Our competition obedience classes provide the knowledge and training required to successfully compete in every level of AKC obedience. These classes may be completed as a 6-week group class or in a 6 private training sessions held in our facility.
Pre/Beginner Novice: 6-week class designed to prepare novice handlers or novice dogs to compete in AKC optional titling classes Pre-Novice (PCD title available July 2013) or Beginner Novice (BN title). Exercises taught include on-leash heeling skills with focused attention, recalls, and independent sit and down stays. Participants must have completed Best Friends 102, have earned an AKC Canine Good Citizen title, or have instructor permission.
Novice: 6-week class designed to prepare handlers and dogs to compete in AKC Novice to earn a CD, Companion Dog title. Off-leash heeling is introduced, as well as the stand for examination, finishes, full-length recalls, and more difficult sit and down-stay exercises. Participants must have completed our Pre/Beginner class, earned a PCD or BN, or have instructor permission.
Retrieving 101: 4-week class which positively introduces dog and handler to retrieving objects to hand. Skills learned include accepting the dumbbell, carrying the dumbbell, and returning the dumbbell to the handler.
Open/CDX: 6-week class designed to prepare handlers and dogs for AKC Open competition. Off-leash heeling with focus is emphasized, while also introducing drop on recall, broad jump, retrieving on the flat, retrieving over the high jump, and out of sight sit/down stays. Participants must have completed our Retrieving 101 class, as well as having completed our Novice class or have earned a CD from either AKC or ASCA.
Utility/UD: 6-week class designed to prepare handlers and dogs for AKC Utility competition. Utility exercises are introduced including signals, directed retrieving, directed jumping, and scent discrimination. Participants must have completed our Open/CDX class or have earned a CDX from either AKC or ASCA.
Rally-O for Beginners: 6-week class which familiarizes participants with the signs and exercises required to earn an AKC Rally Novice title. This class is also terrific for people with no interest in competing, but who want a fun way to brush-up on heeling and other basic obedience skills. Participants should have completed Best Friends 102, Pre/Beginner Novice, earned a CGC, or have instructor approval.
Rally Advanced/Excellent: 6-week class which teaches the signs and exercises required to learn an AKC Rally Advanced or Rally Excellent title. Work concentrates on polishing exercises, off-leash work, and learning more advanced exercises, including jumping. Participants should have completed Rally-O for Beginners, earned an AKC Rally Novice title, or have instructor approval.