Philadelphia Dog Training Club

Philadelphia Dog Training Club

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN
 Instructor: Carol Houton

Questions contact Carol at houton646@comcast.net

The 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. S.T.A.R. Puppy Testing and Certification is offered at the end of the 6 week class. This 6 week class meets on Wednesday night for one hour and runs continuously. Carol will notify you of your start date.

BEGINNER
Instructor: Paulette McBride
Instructor: Carol Houton

Questions contact Paulette at paintedsurface@aol.com

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 8 week class meets on both Wednesday and Thursday nights for one hour. Please see the Class Schedule for the next available class. The first class is for humans only, leave your dog at home, but bring your dog's vaccination records.

ADVANCED COMPANION 1 AND 2
Instructor: Paulette McBride

Questions contact Paulette at paintedsurface@aol.com

Advanced Companion 1 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 8 week class meets on Thursday night for one hour. See the Class Schedule for the next available class.

Advanced Companion 2 is for dogs who have completed Advanced Companion 1 or who are proficient in Advanced Companion 1 skills as determined by Paulette. This class continues to work on Therapy Dog exercises and begins preparation for Novice level competition, Beginner Novice and Rally. This 8 week class meets on Thursday nights for 45 minutes and runs continuously. Paulette will notify you of your start date.

RALLY
Instructor:  Jeanne-Anne Polichetti

Questions contact Sue Anderson at sla.esq@me.com

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 6 week class meets on Wednesday night for one hour.  See the Class Schedule for the next available class.

TRICKS
Instructor:  Paulette McBride

Questions contact Paulette at paintedsurface@aol.com

This Tricks class will show you how to teach your dog fun tricks, such as crawl, hand signals, high five, kiss, and go through a tunnel. This class will culminate with a test that can result in your dog being granted an AKC tricks title.  To obtain the AKC official title, your dog must be registered with the AKC (your dog need not be a purebred dog) and either perform 10 tricks or, if your dog has a CGC title, perform 5 tricks. This 6 week class meets on Wednesday night for one hour.  See the Class Schedule for the next available class.

COMPETITION
Instructor: Barbara Doering

Questions contact Brenda Perkins at mstaylor@verizon.net

You and your dog can prepare to compete at AKC obedience trials or just come out and have fun training. Here you will work on jumping skills, retrieving skills, scent discrimination, and directional exercises. This 8 week class meets on Tuesday night with one hour for AKC Utility training, followed by one hour for AKC Open training, followed by one hour for AKC Novice training. These classes run continuously and Barb will notify you of your start date.

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