This is a Socialization, Training and Confidence Building Class for puppies 8 weeks to 5 ½ months. The new dog owner is guided through the first few months of dog ownership by addressing issues such as housebreaking and basic house rules. Class size limited.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
This is a positive, educational, and fun experience for dogs up to the age of one year. The components of the course are Socialization, Training, Activity, and handlers learning responsible dog ownership. Puppies are well socialized and learn the skills that are the basics for more advanced training. The S.T.A.R. Puppy test is offered with this course.
This class is for dogs 5 1/2 months or older and is meant to teach basic manners and controlled walking (called heeling), come, sit, down, stay, figure 8s , stand for exam (for grooming and veterinary exams), and paying attention. This is taught thru playing games that make learning fun.
Advanced Beginner Obedience – Club Members Only
All new members must start in this class and will advance as they and their dog make progress in training. This class is structured to teach the mechanics of the novice exercises. Dogs and handlers will become familiarized with our group training. This class is also for young dogs that need an opportunity to become familiar with group training on a low-key level.
Novice Obedience – Club Members Only
This class is for dogs and handlers who have finished the requirements for the Advanced Beginner Obedience Class and are ready to move on to having fun perfecting the obedience exercises on leash. Exercises consist of attention, heeling on and off leash, figure 8, recalls (with the goal of off leash recall), sits and downs, and sit/stay and get your leash. Games are an important part of this class.
Show Ready Class – Club Members Only
This class is for dogs and handlers who are ready to show and want to perfect their performance. Handlers and dogs will be introduced to advanced exercises as well.
The second level of obedience includes more complicated exercises which teach the dog to do a variety of tasks and to follow commands either by voice or signal. Exercises include:
- Heel Free and Figure Eight – Same as Novice, but off leash.
- Command Discrimination – Stand dog, leave, go 15 ft, turn, Down dog, leave & go another 15 ft, return to heel position.
- Drop on Recall – Can be a lifesaving command for a dog, since it gives the handler control in potentially dangerous situations.
- Retrieve on Flat
- Retrieve Over High Jump
- Broad Jump
- Sit/Stay – 1 minute, 30 ft away
- Down/Stay, Get your Leash – Dog must remain in a down position while handler leaves ring to retrieve leash.
The third and highest level of regular obedience competition. Exercises include:
- Signal Exercise – Shows the dog’s ability to understand and correctly respond to the handler’s signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice commands are given; only hand signals are allowed.
- Scent Discrimination – Shows the dog’s ability to find the handler’s scent among a pile of articles.
- Directed Retrieve – Proves the dog’s ability to follow a directional signal to retrieve a glove and promptly return it to the handler.
- Moving Stand and Examination – The dog must heel, stand, and stay as the handler moves away. The dog must stay and accept an examination by the judge and return to the handler on command.
- Directed Jumping – The dog must go away from the handler, turn, and sit. Then the dog must clear whichever jump its handler indicates and promptly return to the handler.