Class Descriptions

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN

This Puppy-K class follows the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program to provide fun, socialization, and basic training skills for puppies. S.T.A.R. stands for Socializing, Training, Activity and Responsibility. The focus is on puppy behavior issues and learning skills for both you and your puppy. The suggested age range is seven to 16 weeks. S.T.A.R. Puppy Testing and Certification is offered at the end of 6 classes. This class runs continuously and meets on Monday night for one hour. Please see the Class Calendar for the next available class.

BEGINNER

Beginner classes teach your dog how to come reliably when called, walk politely on a loose leash, heel by your side, pay attention to you, stop nuisance behaviors, and learn the classic sit-down-stay. This is our most popular class. We offer three Beginner classes each six weeks for one hour, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with different instructors. Please see the Class Calendar for the next available class.  A current Rabies vaccination is required to join this class.

 

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

INTERMEDIATE  provides an opportunity to work on the skills learned in the Beginner Class to achieve better precision and to improve attention. Longer stays, faster recalls, and some hand signals are taught using a fun and positive approach. This is also the class where Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog exercises are taught. This six week class meets on Thursday night for one hour. See the Class Calendar for the next available class.

ADVANCED is for dogs who have completed Intermediate or who are proficient in Intermediate skills as determined by the instructor. This class continues to work on Therapy Dog exercises and begins preparation for Novice level competition and Rally. This six week class meets on Thursday night for one hour. See the Class Calendar for the next available class. PDTC members are given preference to train in this class.

RALLY

This Rally class teaches you how to read and perform Rally signs. Each week a new group of signs will be broken down according to AKC regulations. You and your dog will practice as a group and at the end of each class a mini run will be setup with the signs used during that class.  This six week class meets on Wednesday night for one hour. See the Class Calendar for the next available class. PDTC members are given preference to train in this class.

COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

The sport of AKC Obedience tests your dog’s ability to perform a set of skills working with you as a team. These classes are for owners who want to learn how to train those skills for competition, as well as for dog/handler teams preparing for competition at all levels. 

The class structure corresponds to the levels of AKC competition:

  • Novice:  We offer two classes at this level. Introduction to Novice/Foundation Skills focuses on building a solid basis of strong fundamental skills such as attention, heeling, recalls, and impulse control. Novice Ring Readiness builds on these skills to master the exercises needed for the introductory Beginner Novice (BN) and basic Companion Dog (CD) titles, and to prepare teams for the competition environment. 
  • Open: This class introduces jumping and retrieving skills and includes the exercises needed to achieve the intermediate Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title.
  • Utility: This class addresses the advanced skills required to earn the Utility Dog (UD) title. 

The two Novice classes are held on Monday nights. Open and Utility classes are held on Tuesday nights. Both run continuously throughout the year. Class sizes are limited, with PDTC members given preference to train in these classes.