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ON-Line Home Agility Skills Class

Note: Class entry fee is $185.00 plus HST less our loyalty discounts which apply after the 5th class taken.

This class is available for students that wish to prepare their dogs for skills required for success in all levels of agility.  The Foundations for TeamWork Class is a prerequisite.  Dogs from any level of the agility classes are welcome.  This on-line class covers skills that can be taught in a small area of your home without formal equipment.  A recommended equipment list of household items will be provided.  Topics covered will include: directional cues, board work, cone work, foundations of jump cues, start line stays, call off's and body awareness exercises.  During the hour students will watch the instructors explain and demo the exercises then receive feedback as they perform the exercises at home.  Graduates will be better prepared to move through the agility levels with less repetition of classes.  $75.00 + HST for 8 hours of instruction.

 

Agility Working Group

This class is suitable for students who have completed agility level 3 or higher.  All students will work together to share knowledge and problem solve for others in the group.  Class content and courses will be designed by a different student each week targeting goals they are working on.  All participants will be expected to course build and clean up afterwards.  The 2-hours sessions will encourage team work while allowing the opportunity to learn how to design goal focused exercises. 

Available Classes

The Sudbury & District Kennel Club training facility is located in Lively at the corner of RR#55 and RR#24 at the Lively Inn and Suites building.  Most classes involve 8 hours of instruction for the price of $209.05 including HST.  To register, complete the on-line registration form and submit payment.  For general information a message can be left at 705-692-9709.

 

The Sudbury & District Kennel Club offers a variety classes in the disciplines of Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Nose Work, Trick Training and Tracking.

 

The following are descriptions of classes offered.  Refer to the current schedule of events to see which classes are in session.

 

Note:  All levels represent general stages of skill development. Progression to more advanced levels is individual and based on successful completion of the basic skills required. Upon completion of your class, discuss with your instructor which level to register for next.

 

At the discretion of the instructor, classes with four or less students may be shortened. Please review all class and registration form information thoroughly prior to contacting the SDKC Registrar with any questions.

 

Refer to our class schedule for classes that will be available this upcoming semester.

Puppy Obedience - For puppies up to 6 months

Puppies will be introduced to many socialization experiences with people and other puppies. Puppies will work to develop good leash respect while out walking. Puppies and handlers will also learn the basic obedience commands.  Upon completion of this program, students wishing to extend their learning with their dogs in obedience would progress to the Advanced Level One Obedience class or the Level 2 Foundations for Teamwork class, depending on your instructor’s recommendation.

Puppy Obedience - For dogs up to 1 year

Puppy and handler team will build a trusting working relationship through play.  Teams will learn and practice basic obedience skills in a games environment.  This class provides an opportunity to develop puppy socialization skills with both dogs and people.  Suitable for puppies that have already attended a puppy class or have been home schooled.  Upon completion of this program, students wishing to extend their learning with their dogs in obedience would progress to the Advanced Level One Obedience class or the Level 2 Obedience class, depending on your instructor’s recommendation.

Level 1 Obedience - For dogs older than 6 months

Handlers will learn techniques to train the basic obedience commands. Dogs will learn to walk politely on lead, to sit, down and stand on command, to stay in position a minimum of 30 seconds and to come when called. Training activities are fun for both dog and handler.  Upon successful completion, students would progress to Advanced Level 1 Obedience or  Level 2 obedience, depending on your instructor’s recommendation.  The Advanced Level One class refines the basic commands of sit, down, come and stay so that so that the skills can be performed with great precision and reliability without the aid of a head halter.

Level 2 Obedience (Building Companion Dog Skills)

Dogs will become more reliable and accept increased time and distance from the handler in all basic obedience skills while focusing through distractions. The skills leading to the Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbor Program will be covered in this level. These skills demonstrate that the dog is well behaved around both dogs and people in public places and is a good canine citizen.  For those wishing to earn an official title, two tests will be provided each year for anyone who would like to have their dog hold a Canine Good Neighbor Certificate.   Successful graduates would progress to Level 4 depending on your instructor’s recommendation.

Foundations for Teamwork for Obedience & Agility

Following successful completion of either Puppy Obedience 3 to 6 months of age or Level 1 obedience, dogs will refine core foundation skills including targeting, movement, balancing and self-control skills to build and increase precision and reliability necessary for more advanced dog training levels.  The goal of this class is to enhance focus for the dog/handler team. This class provides the foundation skills necessary to advance in any dog sport and is a prerequisite for Level 1 agility and any obedience class involving off-leash work.

 

NB: It is recommended that dogs be crated, as part of the program skill development.

Beginner Rally Obedience Skills

Rally is a timed competitive sport that consists of  16 or more stations  and is based on variations  of the  basic obedience skills of sit, down, stand, stay, heel, come front, pivoting, jumping, walking through distractions and distance work.  This course will cover the signs included at the Novice level of competition.  Level 3 Obedience is a prerequisite.

 

NB: Canadian Kennel Club now permits mixed breed dogs to compete in performance events once they secure a Performance Event Number from the Canadian Kennel Club. Your instructor will be happy to guide you through the process.

Advanced/Excellent Rally

This class is designed for people who have successfully completed a beginner rally class.  The Advanced and Excellent rally signs will be introduced and the skills practiced in a course setting.  All dogs will be working on leash in a group setting and off leash only when individual courses are being run.  Crates are required.

Competitive Obedience for Canadian Kennel Club Trials (PreNovice, Novice, Open, Utility Levels)

Following successful completion of Level 3 Obedience, dogs and handlers will build precision obedience skills required to compete in Canadian Kennel Club Obedience trials.

 

NB: Canadian Kennel Club now permits mixed breed dogs to compete in performance events once they secure a Performance Event Number from the Canadian Kennel Club. Your instructor will be happy to guide you through the process.

Agility Classes

Obedience Classes

Note:  All levels represent general stages of skill development.  Progression to more advanced levels is individual and based on successful completion of the basic skills required.  Upon completion of your class, discuss with your instructor which level to register for next.

 

For all agility classes, dogs will be crated when not on course unless an alternative is discussed and approved by your with instructor.   This allows your dog to more easily relax when not working and the handler to focus on instruction and walking the courses.  Soft sided crates that easily fold up are commonly used. Instructors will work with you to make sure your dog is comfortable in their crate.

 

At the discretion of the instructor, classes with four or less students may be shortened. Please review all class and registration form information thoroughly prior to contacting the SDKC Registrar with any questions.

Agility Level 1 - Beginner Agility

This novice level class will begin to introduce the dog and handler to more of the agility equipment. You will start some basic jumping techniques and learn basic handling skills to begin working as an efficient dog/handler team. Due to the complexity of learning basics on so many pieces of equipment dogs and handlers may need to spend more than one session at this level. Your instructor will recommend the next class progression. *Agility Level 1 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.

This class will teach the basic concepts of dog agility. Exercises are simple and fun. The class focuses on creating a bond and teamwork between the dog and handler. Dogs will be introduced to some of the basic agility equipment pieces, with the aim of building your dog's confidence. Dogs will work on leash for most exercises. *Foundations for Teamwork for Obedience & Agility is a prerequisite for Agility Level 1.  Crates are required.

Agility Level 2 - Introduction to Equipment

Agility Level 3 -Equipment and Sequencing

Agility Level 4 - Advanced Equipment and Sequencing

This class continues to build on equipment performance and basic handling skills, while building the foundation skills needed to be successful if you decide to enter agility trials later on. Emphasis is put on weaves, teeter, and contact end behavior. You will continue to improve basic handling skills while also building on the working team relationship between dog and handler. *Agility Level 2 is a prerequisite for this class.  Crates are required.

This class will work on finessing equipment performance and becoming confident in basic handling skills while you are introduced to more advanced techniques. Course sequences will be more complex. Work on teeter and weaves will be focused on proofing and strengthening these skills. *Agility Level 3 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.

Agility Level 5 - Handling

This class will work on advanced handling techniques and sequences. You will learn how to problem solve handling complex sequences and develop a fluency in the handling techniques introduced in earlier levels. As you progress through this class all equipment, including teeter and weaves, will be incorporated into longer sequences that you and your dog will have to work together as a team to accomplish. *Agility Level 4 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.

This class is designed to prepare the dog and handler team for competitive agility. You will learn the rules of competitive agility so you can begin trialing! Dogs should be confident on all equipment and advanced handling skills before registering for this class. In this class you will develop the skills to work through novice, intermediate and excellent level course simulations. This class will challenge you and your dog to use all the skills and teamwork you have developed while continuing to progress and learn. *Agility Level 5 is a prerequisite for this class.  Crates are required.

Agility Level 6 - Competitive Agility

Summer Outdoor Agility Class

This drop-in class will take place at the club's agility field in the Chelmsford area (470 Bradley St, Chelmsford). It will provide an opportunity to transfer the skills you have been working on in the hall to a full size, outdoor agility field. Instructors will set up novice, intermediate or advanced courses, and provide feedback as you work through the course. As this is an open class there will be many skill levels, and it will be up to you and the instructor to adjust the skills in the course for your team to be successful.

 

This class will run 2 or 3 days a week throughout the summer. You will register for  a pass of 8 classes that are flexible as to the day and number of times per week used.  More than one pass can be purchased for the summer session.

 

The SDKC offers CKC agility trials during the summer at the Club field. This class could prepare you to enter and work toward earning an agility title for your dog.

NB: All breeds/mixed breeds can enter by obtaining a CKC number.

NB: Students are expected to assist with course building, bar setting, leash running and equipment clear up after class.

 

*Agility Level 3 is a prerequisite for Summer Outdoor Agility Class, unless recommended by your instructor. Crates are required.

 

For the safety of the dogs and respect of the homeowner where our field is located, we ask that you please enter the drive slowly. Dogs will be on leash at all times unless in the fenced in field. Students are responsible to clean up after their dogs.

Special Interest Classes

Scent Detection A - Nose Work 1

Notes to students: The levels represent general stages of skill development.  It is common to repeat levels several times before advancing to the next level.  Upon graduation of your class, we encourage you to discuss with your instructor which level to register for next.

 

It is required that you crate your dog between rotations. This allows your dog to more easily relax when not working and the handler to focus on instruction..  Soft sided crates that easily fold up are commonly used. Instructors will work with you to make sure your dog is comfortable in their crate.

 

At the discretion of the instructor, classes with four or less students may be shortened. Please review all class and registration form information thoroughly prior to contacting the SDKC Registrar with any questions.

This class will introduce the dog and handler to the sport of scent detection. Dogs learn the canine version of “Hide and Seek” where the dog locates hidden scent and indicates the location to the handler.  Teams will learn basic concepts such as how to prepare and handle odour, how to motivate your dog to build drive and confidence, and where to place the hidden scent while training.  This class will require all participants to bring crates for their dogs and will be taught in 4 sessions of 2 hours each.  Crates are required.

Scent Detection B - Nose Work 2

This class is for students who have successfully completed the Introduction to Nose Work class or who have demonstrated the skills learned in the introductory level to the instructor before registration.  Pretesting can be arranged by contacting k9noseskills@gmail.com.  The skills required for the beginner level of titling will be covered in this class.  This class will require all participants to bring crates for their dogs and will be taught in 4 sessions of 2 hours each.  Crates are required.

Foundation Skills for Trick Training

This eight week beginner course will introduce handlers to trick training using shaping as the methodology. Trick dog training appeals to all dogs and is both a fun sport and a great bonding experience. Skills required to reach the beginner levels of titling will be covered. Dogs should be familiar with the "it’s your choice" game and understand the "watch me" game.  Crates are required.

Tracking

This sport develops the dog’s instinctive skill to follow a human foot track and locate articles that carry the scent of that individual.  The number and type of article, length and age of track and type of terrain varies with the level of difficulty being trained.  Tracking classes are offered when sufficient interest has been reported to the registrar.

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