Class Descriptions

Our classes are open to dogs of all breeds, including mixed breeds, that are 12 weeks of age and older. Class sizes are limited so enroll early to ensure a spot in the class you are eligible for.  If you have any questions, Contact Us.

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Beginner

This class is for dogs that have had little or no formal group obedience training.  The focus of this class is to teach your dog to work with you as a team and to learn how to live in your household as a civilized member of the family. We will teach you how to teach your dog the following exercises in a group setting: 

  • walk on a loose leash without pulling (controlled walking)

  • sit and stay 

  • down and stay 

  • come when called

 

We will also address some specific issues such as jumping, lunging, “leaving” unwanted objects and going to their “place.” Successful completion of this class will allow you and your dog to move up to the Advanced Beginner class which will build on the skills taught in Beginners adding distance, distraction and duration.


Completion of this class might qualify your dog for the AKC Star Puppy test if (s)he is under one year of age.

Advanced Beginner

 

Admission into this class is at the discretion of the instructor or the training director.

 

This class is for dogs that have successfully completed the Beginner class. The focus of this class is to build on the exercises taught in the Beginner class, adding distance, distraction, and duration. Your dog will learn the following exercises: 

  • heel with attention to the handler (walk at your left side without pulling), 

  • sit and stay at a distance with distractions

  • down and stay at a distance with distractions 

  • come when called with distractions. 


Completion of this class will prepare your dog to take the AKC Star Puppy or Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

Beginner Novice

 

Admission into this class is at the discretion of the instructor or the training director.

 

Dogs enrolling in this class must be under total handler control and must be able to perform all of the exercises taught in the Advanced Beginner class.  This class will introduce you and your dog to the sport of competition obedience. Your dog will learn the skills necessary to compete in AKC obedience events starting at the Beginner Novice level. Successful completion of this class will allow your dog to earn a Beginner Novice (BN) title given by the AKC at a sanctioned trial should you choose to compete. The exercises taught are as follows:

  • Heel on leash with attention to the handler, left and right turns, halts with automatic sits

  • Heeling in a figure 8 pattern on leash with attention to the handler, 2 automatic sits

  • Sit for examination on a 6’ leash (Judge touches the dog’s head)

  • Sit Stay (Handler leaves the dog in a sit and walks around the ring)

  • Recall to front (Handler will leave the dog in a sit and call from 30’ to a sit in front of the handler)

Novice                              

 

Admission into this class is at the discretion of the instructor or the training director.

 

Dogs enrolling in this class must reliably perform all exercises taught in the Beginner Novice class. This class will prepare you and your dog for competition in an AKC trial at the Novice level to earn a Companion Dog (CD) title. Non-competitors are welcome if you wish to teach your dog some advanced skills. The exercises taught are as follows:

  • Heel on leash with halts and turns

  • Figure 8 on leash

  • Stand for examination (Dog is left in a stand, off-leash 6 feet from the handler. The Judge touches dog’s head, shoulders, and back. Handler returns to heel)

  • Heel off-leash

  • Recall to the front with dog returning to heel on command

  • Sit/Stay get your leash (Dog is left in a sit/stay while handler retrieves the leash from the ring gate.

Open

 

Admission into this class is at the discretion of the instructor or the training director.

 

This class is for dogs and handlers ready to learn the exercises necessary to earn a Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title. Your dog must be able to perform the exercises in the Novice class and must be able to work reliably off-leash. The exercises taught are as follows:

  • Off-leash heeling with halts and turns

  • Off-leash Figure 8

  • Command Discriminations (The dog changes position from stand, to down, to sit with the handler various distances away)

  • Drop on Recall (While performing a recall exercise, the dog must drop immediately and completely to a down position on command)

  • Retrieve on the Flat (The dog retrieves a dumbbell thrown by the handler)

  • Retrieve over the High Jump (The dog retrieves the same dumbbell, but must go out over a high jump, pick up the dumbbell, and return over the jump)

  • Broad Jump 

  • Stand/Stay get your leash (The dog is left in a stand/stay while handler retrieves the leash from outside the ring)

Utility

 

Admission into this class is at the discretion of the instructor or the training director.

 

This class is for dogs and handlers ready to learn the exercises necessary to earn a Utility Dog (UD) title. This class requires the dog to be able to work away from the handler at a great distance. The dog must be under good verbal control and respond to the handler’s commands. In addition, the dog must have a reliable retrieve. The exercises taught are as follows:

  • Signal Exercise (Off-leash heeling with signals to stand, down, sit & recall front & finish)

  • Scent Article Discrimination (The dog must retrieve an article last handled by the handler from a group of identical articles).

  • Directed Retrieve (Retrieve to a glove)

  • Moving Stand for Exam (Dog must stop in motion and remain standing for examination by a judge)

  • Directed Jumping (Dog is sent away from handler to a sit then jumps as directed by the handler)