Specialty Group Classes

For pet parents who want to go above and beyond after graduating

 Beginner Obedience Training (for Trick, SRF, or Rally-O),

Canine Good Citizen (for Therapy Dog Training), or by

 instructor's permission (e.g. after Private Training).

Trick Training

 

For Beginner Obedience Graduates 

 

A group class intended to teach the handlers how to train their dogs to perform specific tricks upon request. Approximately 5 individual tricks will be worked on EACH week.  Our instructors are certified through the American Kennel Club (AKC) to award these titles. The first TRICK TITLE is the Tricks Dog Novice. Trick training can earn you 3 separate titles: Novice, Intermediate, & Advanced. Titles are progressive.

 

Some tricks to expect:

  • Walk a balance beam

  • Hold

  • Get into

  • Find it/Shell game

  • Crawl

  • & much more!

Social Responsibility Foundations - GRC DogSports

For Beginner Obedience Graduates

This class focuses on the Social Responsibility (SR) test for GRC Dog Sports.  GRC is geared towards helping pet dog owners get the most out of their dogs.  Dogs must already know how to walk nicely on leash before signing up for this class.

 

Behaviors covered:
 

  • Teaching a tactical heel, pivots and movement

  • Greeting people

  • Down stay out of sight and with distractions

  • Leash walking with distractions

  • Front position with pivots

  • Liberty/free time

There will not be testing for title here.

Interested in learning more about GRC Dog Sports?  Check them out here!

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Rally - O

For Beginner Obedience Graduates

A fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers! Dog and Handler 'teams' navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform.  Handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, or use any verbal means of encouragement towards their dogs. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized.

This is a great sport! It gives your dog mental stimulation and prepares for obedience competition.  It's something new, different, and fun to do with your dog!  Visit the AKC website to learn more about this sport!

Therapy Dog Class

For Canine Good Citizen certified dogs (or with permission of trainer)

Therapy dogs should be well socialized and mentally stable, showing the ability to ENJOY the work expected from a Therapy Dog.  Few dogs will qualify.

This class will prepare the handlers and the dog for most TD certification tests.  Not only are we preparing your dog for the test, we are preparing YOU the handler, for the actual work.

WHAT DOES A THERAPY DOG DO?

 
Therapy dogs often participate in scheduled visitations at hospitals, nursing homes, support groups, assisted care facilities and more.  For example, many libraries have created a ‘special time’ to assist children and or adults in a confidence boosting reading program. Therapy dogs fit right into these programs.  Therapy Dogs bring a feeling of comfort to many.