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 22 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 over 5 months of age. 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 (CGC) 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. Dogs must pass the CGC test in order to take agility, nosework, rally or novice obedience classes at SDTC. Here is a tutorial which explains the test and offers training tips: CGC Test Tutorial (Powerpoint) CGC Test Tutorial (PDF). Our CGC Test video takes you through the 10 step test.
Open to dogs and handlers that have completed an Advanced Home Companion class and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. 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 and meet certain skill requirements. 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 passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. 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. 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.
Agility classes are open to dogs that have completed the Advanced Home Companion Class and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. They need to be under control while working off-lead around other dogs and people. Dogs learn to work through obstacle courses that include tunnels, jumps, A-frame, teeter-totter and dog walk. Several class levels are available as you progress.
Agility Foundation - entry level class
Dogs and handlers learn teamwork and beginning handling. Dogs are introduced to hoops, tunnels, tire, table and two weave poles, and work on rear end awareness and contact zone behavior. Offered in Sessions 1, 2 and 3.
Agility 1 - prerequisite is Agility Foundation
Includes jumps, contact obstacles (A-frame, dog walk, teeter) at low height and progression to a set of 6 weave poles. Teams run short sequences that include side changes. Offered in Sessions 2, 3 and 4.
Agility 2, 3, 4, 5 and Premier
Develop skills required for competition in agility trials. Each level has specific prerequisites; contact the club for details.
Agility Handling - several different levels are offered
Classes are indoors and include jumps, tunnels and weave poles but no contact obstacles. Offered in session 1.
AKC Scent work classes are open to dogs that have completed the Advanced Home Companion Class and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Classes are based on skill level: Beginning, Novice, Advanced and Superior.
Beginning Nosework is for dogs who have earned their CGC.
Prerequisite for the Novice Nosework class: Dogs must have completed SDTC's Beginning Nosework class or have taken Nosework classes elsewhere.
Prerequisite for Advanced Nosework class: The handler/dog team has been successfully trialling in the Novice elements at trials.
Prerequisite for Superior Nosework class: The handler/dog team has been successfully trialling in the Advanced elements at trials. Teams that have been trialling in the more advanced elements are welcome in our classes, if there is space, to work on their skills but SDTC does not currently offer more advanced classes.