Registration for our next sessions of Puppy and Beginner Obedience ends January 8th. (All documents and fees are due at time of registration.) Our next classes begin January 15, 2019. Beginner is 6:00 p.m. and Puppy Kindergarten is 7:00 p.m. at a cost of $120 for an eight week course.
Complete registration agreement may be downloaded or online form is available at the very bottom of this page. Fees, proof of your dog's vaccination and worming and a fully completed application are also required at the time of registration. Registration closes one week prior to the start of classes. Subject to meeting minimum class size.
2019 Schedule: Session 1 - 01/15-03/05, Session 2 - 03/19-05/07, Session 3 - 05/21-07/09, Session 4 - 07/23-09/10, Session 5 - 09/24-11/12
Novice, Open and Utility Classes run year round on Wednesday evenings at a cost of $12 per hour. If your dog has completed basic obedience and you are interested in attending, please complete the form at the bottom of the page and provide vaccination proof before attending the first class. Call for information regarding times and availability of these classes as well as for Rally Obedience and Conformation. Private lessons are $65 per hour by appointment only. Call 815-362-2045 to schedule an appointment.
Group Classes (One hour per week - 8 week training course - Proof of vaccination/worming required):
Puppy Kindergarten - For puppies two months to one year of age. Classes cover walking on a loose lead, automatic sits, changes of direction, figure 8 patterns, stand, sit and down stays, coming when called, obstacles such as tunnel, footing changes, etc., basic grooming techniques and socialization. Classes are taught in a puppy friendly manner with toys, treats and praise as incentives. (Includes AKC Star Puppy Testing for puppies under 1 year old!)
Beginner - For dogs at least four months old. Classes cover heeling on a loose lead, automatic sits, changes of direction, figure 8 patterns, stand, sit and down stays, coming when called, etc. We will also work to resolve any established problem behaviors and how to prevent problems in the first place.
Novice/Advanced Novice - For dogs who are working both on and off lead. Novice works on perfecting reliability both on and off lead. Advanced prepares you and your dog for competition in Novice as well as introducing some Open and Utility level exercises. We do proofing for distractions in all of these classes.
Open - For dogs who have completed their Companion Dog Title and are advancing to the Companion Dog Excellent Title. Off lead heeling, drop on recall, retrieve on flat, retrieve over high jump, broad jump and out of sight sits and downs are covered as well as introduction to all levels of Utility.
Utility - For dogs who have completed their Companion Dog Excellent Title. Finishes training for the Utility Dog Title.
Rally - We offer both AKC and UKC Rally. Dogs must have basic obedience training. Handlers learn to take their dog through a course of signs, completing each exercise without further direction. Verbal encouragement and extra gestures, etc. are allowed throughout the course. All three levels of classes are offered.
Conformation - Conformation classes are currently offered by appointment only. Please see Private Lessons (below) for fees and how to schedule an appointment.
Private Lessons - Private lessons are scheduled by appointment at $65 per hour. We cover all problem behaviors as well as preparation for competitions. Call 815-362-2045 to schedule an appointment.