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BASIC
OBEDIENCE
CLASSES:

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Puppy
Adolescent
Good Manners 1
Good Manners 2
Canine Good Citizen

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RALLY
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SPECIALTY
CLASSES

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Freestyle
Freestyle Drill Team,
Musical Rally Challenge

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SPECIAL
CLASSES

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TRACKING
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ADVANCED
COMPETITIVE
OBEDIENCE

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Class Schedule

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BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES

(Includes Puppy, Adolescent, Good Manners 1, Good Manners 2, and Canine Good Citizen)
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PUPPY:
Designed for young dogs up to 5 ½ months of age (except small dogs who can be slightly older). Dogs must have received at least two DHPP immunizations by the start of class. The course includes:

  • How Dogs Learn and How to be a Good Communicator
  • Using the Right Tools – training equipment, timing of reward, marker sound, release word
  • Introduction of Basic skills:  Sit, Down, Come when Called, Watch Me, Walking on Leash, and Leave It / Take It
  • Socialization with People, other Pups and Objects
  • Bonding and Confidence Building
  • Supervised Puppy Playtime and insights into Good Play
  • Problem Solving, House training and Self-Calming skills

ADOLESCENT:
Designed for dogs from 6 – 12 months of age. This class focuses on young dogs who are new to a training class environment, or young dogs who have participated in Puppy class and want more practice with basic skills and socialization activities. The course includes:

  • How Dogs Learn and How to be a Good Communicator
  • Using the Right Tools – training equipment, timing of reward, marker sound, release word
  • More Skills:  introduction to Sit-Stay and Down-Stay, Recalls, continued Leash Work, Touch Hand, and Leave It / Take it / Give It
  • Continued work on Self-Calming skills plus Redirection techniques
  • Greeting people and other dogs without lunging or jumping
  • Confidence Building and continued Socialization
  • Proofing and Problem Solving

GOOD MANNERS 1:
Designed for dogs 1 year of age and older.  This class is for dogs who are new to a training class environment or young dogs who have participated in Puppy class and want more practice with skills without socialization activities.  The course includes:

  • Using the Right Tools – training equipment, timing of reward, marker sound, release word
  • More Skills:  introduction to Sit-Stay, Down-Stay, Recalls (distance), continued Leash Work with additional leash control, Touch Hand, Stand for grooming or examination, and Leave It / Take it / Give It
  • Working on skills with distractions
  • Greeting people and other dogs without lunging or jumping
  • Continued work on Self-Calming skills plus Redirection techniques
  • Proofing and Problem Solving

GOOD MANNERS 2:
A continuation of Adolescent Dog and/or Good Manners classes. This class is designed for dogs and owners who have been successful in the introductory level classes and owners who wish to further solidify their dog’s training.

Pre-requisites:  Dog should be solid on Sit, Down, Stand, Recall, Leave It, Watch Me / Attention to Handler, Touch Hand, Walk Nicely on Leash, and Stay (for a minimum of 10 seconds).

Course includes:

  • Building more consistent obedience skills and behaviors
  • Improving the owner’s handling skills, including introduction to Hand Signals
  • Attention and control exercises
  • Learning the Heel Position and Heeling Patterns
  • Finishes, right and left
  • Recalls and Come Fore (front) with distractions
  • Longer duration of Sit-Stay, Down-Stay and Stand-Stay
  • Walking by / alongside other dogs, people and/or distractions
  • Beginning off-leash work

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN:
The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  This is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.  The program is open to all dogs, pedigree and mixed breed.  The CGC test is not a competition.  It does not require the dog to perform with precision rather to a high standard.  The AKC now recognizes the successful completion of the CGC test as an official title and owners can apply for that recognition.

Our CGC Class is created to help owners and their dogs strengthen their bond, polish skills learned in previous training classes and prepare for the CGC test.  During the multi-week class all aspects of the program will be covered and each exercise will be reviewed and practiced.  The CGC Test will be offered the last week of classes by registered AKC Evaluators.

10 Required Exercises:

  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Acceptance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk
  • Walking Through a Crowd
  • Sit and Down on Command / Staying in Place
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distractions
  • Supervised Separation

To learn more about the Canine Good Citizen Program: 
www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/about

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RALLY:

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Rally obedience can be described as obedience exercises performed in an agility format, or "48 FUN! ways to find heel position," with the emphasis on FUN! Rally is a terrific sport to use to build a working relationship between dog and handler that will serve as a foundation for other human-dog team sports.

A Rally ring contains a course of stations that handler and dog must complete, performing the correct exercise at each station, without direction from the judge. In the Rally ring, the handler can talk to the dog during the course and give verbal and hand cues for the same exercise.

Rally-style obedience was conceived and developed as a dog sport in the 1990s. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers began awarding titles in RallyO in 2001. The American Kennel Club allowed Rally as an exhibition sport at obedience trials for several years, then began awarding titles in 2005.

To learn more about the sport and competition: 
www.akc.org/events/rally

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SPECIALTY CLASSES:
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Currently NVDTC offers the following Specialty Classes: Freestyle, Freestyle Drill Team, and Musical Rally Challenge. See current class schedule for times these classes are being offered.

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SPECIAL CLASSES:

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Special classes incude Puppy Playtime, Small Dog Social, Community Walks, Beyond Basics, and Tricks & Games. Visit our FLYERS page for details on special classes currently being offered.

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TRACKING:

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For your dog: To teach the dog to recognize his tracking command and to indicate an article left on the track by the track layer. We want him to associate his tracking harness with this work. The only time he will wear his harness is when he is tracking. Motivation is important; the dog must really want to find that article. We will make him think that finding that article is the best thing he has ever done. To create this enthusiasm everything will be made very simple and easy in the beginning. THERE ARE NO CORRECTIONS. As the dog becomes more proficient, the tracks will gradually be lengthened, aged and turns will be added.

For You: Successful training necessitates knowing exactly where the track has been laid at all times. You will learn how to walk a straight line, accurately judge your distance over varied terrain, find landmarks, etc. to be able to remember exactly where your turns are, and by the time you are up to more than one turn to draw accurate maps of your track. You will also learn line handling so that you don't get tangled up, distract your dog by jerks, and maximize his tracking performance with a taut line.

THE DOGS WILL HAVE FUN IN THIS CLASS. HOWEVER IT IS DIFFERENT FROM AN OBEDIENCE CLASS IN THE TIME COMMITMENT IT TAKES. YOU WILL LEARN A LOT MORE IF YOU REMAIN FOR THE ENTIRE SESSION (WHICH COULD TAKE TWO - THREE HOURS OF THE MORNING). STEPS WILL BE COVERED EACH SESSION THAT ASSUME YOU'VE HAD FOUR OR FIVE PRACTICE SESSIONS BETWEEN EACH CLASS. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER AUDITING THE CLASS AND THEN PRACTICING WITH YOUR DOG ON YOUR OWN TIME FRAME.

To learn more about the sport and competition: 
www.akc.org/events/tracking

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ADVANCED COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE
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This course is specifically designed for those handlers who desire to train their dogs toward off leash obedience work. For the dog sports enthusiast, obedience is the basis for the variety of competitions offered. The course includes:

• Developing relationship between handler and dog
• Improving dog’s attention and focus
• Solving and preventing problems which might occur in the obedience ring
• Quicker reactions to commands
• Methods for effectively motivating, rewarding, and conditioning your dog
• Introduction to Drop on Recall
• Introduction to jumping: Broad Jump, High Jump, Bar Jump
• Introduction to retrieving
• Introduction to Signal exercises, Utility Stand
• “Proofing” Long Sits and Downs