Class Schedules and Descriptions




2017 Class Schedule, Session 2
April 10, 2017 - June 5, 2017
NOTE: No Classes on May 29 (Memorial Day)
All classes are on Monday evening
Dates subject to weather and park availability

5:30 pm6:30 pm7:45 pm
Puppy FoundationIntermediateCGC Test Prep
Open/UtilityBeginning
Intermediate Tricks



Drop-In Classes

Drop-In classes are available for some of our more advanced classes (Intermediate, Advanced I & II, Open/Utility, and Ring Prep) only. Dogs and handlers must be ready for or competing at the class level, and all drop-ins are on a space available basis, subject to instructor's approval.

Drop-In Class Fee: $15 per class




Session 2 Class Descriptions

Puppy Foundation
All Sessions, 5:30 PM; Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

For puppies up to 6 months of age.
Puppy Foundation Class is great for socializing puppies and teaching them the basic skills needed to begin their training. Class is done on leash, and uses food as the motivator to teach: Attention, Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Wait, Off, Stand, Go to Your Place, and many other behaviors relating to puppies. Puppies will have the opportunity to socialize with the other puppies in class in a controlled method. Participants will have the option of earning their AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award, too!
Please Note: the first class meeting will take place without dogs, but do bring a chair and paper and pencil to take notes
NOTE: Due to the cumulative nature of the lessons, this class does not accept drop ins or late registration
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Beginning
All Sessions, 6:30 pm; Instructors: Lora Cox and Diana Rapa, Fee: $100

For puppies and dogs 7 months of age and older.
At our beginning obedience class for puppies and dogs, we will cover the basics - sit, down, stay, loose lead walking, heel position, stand on command. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will also cover manners and safety around the home and neighborhood. You will learn to motivate your dogs in a positive manner using a variety of games, techniques and methods. The first class meeting is without dogs. We will discuss and demonstrate basic training equipment, the class format, safety and manners, and other topics relevant to our class and the new dog and handler team. The Beginning Class registration includes a workbook that describes the class activities and "homework".
Please Note: the first class meeting will take place without dogs, but do bring a chair and paper and pencil to take notes
NOTE: Due to the cumulative nature of the lessons, this class does not accept drop ins or late registration
This is a one hour class with a limit of 15 dogs.

Intermediate
All Sessions, 6:30; Instructor: Reena Walton and Diana Rapa, Fee: $90

This class focuses on improving the dog's reliability with the exercises introduced in the Beginning class. All exercises form the basis for obedience competition as well as being of equal importance to any dog owner to result in a companion dog welcome in the community. The handler should expect to repeat this class two to four times before being ready to move up to the next level.
Prerequisites: dog and handler must have completed a Beginning class at DPDTC (or the equivalent) or have instructor's approval.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Open/Utility
All Sessions, 5:30 pm; Instructor: Lora Cox, Fee: $90

This class is a combination of AKC Open and Utility exercises taught in stages so that the dog and handler learn to succeed. The class prepares the dog/handler team to enter competition at the Companion Dog Excellent (C.D.X.) level, the second AKC title level, as well as the Utility Dog (U.D) level.
Prerequisites: dog/handler must have the instructor's approval.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Tricks
Instructor: Diana Rapa, Fee: $90

Is your dog bored at home during those long dark evenings and rainy days? Teach him some tricks!
   Teaching your dog tricks is fun, a great mental exercise, and a great way to use up that extra energy. It will also help you form a strong and mutually enjoyable working relationship with your dog.
   In this class we will work on a variety of tricks, starting with the classics such as sit pretty, shake/wave, bang, roll over, circle/spin, bow, nose/paw target, and crawl and moving onto circus dog tricks such as ride a skateboard, dance, and leg weave. Most tricks will be taught as a progression, so students can work at their own pace, building on what the dog already knows. If your dog already has a basic behavior (for example "shake"), we will add variety (shake with either paw, wave, or high five), distance and duration.
   For those interested in earning titles, visit Do More With Your Dog to learn about the various levels of titles offered.
Come join us and turn your dog into a circus dog!
Prerequisites: Beginning obedience class
What to bring to class: Lots of small soft treats in an easily accessible pouch, clicker if you use one, hungry dog
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

CGC Test Prep
Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

This class will focus on preparing the dog and handler for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The first 6 weeks will provide training for the CGC exercises; the last class will consist of a practice test with the opportunity to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate at the actual test the following week.
Supplies to bring to class: a brush or comb; treats and/or a favorite toy, 6-foot leash.
Prerequisite: one or more sessions of the Intermediate class or its equivalent.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.




All Class Descriptions

Puppy Foundation
All Sessions, 5:30 PM; Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

For puppies up to 6 months of age.
Puppy Foundation Class is great for socializing puppies and teaching them the basic skills needed to begin their training. Class is done on leash, and uses food as the motivator to teach: Attention, Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Wait, Off, Stand, Go to Your Place, and many other behaviors relating to puppies. Puppies will have the opportunity to socialize with the other puppies in class in a controlled method. Participants will have the option of earning their AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award, too!
Please Note: the first class will take place without dogs, but do bring a chair and paper and pencil to take notes
NOTE: Due to the cumulative nature of the lessons, this class does not accept drop ins or late registration
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Beginning
All Sessions, 6:30 pm; Instructor: Lora Cox, Diana Rapa, Fee: $100

For puppies and dogs 7 months of age and older.
At our beginning obedience class for puppies and dogs, we will cover the basics - sit, down, stay, loose lead walking, heel position, stand on command. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will also cover manners and safety around the home and neighborhood. You will learn to motivate your dogs in a positive manner using a variety of games, techniques and methods. The first class meeting is without dogs. We will discuss and demonstrate basic training equipment, the class format, safety and manners, and other topics relevant to our class and the new dog and handler team. The Beginning Class registration includes a workbook that describes the class activities and "homework".
Please Note: the first class will take place without dogs, but do bring a chair and paper and pencil to take notes
NOTE: Due to the cumulative nature of the lessons, this class does not accept drop ins or late registration
This is a one hour class with a limit of 20 dogs.

Intermediate
All Sessions 6:30 pm; Instructor: Reena Walton, Diana Rapa, Fee: $90

This class focuses on improving the dog's reliability with the exercises introduced in the Beginning class. All exercises form the basis for obedience competition as well as being of equal importance to any dog owner to result in a companion dog welcome in the community. The handler should expect to repeat this class two to four times before being ready to move up to the next level.
Prerequisites: dog and handler must have completed a Beginning class at DPDTC (or the equivalent) or have instructor's approval.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Advanced I & II
Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

Dogs and handlers are introduced to working as a team while refining and broadening all the skills needed for basic obedience. Obedience ring procedures will be touched on, as some handlers will want to achieve the B.N. (AKC Beginner Novice) and C.D. (AKC Companion Dog) titles. Class content is designed to instruct handlers in the AKC obedience regulations and ring procedures for the Novice level, while polishing the exercises in preparation for obedience trials. Handlers will probably want to stay in this class until their dogs have earned 2 legs towards their CD titles, or have acquired the behaviors needed for everyday life. However, move ups to the Open class can take place at any time with instructor's approval.
Prerequisites: dog and handler must have completed an Intermediate class at DPDTC (or the equivalent) or have instructor's approval.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Open/Utility
All Sessions, 5:30 pm; Instructor: Lora Cox, Fee: $90

This class is a combination of AKC Open and Utility exercises taught in stages so that the dog and handler learn to succeed. The class prepares the dog/handler team to enter competition at the Companion Dog Excellent (C.D.X.) level, the second AKC title level, as well as the Utility Dog (U.D) level.
Prerequisites: dog/handler must have the instructor's approval.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.


New Class Offerings

Tricks
Instructor: Diana Rapa, Fee: $90

Is your dog bored at home during those long dark evenings and rainy days? Teach him some tricks!
   Teaching your dog tricks is fun, a great mental exercise, and a great way to use up that extra energy. It will also help you form a strong and mutually enjoyable working relationship with your dog.
   In this class we will work on a variety of tricks, starting with the classics such as sit pretty, shake/wave, bang, roll over, circle/spin, bow, nose/paw target, and crawl and moving onto circus dog tricks such as ride a skateboard, dance, and leg weave. Most tricks will be taught as a progression, so students can work at their own pace, building on what the dog already knows. If your dog already has a basic behavior (for example "shake"), we will add variety (shake with either paw, wave, or high five), distance and duration.
   For those interested in earning titles, visit Do More With Your Dog to learn about the various levels of titles offered.
Come join us and turn your dog into a circus dog!
Prerequisites: Beginning obedience class
What to bring to class: Lots of small soft treats in an easily accessible pouch, clicker if you use one, hungry dog
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

CGC Test Prep
Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

This class will focus on preparing the dog and handler for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The first 6 weeks will provide training for the CGC exercises; the last class will consist of a practice test with the opportunity to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate at the actual test the following week.
Supplies to bring to class: a brush or comb; treats and/or a favorite toy, 6-foot leash.
Prerequisite: one or more sessions of the Intermediate class or its equivalent.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Heeling Skills: Heal Your Heeling
Instructor: Lora Cox, Fee: $90, Limit: 10 dogs/handlers

Lagging? Forging? Wandering? Sniffing? We have the cure for your heeling ills! This class will give you the tools needed to make heeling fun, interesting, and rewarding for both you and your dog.
Supplies to bring to class: a variety of treats and/or a favorite toy.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience or the equivalent.
This is a 45-60 minute class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Focus and Confidence Building for Obedience
Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90

Want to learn the secrets of grabbing your dog's attention and making that connection for great teamwork? This class will teach you how to engage your dog and create that wonderful working relationship that carries over into the obedience ring. Your dog will learn that when he does what you ask, he will get what he wants -- a win-win for both of you. We will do this through a series of exercises and games to reinforce both stationary and moving attention while making the obedience ring a great place to be.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience or the equivalent.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Reliable Recall/Reliable Stays
Instructor: Lora Cox, Fee: $90, Limit: 10 dogs/handlers

This class will teach you how to get your dog to come to you, even when other interesting things are happening nearby. At the same time, your dog will learn a solid stay when asked to remain where placed, whether in a stand, a sit, or a down, and with other dogs in the vicinity. Various distractions will be introduced gradually to help build success.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience or the equivalent.
This is a one hour class with a limit of 10 dogs.

Introduction to Rally
Instructor: Reena Walton, Fee: $90, Limit: 10 dogs/handlers

Are you looking for something fun and competitive to do with your dog that does not require too much time and effort? Rally Obedience could be the answer! Rally is a fun way to do a team sport with a high rate of success, and competition is offered by both AKC and Cynosport. In Rally, you follow numbered signs (stations) which tell you to do certain simple exercises with your dogs such as stop, sit your dog, down your dog, forward to next station, about turn, finish, and so on. There will be about 14 stations/exercises introduced in class, along with basic rules of competition.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience or the equivalent.
This is a forty-five minute class with a limit of 10 dogs.