Since 1949

Class Descriptions

classes are open to the public

 Obedience
     Agility

Indoor & outdoor safe, modern facilities just for dog training
Our club is located at 61st Street North and Seneca

*Obedience Classes*

Puppy Class

Puppy Class is for puppies from 10 weeks to 5 months of age, at the start of the class session. Class is 6 weeks long, focusing primarily on socialization and problem prevention. Puppies will begin learning basic obedience skills and household manners.

S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

S.T.A.R. Puppy Class is for puppies from 10 weeks to 5 months of age, at the start of the class session. Class is 6 weeks long, focusing primarily on socialization and problem prevention. Puppies will begin learning basic obedience skills and household manners. This class offers the AKC S.T.A.R. certificate to handlers and puppies that complete the entire 6 week course.

Basic Obedience

This class is for dogs at least 5 months of age. Class is 6 weeks long. Dogs will learn to walk politely on leash, sit and down on command, stay, leave it, and come when called. Typical behavior problems will also be addressed. WDTC's Basic C​lass includes an evaluation on the last night of class. The dog and handler team must pass the evaluation before moving on to competition or CGC classes.

Tricks Class

Tricks Class is for puppies/dogs 10 weeks and older.  Class is 6 weeks long, focusing primarily on teaching mind and body awareness with some strength and conditioning. A clicker will be used for this class but is not mandatory.

 

Intro to Canine Activites Class

Prerequisite:  Passing Basic Obedience

A fun filled class that builds on basic obedience skills, teaches attention, motivation and self-control. Includes an introduction into several performance activities (Rally, Obedience, and Nosework)

**This class is limited to 6 students to allow for individual attention. Family members welcome!

 

AKC Canine Good Citizen/Community Canine & Therapy Dog International Preparation

This class requires graduation from the Basic Obedience Class or certification by the lead instructor. This class is 7 weeks long with the last week giving all teams the opportunity to participate in the CGC evaluation. This is a two-part program that focuses on responsible pet ownership for owners and basic manners for dogs. This course will prepare teams for the CGC, CGCA, and Therapy Dog International evaluations. All dogs that pass the CGC evaluation are eligible to receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club, for AKC registered dogs CGC is now a title.

Therapy Dog International and Community Canine testing is offered separately, please check our events section for details.

Competition Obedience

This class requires graduation from the Canine Good Citizen class or Basic Obedience, or certification by the lead instructor.  It is designed for people wanting to compete in AKC Obedience Trials. It is intended to teach the necessary obedience exercises on an individual basis.  We will cover such items as attention, footwork, distraction, go outs, signals, articles, distraction and problem solving.  Main emphasis will be attention, go outs and articles.  

Competitive Retrieve

This class requires graduation from the Canine Good Citizen class or Basic Obedience, or certification by the lead instructor. It is designed for people wanting to compete in AKC Obedience Trials. It is intended to teach the necessary obedience exercises on an individual basis.  We will cover such items as retrieve, broad jump, drop, distraction and problem solving.  Main emphasis will be retrieve training. 

Beginner Novice/Novice Competition Class

This class is for those who are interested in entering dog shows. The class covers the Beginner Novice and Novice Exercises and how to begin training for these exercises. Progression and proofing will be explained. Also covered will be dog show etiquette, dog show preparation and entry. 

Rally Obedience

Rally obedience is a less formal style of obedience.  It is performed by following numbered signs and doing the exercises asked for.  It is run on a course similar to agility.  Handlers are allowed to interact with their dogs.  This class requires graduation from the Canine Good Citizen class or Basic Obedience, or certification by the lead instructor. Dogs and handlers need to have an understanding of the basic commands such as sit, down and heel. This class will teach the rally exercises and will prepare the team for the Rally Competition.  This style emphasizes fun and excitement for the dog, handler and spectator. 

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*Agility Classes*

     Dogs must have passed an Agility Foundations class to enroll in Agility classes       

Agility is a fast-moving event similar to an obstacle course.  Obstacles include jumps, teeter totter, tunnels, dog walk, weave poles and others.  Agility can help you and your dog have fun and build confidence as a team.  Dogs must be at least 18 weeks or older. Dogs must take and pass the Foundations for Agility class and be able to demonstrate basic commands and control or be approved by the agility director. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. 

100 Level Classes

After the dog passes the Foundations for Agility Class there are two additional 100 level courses that may be taken in any order. The dog must show proficiency in performing the obstacles and sequences before moving on the next level.

Foundations for Agility 100

This class is the foundation for all other agility classes offered by the WDTC and is required. It is taught in an air conditioned and heated building. The dog and handler learn warm up and cool down exercises for the dog, the foundations for rear and front crosses, attention from the dog to the handler and additional foundation exercises. It is not possible for a handler to have more than one dog at a time in this class.

Intro Tire/Table/Tunnel 101

            This class introduces the dog to basic agility obstacles. It teaches both motivation and control in accessing the obstacles. It also introduces sequences where the dog moves from one obstacle to another.

Jumping 101

          *Dogs must be at least 15 months old to take this class* This class evaluates the dog’s jumping style and teaches the handler to recognize and teach the dog the best timing for its jumping style and to use its rear to jump. The class consists of mostly jumping and some tunnels. Although young dogs may take the class they will not be able to be evaluated at full jump height until their growth plates are closed.

200 Level Classes

            After the dog has completed and shown proficiency in all three of the 100 level classes, it may continue to the 200 level classes. The 200 level classes may be taken in any order.

Handling 201

(5 dog max entry)

          This class requires the dog to be proficient with jumps, tunnels and the chute. Each week sequences of varying difficulty will be set up for the dog and handler to run. The goal of the class is to learn how to walk a course, learn how to evaluate and perform different handling strategies and improve timing with the handler and dog.

 

Contacts 201

          This class introduces the dog to the contact obstacles: Dogwalk; Aframe and Teeter. All contact obstacles are at a low height and do not reach full height in this class. The class teaches motivation over the obstacles and a stopped contact behavior at the bottom of the contact as two separate behaviors. It is not a suitable class for those who want to do running contacts.

Weaves 201

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300 Level Classes

300 level classes require completion of and proficiency in the lessons

taught in the 200 level classes.

Contacts 301

 

          This class is a continuation of the Contacts 201 class. It starts out with the contact obstacles at low height and usually reaches full height (depending on the specific progress of the class.) It puts together the run over the obstacle and the stop at the bottom of the contact. It introduces rear and front crosses with the obstacles and sequences including the contact obstacles. Dogs in this class should already have reached the age where growth plates are closed. That can be different for different breeds.

 

Handling 301

(5 dog max entry)

  This class requires the dog to be proficient with all obstacles and have successfully completed the Handling 201 class. Each week sequences of increasing difficulty will be set up for the dog and handler to run. The goal of the class is to learn how to evaluate and perform different handling strategies of sequences and improve timing with the handler and dog.

 

 

Updated 6-28-16

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