Summer and Fall Training Schedule - Course Descriptions
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.
This class is for dogs just starting in obedience who want to further advance their obedience skills after basic obedience class and/or who may be interested in the possibility of showing in AKC obedience trials. This class will prepare students for AKC Beginner Novice and Novice obedience levels. Exercises taught will include heel on leash, figure 8, heel free, sit and stand for examination, recall, stay while handler walks around the ring, long sit (1 minute) and long down (1 minute).
This course will teach a new all-inclusive sport for you and your dog called Rodeo Dog (https://rodeodog.weebly.com). This sport is like barrel racing for horses but with dogs! The purpose of this sport is to form a bond with your dog and compete in a fun and safe environment. Any dog or handler can do this. No experience is needed. There are no restrictions and accommodations will be made for handler or dog so that everyone can participate. Both Clover and Straight Line games will be taught in this course. Beginner levels will be on leash and titles may be earned with your dog at various levels.
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.
AKC Community Canine (CGCA) Prep Class:
This class will prepare you and your dog to take the AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test. The CGCA is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and requires a dog to demonstrate CGC skills in a community setting. The class and test are conducted in real life situations, which can include walking through a crowd on a busy sidewalk or in a local park.
Reliable Recall Class:
This course will focus on teaching your dog how to build a reliable recall so that your dog will come to you when called. This course will help strengthen your relationship with your dog and teach foundation skills needed to build a successful recall. The course will discuss practices to increase off leash recall success and safety of your dog. A variety of games will be played with your dog to reinforce recalls to you and you will be taught how to have success as environments and distractions increase. This is a 3-week mini class session focusing specifically on the recall. Basic obedience skills will not be covered in this course.