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Class Offerings

Our goals are to teach you to train your dog, develop your interest in dog obedience and other exciting dog venues (such as conformation, rally, and teacup agility), increase your enjoyment and love of your dog, and have fun. Whether you are an experienced professional dog handler or an exasperated family pooch owner, we can provide you with top quality training. All types of dogs are welcome – from purebreds to mixed breeds.

Having served the Austin community since 1988, we are pleased that you are interested in joining us for dog training. Please come visit the center, ask questions and observe classes.

What to Expect

  • We recommend new students arrive a few minutes early so we can get you checked in.  All dogs should be under a veterinarian’s care and following their prescribed vaccination schedule.
  • All dogs should come on a 6′ leash (no flexileads please).
  • Dogs should be potty walked (aired) prior to class.  There is a potty yard at the center.  We recommend delaying evening feeding until after class if possible.  This helps reduce accidents, and helps ensure your dog will be interested in your reward treats.

We look forward to training you to train your dog!!

Ready to Enroll?

Fill out our enrollment form online.

Optionally you may pay for some classes in advance HERE.

Courses

Puppy Obedience:

Basic obedience for young dogs 12 weeks to 6 months of age.  These basic obedience courses are designed to teach very basic training and dog manners, and prepare dogs and owners for AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification.

You will learn how to:

  • sit your dogPuppy training is a great way to bond with your new puppy.
  • heel your dog
  • down your dog
  • recall your dog, aka come
  • stand your dog for examination
  • stay: in a sit or down position

Prerequisites: None

Age Requirement: 12 weeks to 6 months old

Length of Class: 8 week sessions

Class Size: 3-12 puppies per class

Basic Dog Obedience Class:

This is the same class as Puppy Obedience, for puppies and dogs 6 months and older.

Prerequisites: None

Age Requirement: 6 months old or older

Length of Class: 8 week sessions

Class Size: 3-12 dogs per class

Beginning Open:

Learn Open competition level exercises to join regular Open class.Agility Course with Dog

You and your dog will learn:

  • heel free (heel off leash)
  • dumbbell retrieve
  • drop on recall
  • broad jump
  • retrieve over the high jump
  • out of sight sits and downs

Prerequisite: AKC CD (Companion Dog) title or instructor’s approval to enroll

Length of Class: 8 week class

Class Size: 3-6 students with dogs per class

Beginning Canine Utility Class:

Learn Utility competition level exercises to join regular Utility class.

You and your dog will learn:

  • scent discrimination
  • signal exercise
  • go out
  • directed jumping
  • directed retrieve
  • moving stand for exam

Prerequisite: Preference will be given to dogs with an AKC CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title or instructor’s approval.

Length of Class: 8 week class

Class Size: 3-10 students with dogs per class

Intro to Rally:

Uses the current AKC Rally Regulations book which will be provided.

You and your dog will learn:

  • All Novice Rally signs and the obedience skills to perform them including some advanced signs, walking a course and the differences in titles from Novice to Master. In addition, you will learn the basics of entering and performing in AKC Rally competition.

Prerequisite: Basic obedience or instructor’s approval. Your dog is expected to know heeling, sit, stay, down from a stand, recall to front, and finish to heel position.

Length of Class: 8 week course

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Agility 0 – Pre-Agility Fundamentals Class:

Learn fundamental skills necessary for agility training and competition, including: focus, motivation, flat-work, body awareness, targeting, tunnel and jump sequences, as well as other concepts to provide a head start on agility basics.

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic obedience class

Length of Class: Once a week for 6 weeks

Class Size: 3-6 students with dogs per class

Agility 1 – Introduction to Agility:

An introductory course introducing your dog to agility obstacles such as jumps, the tunnel, weave poles, the tire jump, etc.

Prerequisite: Basic, Agility 0 – Pre-Agility Fundamentals or instructor’s approval.

Length of Class: Coming soon.

Class Size: Minimum n students, maximum n (Coming soon).

Agility 2 – Handling 101:

We will use jumps and tunnels to teach you and your dog foundation handling (steering) concepts in a fun environment that encourages your understanding and your dog’s enthusiasm for the game. You will also learn the top 2 turns in agility: front cross and post turn (pull).

Prerequisite: Agility 1 – Introduction to Agility or instructor’s approval. Your dog is expected to have basic obedience and you should have off-leash control of your dog in a mildly distracting environment. This class is not appropriate for aggressive or very reactive dogs.

Length of Class: 4 week class

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Agility 3A – Handling and Handling Topics:

Using jumps and tunnels, we will apply foundation handling concepts to intermediate sequences. You will continue to improve your front cross and post turn (pull). If indicated as a “Topic”, you will also learn the American (running) blind cross or the rear cross.

Prerequisite: Agility 2 – Handling 101 or instructor’s approval. May co-enroll in Agility 3A and 3B. Your dog is expected to have basic obedience and off-leash control amid distractions. You and your dog should be familiar with front crosses and post turns (pulls) and able to sequence 3-5 obstacles. This class is not appropriate for aggressive or very reactive dogs.

Length of Class: 4 week class

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Agility 3B – Obstacle Topics:

Each “Topic” will focus on developing your dog’s confidence and proficiency on the designated obstacle(s) in a rewarding way. Limited sequencing with jumps and tunnels will be used throughout the class to provide variety and encourage your dog’s enthusiasm for and understanding of the obstacle(s).

Prerequisite: Agility 2 – Handling 101 or instructor’s approval. May co-enroll in Agility 3A and 3B. Your dog is expected to have basic obedience and off-leash control amid distractions. You and your dog should be familiar with front crosses and post turns (pulls) and able to sequence 3-5 obstacles. This class is not appropriate for aggressive or very reactive dogs.

Length of Class: 4 week class

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Agility 4 – Intermediate Sequences and Topics; Fun Runs:

Agility 4 events may consist of (1) a seminar, (2) a set of 4 classes or (3) a “fun run”. Seminars and classes will use jumps, tunnels, and additional select equipment to refine skills learned in previous levels or learn a new skill.

Prerequisite: Agility 3A and Agility 3B (at least 1 class in each) and instructor’s approval. Your dog is expected to have basic obedience and off-leash control amid distractions. You and your dog should be familiar with front crosses and post turns (pulls) and able to sequence 3-5 obstacles. This class is not appropriate for aggressive or very reactive dogs.

Length of Class: 4 week class or one-time fun runs (priced per run)

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Agility 5 – Advanced Sequences and Topics; Fun Runs:

Agility 5 events may consist of either a set of classes on an intermediate topic or a “fun run”. In classes, we will use jumps, tunnels, and additional select equipment to refine skills learned in previous levels and learn new skills.

Prerequisite: Agility 4 – Intermediate Sequences and Topics; Fun Runs and instructor’s approval, or competing in agility “starters/beginners/novice” classes, or instructor’s approval. Your dog is expected to have basic obedience and off-leash control amid distractions. You and your dog should be able to do front crosses, post turns (pulls), and rear crosses within a sequence. You should be able to sequence at least 15 obstacles. This class is not appropriate for aggressive or very reactive dogs.

Length of Class: 4 week class or one-time fun runs (priced per run)

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Beginning Conformation:

This is an introductory course designed for the new conformation handler.

You and your dog will learn:

  • stacking
  • ring procedures
  • gaiting patterns
  • show vocabulary

You will also learn information for outside the ring such as dog show rules, how to enter your dog, what to wear, and what to do once you get to the show.

Prerequisite: None

Length of Class: 6 week course

Limitations: One dog and one handler only

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Join the Conformation Class Facebook Group!

Introduction to Nosework: Mastering the Indication

This is an introductory course to lay the foundation of all canine scent detection by establishing a solid indication of target odor.  You will teach your dog an indication behavior when they find what they are looking for by shaping the indication behavior.Nosework on Car

Prerequisite: None

Length of Class: 8 week course

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 8

Join our Nosework Facebook Group!

Beginner Tricks

Come learn the foundation principles for trick training and teach your dog, young or old, some basic tricks. By learning these concepts, you will have the tools to shape your dog to do even more fun tricks. We will also introduce you to AKC trick titling, available to all dog breeds (including mixed breeds). This class meets once a week for 6 weeks.

Length of Class: 6 week course

Instructor: Ann Potter

Ongoing Classes

Rally Class:

Polish for Rally competition at all levels.

Prerequisite: Puppy or Basic Obedience and Intro to Rally, or instructor’s approval.

Intermediate Obedience Class:

Polish heeling, recalls, stays at a distance. Learn Novice competition level exercises including figure 8 and finish.

Prerequisite: Puppy or Basic Obedience, or instructor’s approval

Novice, Open and Utility Classes:

Competition level classes to prepare for earning the AKC CD, CDX, and UD titles.

Prerequisite: Subject to instructor’s approval. May require having completed Beginning Open and/or Beginning Utility or a referral from the Intermediate instructor.

Basic PPLUS!:

Polish your skills learned in Basic Obedience and teach new skills.

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience or instructor approval.

Description for On Going Conformation:

This is an ongoing course designed for the new conformation handler.

Come in and practice and polish for the ring!

  • stacking
  • ring procedures
  • gaiting patterns
  • show vocabulary

Prerequisite: None

Length of Class: Ongoing

Limitations: One dog and one handler only


Join the Conformation Class Facebook Group!

Class Schedule

Classes often fill up. Please call to check availability before paying online!

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6:00p Basic PLUS** Puppy
Obedience*
Beginner Conformation*    
7:00p Puppy/Basic
Obedience*
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Rally Obedience**
Intermediate
Obedience **
Conformation**
(Drop In)
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Basic Obedience*
Pre-Agility
Fundamentals*
Intro to Rally*
8:00p Intro to Nosework* Rally Obedience** Novice and Open
Obedience**
   
9:00p          
Effective as of 6/1/2019
Other Classes:

Beginner Open and Beginner Utility- scheduled in time slots as required.
Nosework – Sunday evenings, Intro on Mondays

* Please call for class start dates!
** These are ongoing classes with no start or stop date.

New Nosework Classes starting!

Nosework introductory, advanced and practice sessions starting!  Any dog handler team with basic obedience skills can have fun in this exciting sport!  Learn more about it on the AKC website and check out our nosework classes to see which is best for you!

Teacup Agility!

The Intro to Agility Obstacles class will introduce you and your dog to the obstacles involved in dog agility. In this six weeks class your dog will learn to jump over hurdles, run through tunnels, weave through poles, jump through tires, etc.  We will also reinforce obedience skills such as recall, wait, sit, down… Learn more about our Teacup Class!