Obedience

The obedience path will help you and your dog form a bond like no other! Ranging from puppies to masters, we have the skills and classes to help you get your dog love to obey and to earn many various titles. Dogs and handlers of all ages, sizes, and experience are welcome to come grow with us. All NDTC classes require proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs age six months or older.

 
 

Puppy Kindergarten

Prerequisites

  • 3-6 months old

  • 2 sets of vaccinations

Goals
Introduction of all the basic obedience commands and training methods
Information on various canine care and behavior topics
How to safely introduce your puppy to new experiences

Beginner Obedience Skills

Prerequisites

  • 6 months or older

  • Mature attention span

Goals
Beginner Obedience Skills is the first of two classes that focus on basic control of the dog and house manners. It is the ideal class for the pet owner. This class can also be of benefit to those who are interested in competing in performance events with their dogs, as they can build on the skills they learn in this class. Handlers are taught basic concepts of dog training, such as how to show a dog what to do, proper use and timing of positive reinforcement, and how to use, but not abuse, corrections (negative reinforcement). Emphasis is placed on lifesaving skills, such as coming when called, as well as skills that make a pet easier to live with, such as sitting for a pill or a treat, staying for short periods when directed, walking on a loose leash without pulling, and behaving politely around other dogs.

Canine Good Citizen

Prerequisites

  • 10 months or older

  • Completion of Beginner Obedience Skills with recommendation

Goals
This is the second of two classes that focus on basic control and manners useful for pets and competition dogs alike. During the last session of this class, students will take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test (both mixed-breed and pure-bred dogs are eligible), and those passing will be awarded CGC certificates. The ten elements of the test are

  1. accepting a friendly stranger

  2. sitting politely for petting

  3. appearance and grooming

  4. walking on a loose leash

  5. walking through a crowd

  6. staying in place at a sit or a down

  7. coming when called

  8. reaction to another dog

  9. reactions to distractions

  10. supervised separation

 

Beginner Competition Obedience

Prerequisites

  • 4 months old

  • Sit/stay on command

  • Loose-leash walking

  • Canine Good Citizen

Goals
This class introduces the specific exercises in the AKC Novice Obedience class including:

  • heeling patterns

  • figure eight

  • recalls

  • fronts

  • finishes

  • stand for exam

  • long stays

  • Those not intending to compete may still enjoy learning these exercises, and their dogs can benefit from the increased precision and the deeper level of bonding that will take place.

Novice Show Prep

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Introduction to Novice Show Prep

  • Completion of Beginning Competition Obedience with recommendation

Goals
This class focuses on achieving the highest degree of precision desired by the student before entering their first novice trial. It addresses ring procedure and judging standards, hones handling skills, fine-tunes the dog’s performance, and proofs the dogs with distractions typically encountered in the show setting. Students may repeat this class as needed to polish their performance for the show ring.

Competition Heeling

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Beginning Competition Obedience

Goals
Competition Heeling is for the handler who wants to improve his/her heeling scores. It emphasizes attention, footwork, body language, fronts and finishes. This is an ongoing drop-in class with an instructor.

 

Beginning Open

Prerequisites

  • Dogs must have earned the Companion Dog (CD) title or have the instructor’s permission.

Goals
Beginning Open teaches the basic Open level Obedience exercises. The exercises include

  • heel free and figure 8

  • drop on recall

  • retrieve on the flat

  • retrieve over the high jump

  • broad jump

  • out of sight long stays

  • The instructor works with each student at the student’s level.

Rally Transitions

Prerequisites

  • Canine Good Citizen

Goals
The goal is to become proficient in the movement of dog and handler as a team in performing accurate turns, finishes, fronts, moving stands and heeling around the dog in various positions. Moving with precision is the outcome desired.

Beginning Utility

Prerequisites

  • Dogs must have earned the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title or have the instructor’s permission.

Goals
This class teaches the basic Utility level Obedience exercises, including

  • scent discrimination

  • directed retrieve

  • directed jumping

  • moving stand & exam

  • signal exercise

 

Rally Novice

Prerequisites

  • 10 months or older

  • Completion of the Beginning Competition Obedience Class.

Goals

The Novice Rally class is for those students preparing to show in the AKC Rally Novice Ring. The class will cover how to perform the AKC novice signs and how to do novice courses. The class will cover the rules and regulations for competing in Rally.

Rally Intermediate/Advanced/Excellent

Prerequisites

  • 10 months or older

  • Completion of the Rally Novice Class. 

Goals

This Rally class is for those students preparing to show in the AKC Rally Intermediate/Advanced and Excellent Ring. The class will cover how to perform the AKC signs and how to do courses. The class will cover the rules and regulations for competing in Rally.

Rally Master

Prerequisites

  • 1 year or older

  • Completion of the Rally Advanced/Excellent Class. 

Goals

This is a workshop held periodically that will cover how to perform the AKC Master signs, and how to do Master courses.