Obedience Class Information
Our competition level obedience classes will help your dog become ring ready for any level of competition. Although these classes are geared to American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trials, many people who don't compete with their dog enjoy taking these classes to develop increased control and a stronger bond with their dog.
Fall Class registration open August 7th. Go to the bottom of the page for the registration form.
The Fall 2023 Session Obedience and Rally Classes start the week of September 5th.
Advance registration is required. Classes are Tue & Thur evenings and Wed mornings. You must mail or email your new registration form to the Sign Up Coordinator by August 28th. Previous forms are not valid. You are welcome to call or text with questions, but registration for classes must be done using the form! Classes are usually filled, so please, no unregistered drop-ins. Please Note: Kelly Rehwoldt (email@example.com) is our new sign-up coordinator for Obedience & Rally classes. Please make sure to use his contact information from the new forms to sign up for classes.
This is the foundation class for the competitive obedience and rally classes. Focus is on prompt attentive and technically correct responses to the obedience commands needed for the beginning competition dog and handler. The figure eight is introduced along with correct heeling, sit for exam solid sit/down stays and recalls.
This class is for the owner who wants a very well behaved pet or has interest in showing in obedience trials. All ring procedures for the AKC Novice obedience class are practiced. Handler’s skills are enhanced . The technical aspects of footwork, hand positions and verbal / hand signals are practiced. The recall, finish, figure eight, heeling, stand for exam, and 1-minute sit/down are all practiced in this class.
This class perfects both on and off-lead heeling skills and introduces retrieving, drop on recall, jumping, command discrimination, and other skills required to join the open class.
All the standard exercises for the open class are practiced. Emphasis is on reliability regardless of distractions. Footwork, off-leash heeling, retrieving a dumbbell, jumping, the drop on recall, and the command discrimination exercise are practiced. This class prepares the handler to achieve the CDX.
This class will prepare the handler to join the utility class. Hand signals, scent discrimination, go outs, directed jumping, glove retrieve, and moving stands are all introduced. Each exercise is broken down into small components, so that the handler has a complete understanding of the exercise.
This class is for handlers working towards their UD title. Teams work at various levels. The standard utility exercises are practiced. Handlers finishing this highly skilled class will be able to prepare their dogs to show in the Utility ring and work towards their UD and UDX. This class may be offered as a class or as a workshop where handlers work on their own and assist each other.
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In this class we will introduce you to the various signs and corresponding exercises used in rally competition. We'll work on various course configurations to develop your comfort level with various transitions between exercises. UKC signs will also be introduced.
AKC Rally Competition allows a dog and handler team to work at its own pace, with the dog heeling at signs placed throughout the course. Each sign contains an exercise illustrated with symbols. In total there are 50 exercise signs that judges may use to design the courses, and the number of required exercise can increase with each level of competition. “AKC Rally is a fun, low-stress way for people to enjoy their dogs," said Patricia Krause, associate vice president, Companion Dog Events. "AKC Rally takes the average pet owner a step beyond Canine Good Citizen and basic obedience training and into the exciting world of AKC canine sports."
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$125 for one 10-week session, $200 for a punch card covering 2 consecutive 10-week class sessions ($50 savings). These cards must be used in two consecutive obedience sessions (for example summer and fall, or winter and spring) and only by the person who purchased it.
Member Registration Form For Obedience and Rally Classes
Non-Member Registration for Obedience and Rally Classes