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  • Agility
  • Beginner Conformation
  • Basic
  • Beyond Basic
  • Beyond The Back Yard Designed by Denise Fenzi
  • Canine Good Citizenship
  • Canine Freestyle
  • Canine Sports Foundations
  • Competition Novice
  • Competition Class
  • Conformation Handling
  • Focus
  • Focus and Games
  • Foundation Agility
  • 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
  • Weaves and Jumps
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 Basic Obedience Class is a prerequisite for this class.
A class that combines the fun of training with music and choreography.
Positive training is far more than replacing a correction with a cookie.  This class will teach you the principles of +R training, and using those principles, teach you how to train the foundation behaviors for dog sports.  We will prioritize the dog’s emotional state, building the behaviors in a relaxed and confident dog.  Motivation and engagement are by-products of this type of training, and we will learn how to develop motivation and engagement as we train.  This is not a ‘traditional’ obedience class, but rather a mentorship, where our primary goal is to teach you how to apply +R methods to a variety of skills, which, at this stage, look nothing like the skill you will have in the ring.

If you are tired of luring your dog, or unable to fade your food or prompts, you may find this class a different way to approach training.
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.
Positive training is far more than replacing a correction with a cookie.  This class is designed to teach you how to apply the principles of +R training while developing the skills for obedience or rally competition.  Your dog should be fluent in all of the skills taught in Foundations before signing up for this class (Fluent: able to do the behavior in a class setting without use of food lures, and with your hands resting quietly at your sides).  This is not a ‘traditional’ obedience class, but rather a mentorship, where our primary goal is to teach you how to apply +R methods to a variety of skills, which we will develop into ring skills. NOTE:  We will not be doing run throughs, or practicing rally signs, in this class.

A class preparing the dog for performance in the breed show ring.
The Focus class is a lecture and movement class based on Denise Fenzi's Focus and Engagement. We will be teaching you and your dog to become a team just by offering focus when turned on to work. This is a positive reinforcement class.
The Focus and Games class is based on Denise Fenzi's book Focus and Engagement. This class helps teach your dog to focus while having fun playing games in between training sessions.
The Focus class is a prerequisite for this class.
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.
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.

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.

Fun with Jumps and Weaves

Age Requirements  - dogs over 14 months

Experience – beginners to novice  - ideally dogs able to work off lead but not mandatory

Class will focus on foundation drills that teach handlers and dogs:

       1. Jump Commitment – how to teach, why it is important
.      2. Turns and Crosses  - footwork, timing, when and where
.      3. Weave Poles – introduction of varied methods
       4. Games in small spaces using little equipment

This class will be ideal for people wanting to add fun teaching tools to their routine.  We are not likely to be jumping dogs at full height – especially for the bigger dogs.  The goal is for people to have a better understanding of the basic handling skills neededin agility and how to get their dogs started.
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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