- Puppy Kindergarten (Puppies 8-16 weeks):
Give your puppy the best start in life. This class includes socialization; a start on basic manners; and discussions on housebreaking, chewing, nipping and other puppy issues.
- Senior Puppy 1 (Puppies 4-12 months):
This class emphasizes manners and socialization and introduces some basic obedience, including sit, down, stay, come, and walking on a loose leash. Class is open to puppies with no formal training.
- Senior Puppy 2 (Puppies 4-12 months: prerequisites- completion of PK or Senior Puppy 1 or equivalent):
This class builds on skills learned in Puppy Kindergarten and/or Senior Puppy 1. Continuation of using reward-based training. Emphasis on attention, motivation, manners, and basic obedience. Class is open to graduates of Puppy Kindergarten or puppies who have had one formal class before.
- Basic Manners: (for dogs with no formal training, age one year and older):
Has a new adult dog joined your family, or are you finally getting around to training your older dog? This class is for adult dogs with no prior training. Learn reward-based training methods to teach your dog the basic skills of sit, down, stay, come when called, walk on a leash, leave it, go to your place, and good manners at doorways.
- Focus/Advanced Manners (Prerequisites: Senior Puppy 2, Basic Manners or equivalent – or permission of instructor):
This class is designed for dogs who have basic obedience skills, but their owners want to advance their skills and improve their focus/attention. The class emphasizes relationship building with your dog in order to improve attention/focus. The class stresses improving basic obedience skills; introduces tricks and intermediate obedience skills; and working with distractions
- Canine Good Citizen (prerequisites Focus or equivalent outside training):
This class focuses on the 10 elements of the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Among these skills are walking under control on a loose lead with turns and halts, sit and down stays, and accepting handling from strangers. Many therapy dog programs require the CGC certification so this class will introduce equipment such as a wheelchair and crutches for those interested in continuing to the Therapy Dog Class. A complimentary CGC test is offered with the class.
- Therapy Dog Class (prerequisites CGC certification):
This class will focus on preparing you and your dog to be a Therapy Dog Team through Love on A Leash (LOAL) Therapy organization. It will cover the elements of the therapy dog certification test and aid you in setting up supervised visits to local senior living facilities. We will expose you and your dog to several commonly seen items in therapy settings, such as wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, etc. A complimentary LOAL certification test is offered on the final night of class.
- Beginning Flyball — Introduction to this fast, fun team sport for dogs. Canines race down a lane of hurdles to a box, retrieve a ball, and race back. No prerequisite, but dogs must be at least 6 months of age, in good shape and physically sound and be good natured around dogs and people. (no prerequisite)
- Barn Hunt — The purpose of this fast growing sport that dogs love is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like” setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. The sport is open to any breed or mix of dog who loves to hunt and who can fit through an 18” wide gap between two hay bales. It will test speed, agility, and surefootedness. This class introduces dogs and owners to the sport including the rules/regulations; introduction to the rat; and climbing and tunneling on hay bales. Rats are handled by the instructor. No prerequisites required.
- Dog Sports Sampler — This fun class lets owners sample several different dog sports to see which ones they and their dogs find the most fun. A great way to learn about all the activities that can help keep your dog mentally and physically conditioned. Introductions to Agility; Flyball; Rally; and Scent Work are included. No prerequisite, but dogs must be at least 6 months of age, in good shape and physically sound and be good-natured around dogs and people.
- Rally — Rally is a fun sport that combines aspects of obedience and agility. Often compared to a Simon Says game for dogs and handlers, Rally features stations that teams complete in order. Each station asks the handler to have their dog complete a different obedience exercise.
- Foundation To Agility (Dog 4+ months old with basic obedience skills):
This class emphasizes relationship building with your puppy/dog through reward-based training and an introduction to foundation exercises that will give your puppy/dog a great start towards agility and other canine sports. (Prerequisite – Senior Puppy or equivalent – or permission of instructor).
- Beginner Agility (Prerequiste – Foundation to Agility and dog must be 6 months or older):
This class introduces the basics of this exciting sport in which dogs run an obstacle course with their owner. All Agility obstacles will be introduced using their skills from Foundation to Agility to make the start to this exciting sport fun ad safe for all who participate. Most work is done on-leash so off-lead control is not required at this stage.
- Level 2 Agility (Prerequisite – Level 1 Agility):
In this class, dogs begin sequencing and continue to work on weave poles and contact obstacle performance. Students are introduced to crosses and other handling skills.
- Level 3 Agility (Prerequisite – Level 2 Agility):
Dogs and handlers are introduced to more advanced handling techniques, and running novice-level courses in preparation for competition. Dogs participating in the Level 3 Agility class must have mastered six-weave poles and be reliably performing contact obstacles.
- Competition Agility (Prerequisite – Level 3 Agility):
This class is designed for students preparing to compete or who are competing. Emphasis on course analysis, solving problems and improving handling techniques. To participate in this class, dogs must be reliable with off-lead control.