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AKC STAR Puppy

This class is for puppies under 4 months of age and meets once a week for six weeks. The class is based on the AKC S.T.A.R. Program, and the instructor is an approved AKC CGC Evaluator. Owners and puppies will earn an AKC STAR Certificate with the successful completion of the class. We emphasize activities that encourage the development of a confident, well cared for and well adjusted puppy. The class deals with house-training, crate training, grooming, proper socialization, and beginning obedience.

Puppy Pre-Agility

Prerequisite:  Puppy Socialization – Limited to puppies aged 4-7 months
The purpose of this class is to help you and your pup begin to work as a team and to communicate in a distracting environment. Some skills taught are crosses, distance work, toy motivation, driving through an open weave channel, recalls, and more. This class is for those just wanting to have fun with their pup, as well as those intending to work toward a future in agility or obedience competition. Bring your hungry puppy with a buckle collar and leash, several different treats, and a favorite toy suitable for tugging.

4-6 Puppy Home Manners

This class is for puppies 4 to 6 months old and meets for 7 weeks. The exercises taught in this class are the same as Home Manners, with the only difference being that it’s for the younger dogs. As in Home Manners, do not bring the pup the first night.

Home Manners

This class is for dogs over 6 months of age. Exercises taught are sit, down, stay, walk on leash, come when called, and home manners. This is a 7-week class–1 night a week–with a book and a workbook. The first class is orientation, so do NOT bring your dog the first night of class.

Public Manners

Prerequisite:  Home Manners
This class is for those wishing to progress further with their training and gain more control over their dogs. This class helps to prepare dogs to pass the Canine Good Citizen test given the last night of class. The CGC is a certification offered by the American Kennel Club. The class also offers more work toward off-leash comes and stays as well as introducing some fun background exercises for competition training.

Community Canine

Prerequisite:  CGC TITLE
The goal of this class is to pass the Community Canine test. Passing the test on Week 5 earns the new AKC title of CGCA.
A copy of the Evaluator’s form showing the dog passed the CGC OR the AKC Title Certificate must be presented the first day/night of class.
One or two of the class sessions may be held in a location away from the training building.

Tricks 1: Foundations

Pre-requisite: Home Manners or 4-6 Home Manners
In this 6 week class participants will learn fundamental training concepts such as targeting, mimicking and capturing. Behaviors will build on basic exercises learned in Home Manners to chain them into Tricks including Say Your Prayers, Hoop Jump, Leg Weave and Wipe your Paws and others. Final class session will include assessment and opportunity to earn Novice Tricks Title (NTD) from Do More With Your Dog (R) organization.

Competition Obedience & Rally Classes

Obedience/Rally Skills

Prerequisite: Public Manners
This class teaches the dog the skills required to continue on into either the Novice class or the Rally class. Methods are motivational yet are geared for precision. This challenging class involves different methodology than learned in the pet classes and requires that the dog be worked between classes in order to keep up.

Beginner Rally

Prerequisite: Obedience/Rally Skills
This class Builds on skills introduced in Obedience/Rally skills and how they are applied when performing Rally signs. Students are introduced to the rules and regulations for Rally competition, novice signs and how to walk a course for Rally Novice. This class is limited to 8 dogs.

Intro to Novice

Prerequisite: Obedience/Rally Skills
This class builds upon the foundation skills taught in the Obedience/Rally Skills class and teaches the skills and exercises required to compete in the AKC optional titling class, Beginner Novice. This class will also introduce the foundation skills necessary to progress toward the Novice exercises, including stand for exam and formal healing. Students are expected to work their dogs between classes.

Novice

Prerequisite: Obedience/Rally Skills
This class concentrates on teaching the Novice exercises for those with the goal of competing in Obedience Trials. The foundation skills learned in ORS and Beginner Novice are built upon and formed into formal exercises as done in trials.  The goal of this class is to prepare the student and dog to compete and earn a Novice title.  Drop-ins are allowed in this class.

Rally

 Prerequisite: Obedience/Rally Skills
This class prepares the dog and handler for the Rally ring. The class primarily teaches how to perform the signs properly, rules and running courses. The skills, or maneuvers, the dog must do to properly perform these exercises are taught in O/R Skills.

Open/Utility

This class is for learning Open and Utility exercises as well as practice for students/dogs already doing the exercises.  Drop-ins are allowed in this class.

RingReady/Open/Utility

Prerequisite: Dog must have earned a CD, or handler has earned a CD and team has instructor approval.
This class starts with 1/2 hour of Ring-Ready heeling (proofing & handling) followed by instruction or practice of Open and Utility exercises as appropriate for individual team.  Drop-ins are allowed in this class.

Beginner Agility Classes

Agility Basics I

Prerequisite: Public Manners
This course will help handlers and their dogs build on the basic skills they began learning in Home Manners/Public Manners and show how these skills may be applied in agility training. While this course will serve as a foundation for those wishing to continue their agility training, it is also intended to improve general handling skills, build confidence in both handlers and their dogs, and enhance the relationship between people and their canine companions.

Agility Basics II – Contacts

Prerequisite: Agility Basics I
The purpose of this class is to start or re-learn the contact obstacles in agility, channels weaves and open and closed tunnels.

Contacts Contacts Contacts

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agility Basics II – Contacts
This class will focus on Discrimination at the contacts (with tunnels), Contact Speed, and Getting Distance from the Contacts without losing performance.  Will also focus on improving collection at the end of the contacts, be it a stopped contact or a running one.   Each session will have different layouts and techniques used.

Competition Agility Classes

Agility Basics II – Pre-Competition

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Agility Basics II-Contacts and Agility Basics II-Jumps classes per the Instructor’s sign off.
This class is also for students that need work on proofing obstacle distance, and to learn how to set up a course safely and read a course layout map. Purpose and Goals of the Agility Basics II – Pre-Competition Class: To proof all the obstacles in agility with handler distance to include an emphasis on using a verbal release from all the contacts. The Student will learn accurate, exact and consistent body language for all obstacles. The weave poles will go from 4 poles, to 6 poles, and finally to 12 poles during this class. Students will start building independent obstacles completion no matter the handler location. Students will learn to always release the dog from a contact with a verbal release. One focus will be on teaching “between the obstacles” and how to handle the dog “between the obstacles.”

Agility Competition

Prerequisite: Competition Agility Basics II – Pre-Competition and the recommendation of that instructor.
This class is designed for students ready to compete in agility, and course work will concentrate on the open/excellent/masters level.   We will concentrate on more handling and more involved course layouts, and maintaining and sharpening skills.

Special Classes

Beginning Conformation-The World of Dog Showing

Learn the difference between conformation and confirmation, which dogs are eligible to enter a dog show, what is a breed standard, how and what class to enter, how to figure points if you win, etiquette and sportsmanship, vocabulary, proper equipment — and also with time to work with your dog.  This class is for the beginning handler or someone who wants to find out more so they can understand and enjoy watching a dog show.

Tracking Class

Wondering if Tracking is for your dog?  If he can eat, sniff, and walk – he can track!
See Getting Started in Tracking Events to learn more about tracking titles and rules.

Nosework Beginners (#1)

For dogs who have never attended a nosework class or workshop

Nosework Advanced (#2)

Dogs must have successfully completed #1 and be started on odor

Nosework Competition:

Dogs must be on odor
Containers & Interiors (#3)
Exteriors & Vehicles (#4)

Traveling Nosework (#5)

Students must have completed #2 or be enrolled in or have taken #3 and #4

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