR CHECK ONLY (Please NO dogs at Registration but be sure to bring your dog's SHOT RECORDS). Please verify class times at registration for any last minute changes.

SADTC Vaccination Policy

The following are the vaccination requirements for participation in SADTC classes and events:

Vaccinations must be given by or under the supervision of a Veterinarian to be accepted. Owner or breeder administered vaccinations will not be considered adequate protection.

Shot Record folders with check boxes do not constitute proof of vaccination.

PROOF OF VACCINATION AS DEFINED ABOVE MUST BE PRESENTED BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR A CLASS.