CANINE GOOD CITIZEN AND THERAPY SKILLS: Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm starting September 23rd. Cost is $125 for the 6 sessions.
Therapy dogs are dogs that visit schools, nursing homes, and hospitals bringing a message of love and cheer. They should have proper greeting manners, leash manners and be able to tolerate dogs and strangers in their environment as well as some vigorous body handling. To work as therapy dogs, most organizations require teams to pass an evaluation or pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification. The CGC is offered by the AKC and requires dogs to pass a 10 part examination, demonstrating their obedience skills and tolerance to handling and strangers. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass a 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. Come learn the requirements for each of these examinations and hone your skills in preparation for them or just to practice good manners so your dog is welcome in the community. Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA
Help your pup develop into a calm, capable adult through training in self-control, drive-building, basic obedience and exposure to new sounds, surfaces, objects, people and dogs. First class is an orientation for the humans (no dogs)! Next 5 classes are for humans & dogs. Household members are welcome as well. Next orientation session is scheduled for September 23rd. This is not your typical puppy class and is packed with content and activity to get your puppy started right.
CANINE FITNESS & CONDITIONING: Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 pm starting September 23rd. Cost is $125 for six sessions.
Balance and body awareness are key elements for the canine performance athlete. They also offer valuable lessons for the dog that is insecure with its surroundings and unsure about unfamiliar things. Whether you have a dog that needs to learn where its rear end starts for agility training or heel work, have a nervous dog that you’d like to help be braver, or simply want to stimulate your dog by playing with unfamiliar equipment, there’s something in this class for you! We will be playing with stools, ladders, balance disks, balance beams, blocks, and anything else we can think of! This is a good introduction to capturing and shaping behaviors and play with unfamiliar objects. The difficulty of the exercises will progress week to week, so you & your dog will be stimulated to advance in skill level while building good body awareness, balance skill & core strength.
Whether you just want your dog to be a great companion or hope to start him on the road to competitive dog sports, you’ll need the Basics & more. Encourage your friends and neighbors to train their dogs. It makes for a nice canine community as well as enriching the lives of both human & canine.
Tuesdays: CONFORMATION HANDLING: 7:15 – 8:15 pm – $10 pay as you go. Learn handling techniques to show your dog in Conformation competitions at AKC & UKC shows. Already an experienced handler? Bring your new dogs and let them practice in a ring-type environment & get used to being examined. Instructor: George Griffin
Tuesdays: Outdoor Agility Coursework at FreeSpirit: 6:00-7:30 pm – $20 pay as you go. Competition level Agility classes at FreeSpirit Training Center in the Redlands. Cost $20 per night. Call or email to be added to our weekly roll call so you can reserve a spot & stay informed of class cancellations due to travel or weather. Pre-requisite: dogs must be sequencing 10+ obstacles or approval of instructor. Instructor: Tracy Hanna
Saturdays: Utility Practice (8:00-9:00 am); Open Prep (9:30-10:30 am); Obedience Competition Prep (10:30-11:30 am); Rally Coursework (11:30 am-12:30 pm) $15 for one class or two with one dog for $25 (except Utility). Reservations required and typically open on the preceding Tuesday. Instructor: Jackie Kurzban Next classes: September 27.