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.
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.
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 which meets one night per week students will be provided with a book and a workbook to provide training help outside of class. The first class is orientation, so do NOT bring your dog the first night of class.
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/title offered by the American Kennel Club. The class also offers more work toward off-leash recalls and stays as well as introducing some fun background exercises for competition training.
Prerequisite: CGC TITLE – 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.
This is a ‘traveling’ class which meets in a variety of pre-determined, local settings. This class provides a review and instruction to help teams practice and improve handler and canine skills necessary for courteous maneuvering through public settings. This is a 5 week class, the last week which ends with an opportunity to test for the CGCA title.
Tricks I: 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 Dog (TKN) from Do More With Your Dog (R) organization.
Tricks II: Advanced
Pre-requisite: Tricks I
In this 6 week class participants will build on the fundamentals learned in the Tricks Foundation class. There will be a number of advanced tricks to choose from in the class curriculum, such as Back Up, Cover your eyes, Head down, and Open door. Final class session will include assessment and opportunity to earn the Intermediate Trick Dog Title (TKI) or Advanced trick title (TKA) for those that are repeating the class.
Competition Obedience & Rally Classes
Prerequisite: Public Manners
This is a ‘gateway to competition’ class which provides instruction to help handlers use motivational methods in training the following: stationary attention, moving attention (working toward precision heeling), and moving from ‘luring’ to cause a behavior to ‘signaling’ to reward a behavior. This is a challenging class which requires that the handler/dog team complete homework between classes in order to keep up.
Prerequisite: Obedience/Rally Skills
This class builds developmentally on skills learned in the Obedience/Rally Skills class. The skills learned and refined through this class are required in both Rally and Novice obedience completion. The class works to introduce and improve the following skills: heeling change of pace, figure 8s,turns, stays with distractions, and competition recalls. This competition level class may be used to prepare dog/handler teams to compete in the Beginner Novice optional titling class. Successful completion of this class also entitles teams to enroll in Rally or Novice obedience classes.
Prerequisite: Beginner Novice
This class builds on skills developed in the Beginner Novice class (heeling attention, handling and footwork) while learning and performing Rally Novice and Intermediate stations. Students are introduced to rules and regulations for rally competition, training the dog the skills required in the stations, and how to walk and handle a dog through a course.
Prerequisite: Beginner Novice
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.
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.
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, 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.”
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.
Scent Work Classes
Scent Work Beginners (#1)
The purpose of this class is to encourage dogs to use their nose to locate a specific odor.
This class is for dogs that have never attended a scentwork class or seminar.
Scent Work Advanced (#2)
Dogs must have successfully completed #1 and be started on odor
Scentwork Competition Containers & Interiors (#3) and Exteriors & Vehicles (#4)
Class Requirements: Dogs must be working on at least one odor and have successfully completed Scentwork Beginners (Session #1) and Scentwork Advanced (Session #2).
This class is for teams preparing to test. Emphasis on dogs ‘ staying at odor’ and handlers ‘reading’ their dog. Class works on containers and interiors.
Scent Work Traveling(#5)
Students must have completed #2 or be enrolled in or have taken #3 and #4
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.
Tracking Beginners (#1)
Dogs are taught to follow human scent and indicate dropped articles in preparation for an AKC tracking test. Open to all dogs.
Tracking Puppies (#2)
For dogs one year old and younger. Same as Tracking Beginners but with a puppies attention and stamina in mind.
Tracking VST (#3)
VST = Variable Surface Tracking. This class will help prepare experienced tracking dogs for an AKC VST test. Dogs enrolled in this class must be working 2.5-3 hours age and have completed a Tracking Beginners class or have prior approval by the Tracking Director.
Tracking TDX (#4)
TDX = Tracking Dog Excellent. This class will help prepare experienced tracking dogs for an AKC TDX test. Dogs enrolled in this class must be working 3 hour age and have completed a Tracking Beginners class, or have prior approval by the Tracking Director.