For puppies 12 to 16 weeks of age when class begins. This class teaches the puppy how to behave around adults, children, and other dogs. It is an on-leash class covering basic manners, grooming, pet care, socialization, and some pre-obedience training using toys or food.
For puppies 16 to 24 weeks old when class begins. This class teaches pet care, basic manners, socialization and beginning on-lead obedience exercises that are suitable for puppies in this age group.
Beginning Home Companion
Open to dogs 6 months of age or older. This class teaches you how to train your dog to walk on a loose leash, lie down, sit, stay in position and come when called. Basic health, grooming, manners and socializing techniques are also covered. This class is beneficial for those who want their dog to be a good companion and for those who want to continue training and eventually compete.
Advanced Home Companion
Open to dogs that have completed a Beginning Home Companion class. This class graduates using the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test. The CGC program rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Completion of this class is necessary prior to taking agility, flyball, rally or novice classes at SDTC.
Open to dogs and handlers that have completed an Advanced Home Companion class or for experienced handlers who have trained another dog. This class introduces the basic competition obedience exercises, focusing on getting and keeping the dog's attention. Emphasis is placed on working together as a team.
Open to dogs that have previously completed a Beginning Novice class. The Advanced Novice class continues with the novice exercises, begins the off-lead work and focuses on preparing the dog and handler to compete for the AKC Companion Dog (CD) Obedience Title.
Open to dogs that have completed the Novice Classes and are working off-lead. Dogs learn to retrieve a dumbbell, jump and do a drop on recall. Long sits and downs are done with the handler out of sight. The goal is to prepare for the AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) Obedience Title.
Open to dogs that have completed the Open Classes. Dogs learn hand signals, directed retrieving, and scent discrimination. The goal is to prepare for an AKC Utility (UD) Obedience Title.
Open to dogs that have completed an Advanced Home Companion class and/or have Basic Obedience skills. An offshoot of traditional obedience, Rally is a sport in which the handler and dog follow a course with signs telling the team which exercise to perform prior to moving on to the next sign. Being created out of components from traditional obedience exercises, rally classes are designed to teach the exercises and prepare the student teams for competition at the various levels.
Open to dogs that have completed the Advanced Home Companion Class and are under control while working off-lead. Dogs learn to work through obstacle courses that include tunnels, jumps, A-frame, teeter-totter and bridge. Several class levels are available as you progress.
Open to dogs that have completed the Advanced Home Companion Class and are under control while working off-lead. Dogs learn to jump a series of jumps to a box, which when activated by the dog, releases a tennis ball. The dog must return with the ball over the same series of jumps.
Open to dogs that have completed the Flyball Class and are under control while working off-lead. Join a team and compete. Lots of fun for you and your dog.