May Classes

Sign-up now for these classes in May:
Canine Good Citizen Review & CGC & Advanced CGC Test 
Sunday May 8th, 11:30 am
6 week courses:
Basic Obedience & Beyond Basic classes: Saturday afternoons starting May 7th
Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Skills class Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm starting May 10th
Head Start Puppy class Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm starting May 10th
On-going classes:
Tuesday 7:15 pm: Conformation training
Saturdays mornings: Obedience & Rally Competition training
Mondays & Wednesdays: Agility: Pre-Novice thru Masters Agility Skills & Sequences
To enroll any of the classes below, you can sign-up on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email
Read on for descriptions of these classes:
OBEDIENCE CLASSES: Saturdays starting May 7th, Six-week course, $125.
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.
BASIC OBEDIENCE (includes Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, Walk on lead, Leave it & Take it Nicely)  Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 pm 
BEYOND BASIC (includes practicing above skills adding duration, distractions & distance, plus Heeling, Fronts, Finishes and introduction to off-leash work) Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
LEVEL 3 OBEDIENCE (includes preparation for Obedience & Rally competition. Instructor approval required) Saturdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm 
Instructor: Trish Swinney
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN AND THERAPY SKILLS:  Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm. Starting May 10th. Six-week course, $125.  
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: Tracy Hanna
HEAD START PUPPY CLASS: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm. Starting May 10th. Six-week course, $125
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. Not your typical puppy class! It’s packed with content and activity to get your puppy started right.  Class includes basic Obedience (Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, Leave It, Walking On Lead and developing Attention) as well as an introduction to a few agility obstacles and other objects.  The Orientation prepares you for the training that will begin at home & continue in class starting week 2 & is your opportunity to ask questions about problem issues like jumping, barking, chewing & housebreaking.
Instructor: Tracy Hanna
Paws in Motion will be offering

Canine Good Citizen Review & CGC Test 
Sunday May 8th, 11:30 am: 
If there’s time & interest, we may also offer a Community Canine Test following the CGC Test.
CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Review at 11:30 pm followed by a CGC Certification Test performed by an AKC approved evaluator.
Cost $20 for the Test (fee does not include the $8 AKC fee to record your CGC title) or $35 for both a review & the test.  
Graduates of Paws in Motion’s CGC/Therapy Skills class will receive a $5 discount off the test.
If your dog needs a little time to acclimate or if you are unsure of the CGC exercises, the review would be very beneficial to you so you can practice for a bit before being tested.
Test Description:  There are 10 separate tests in the CGC. 
1-Accepting a friendly stranger
2-Sitting politely for petting
3-Appearance & Grooming
4-Walking on a loose leash
5-Walking through a crowd
6-Sit & Down on command/Stay in place
7-Come when called
8-Reaction to another dog
9-Reactions to distractions
10-Supervised Separation
For more information on the CGC test visit AKC’s website 
If there’s interest, we will also offer a Community Canine Test following the CGC Test.

There are pre-requisites to earn the CGCA title. The dog must:

 1) be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number) AND,

 2) already have a Canine Good Citizen award/title on record. 

Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title. 

1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control

2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring)–does not pull. 

3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd

4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull. 

5. Sit–stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).

6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.

7. “Leave it.” Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, “Leave it.”

8. Down or sit stay–distance (owner’s choice).

9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20–ft. (off center) and calls dog.

10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner’s choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.

For more info on the Community Canine Test visit:
Also, these classes are on-going:

Most Saturdays: Utility Practice (8:00 – 9:00 am) Open Competition Prep (9:30-10:30 am); Novice 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 (discount not available for Utility). Reservations required.  No class on May 28th.  Instructor: Jackie Kurzban

Tuesdays: CONFORMATION HANDLING: 7:15 – 8:15 pm – $10 pay as you go.  No reservations required, but call or email if attending your first time.  Learn ring procedure, handling tips and how to emphasize your dog’s best traits as your dog gets accustomed to the conformation environment.  George loves to work with new handlers and dogs to teach them how to show well & with joy!  He is very good at bringing out the best in dogs & handlers. Instructor:  George Griffin

Agility: Pre-Novice thru Masters Agility Skills & Sequences: On-going Monday & Wednesday mornings & evenings (varied times). Cost $21-25 per class.  Whether you are already showing with your dog, getting ready for trials or just want to have fun, there’s always Agility classes going on weekly.  Join a class and test yourself and your dog with the challenge of the week.  We will be reviewing foundation obstacle & handling skills, introducing new ones and putting them together in longer sequences.  Instructor approval required.    Instructor: Tracy Hanna


To enroll in these courses or the CGC Tests, you can sign-up on-line or contact us at 305.251.5867 or email  If you are interested in signing up for any of the on-going classes, please contact us.  Spaces in all classes are limited, so don’t delay as some classes will fill quickly.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Tracy Hanna
Paws in Motion
8935 SW 129 Street, Miami 33176

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