Class Descriptions

Not all classes are scheduled every session. Refer to Training page for schedule and general information.

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Puppy Kindergarten – For puppies 10 weeks and under 6 months of age. This class provides a forum for individuals to learn about responsible dog ownership and an environment for socializing your new puppy with others of like age and with different people. Both structured elementary obedience training (sit, stay, come) and play activities are integrated in class presentations to introduce and reinforce proper behaviors and socialization.

Good Manners – For dogs over 6 months of age. This class introduces and reinforces in a structured environment the basic on and off lead obedience skills to your dog. Proper socialization around other dogs and people is reinforced. This training also provides the dog the skills necessary to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam given at the end of each session. CGC certification is the first step towards qualifying your dog as a Therapy Dog.

Show Handling – Provides general information on the AKC organization, its rules and regulations, and the basics of exhibiting your dog in AKC conformation competition shows including class definitions, placements and championship point and title awards Overviews of the Superintendent and its role in AKC sanctioned events and the proper procedures and various means available to enter dog shows are provided. Personal attention is given by knowledgeable instructors on breed standards and the correct stacking, gaiting, and examination procedures to best present your dog for judge’s evaluation. Ring procedures and etiquette are introduced, practiced and reinforced in a simulated formal exhibition environment for both handler and dog

Beyond Basic – For dogs which have completed the Good Manners Class or already have equivalent obedience skills. This class introduces the dog to additional AKC obedience skills both on and off lead, and reinforces those skills already learned. AKC Rally obedience training and exhibition skills are introduced. The skills necessary for dogs and handlers to compete at the Pre-Novice and Novice level in AKC Obedience and Rally Trials are emphasized. This class will also prepare dogs for the new AKC Advanced CGC test, the CGCA – Community Canine Title.

Rally! – Rally provides a link from the CGC program to obedience or agility competition, both for the dog and the handler. Rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition. Dogs should have basic obedience skills. Novice level skills will be taught, with introduction and progression into the more difficult Advanced and Excellent levels if possible. See Flyer

Show Handling Drop-inAn informal environment for handler and dog conformation ring practice. Show Handling Drop-in provides individuals and their dogs a simulated environment to practice conformation ring stacking, gaiting, and examination. An instructor will be present to manage and to emulate AKC ring activities. No formal structured instruction is provided.

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