Winter Training Schedule - Course Descriptions
DMWYD Canine Conditioning Fitness Titling Class:
This course will teach you exercises to complete the five Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) fitness components: Flexibility, Balance, Stamina, Coordination and Strength to earn DMWYD Canine Conditioning Fitness titles on your dog. This course will provide instruction on how to safely use canine conditioning equipment, maintain proper alignment and build a solid fitness foundation gradually by a certified Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC). There are four levels of fitness titles which can be accomplished. Some benefits of physically conditioned dogs include: better performance in sports and injury prevention; ability to maintain a healthy weight; maintain balance and coordination; provide an outlet for energy and reduce hyperactivity; strengthen the human-dog relationship and provide dogs with a sense of security; aide in behavioral problems relating to insufficient activity or boredom; and teach dogs to follow basic and advanced commands.
Puppy Kindergarten (AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy):
This class is for puppies 3-6 months of age. This class will focus on commands such as sit, down, stay, come, drop, and leave it. Behaviors such as waiting at doors, attention, play, confidence building and potty training will be taught in addition to addressing issues such as biting and jumping. Basic grooming and care of your puppy in addition to safety will also be covered. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy testing will be available for those interested who attend all 6 of the classes.
This class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. This class will focus on commands such as sit, down, stand, stay, wait, leave it, come and go to place. In addition, loose leash walking, heeling, introduction to distractions, hand signals, play, separation from handler, and play concepts will be covered.
This class will teach your dog fun tricks at a variety of levels! Tricks offer mental stimulation, provide valuable bonding time, and build confidence in your dog which is great for fearful, anxious or reactive dogs. Tricks teach your dog how to learn so if they can learn tricks they can learn basic obedience behaviors. Tricks is a hot new program so come join the fun! Testing offered through both AKC and Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) for those interested in earning titles on their dog. Dogs must have basic obedience skills and be at least 6 months old.
Foundation for Dog Sports:
This course focuses on the beginning foundation work needed for a variety of dog sports including obedience, rally, freestyle, rally free, herding, barn hunt, flyball, nosework, conformation, agility, and field work. This course may include but is not limited to exercises to become proficient in engagement/focus, heeling, recalls, fronts and finishes, distance work, targeting, jumping, scent work, impulse control, rear end awareness, stays and retrieves. Skills will be broken down into manageable exercises and drills that will prepare a dog and handler team to perform with confidence and precision. In addition to preparation for competition sports, completion of this course will prepare you for the Denise Fenzi TEAM I & II tests should you wish to pursue those titles (www.fenziteamtitles.com). Prerequisite: Basic Obedience Class
AKC Rally Obedience:
AKC Rally obedience is a fun sport where you and your dog navigate an obstacle course of 10-20 signs which include a variety of obedience exercises, turns, and other interesting exercises. You may do this for a fun activity with your dog or compete with your dog in American Kennel Club (AKC) trials. Rally is a sport that builds teamwork between you and your dog and enhances obedience skills for at home and in public. There are various levels in rally obedience and beginning levels work on leash.
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)/Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Prep Class:
This class will prepare you and your dog to take both the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) tests. The CGC is a core part of the AKC Family Dog Program and is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. The CGC provides foundation for good manners and a well-behaved dog who can interact well with people and other dogs and who can remain under control on a leash. Therapy Dogs International (TDI) regulates and tests therapy dogs for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools/universities, libraries, and other organizations where pet therapy may be needed. Therapy dogs are not service dogs or emotional support dogs.