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Puppy Kindergarten | Basic Obedience and Manners | Advanced Puppy/Basic

Puppy Kindergarten
For puppies 5 months and younger. Puppies are sponges, so come join us and teach your puppy basic obedience (sit, down, stay, come, wait) and manners (not jumping, walking nicely on leash). We will work on skills that are necessary for everyday life including impulse control. Questions regarding housebreaking, teething and anything puppy will be answered!
Basic Obedience and Manners
This class is designed for dogs over six months who have not had a basic obedience course and for dogs who would benefit by repeating. Training techniques are presented to owners who want their dogs to learn to sit, lie down, stay, come, keep all fours on the floor, and walk with a slack leash. These techniques are for owners to use in everyday life to help their pet become and remain a well mannered member of the family. We believe it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!
Advanced Puppy/Basic
For dogs that have completed Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Obedience and have an understanding of basic commands. More advanced obedience, how to work around increasing distractions, and life skills are covered.

Agility Classes

Agility - Level 1 Introduction
Level 1 is for dogs with no agility experience.  The class will introduce agility equipment and basic handling.  Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Obedience.  Use of non-agility equipment for basic handling and body awareness will be shown so you can work on your skills at home.  Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners or permission from instructor.
Agility: Level 2
For dogs who have had Level 1.  More sequencing will be offered with basic handling.   Prerequisite:  Agility – Level 1 or permission from instructor
Agility: Level 3
Dogs at this level should be working rather consistently off leash.  Increasing emphasis on proper handling and teamwork. Prerequisite:  Agility – Level 2 or permission from instructor
Agility: Level 4
Dog and handler must work fluently off leash.  Increasing the difficulty of courses and becoming more proficient at teeter and weaves will be emphasized. Prerequisite:  Agility – Level 3 or permission from instructor
Agility: Level 5 - Competition Level
Dogs must be fluent on all equipment including teeter and weaves.  More focus on reading a course and handling skills/options will be covered.  Prerequisite :  Agility – Level 4 or permission from instructor

Competitive Obedience Classes

Competition Obedience – Novice level
For those who want to further their dog’s attention and obedience skills and those who want to prepare their dog for the obedience ring. Novice level, as well as foundation skills for Open and Utility will be covered. This is a fun, fast-paced class. Prerequisite: Advanced Puppy Kindergarten/Advanced Basic or permission from instructor.
Competitive Obedience – AKC Levels Open & Utility
For those who want to compete in Open and Utility. This class uses creative exercises to improve skills and attention. Each class helps the handler and their dog to progress to the highest level of competition obedience. The classes are taught to build precision in a fun enjoyable environment!
AKC Rally
AKC rally is a fun obedience sport requiring the dog and handler to navigate a series of stations, each with a skill to be performed. The team moves through the course at their own pace. This class will teach students how to correctly interpret and perform the signs for each station while working and improving obedience skills. This is a great class to work on obedience teamwork with your dog. Prerequisite: Advanced Puppy Kindergarten/Advanced Basic or permission from instructor.

Scentwork / Tracking

Scentwork & Tracking
Canine Scentwork, also known as Nosework, is a fun new sport for dogs and handlers of all ages.  Scentwork develops your dog’s natural scenting abilities to distinguish and identify various scents through fun and games and leverages every dog’s amazing sense of smell and their love of performing a task.

Tracking is another activity that uses your dog’s ability to scent.   Here the dog is taught to follow a scent of a person much like the bloodhound who uses his nose to find a lost child.

Scentwork and Tracking are fun for dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes and ages and builds confidence, burns off mental and physical energy, and reinforces the bond between dog and owner.     

Scentwork - Level 1
In this Level 1 Introduction class you will learn about the various trial-giving organizations, including the new AKC program, and how to motivate your dog to find the odor of select essential oils. We’ll work with your dog’s natural desire to “hunt” as well as teach your dog to let you know when he/she has found the scent you want him/her to find! Clicker training is used to teach your dog the value of the special scents. If you’ve never used a clicker before it is fun and easy. Don’t worry…you won’t be tied to a clicker forever. You’ll learn how to use your voice as well to “mark” the behaviors you want. Even if you don’t use the clicker for other training you’ll find it very helpful with scentwork. All training is motivational so bring great treats or your dog’s favorite toys. Deepen your relationship with a retired dog, older dog, dog with physical challenges…and learn to really observe your dog doing what dogs love to do: smell things!  Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Scentwork - Level 2
This class is for dogs who have completed Scentwork Level 1 or who can demonstrate, in advance, that their dog is “obedient to odor”, namely Birch. Dogs will learn to identify the five essential oil scents used in AKC, C-WAGS, UKC, and NACSW trials. We’ll work on developing a strong indication behavior and “staying at source” as well as finding scent in different locations.  Prerequisite: Scentwork Level 1 and permission from instructor.
Scentwork - Level 3
In this class we will develop your dog’s scentwork skills further, expanding search environments and distractions.  Prerequisite: Scentwork Level 2 and permission from instructor.
Scentwork - Level 4
This class tests a dog (and handler’s) scentwork trial abilities, fine-tunes skills, and then uses those skills to play games that incorporate some agility equipment (mostly tunnels) and occasional field trips. Once your dog is eager to “find the scent” the sky’s the limit with the fun you can have together.  Prerequisite: Scentwork Level 3 and permission from instructor.
Tracking
The nose knows! Imagine a bloodhound tracking the scent of a lost child. The dog is wearing a harness, a long line is attached and held by the handler following behind. The dog is using his sense of smell to track where the child walked. Your dog can do this too! All dogs have a refined sense of smell and this class will teach you and your dog the fun skill of tracking a scent. Learn how to tap into your dog’s nose and how to “read” your dog to know where the track goes. Lots of fun for both you and your dog!

Advanced Classes

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) or Therapy Dog Classes and Testing
Fieldwood periodically offers classes for those who want to prepare their dogs for therapy dog or CGC (AKC’s Canine Good Citizen) testing. In these classes we will introduce you and your dog the skills needed to past these tests so you and your dog can become one of the many teams that assist residents at nursing homes or veterans’ hospitals, visit kids at schools, or perform other community services. After completing this course Fieldwood will bring in a certified evaluator to conduct the tests. Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Canine Musical Freestyle
Canine Musical Freestyle is a mixture of obedience training, tricks, music and dance that allows for creative interaction between dogs and their owners. Routines are designed to music to show off the dog’s and handler’s skills and flair. In this class you and your dog will be shown basic and advanced moves, tips for selecting music, and working up your routine will be covered. A fun, innovative, and lively class! Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Impulse Control
Impulse control is the basis for all proper dog behavior and obedience. Does your dog jump, pull, bark, take food off your counter, rush through doors? Or do you want to ensure that your dog never does? We will use a series of exercises to help your dog gain more impulse control in their daily life with you. We will also train you to look for your dog’s triggers and help you to be more proactive. Dogs of all ages are welcome to attend.
K9 Sports Sampler
Can’t decide on what you would like to try with your dog? Try them all! Obedience, rally, agility and tricks will be sampled in this class. Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Obedience Games
Work on your obedience skills through fun and innovating games. Good for all levels whether you would like to compete or just have an obedient dog. Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Obedience Skills for Everyday Life
Polish your dog’s obedience with games and fun! Work on improving your dog’s recall, retrieving, stays, etc. Class will be geared towards the needs of the participants. Dogs must have had a basic obedience class or approval of instructor.
Rally-Free
Rally-Free is a unique sport combining trick behaviors from Canine Musical Freestyle with the format of Rally-Obedience. It emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills while encouraging creative and novel behaviors on a Rally-Obedience style course. Rally Free is an upbeat, fun way to practice skills focusing on attention and precision. Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Tricks!
A fun way to continue to bond with your dog and expand your dog’s knowledge is to teach him tricks.
In this class we’ll teach the dog a variety of tricks each week building on what was learned the previous weeks. Come join the fun! Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Intro to Treibball
Treibball,  aka “Urban Herding” or “Push Ball”, is a lively dog sport is similar to soccer except dogs push large balls into a goal with their noses (no pawing). Learn the fine art of clicking and shaping behaviors- skills you can use in everyday life and all dog sports. No experience needed. For dogs and people of all ages. Requirements: a hungry dog, yummy treats, and an open mind. Clickers provided. (Okay, just how do you PRONOUNCE it? According to the American Treibball Association, it’s pronounced Tri – ball…. with a long “I”. Give it a TRY!!!)   Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.
Recipe for a Better Relationship
Want to continue improving your relationship and communication with your dog?   The “recipe” calls for 1 cup of tricks, 2 tablespoons of obedience, 3 pinches of impulse control and 4 gallons of fun!  Come join us for a class that has a little bit of everything to spice up your winter training.   Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten/ Basic Training and Manners, or permission from instructor.