Class Descriptions

Puppy Performance Agility

Puppy Performance Agility- Puppy Performance will prepare young dogs for agility and is open to dogs 6 months or older. This course prepares dogs the sport of agility on confidence building, building drive, impulse control games, pre-obstacle games, handler focused games and verbal cue introduction. 

Instructor: John Nys

Pre-requisite – either Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Scholar, Basic Obedience or instructor evaluation.

Agility Level 1 - Foundation

Agility- Level 1 – Foundation – Agility foundation is the key to success in agility. This course will focus on building foundation and skills required in agility. Building drive and creating attention games to keep your dogs attention while on course. Some agility equipment familiarization (non-contact equipment). 

Instructor: John Nys

Pre-requisite: Puppy Performance or evaluation. – open to dogs +6 months of age. 

Agility Level 2 - Beginners

Agility for beginners is a continuation of the foundation class with additonal emphasis on foundation work, contact equipment famaliarization.

Instructor: John Nys

Pre-requisite – Agility Level 1 Foundation – open to dogs + 9 months of age

Agility Level 3 - Intermediate

Focus on course work, handling techniques. Handling choices and techniques. Mastering efficient turns and wraps. Full course and drills. Weave pole introduction.

Instructors: John Nys or Jeff Botehlo

Pre-requisite – Agility Level 2- Beginners. Open to dogs +12 months of age.

Agility Level 4 - Competition

Competition agility – focus on building confidence, drive and advanced handling technques.

Instructors: John Nys, Jeff Botehlo or Laura Dolan

Pre-requisite Agility Level 3- Intermediate. Open to dogs +18 months of age.  

Agility Level 5 - Competition/Premier/International

Competition Premier/International agility. Emphasis on international agility course work and advanced handling skills. Buidling the mental game and confidence to be successfully compete on the international and premier levels.

Instructor: John Nys

Pre-requisite Leval 4A competition. Open to dogs +2 years of age.

Agility Advanced Course Work

Advanced Course Work – Class Size limit 5. This one hour class will focus on training both the handler and dog to master handling skills including the “fancy moves” needed to be successful on all types of courses.  Independent obstacle performance will also be emphasized.  The course will be broken down into shorter sequences to allow teams to explore all the handling options and to work through building these skills.  

Instructor: Laura Dolan

Prerequisites: full height equipment necessary

Agility Running Contact Foundation and Skills Class

The “mat method” will be used to build the skills needed for developing running contact criteria. Foundational techniques will be emphasized with the mat on the ground and/or on a down dog walk plank on a table. Skills will be developed away from the full dog walk. The exercises will be tailored to each team’s level and experience. This class is ideal for teams starting to learn a running contact, or for teams that want to focus on skills related to mat work. Fun games will be used to proof the understanding of the mat. Verbal and handling skills to be developed will be: a) go on straight, b) turn to you and c) turn away from you. Open to dogs +6 months of age.

Puppy Kindergarten

Offered to puppies 8 weeks and 6 months. (If you puppy is 6 months or older- please register for Beginner Obedience.) Puppy Kindergarten is a staple class for every new dog owner!  We cannot recommend this class enough to the new puppy owner! Puppy K focuses on all of the basic commands in obedience and also focuses a great deal on socialization of your puppy with other puppies and humans.

Instructor: Daniel Flynn

Puppy Scholar

Puppy Scholar is a continuation of Puppy Kindergarten for the dog owner who wants to take their training a step further! Within this class you will expand on the basic commands learned in Puppy Kindergarten and learn how to apply these commands even further. This class is great for anyone looking to go onto competition obedience or just looking to create a bond with their puppy.

Canine Good Citizen

Is your dog a good citizen and you want everyone to know? Canine Good Citizen classes can help prove it! Help prepare your dog to pass the CGC test with this class. Immerse your dog in social situations with strangers and new dogs, fine-tune basic obedience skills, show off loose-leash walking skills, and much more. At the end of this course, your dog will have the ability to earn their CGC certification.

Instructor: Kari L. Lavalli, Ph.D.

Rally Obedience Level I

A new take on traditional obedience, rally requires handler and dog to navigate a course of 10-20 stations, each with a sign signaling a specific skill to complete. Rally obedience includes basic to advanced obedience skills, ranging from heeling, loose-leash walking, backing up, turning, and more! Build a better bond with your dog while expanding and reinforcing obedience skills along the way.

Rally Obedience Level II

Pre-requisite – To enter this class, teams need to be able to perform a short straight line heeling sequence with attention and focus, have entry level knowledge of turns including hind end rotation for the dog to maintain position, foundations of a front and finish, and have a reliable recall, sit stay, and down.  Students should be familiar with the Novice signs, but do not need to be proficient in executing them.  Proficiency will come with practice.

Description: Class allows students to learn and practice skills necessary to perform Rally Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Rally courses. Students will learn and practice how to perform signs, how to walk and think about courses, as well as the steps required to train and execute skills in a confident, brisk, and focused manner. This class will consist of one or more exercise/skill training nights and then a number of course nights where students can practice the skills they have just learned in true competition-level courses with coaching. Themed exercise nights consist of instruction required to execute and perform signs at the Intermediate and Advanced levels and will start to teach skills at the Excellent level. 

Basic Obedience

This class is offered to puppies between the ages of 6 months older who have not taken any other puppy classes. Puppy Obedience is a staple class for every new dog owner!  This is a class focused on the needs of puppies that are older than 6 months of age. This class focuses on all of the basic commands in obedience and also focuses on socialization of your puppy with other older puppies and humans.

Instructor: Derrike Lacross

Competition Obedience - Novice I

Prerequisite: Dogs must be 6 months of age or older and have completed a basic puppy obedience/kindergarten class. Description: This is a 6 week, 1 hour competition obedience class geared to new handlers. This class will teach the foundation skills for Novice obedience: heeling, stand for exam, recall, sit and down stays. Short homework exercises will allow teams to build on items introduced in class. Emphasis on breaking down exercises for success and making obedience fun for dog and handler. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Competition Obedience - Novice II

Prerequisite: Dogs must be 6 months of age or older and have completed Novice I class or have instructor evaluation and approval. Description: This is a 6 week, 1 hour competition obedience class. This class will work on perfecting the Novice exercises to get dogs prepared to show in Beginner Novice and Novice. Emphasis on attitude and precision, proofing and ring procedures. Students will make best progress with practice between class meetings. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Introduction to Open Obedience

Prerequisite: Dogs must be competent in all Novice exercises. Description: This is a 6 week, 1 hour competition obedience class. Teams will be introduced to all of the Open skills and exercises: retrieving, jumping, command discrimination, as well as continuing to perfect heeling, fronts and finishes. Short homework assignments will allow teams to progress faster. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Competition Obedience - Open II

Prerequisite: Dogs must have completed the Open I class or have instructor evaluation and approval. Description: This is a 6 week, 1 hour competition obedience class. This class will work on proofing and polishing the Open exercises with the goal of getting teams ready to show in Open. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Competition Obedience - Utility I

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have fluency in the Open exercises. Description: This is a 6 week, 60 minute competition obedience class building on skills learned in Novice and Open training to introduce the Utility exercises. Teams will learn scent discrimination, directed jumping, directed retrieve and signals. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Competition Obedience - Utility II

Description: This is a 6 week, 60 minute competition obedience class which will focus on getting dogs ready to show for their Utility title and beyond. In addition to working on proofing and polishing the Utility exercises, ring preparation strategies will be discussed. Class is limited to 4 dogs.

Instructor: Pam Kimel

Trick Dog Training

No matter your dog’s age or skill level, trick training can help build your bond, offer a low-impact form of exercise, all while having fun! Learn tricks that are appropriate for your dog’s ability, age, temperament, and health while helping them gain confidence and impressing your friends! By the end of this class, you’ll be prepared to test you and your dogs skills and work to earn trick dog titles.

Instructor: Kari L. Lavalli, Ph.D.

Nose/Scent Work Intro

This 5 week introductory course is designed for the dog and handler who are new to the Scent and Nose Work sports. It teams you & your dog to search for a specific target odor (Birch). K9 Scent & Nose Work Sport Groups use target odors (e.g. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, etc.) to provide dogs with a sport for their natural scenting skills using a process based game that involves the dog and owner, builds on their ability to imprint on an odor, search/hunt for the odor, provide unique body language to inform the handler that they have scent recognition and ultimately find the source odor and communicate the find. It is a fantastic way to foster a rich engaged relationship with your dog.

Scent and Nose work sports are virtually barrier free and are excellent for all dogs, e.g. high energy; cautious; physically challenged, etc. One dog works at a time in the training ring.

Gear required:

  • Flat or martingale collar and/or harness with D ring located between dog’s shoulder blades
  • 6-10 foot leash
  • Easy access bag with high value, small treats(non-crumbly to prevent excessive food drop)
  • Water to hydrate your dog between scent runs

Instructor: Jennifer Anderson

Nose/Scent Work II

This 5 week Level II course is designed for the dog and handler who have taken a prior UKC, AKC Scent or NACSW Nose work class and are confidently and enthusiastically searching for Birch target odor at a minimum in an interior setting. This class will team you & your dog to search for Birch and Anise in a variety of interior stagings and elements ( containers, 3D, elevated hides, with accessible and inaccessible odor targeting and dive into the fine points of interpreting your dogs’ body language and scent theory to foster an engaged and resourceful team.

K9 Scent & Nose Work Sport Groups use target odors (e.g. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, etc.) to provide dogs with a sport for their natural scenting skills using a process based game that involves the dog and owner, builds on their ability to imprint on an odor, search/hunt for the odor, provide unique body language to inform the handler that they have scent recognition and ultimately find the source odor and communicate the find. It is a fantastic way to foster a rich engaged relationship with your dog.

Scent and Nose work sports are virtually barrier free and are excellent for all dogs, e.g. high energy; cautious; physically challenged, etc. One dog works at a time in the training ring.

Gear required:

  • Flat or martingale collar and/or harness with D ring located between dog’s shoulder blades
  • 6-10 foot leash
  • Easy access bag with high value, small treats(non-crumbly to prevent excessive food drop)
  • Toy (Tug, ball, etc. for play engagement reinforcement if your dog enjoys engaged play)
  • Water to hydrate your dog between scent runs

Instructor: Jennifer Anderson

Nose/Scent Work III

This 5 week Level III course is designed for the dog and handler who have taken a prior UKC, AKC Scent or NACSW Nose work classes and are confidently and enthusiastically  searching for both Birch and Anise target odor at a minimum in an interior setting and have additionally had exposure to Handler Discrimination. This class will feature mock searches, different distractors (non-food, food, visual, auditory, human, and mimics.

It will team you & your dog to search for Birch, Anise and Clove in a variety of  interior  and exterior scenarios and elements ( containers, 3D, elevated hides, Buried with  Sand and Water) and working accessible and inaccessible interior and exterior hides and dive into the fine points of  interpreting your dogs’ body language and scent theory  to foster an engaged and resourceful team.

 K9 Scent & Nose Work Sport Groups use target odors (e.g. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, etc.) to provide dogs with a sport for their natural scenting skills using a process based game that involves the dog and owner, builds on their ability to imprint on an odor, search/hunt for the odor, provide unique body language to inform the handler that they have scent recognition and ultimately find the source odor and communicate the find.  It is a fantastic way to foster a rich engaged relationship with your dog. 

Scent and Nose work sports are virtually barrier free and are excellent for all dogs, e.g. high energy; cautious; physically challenged, etc. One dog works at a time in the training ring.

Gear required:

  • Flat or martingale collar and/or harness with  D ring located between dog’s shoulder blades
  • 6-10 foot leash or 10-15 foot trailing lead
  • Easy access bag with high value, small treats(non-crumbly to prevent excessive food drop)
  • Toy (Tug, ball, etc. for play engagement reinforcement if your dog enjoys engaged  play)
  • Water to hydrate your dog between scent runs

Instructor: Jennifer Anderson

Conformation

Are you looking to up your game in the conformation ring or make your conformation debut? This class will help you and your dog gain ring manners, learn how to properly stack your dog, and give your dog experience with being handled. Receive individual attention and learn the skills needed to help present your dog to their best advantage in the breed ring.

Instructor: TBD

K9 Fitness
This fitness class program will help you understand what a balanced exercise program looks like and how to help your dog achieve a higher level of fitness. This class benefit any sport or activity that you do with your dog and will be focusing on the whole body over the 5 -week session. You will learn exercises that will strengthen the front, rear, and core while improving body awareness, balance and flexibility.  On the final week of class, with assistance from the instructor, the student will put together various work plans based the previous 4 weeks of lessons that will best suit your individual needs and achieve ultimate fitness goals. This class is presented by Carolyn Close- CCFT, FP-MT, M.ED. Please see Carolyn’s bio for more information.

Instructor: Carolyn Close

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