Obedience Classes

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Beginning Obedience 

Open to dogs 6 months or older. Basic commands, control, and behavior instructions. 

Young Dog Obedience 

A beginning class with the younger dog in mind. Open to dogs 5 months to 8 months. Basic commands, control, and behavior instructions. 

Obedience Foundations 

You have completed Star Puppy Class. So, now what? Join us in Puppy Next Steps. Whether or not you choose to show your puppy in the future or just want a well-behaved dog, this is the class for you and is a good in between step to Beginning Obedience Classes. In this class you will learn about training for attention as well has focused healing. You will also continue training sits, downs, stays and targeting skills. These skills will enhance life at home with your dog. You will need to bring your puppy’s favorite light-colored training treats and a toy that doesn’t roll to class. 

Small Dog Obedience 

Open to small breed dogs 6 months or older. Basic commands, control, and behavior instructions tailored to the needs of smaller 


Canine Good Citizen Prep 

This class is open to dogs who have completed a beginning
class. This class builds on the foundation learned in the beginning obedience classes and is specifically geared towards those exercises which are performed during the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. A CGC test will be offered at the end of each class session for student to register to take. 

CGC is now a title to be earned and recorded by AKC. 

As described by the AKC: “Started in 1989, CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.” 

Advanced Obedience 

Open to dogs and owners that have completed a beginning class. Off-leash control and polishing to make your dog a reliable and well-behaved family member. Also covered are rules for AKC/UKC novice class competition. 

Competition Obedience 

This class is specifically geared towards those dogs and owners who are preparing to compete in the obedience ring. This class will cover the rules for AKC/UKC novice class competition and will focus on the dog and owner working as a team to fine-tune the skills needed to succeed in the Novice ring, including attention work, footwork and distractions. 


In this class you will be building upon the skills learned in our Advanced class, this class offers instruction in retrieving, jumping, drop on recall, dumbbell work and other techniques to prepare you and your dog for competition. 

UKC Open – Introduction to the 2021 Rule Changes

UKC has made several changes to the Obedience competition classes. This class will focus on teaching the new rule changes. This is not a class for beginners. You will need the skills to work independently while waiting to practice the new exercises as they are introduced each week 

Training Through Play 

Do you have a high energy dog who loves to play? Do you have a dog who seems to “check out” and be bored during training sessions” Training Through Play is a class designed for all dogs and handlers. This class breaks down what you are hoping to train your dog to do into small, simple games that make your dog think. We will focus on engaging your dog in their training session, building value for tasks, and training through shaping of behaviors. Training should be fun for both you and your dog, and this class will teach you how to design your training sessions into fun filled games. 

Perfect for all levels of training and dog ages. 


The highest level of competition for obedience trials. You and your dog will learn hand signals, directed jumping, scent discrimination, and directed retrieve. 

Sharpening Skills 

This class is designed to fine tune your dog’s obedience, strengthen your relationship with your dog and should you choose to, prepare you to move towards competition