All of our classes are taught by club members who volunteer their time and talents to help train others to train their dogs. We believe in positive reinforcement for an enjoyable training experience for both dog and handler. Dogs of any age or breed, or combination of breeds, are welcomed in our classes. We teach everything from Puppy Kindergarten for a well behaved puppy, advanced Obedience and Rally classes for competition, trick and dance classes and much more. Our Puppy and Beginners classes are popular with pet owners who are looking for a well behaved companion in the home and on the street. Instructors strive to meet the goals of each handler, whether they want a well socialized pet or a top competition Obedience or Conformation show dog.
Dogs working on Open, Graduate Open, or Utility titles - Prerequisite: 2 Legs in Novice
Our advanced Obedience classes are for those who wish to build on beginner Obedience skills, and for those who wish to prepare to compete in formal Obedience. Each level of obedience competition - Novice, Open, and Utility, requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level. Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge's mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are very important.
Socializing means teaching your dog to get along with the world. You must introduce him to strangers, children, dogs, cats, and other animals. And you must introduce him in the right ways so he behaves appropriately.
Start socializing your puppy at 7 weeks old. PUPPY socialization (first six months) has the most dramatic effect on how a dog turns out. The most critical period in a dog's life, psychologically, is the period from 7 weeks old to 16 weeks old.