WVDTC 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

 

Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club Class Descriptions

 

Puppy 1:  Puppy 1 is aimed at puppies from seven weeks of age to twenty weeks of age. In this class, your puppy will be introduced to obedience training.  Puppies will begin to learn basic obedience commands including:  sit, down, stand, wait, and come; extremely important when a door is open and you do not want your dog to dart outside. Just as important as obedience at this age is socialization. This age is the window of opportunity for socializing your puppy. Socialization is essential to raising a well-balanced adult dog in the future. During class, puppies are given the opportunity to play and just be puppies. The puppies are also passed among the owners so they become used to being handled by people other than their owners. The puppies also learn it is okay to be touched all over by anyone (very convenient on those visits to the vet).

 

Puppy 2:  Puppy 2 is designed for young dogs up to one year of age that have completed a puppy class, either the class offered by the Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club or another acceptable class. If you have a young dog that has not completed a puppy class but is already a wiz and good tempered you may still be able to enroll in our prep school with permission of the instructor. This class will include some socialization and play time but will primarily focus on improving obedience skills. By the end of class your dog should be able to reliably perform basic obedience tasks and you should be well on your way to having a wonderful companion. This class will help you manage your young dog through those tough adolescent months when youíre wondering if getting a puppy in the first place was the correct decision. Oh, donít forget, we will expect you and your dog to perform a trick of your choice at graduation.

 

Family Pet Class:  The family pet class is tailored to older puppies (over five months) or dogs that have not been exposed to obedience training in the past. Dogs in this class will learn to be attentive to their owners so they are able to learn. They will begin to learn basic obedience such as:  sit, down, stand, stay, wait, come, and walking on a loose leashThey will also learn to leave an object and drop an object. This is a lot for your dog to learn in a short period of time so homework will be very important. Be prepared to put in some time outside of class. Like the adolescent class, we will want to see a trick at graduation time.

 

Canine Good Citizen Class:  This class is your first opportunity to place a title of certification on your dog offered by the American Kennel Club. To obtain a CGC certification, your dog must demonstrate basic obedience skills under testing conditions.  The dog must also show that it can be left with a stranger without showing signs of anxiety. Itís very important to have a well-socialized dog in order to succeed in this class. To qualify to take the CGC class, your dog must have completed the Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club Family Pet Class or Prep School Class or the equivalent class offered elsewhere. You may also be able to take this class with permission of the instructor. When the class is completed, arrangements will be made for the dog/handler teams to take the CGC certification exam. 

 

Therapy Dog Class:  Therapy dogs offer emotional support and companionship for people residing in nursing homes, hospitals, & other healthcare facilities. In addition, they are used in schools & libraries to promote reading programs. With additional training they can be used for disaster relief. To qualify to take the Therapy Dog Class, your dog must have completed the Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club Family Pet Class or the equivalent class offered elsewhere. To become a certified therapy dog, your dog will be tested by a Therapy Dog International Evaluator. Your dog will be asked to perform thirteen (13) basic obedience skills and demonstrate that it can accept situations that might be encountered in a hospital or nursing home quickly and reliably. Passing the CGC Class would be highly recommended. Both tests can be judged during the same session if desired. When the class is completed, arrangements will be made for all dog/handler teams to take the Therapy Dog International (TDI) certification exam.  Dogs must be at least one year of age to earn their Therapy Dog International certification.

 

Beginner Novice Obedience: This class will introduce the dog/handler team to competitive obedience competition. The dog will be required to heel on a loose leash, heel in a figure eight pattern, sit for an exam, sit stay, and come when called. This all sounds pretty simple but performing these exercises in a competitive situation is much different than taking a walk in the park. To add to the difficulty, the handler can give only one command and only one word of encouragement during each exercise. Dog/handler teams must have completed the Family Pet Class or the equivalent or have permission of the instructor.

 

Novice Obedience: This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete in the next level of obedience competition, Novice Obedience. At this level of competition, your dog must heel on and off leash. In addition to these skills, the dog must heel in a figure eight pattern, stand for exam, come when called, do a long sit one (1) minute),  and long down three (3) minutes. In addition, handlers may only give a single command to the dog during each exercise. Dog/handler teams must have completed the Beginner Novice Class or the equivalent or have permission of the instructor.  

 

Rally Novice:  Rally is a type of obedience in which the dog handler team must navigate a course and complete a task at each station.  Rally is a nice transition between casual obedience and obedience competition because the handler is allowed to talk to the dog throughout the course. This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete in Rally.  At the Novice level there will be between ten (10) and fifteen (15) different stations not including the start and finish. In Rally Novice all exercises are performed on a loose leash.

 

Rally Advanced:  This class will prepare the dog/handler team for competition at the Rally Advanced level. Like Rally Novice, the dog/handler team must navigate a course and complete a task at each station. But unlike the novice class, the course is performed off leash. At this level there will be between twelve (12) and seventeen (17) different stations not including the start and finish. In addition to the initial 38 different possible, 18 more difficult stations may be added to the course.

 

Rally Excellent: This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete at the Rally Excellent level.  Like the other Rally classes, the team will be required to navigate a course and complete a task at each station. Like Rally Advanced, the course is performed off leash. At this level, there will be between fifteen (15) and twenty (20) different stations not including the start and finish. In addition to the possible tasks at the Novice and Advanced level, twelve (12) additional stations can be added to the course.

 

 

WVDTC 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

START DATE & TIME CLASS

GRADUATION DATE

PREREQUISITES
January 12, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00 PM Family Pet (Don's Cabin) February 23, 2017 For older puppies or dogs with no previous obedience training
January 12, 2017 7:15PM - 8:15 PM Puppy 1 (Don's Cabin) February 23, 2017 First class for puppies from 7 weeks to 20 weeks of age
 
March 16, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM Family Pet  (Don's Cabin) April 27, 2017 For older puppies or dogs with no previous obedience training
March 16, 2017 7:15PM - 8:15PM Puppy 2 (Don's Cabin) April 27, 2017 For puppies up to 1 year of age that have completed a puppy class or permission of instructor
 
May 11, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM Family Pet (Springwood) June 22, 2017 For older puppies or dogs with no previous obedience training
May 11, 2017 7:15PM - 8:15PM Canine Good Citizen (Springwood) June 22, 2017 Must complete Family Pet or Adolescent class or the equivalent or permission of instructor.
 
June 29, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM Therapy Dog (Springwood) August 3, 2017 Family Pet class and CGC (Canine Good Citizen) class or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor
 
August 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Family Pet (Springwood) September 28, 2017 For older puppies or dogs with no previous obedience training
August 17, 2017 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM Puppy 1 (Springwood) September 28, 2017 First class for puppies from 7 weeks to 20 weeks of age
 
October 10, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM Puppy 2 (Springwood) November 16, 2017 For puppies up to 1 year of age that have completed a puppy class or permission of instructor

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