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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

Description for 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

Description for 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

Description for Obedience for Agility Class:

Learn obedience necessary to compete in agility along with an introduction to targeting, the tunnel and chute and other obstacle concepts to provide a head start on agility basics.Agility Course with Dog

Prerequisites: None

Length of Class: Once a week for 6 weeks

Class Size: 3-10 students with dogs per class

Note: Scheduled class offering alternates with Positively Basic

Description for Beginning Open:

Learn Open competition level exercises to join regular Open class.

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

Description for 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

Description for Intro to Rally:

Teach your dog the obedience skills needed to compete in Rally.

You and your dog will learn:

  • All Rally signs and the obedience skills to perform them

Prerequisite: Basic or instructor’s approval

Length of Class: 6 week course

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Description for Teacup Agility Obstacles:

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

Prerequisite: Basic, Obedience for Agility or instructor’s approval.  This is for small dogs only, measuring no more than 17″ at the wit
hers (shoulders).

Length of Class: 6 week course

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 6

Description for 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 the 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.

Teacup Agility Sequencing:

Start putting it together practicing teacup TDAA agility obstacles in sequence.  Learn to direct your dog from one to another in the proper way.

Prerequisite: Intro to Teacup Agility Obstacles or instructor approval.

Class Schedule

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

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
6:00pPuppy
Obedience*
Beginner Conformation*

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Intro to Nosework*
7:00pPuppy/Basic
Obedience*

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Rally Obedience**
Intermediate
Obedience **
Conformation**
(Drop In)

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Basic Obedience*
Teacup
Sequencing**
Obedience for Agility*

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Trick Dog* NEW!
8:00p
Novice
Obedience**

Rally Obedience**Open
Obedience**
Teacup Agility,
Agility/Intro to Obstacles*
Intro to Rally*
9:00p
Utility
Obedience**

Utility
Obedience**
Effective as of: 9/10/2018
Other Classes:

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

* 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!