Obedience Class Schedule
All Classes must be pre registered

 

 

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  -Indicates Class is Canceled
Note: Application are still accepted when class is full. Students will be added to the wait list.

Session (Summer 2022)

Day

Time

Class

Instructor

Monday

July 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8 15

6:00pm-7:00pm

Introduction to Scent Work (limit 8)

George Beglane

Tuesday

July 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16

2:30pm - 4:00 pm

Rally Novice (Limit 12)

Dorene McCune

July 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Rally Intermediate/Advanced (Limit 8)

Jeanne Stringall

July 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Senior Puppy(for puppies 27 weeks - 1 year) (limit 8)

Kirk and Sally Ridge

Wednesday

August 3, 10, 17, 31 September 7 , 14

12:00pm -1:00pm

Functional Fitness for Dog Sports (limit 6)

Mona Gitter

July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17

1:30pm -2:30pm

Puppy Kindergarten (8 weeks to 26 weeks of age at start of class) (limit 6)

Barbara Mark, Jack Sappenfield

July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17

4:00pm -5:00pm

Beginner Novice (Limit 6)

Sharon Pitz, Sally Ridge

July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17

5:00pm -6:00pm

Open(Limit 6)

Joyce McHenry

July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17

6:00pm -7:00pm

Novice CD (limit 8)

Teddi Hendrickson, Colleen Hobbs

Thursday

July 14, 21, 28 August 4, 11, 18

9:30am -10:30am

Performance Puppy (Limit - 4 ,for puppies 10 weeks to 6 months)

Joyce McHenry

Please be aware that our classes are not intended to correct severe behavioral problems or aggression. For the safety of our instructors and the other dogs and handlers in the class, any dog that demonstrates aggression in class will be asked to leave the class. We will provide a referral to a private trainer and/or the NCSU Veterinary School Behavioral Services.

 

Note: Durham Kennel Club reserves the right to cancel class if a minimum of four dogs is not reached a week before start of class.

 

DURHAM KENNEL CLUB OBEDIENCE CLASS INFORMATION

 


Puppy Kindergarten (8 weeks to 26 weeks of age at start of class)

Prerequisite: none

This class will cover: attention; leash management; coming when called; walking through doorways without pulling; sit, down, and stay, with approach and touch by a stranger.  In addition to basic learning skills, we will work on confidence and manageability in the face of new experiences.  The primary emphasis of this class will be to develop a positive relationship between the handler and dog.

 


Senior Puppy( 27 weeks to 12 months of age at start of class)

Prerequisite :none 

This class has a fun approach to teaching basic commands to young dogs. Skills include attention, recall, controlled walking on leash, sit, down, and stay. We build a positive connection between the puppy and the handler..

 


Performance Dog

Prerequisite :none 

This class is designed for young dogs 10 months and older who will be pursuing a performance career.

 


Performance Dog II

Prerequisite :successful completion of a previous Performance Dog II class, one leg towards CD, or permission of instructor.

This class is designed for those dogs and handlers who wish to compete in novice and open obedience. Class will be a mixture of novice and open exercises.

 


Performance Dog III

Prerequisite :At least one leg towards CD.

Emphasis will be on teaching the open and utility exercises.

 


Beginner Adult Dog (over 12 months ) of age

Prerequisite:Successful completion of Senior puppy or open to any dog greater than 1 year old.

Basic obedience skills will be introduced using lures to guide and position the dog. We will cover leash management;stay in crate or car until called out; sit quietly at handler’s side until released; walk quietly by handler’s side on a loose leash; and come when called. The primary emphasis of this class will be to develop a positive relationship between the handler and dog.

 


Beginner Novice : An AKC Titling Class

Prerequisite: Dog must be able to demonstrate control on a loose leash for walking and sitting; handler must have attended a Novice Rally class or have a RN title on a dog.

This class will cover rules for qualifying and ring experience.

 


Novice CD: A preparatory class for those planning to achieve a Companion Dog (CD) title

Prerequisite: The dog should have completed the Attention and Heeling class or the Beginner Novice class; or have 1 CD leg.

Class will introduce the Novice CD exercises: Heel position. Heeling on and off leash. Change of Pace, Sit & Down Stay, the Recall, and Stand for Exam, and Use of Voice & Food as a reward, not as a lure. Class will include discussion of AKC competition rules, ring procedure, preventing handler errors to get the most out of your dog

 


Open:

Prerequisite: Dog must have successfully completed the Novice CD title or leg, be proficient in the CD exercises; or by permission of the instructor.

All AKC exercises will be covered. This class is divided into Beginning and Advanced Levels according to proficiency.

 


Utility:

Prerequisite:CDX title, or by permission of instructor.

This class will cover all AKC Utility exercises. Class will be divided into Beginning and Advanced Levels according to proficiency.

 


Open/Utility: daytime class

Prerequisite: Refer to Open and/or Utility classes

This class offers 8-10 minutes of individual instruction in Open or Utility exercises, with time for practice on your own. Limit of 1 dog per handle

 


Run-Thru:

This class is open for Novice through Utility levels, and will be tailored to meet your specific needs. Members will be expected to steward for others running their dogs. Critiquing will be offered per request, providing a learning experience for handlers and class members. Ring time and class size will be limited to give all equal working time.

 


Rally Novice(RN)

Prerequisite: Dog must be able to demonstrate sit & down on first or second command, hold posture for at least 15 seconds, and be able to demonstrate controlled walking for 25 feet. Dogs must have successfully passed a basic obedience class or CGC test, or by permission of instructor.

This class will be is for anyone new to Rally and also for those handlers familiar to Rally but with Novice dogs. This class will cover the 42 Novice signs. Class will start short sequences, giving handlers experience moving from sign to sign. Handlers will be given constructive feedback during the course.


Rally Intermediate(RI)

Prerequisite: Handlers need to have completed a Rally Novice class with a current or a previous dog.

This is a new AKC title class. This level uses the same 23 signs as the Rally Advanced level but will be on-leash without a jump. Classes will have offer various length courses and handlers will be critiqued during the course.

 


Rally Advance (RA)

Prerequisite: Handlers need to have completed a Rally Novice class with a current or a previous dog.

This class will use the same 23 signs as the Rally Intermediate level, but will include the jump. Dogs will be off-leash in trials, but can be on-leash in class. Classes will have offer various length courses and handlers will be critiqued during the course.

 


Rally Excellent (RE)

Prerequisite: Handlers need to have completed a Rally Advanced class, or by permission of the instructor.

This class is for anyone who wants to continue to learn the additional 18 Excellent signs. Classes will have short courses and handlers will be critiqued during the course.

 


Rally Masters (RM)

Prerequisite: Handlers need to have completed at least a Rally Exccellent class, or by permission of the instructor.

Instruction on executing the AKC Rally Masters stations and running Masters courses.

 


Rally Championship (RACH) Prep

Prerequisite: Dogs should have the Rally Excellent title and handlers should be familiar with the Masters stations.

This course is designed for students who want to pursue the RAE and/or RACH titles in rally.Emphasis on running courses: Masters, Excellent and Advanced.

 


Pet Therapy

Prerequisites: Mastery of basic obedience skills (sit, down, brief stay, on-leash come, walk on loose leash, sit to accept petting, polite behavior around other dogs).

NEW PREREQUISITE for this class.  Because of COVID precautions, we have one site that we will used for our LOAL visitations and they have taken great care to ensure the safety of their residents.  They require that all handlers be fully vaccinated for COVID.  We will be checking vaccination status the first night of class.  Please bring your vaccination card or facsimile to class.

Dogs in this class must be at least one year old.  This class will introduce the skills required for various therapy situations and the requirements for a team to become credentialed for therapy work.  Prospective dog/handler teams will be tested and then observed in medical, and possibly other, therapy settings.  Please note the minimum age for handler credentialing is 16 years old..

 


Rally Advanced/Excellent Virtual Titling Prep & Taping

Prerequisites: Dogs must have a Rally Novice title and off-lead heeling skills.

Instruction on Advanced & Excellent stations; practice on running the AKC Virtual courses; and taping provided during course so opportunities to earn titles possible!

 


Foundation Exercises for Rally and Obedience

Prerequisites: Dogs must walk on a loose lead, have an on lead recall, and show no aggressive behavior towards other dogs.

This class will introduce foundation exercises for handlers who wish to compete in rally or obedience. Exercises will include attention work, heeling, fold back down, kick back stand, finishes to both the right and left, turns, spirals, pivots, figure 8’s, proper footwork, change of pace, and stay. This class will all be on lead.

 


Foundation II Exercises

Prerequisites: Foundation Exercises for Rally and Obedience class or permission or instructor.

This class will introduce foundation exercises for handlers who wish to compete in rally or obedience. Exercises will include attention work, heeling, fold back down, kick back stand, finishes to both the right and left, turns, spirals, pivots, figure 8’s, proper footwork, change of pace, and stay. This class will all be on lead.

 


Canine Good Citizen

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Level I skills or by permission of Instructor.

Basic obedience skills required. Emphasis for this class will be on developing the skills necessary to become good citizens of the community. We will follow the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test elements in perfecting these skills.

 


Performance Puppy for puppies 10 weeks to6 months

Prerequisites: none

Open to experienced handlers (i.e. any individual who has participated in any dog competitive event)

We will cover basic dog obedience commands and introduce higher level fun activities (for example, go-outs and directed jumping).  The goal of this class is to teach puppies that learning is fun even amid mild distractions.

 

Scent Work Sniffing Games

Prerequisites: Open to dog of all ages. Must have completed a basic obedience class.

A fun alternative to structured obedience class. Fun activity for keeping your dog engaged, working independently finding hidden targets. A great introduction to scent work.


Introduction To Scent Work

Prerequisites: none

Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent (e.g., explosives or narcotics) and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Scent Work is a positive, challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their strongest natural sense in a way that’s fun and engaging, and that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog.
The class will cover a variety of topics including: equipment for your dog, do and don’ts in handling odor and techniques for introducing your dog to odor.

 


Scent Work Beginner Novice

Prerequisites: Completion of the Intro to Scent Work class or by permission of the instructor.

The class is designed for novice handlers to prepare them to compete in all elements at the novice levels. Help the handler to develop handling skills and to recognize when the dog is in odor.

 


Intermediate Scent Work

Prerequisites: Dog understands the game is to actively search for the first target odor, birch, has trialed in AKC Scent Work or is interested in trialing in AKC Scent Work. Instructor approval required.

In this four week course, we will set up practice searches in one AKC SW element per week.   We will play with various handling techniques, strategies to practice at home, adding the second target odor, and more.


Scent Work-Recognizing when Dogs are in Odor

Prerequisites: Dog must be proficient in actively searching for target odor (birch).This class is designed to help handlers to recognize when their dog is
in odor under different conditions.

This class is designed to help handlers to recognize when their dog is in odor under different conditions. Different scenarios will be setup each week.

 


AKC Trick Dog

Prerequisites: none

Trick dog class is a fun, fairly unstructured class open to dogs 6+ months, no experience needed.  We help you learn not just “fun tricks” but tricks that have their roots in obedience, rally, agility, pet therapy and scent work. Your dog will build confidence and have fun training.  During the 6-week class you can be tested on tricks you’ve learned to earn AKC Trick Dog Titles!

 


Functional Fitness for Dog Sports

Prerequisites: none

Creating exercises for coordination, endurance, strength and function.