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January Classes

Have any New Year Resolutions involving your dog? Sign-up now for our January classes.  Read below for more info and let us know if you are interested in signing up as space is limited in all classes or click on this link to sign up for the CLASSES.
Wednesdays, starting January 8th 
6:00 pm Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Skills;
7:15 Head Start Puppy class
8:30 Building Blocks for Stellar Performance Dogs — Just added!  
Foundations for Agility Wednesdays, starting January 8th at 9:30 am or Mondays, starting January 13th
Saturdays, starting in January 25th 
2:00 pm Basic Obedience; 
4:00 pm Beyond Basic Obedience; 
5:00 pm Level 3 Obedience 


Also, these classes are on-going:

SaturdaysUtility 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.  Next classes: Jan 4 & 11.

Wednesdays: Obedience Training with Distractions  2:30-3:30 pm, $15 pay as you go.
Wednesdays: CONFORMATION HANDLING: 7:00 – 8:00 pm – $10 pay as you go.

Wednesdays: Outdoor Agility Coursework at FreeSpirit: 5:00-6:30 pm – $20 pay as you go.

We also have space in our on-going Novice thru Masters Agility classes.  Varied days & times.  $20 per class when purchased by the month.
Call 305.251.5867, email or follow this link to sign up for the CLASSES. Keep reading for descriptions of these classes


Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Skills:  Wednesday, January 8th – 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  6 sessions for $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 Sheyla Gutierrez.
Head Start Puppy classWednesday, January 8th. 7:15-8:15 pm, cost is $125 for six sessions. 
Help your pup develop into a calm, capable adult through training in self-control, drive-building, basic obedience and exposure to new things, 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 January 8th.
Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR STELLAR PERFORMANCE DOGS: Starting Wednesday January 8th. 8:30-9:30pm— 6 sessions for $125.

Getting a new dog or puppy ready for a performance sport career requires:

– Building a strong working relationship through focus & control exercises;

– Creating enthusiasm & motivation including building their natural toy- and play-drives;

– Developing good balance & body awareness to maximize athleticism & minimize injuries over a long career; and

– Establishing a complete understanding of basic cues and commands for good manners.

These “Building Blocks” will create a good foundation for performance sports by building trust and a desire to work with you from the beginning.  Whether you have a young pup or a new rescue that needs to develop some confidence, the exercises and games in this class will help you bond together and be better prepared for a performance career.  And it never hurts to revisit these “building blocks” with more experienced dogs to refresh these skills.

Come learn all the fun ways to train these skills in your upcoming performance star – but most importantly, show them that spending time with you is REWARDING!!!  This is the basis for a good career in performance sports.  After all, it’s not just about the dog, but about the team you can become!

Instructor Sheyla Gutierrez.


OBEDIENCE CLASSES: Saturdays – starting January 25th, cost is $125 for six sessions or $25 per class.

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 in varied settings & other useful skills) Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
LEVEL 3 (includes proofing of above behaviors & several training games) Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Trish Swinney

Foundations for Agility class Wednesdays, starting January 8th at 9:30 am or Mondays, starting January 13th

FOUNDATIONS for AGILITY is the class that will get you prepared for Agility training for competition or just as a rewarding activity for you & your dog.  It covers groundwork exercises for agility, such as fast downs, recalls, side changes, targeting, self-control exercises and more. The focus of this class is on teaching you & your dog the handling cues you will use to direct the dog through a course of obstacles as well as introducing targeting & jumping foundation work. Cost is $125 for 6 classes (day & time to be announced.)  Minimum age recommendation: 8 months & up. This is the pre-requisite class for the next level: Beginning Obstacles which will follow in the same time slot.  
Instructor Tracy Hanna

On-going Classes

Most Saturday Mornings: Cost is $15 for one class or both on one day with one dog for $25*.  Next Saturday morning training dates –  Jan 4th & 11th.  Reservations required.  Call or email to be added to our Reservation Reminder list.

Utility Practice (8:00-9:00) Utility Obedience exercises for those finishing their CDX and getting ready for Utility (*not eligible for multiple class discount).

Open Prep (9:30-10:30) Open Obedience for those finishing their Novice Obedience Title (CD) and getting ready for Open

Obedience Competition Prep (10:30-11:30 am) Beginner Novice & Novice for those showing or getting ready to show in Beginner Novice & Novice.

Rally Coursework (11:30 am-12:30 pm). Rally Novice or Advanced. 

Instructor: Jackie Kurzban


CONFORMATION HANDLING:  Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Learn ring procedure, handling tips and how to emphasize your dog’s best traits as your dog gets accustomed to the conformation routine & environment. Pre-requisite:  Dogs must be accustomed to walking on a leash.  $10 per night.  Instructor: George Griffin

Outdoor Agility Coursework at Free Spirit Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 pm  
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
Training with Distractions  Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 pm; For those interested in competing in the Obedience ring or just training to that level.  Prerequisite:  Beyond Basic Obedience or approval of instructor. 
You’ve gone to class, you’ve practiced at home and you went to the dog show confident you were ready. But there were people watching, doors opening and closing, judges, stewards and worse – there were other DOGS!    Want to work on those pesky distractions?  Come to the Training with Distractions class.  This class is good for all dogs that have had Beyond Basic obedience training -they need to know what sit, down, come and stay means even if they do not always do what you asked for. You will be able to work at the level you and your dog are ready for – the class is suitable for the novice through open level and can proof some of your utility skills.  Although signs won’t be used, the activities can also help you prep for rally.

The class will include heeling, turning left/right/around, sit and down stays, sit and stands for exam and other exercises all with various levels of distractions including people, other dogs and other distractions you would encounter at a dog show.  You can work at your own level – some dogs might be off leash, others not.

A typical class would follow the general layout:1-Sit and down stays.  Handler can be anywhere from just in front of dog to out of sight.
2-Heeling as a group, either in a circle or in line.  Includes 1/4 turns, circle right/left, about turns etc. Dogs can be taken off lead if ready.
3-Sit / stand for exam.  Those handler that can leave their dogs will examine each dog. Can be done with handler at side of dog or as in trial.
4-Recall-done down the center of two lines, every other dog or criss cross depending upon class size and composition.
5-Finishes will be added to the recall but not every time.
6-Figure eight proofing will be done as a weaving exercise between the other dogs.
7-Games like tic tac toe and musical chairs can be added as well.
Because the exercises are done as a group, dog/handler teams get plenty of practice.

Tracy Hanna
8935 SW 129 Street, Miami, FL  33176
Paws in Motion