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 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.

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic obedience class, and, 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!

Advanced Nosework Techniques

Building from the Intro class, teams will be introduced to additional odors and start perfecting their skills with training games, handling exercises, and practice in trial situations and settings.  This class places emphasis on building strong communication between the handler and the dog as you get ready to compete.  Class size is limitedNosework on Car

Prerequisite: Introduction to Nosework or instructor approval

Length of Class: 8 week course

Class Size: Minimum 3 students, maximum 8

Join our Nosework Facebook Group!

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 novice and experienced conformation handlers.

Come in and practice and polish for the ring!

  • stacking
  • ring procedures
  • gaiting patterns
  • show tips

Prerequisite: Previous show ring experience or Beginner Conformation course

Length of Class: Ongoing

Limitations: Well behaved additional dogs welcome for an added fee


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Open Nosework Practice:

Good times continue!  Open Practice is an ongoing drop-in class for teams that are ready to compete in UKC, AKC, USCSS,or NACSW trials. Teams will hone their handling, indication, and searching skills by using simulated trial scenarios and skill games. This is a chance to problem-solve whatever issue that you may have encountered.  Many of the sessions will be held at various locations in the Austin area.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

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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Novice Obedience*
Intermediate
Obedience **
Conformation**
(Drop In)
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Basic Obedience*
Pre-Agility
Fundamentals*
Intro to Nosework (6:30 Start)*
8:00p Nosework - Advanced* Rally Obedience** Novice and Open
Obedience**
  Agility – 2A and 3A (7:45 Start)*
9:00p          
Effective as of 9/21/2019
Other Classes:

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

* Please call for class start dates!
** These are ongoing classes with no start or stop date. All of these classes, with the exception of Conformation (Drop In), are included in our monthly obedience dues.