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BEGINNER CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULES

Down, stay! Good Dog!

Is your Dog a Good Dog?

Don't wait! There is a Good Dog inside every Dog!
Sign up today for your next Obedience class and find YOUR Good Dog!

Pre-registration and payment is required ONE WEEK before the class start date. Registration forms submitted less than one week before the class start date will be returned. NO registration forms will be accepted the first night of class.

Interested in Conformation Training?
Contact our friends at the Manatee Kennel Club for more information!


*All Active SOTC Members will receive a $10 discount on each class.

Advanced Puppy/Beginner 1 (6 months to 12 months old)  Register Now!
Class Fee $95*
Classes are 50-60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks.

  • Also known as "Family Pet" dog obedience
  • For dogs 6 to 12 months old.
  • Handlers learn to train their dogs using basic cues in a group situation.
  • Dogs are trained using a buckle collar, martingale collar or properly fitted head halter, and a four-six foot lead.
  • This class uses only positive training methods and positive reinforcement (no correction or punishment) and will include many training tips. You will attend WITH your dog all 6 class sessions.
  • Basic behaviors taught include Attention, Sit, Down, Come, Wait, Sit for Petting, Loose Leash Walking, Leave it, Stay, and more.
  • Maximum class size is 6 dogs; minimum class size is 4 dogs.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
Start Date Class Time Instructor
Monday, October 9 (FULL) 6:30 pm Jewell Denham

Beginners Level 1  Register Now!
Class Fee $95*
Classes are 50-60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks.

  • Also known as “Companion” dog obedience.
  • For dogs 5 months or older
  • Handlers learn to train their dogs using basic cues in a group situation.
  • Dogs are trained using a buckle collar, martingale collar or properly fitted head halter, and a four-six foot lead.
  • This class uses only positive training methods and positive reinforcement (no correction or punishment) and will include many training tips. You will attend WITH your dog all 6 class sessions.
  • Basic behaviors taught include Attention, Sit, Down, Come, Heel Position, Wait, Sit for Petting, Loose Leash Walking, Stand, Take it, Leave it, Stay, Distraction Work and more.
  • Maximum class size is 6 dogs; minimum class size is 4 dogs.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
Start Date Class Time Instructor
Monday, November 6 (no class 12/11) (FULL) 6:30 pm Janet Wyatt/Jill Hurst
Saturday, December 16 10:30 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Monday, January 22 (no class 2/12) 6:30 pm Janet Wyatt
Saturday, February 17 10:30 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Saturday, April 14 (no class 4/28) 10:30 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Monday, March 19 (no class 4/9) 6:30 pm Janet Wyatt/Jill Hurst
Saturday, June 2 10:30 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott

Beginners Level 2 Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class  Register Now!
Class Fee $95*
Classes are 50-60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks.

  • This fun class will expand upon Level 1 class behaviors, introduce additional new behaviors with more distractions and include a lot more practice as a group to better proof your dog on its basic obedience skills.
  • The Level 2 class also includes the Canine Good Citizen skills of Accepting a Friendly Stranger, Sitting Politely for Petting, Appearance and Grooming, Walking on a Loose Leash, Walking Through a Crowd, Sit & Down, Staying in Place, Coming When Called, Reaction to Another Dog, Reaction to Distractions and Supervised Separation.
  • The AKC Canine Good Citizen test will be offered at the end of the class. (Test is not mandatory.)
  • Dogs are allowed to be trained using martingale collars, flat buckle collars or head halters. Harnesses to be allowed at discretion of the instructor.
  • No prong collars, choke chain training or excessive force will be allowed in this class.
  • If you are coming to SOTC from another school, your dog is ready for an SOTC Beginner 2 class if he can heel with a loose leash, sit-stay, down-stay and can focus on you with other dogs around.
  • Maximum class size is 6 dogs; minimum class size is 4 dogs.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
  • Dogs attend all 6 weeks.
Start Date Class Time Instructor
Monday, November 6 (no class 12/11) 7:45 pm Janet Wyatt/Jill Hurst
Saturday, December 16 9:00 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Monday, January 22 (no class 2/12) 7:45 pm Janet Wyatt
Saturday, February 17 9:00 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Saturday, April 14 (no class 4/28) 9:00 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott
Monday, March 19 (no class 4/9) 7:45 pm Janet Wyatt/Jill Hurst
Saturday, June 2 9:00 am Suzette Wood/Mary Scott

Intermediate  Register Now!
Class Fee $95*
Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks.

  • This is a pre-novice class. Completion of beginner 2 or permission of
    the Instructor is required.
  • Basic competition skills will be covered.
  • This class may be repeated as new skills are introduced each session.
  • No electric or other similar collars are allowed.
  • Maximum class size is 6 dogs; minimum class size is 4 dogs.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
  • Dogs attend all 6 weeks.

Class includes:

  • Introduction to footwork for competition obedience. 
Start Date Class Time Instructor
TBA

TBA

Angie Schuhmann

Really Reliable Recall (for dogs 6 mths or older)  Register Now!
Class Fee $100* — Includes reference book
Classes are 50-60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks.

  • Prerequisite: Beginner Level 1
  • The perfect class for dogs that don't always come when they are called
  • For pets, agility, obedience and flyball dogs
  • Handlers in this class must use food rewards for training.
  • No prong collars, choke chain training or excessive force will be allowed in this class.
  • Maximum class size is 6 dogs; minimum class size is 4 dogs.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
Start Date Class Time Instructor
Thursday, January 18 10:00 am Nancy Murphy

Really Reliable Recall Tune-Up  Register Now!
Class Fee $30*
Class Length 2 Weeks

  • This is a specialized refresher class for dogs and handlers that have already taken the Really Reliable Recall Class.
  • This class will meet twice - once inside the SOTC building and the second night outside on the agility field; this will enable us to replicate outdoor situations as well as the more familiar recall in close quarters.
  • Handlers in this class must use food rewards for training, but may also utilize tug toys.
  • No prong collars, choke chain training or excessive force will be allowed in this class.
  • Maximum class size is 10 dogs; minimum class size is 6 dogs.
  • Prerequisite, one session of Beginner 1.
  • Additional Tune-Ups will be scheduled when there is an interest.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
Start Date Class Time Instructor Assistants
TBA    Nancy Murphy  

Intro to Canine Strengthening Register Now!
Class Fee $95*
Course Length 6 Weeks

Heard about canine conditioning and not sure what it's all about? Come join us INSIDE, in air-conditioned comfort to learn how important strengthening your dog's core muscles and main muscle groups is. You and your dog will learn various exercises and will be able to work with various pieces of equipment such as inflatable discs, peanuts and fit-bones.You'll also learn how important proper warm-ups and cool-downs are. Suitable for dogs in any sport, and very important to integrate these easy moves for the life of your dog. This class provides an introduction and some resources to further pursue this interesting topic.

Start Date Class Time Instructor
TBA TBA Susan Flowers

UKC Refresher  Register Now!
No Cost - Must Pre-Register
Two Night Practice Session

  • We will be working on both UKC Rally and UKC Obedience.
  • These practice sessions are in anticipation of the May 20 & 21 UKC Trial.
  • Dogs must know basic obedience skills, come, sit, down, stay and heel.
  • Please see our Class Policies for more information.
Start Date Class Time Instructor
TBA TBA B. Critelli
 

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