All classes are taught with positive and motivational techniques. We use toys and treats at all levels of classes. Junior handlers age 12+ are welcome. Obedience classes give you the tools to train toward the goal of having a well-mannered companion who is part of your family and a good canine citizen. Agility is a great way to build a tremendous bond with your dog and have a super fun time as well as provide an outlet for the enterprising dog and the one who needs confidence building.
Four-week session which blends basic training and lecture/tips on raising your puppy. Includes introduction to Clicker training, recall (come when called), sit, sit for dinner, down. Pre-requisite: Large breeds 8-12 weeks of age at start of session; small breeds 8-16 weeks of age at start of session, vaccinations appropriate for age of puppy.
Six-week session which includes introduction to Clicker, sit, sit for dinner, down, recall (come when called), sit/down stay, loose leash walking. Pre-requisite: 16 weeks of age, proof of rabies vaccination, vaccinations appropriate for age of dog/puppy.
Advanced Beginner Obedience
Six-week session which builds on the foundation from Beginner Obedience. Includes sit and down on voice cue only, sit and down with hand signals, stay with distractions, stand, heeling/loose leash walking. Pre-requisite: Beginner Obedience.
CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Training
Six-week session which builds on the obedience foundation and focuses on specific skills required for CGC test. Pre-requisite: Advanced Beginner Obedience.
Here is a chance to 'polish up' obedience work with your dog, without committing to a full 6-week session (you can sign up for a 4 week session and pay ahead for a discount or pay drop-in style). The class will include practicing basic obedience commands, working with increasing distractions and duration, and will be tailored to what the students want to work on. Pre-requisite: Beginner Obedience.
Six-week session works on all skills required for Novice, Open and Utility Obedience Competition. Pre-requisite: Advanced Attention.
Six-week session geared toward competition but valuable for everyday life. This class teaches your dog to pay attention to you on a verbal cue, instructs you in precision footwork and helps you and your dog look like a smooth working team. Pre-requisite: none
Six-week session that builds on fundamentals of Beginner Attention. Helps you perfect your footwork with more precision. Works off leash heeling and stays. Prerequisite: Beginner Attention.
Also see "Agility Handling Skills" which is appropriate for puppies.
Six-week session to work on foundation skills for agility. Puppies must be less than 12 months old to attend this class. We will work equipment basics, confidence building and self control skills, coordination as well as flatwork handling. Pre-requisite: Less than 1 year of age, Advanced Beginner Obedience or Advanced Attention, and handler clicker experience.
Introduction to Agility
Six-week introductory course to agility. Dogs and handlers will learn the basics of all agility equipment. We will also cover foundation skills to navigate the equipment as a team. Pre-requisite: Advanced Beginner Obedience or Advanced Attention, dogs must be at least 12 months old.
Agility Weaves & Contacts
Six-week session of agility specifically for conquering contacts and weave poles. Weaves & Contacts will teach your dog how to navigate the contact equipment and weave poles. We will build confidence and drive as well as independence with these obstacles. This class may be taken at the same time as Agility Handling Skills. Pre-requisite: Puppy Agility or Introduction to Agility, dogs must be at least 12 months old.
Agility Handling Skills
Six-week session teaching you and your dog agility handling basics such as front, rear and blind crosses along with other handling foundation skills to navigate sequences. Handling brings you and your dog together to form a great partnership. This class may be taken at the same time as Agility Weaves & Contacts. Pre-requisite: Advanced Beginner Obedience or Advanced Attention, this class is appropriate for puppies as well as adult dogs.
Six-week session bridging the gap between the foundation and upper level classes. For dogs ready to work sequencing but may not be performing equipment at full height or doing closed poles. Pre-requisite: Agility Weaves & Contacts plus Agility Handling Skills.
Six-week agility session for more advanced dog and handler teams. We will work on longer sequences and continue to add to the tool box of handling skills. Pre-requisite: Agility Sequencing or dogs are working confidently on full height equipment and closed weave poles.
Six-week agility session for teams competing in agility. We will work portions of courses and more advanced drills. Hone your timing and teamwork with your dog to achieve all of your competition goals. Pre-requisite: Advanced Agility.
Rally Level I
Six-week session introduces the requirements of all exercises required for AKC Novice Rally Competition. Pre-requisite: Obedience training, Attention or Instructor approval.
Rally Level II
Six-week session introduces the requirements of all exercises required for AKC Advanced and Excellent Rally Competition. Pre-requisite: Rally Level I.
Rally Competition Workshop
Six-week session improves handling skills in all exercises, teaches competition strategy, walking and navigating courses, and practicing in trial-type setting. Pre-requisite: Rally Level II.
Rally Summer Workshop
This flexible class will include basic introduction to the Novice Rally signs and Rally as a sport. Have fun with your dog, try out Rally to see if you and your dog enjoy it, and practice your basic obedience skills so you and your dog stay sharp over the summer. Choose any 4 of the 6 weeks to attend. Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience.
Six classes meeting every other week which instructs all exercises required for Therapy Dog International evaluation. Pre-requisite: stable, well-mannered dog with obedience training, proficient at heeling and stays. We run one training session in the Spring and one training session in the Fall.
Six-week session of half hour classes designed to teach you to stack, gait, free bait your dog and show him to his Championship and beyond! Pre-requisite: Puppies 12+ weeks of age, appropriate puppy vaccinations, accustomed to leash walking.
Six-week session that introduces you to the sport of canine musical freestyle - "dancing with your dog". Learn basic freestyle moves and start to choreograph them to music. Pre-requisite: Advanced Attention.
Six-week session for dog & handler teams to hone clicker skills and learn new tricks. Tricks are a great way to build a better relationship with your dog. We will work on tricks that will help in Agility, Rally and Obedience skills. Pre-requisite: Beginner Attention, Advanced Beginner Obedience or Introduction to Agility.
Our instructors are available to conduct private lessons in any of these areas to address specific training needs. The timing is flexible to meet the needs of our students.