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These 8-week introductory classes to basic obedience skills are for dogs who are 18 weeks (4-1/2 months) old or older. Skills introduced include heeling, recalls, walking on a loose leash, sit, down, and both sit-stays and down-stays. Each exercise is designed to help pet owners have a well behaved pet and to encourage those owners that might want to move on to more advanced training. Each lesson features a homework assignment to help owners practice at home. Dogs that have started the AKC STAR Program but were unable to complete the requirements in the Puppy Class may complete them in this class. Students entering this class also receive a training collar and leash. This 8-week class is $115 for non-members and $70 for members. Instructors: Barbara Davis, Janet Kaplan, Hazel Sooter, Michael Piazzola, Lydia Mancini.
Once a dog and handler team is proficient at the Beginning Obedience level, they may move into the Intermediate class, also an 8-week class, which includes lecture, Q&A, practice, and homework. This is a good class for those who are interested in taking the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test or in achieving advanced obedience titles. Dogs entering this class should already be able to walk on a loose leash, stay when told, and come when called. To graduate from this class, the dog must be able to heel with an About Turn, a Fast, and a Slow (without having to reinforce); do a Sit, Stand, and Down Stay off leash; and do a Recall with 2nd Degree Distractions. Lecture portions will concentrate on behavior issues, leadership skills, and signals your dog presents and how to read and react to them. Fees are $85 for non-members and $45 for members for this 8-week session. Instructors: Janet Kaplan, Barbara Davis, Michael Piazzola.
This class is for those who are interested in competing in Beginner Novice and Novice as well as those who are ready to show. The class will consist of refining skills for all the Beginner Novice and Novice exercises, run-throughs, and review of AKC rules & regulations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Beginner or instructor approval. Fees are $85 for non-members and $45 for members for this 8-week session. Instructors: Janet Kaplan, Denise Michaels.
This focus of this 8-week class will be on the retrieving and jumping skills needed for both the Open and Utility exercises. Dogs must have the CD title or instructor permission to take this class. Fees are $85 for non-members and $45 for members for this 8-week session. Instructor: Janet Kaplan.
This 8-week class will be for handlers and their dogs who are interested in further obedience training. The exercises will consist of beginning Graduate Novice and Open: off lead heeling, drop on recall, dumbbell retrieving, broad jump and command discrimination. No title is necessary but completion of a Novice class is recommended. Fees are $85 for non-members and $45 for members. Instructor: Claire Carlen.