Class Descriptions

Basic Classes

Puppy

Limited to puppies ages ten weeks to five months. Heel, down, down-stay, sit, sit-stay, come on lead, stand. Crate training is also addressed. Problems: biting, jumping, protesting, house training, chewing, nail clipping. Puppy play time too!

Puppy Level 2

This class continues the skills learned in the Puppy class. It is open to all dogs, a year or younger, who have gone through at least one formal obedience class.

Basic

Adult dogs over six months. Heel, down, down-stay, sit, sit-stay, come on lead, stand. Crate training is also addressed. Problems: biting, jumping, protesting, house training, chewing, nail clipping. Let us help you solve your dog's problems and help make your dog a great companion and family member!

Advanced Basic

Adult dogs a year or older, and who have completed at least one basic obedience class, are eligible to join this class. Builds on skills learned in Basic, introduces distractions, helps make your dog more reliable and steady. A fun class to improve your teamwork with your dog.

AKC Canine Good Citizen

Prepares dogs to take the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. CGC classes 1-5 are in preparation for the CGC test. Class 6 is the CGC test. Remember, Canine Good Citizen is now an official AKC title!

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Puppies up to 1 year old can now get off to a good start by earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate. In addition to basic skills training, this program is designed to help with any puppy-raising questions you might have. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is also a lead-in to the Canine Good Citizen classes/test.

AKC Community Canine (CGCA)

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.

The CGCA and CGCU classes/tests are offered on a rotating schedule. See our Schedule page for a list of current classes.

For more information about the CGCA, see this article.

AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU)

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.

The CGCA and CGCU classes/tests are offered on a rotating schedule. See our Schedule page for a list of current classes.

For more information on the CGCU, look here.

Competition Classes

The following classes are offered for students who are interested in showing a dog in obedience competition.

Introduction to Nosework/Odor

Nosework, or Scentwork (as it is also called), is for any dog and handler, regardless of physical ability. Scentwork can be fun for both you and your dog. You will learn to trust your dog's nose as he searches for food and/or scented Q-Tips (odors) in boxes and other containers. The dogs work one at a time and at their own speeds. Introduction to Nosework is a prerequisite to Introduction to Odor.

Rally Obedience

Rally is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers that combines elements of obedience and agility. The dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. AKC Rally is open to AKC breeds and mixed breed dogs registered in the AKC Canine Partners program.

Novice Obedience (CD)

AKC Novice ring requirements, etiquette and rules. Finish, figure eight, stand for exam, heeling, recalls, and stays. Practice as if in ring. May introduce down-in-motion, jumping, or retrieving (at the Instructor's discretion).

Open (CDX)

Open Obedience classes operate on an ongoing basis.

AKC Open ring requirements, etiquette and rules. Off-lead heeling, out-of-sight sits and downs, drop on recall, figure eight, jumping and retrieving a dumbbell. Ring practice. 

Utility (UD) 

Like Open obedience classes, Utility classes operate on an ongoing basis.

AKC Utility ring requirements, etiquette and rules. Signals, scent work, directed retrieve, and directed jumping. 

Flyball

Flyball is a relay race with 4 dogs on a team. The course consists of a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The first hurdle is 6 feet from the start line and the box is 15 feet from the last hurdle for a 51 foot overall length. The dogs jump the hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat.

Agility

Even if you don't recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition. Designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!

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