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  • Agility
  • Beginner Conformation
  • Basic
  • Beyond Basic
  • Beyond The Back Yard Designed by Denise Fenzi
  • Canine Good Citizenship
  • Canine Freestyle
  • Conformation Handling
  • Competition Novice
  • Foundation Agility
  • Foundation Shaping For Advanced Obedience
  • Foundation Skills for Competition Dog Sports
  • Fun with Utility
  • Heeling and Hand Signals
  • Intermediate
  • Intro to Novice
  • Intro to Open
  • Open
  • Puppy Advanced
  • Puppy Star
  • Rally Master
  • Rally Obedience
  • Tracking Class
  • Training the Formal Retrieve
  • Therapy Dog Prep Class
  • Novice Tricks
  • Utility
  • Urban CGC
  • Competition Class
Our Agility class is for beginners who are looking to get started.  You and your dog will become familiar with the equipment, will learn how to target (two paws on), etc.  Your dog should have a good knowledge of Basic skills before taking the class.
A beginner class for those wishing to learn how to handle their purebred dog in the conformation show ring. Topics will include the AKC Standard, Hard Stack, Free Stack, Gait, Patterns, Proper use of Bait, Ring Procedure, and Ring Etiquette. 
A basic obedience course for dogs over six months old. Emphasis is on walking on leash, heeling, coming when called, sit, stand, down, stay and house manners. Information on health, safety, grooming, and problem solving is included. This can be a first class for dogs, but is also a great refresher class for dogs that have been out of classes for a while.
Beyond Basic is for those individuals/dogs who have had Basic and want to continue training, but are not quite ready for competition classes. Pre-req: Basic (or comparable) class. Dogs must be well-behaved around other dogs and people. The class will work on firming up heeling, stays, recalls with distractions, as well as retrieve and carry, tricks, and certain Rally Obedience moves.
This class is for dogs and handlers that have prior obedience skills.  The dog must be at least one year of age or older with basic behaviors such as sit, stay, come, and loose leash walking if the person is holding a cookie.  This class is designed to teach you and your dog how to react towards distraction Beyond the Back Yard and the show ring. Your dog must possess a usable motivator (toys, food, praise, etc.) For the purpose of this class, we will use food.  If your dog is antisocial or fearful (to dogs or people) please do not consider this class unless you are an experienced handler with (Instructor discretion.) 
A training course designed to prepare the dog and owner to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test. Emphasis is on the practical application of basic obedience commands in the home environment. For more information about CGC visit the AKC web site.
A class that combines the fun of training with music and choreography.
A class preparing the dog for performance in the breed show ring.
Designed for dogs and handlers that are planning a show career.
The emphasis will be not only on training the dogs to perform reliably but to teach THE HANDLER to be a better trainer. As well as covering the novice exercises in performance, emphasis will be on the rules of competition, and on the interaction with the judge.
Foundation Agility will familiarize the puppy / young dog to the basics of agility.  Starting with heeling on both sides, fronts, rears and blinds on the flat, tugging.  Introduction to movement, sending, recalls, sending around cones, basic 2 on-2 off, starting weaves.  Goal - teach the pups to be teachable, and the handlers to communicate on the canine level.
Topics we could cover - competition heeling, intro to the dumbbell, glove, scent articles (i.e., shape the hold), drop on recall, hand signals, go outs, conditioning work, attention games, etc. Dogs should have attended an Intermediate class, a CGC class or a Novice class. RDOC also offers special classes on occasion, including: Clicker training, Attention, Retrieving, Handling in the Obedience Ring, etc.
Believe it or not, Rally, Obedience,  and Agility all have the same, or very similar, foundation behaviors. This class will focus on keeping the dog attentive and focused on the handler, using engagement to empower the dog to drive you to train him.  Most behaviors will be taught “on the flat,” teaching your dog the skills he needs to be successful getting from obstacle to obstacle.  In addition, a significant portion of this class will be using reinforcement, as opposed to luring, to establish reliable behaviors.  We will actively teach skills which will remove the cookies/toys off your body.  Some basic agility equipment skills will be introduced once the dog and handler begin to show drive and control!  All of the skills taught in this class have excellent cross over to obedience and rally.  Class requirements are a non reactive dog that can work off leash, and a handler who is willing to use food and toys with an open mind.
Class will consist of problem solving, games & proofing to solidify the utility exercises. Students need not be ready to compete yet, but should have basic foundation skills such as heeling & retrieve. Ring handling & competition rules will be covered, but this will not be just run-thrus. Everyone's ideas for dealing with individual issues will be welcome.
This class will cover competition heeling using the “Choose to Heel” method where your dog will learn to want to be in heel position because it is a positive, fun and safe place to be. In addition we will train the dog to respond to hand signals for the down, the sit and the recall.
The Intermediate class is perfect for the dog who has completed a Basic class and would like to take their training to the next level.  This class is tailored to the students’ needs and may include, but not limited to, individual or group exercises that work on Stays, Recalls (with and without distractions), Heeling, Figure 8’s, Stands, and Sit for Exam.  Various exercises will be covered to lengthen the time & reliability of each exercise. 
To familiarize the students with the requirements set forth in the AKC Regulations in regards to ring procedure, Principles of the exercises, proofing, and critique exercises in both the Beginner Novice and Novice Classes.
This class will introduce trainers to the exercises required for the AKC CDX title. Includes retrieve, jumping and off-lead heeling.  Prerequisite:  Basic or Novice class.
This class is designed for those who wish to expand their dog's training to include retrieving, jumping and off leash work and to prepare for an AKC Companion Dog Excellent Title. Dog must have at least one qualifying score towards their Companion Dog title in order to join this class.

Puppy Advance is for puppies that have completed the STAR Puppy Class (4 months to 10 months) or equivalent.  Your Puppy is like a sponge soaking up as much love and guidance from you as they can.  This class will strengthen on your basic commands sit, down, stay, heeling, while working around distractions along with rear end awareness. We will teach your puppy how to check-in when out on walks as well as having a solid recall with distractions. This is a great class to help prepare your puppy for the Canine Good Citizen, Beginning Rally or just your best friend you can take everywhere.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program Brochure Get (pdf)


A course for puppies up to six months old. Emphasis is on socialization with people and other puppies, play training, housebreaking and other problem solving. The puppy is introduced to basic obedience commands including sit, down, come and walking on a leash. It is a program certified by the American Kennel Club as a precursor to the Canine Good Citizen with the main focus being Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. The owner and puppy must pass 20 test items to pass the course.

The Rally Masters class is designed for the experienced Rally team who has an interest to pursue the next level. We will cover the Masters level regulations, all the Masters level signs, and techniques will be presented to train the team to perform them. Teams should be training at the Rally Excellent level.

Rally is fun for both the handler and dog. It helps the dog maintain focused attention and an enthusiastic attitude. It promises an enjoyable platform and fun and excitement for the dogs, owners and spectators. Rally incorporates the use of a series of numbered directional exercise signs to guide the dog and handler through the designated course. The dog and handler team heels from one sign to the next and performs the exercises indicated by each sign, until the course is completed.

We offer 3 levels of Rally Classes:

  • Beginning Rally
    This is a great class to take after a CGC, Intermediate or a Basic class. This class will teach you how to correctly complete each rally exercise/sign at the novice (beginning) level. All exercises are done on lead. The dog should be able to be walk nicely on a leash, and have the basic sit, down and stay commands (a recall would be nice but not necessary.

  • Intermediate Rally
    To take this class you must have a complete understanding of the Novice Rally signs and exercises.

  • Rally Practice
    This is class is for students who want to run through a novice rally course.  You should be familiar with the basic novice rally signs before taking this class.  This is an eight session class.

1.  Everyone will lay tracks for someone else.  Learning to be a tracklayer is a critical part of tracking. (how else are you going to train????);
2.  Weather has no impact on tracking.  Please have appropriate attire to be out in whatever weather we get, for the duration of class;
3.  When one dog is on a track, everyone else should follow. You will learn far more watching other people’s dogs work than you will following your own.  In addition, I’m usually teaching while that dog is working.
4.  AKC tracking is heavily volunteer dependent. If you are taking class, you are expected to volunteer to help with the RDOC tracking test.  You are strongly encouraged to offer to help at other local tests.
5.  It’s unlikely your dog will progress unless you train 3-5 times per week (for those of us who work, that can be Saturday, Sunday, and one day during the week).  You can’t train in your own yard. Public parks, school yards, or any open field you may have access to are good options.
TRAINING THE FORMAL RETRIEVE

Part 1 - six weeks
Part one of training the formal retrieve will cover introducing the dog to the dumbbell, close work retrieves, teaching the hold, the give and delivering to hand.

For this class participants will need a correctly fitted dumbbell, or a six inch wooden dowel – 1 inch in diameter for large dogs 5/8 of an inch in diameter for smaller dogs. They will also need a six foot leash and a long line.

Part 2 - 6 week
Part two of this class will work on the reliability of the dogs retrieve. It will also concentrate on distance retrieves, retrieving of a object that has not been thrown and working around distractions.

A class designed to introduce individuals and their dogs to the world of therapy work. The class will work on covering the requirements of passing a therapy dog test as well as a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. You and your dog will learn tricks suitable for visits. Your dog should have good Basic skills - sit, down, stay and come. Should be friendly around other dogs/people and should not be noise sensitive.
The Novice Tricks class is a fun way to bond with your dog and possibly earn the AKC TKN (Novice Trick Dog) title at the end of the session.  You will learn tricks such as, spin, shake hands, crawl, and fetch it.  For more information and to print the application, go to:   https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/resources/trick-dog-applications/
An advance class geared for those wishing to seek an AKC Utility Dog Title. Exercises include signal work, scent discrimination and directed retrieves and jumping.

The AKC Urban CGC class requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting.  As with the CGC, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This class will meet at various locations.

This class is for the handler with obedience or rally goals for their dog.  It is a very unstructured class --different students will be working on different behaviors or goals, but the same principals of training will be used throughout.  Force free training methods will be used.

What should I do now? NOTE: RDOC occassionally offers special classes such as Clicker Training, Attention, Retrieving, Handling in the Obedience Ring, and others.  

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