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 two Beginner classes each seven weeks for one hour on Wednesday night.  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.

PERFORMANCE OBEDIENCE TRAINING

The sport of AKC Obedience demonstrates the bond and teamwork between dog and handler and 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 participation in Obedience and other performance dog support events, as well as for dog/handler teams actively preparing to enter Obedience events at all levels. 

Class sizes are limited and PDTC Members are given preference.

  • Foundation Skills for Performance/Introduction to Novice:  This is the next step after achieving the CGC title.  The class focuses on building a solid basis of strong fundamental skills for all performance dog sports and introduces the core components for Beginner Novice and Novice Obedience. These include reward marking training, attention, heeling, recalls, and impulse control.  It also uses a motivational approach using games to present the basic elements of advanced skills. Completion of six classes is a prerequisite for joining the Novice Ring Readiness class.
  • Novice Ring Readiness:  This class builds on Foundation skills to master the exercises needed for the Introductory Beginner Novice (BN) and basic Companion Dog (CD) titles and to prepare teams for the Obedience trial environment.

Both of these Novice classes are held on Monday night and run continuously throughout the year.

  • 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. 

Open and Utility classes are held on Tuesday night and run continuously throughout the year.  Permission of the Instructor is required to participate.