Classes Offered

COVID-19 Advisory:  Jackson County has rescinded the mask mandate effective November 12, 2021.  Face masks are strongly encouraged for those not eligible to be vaccinated, including children and people who are immunocompromised, when in public and when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.

GKCDTC is committed to taking the necessary precautions to provide a safe environment. 

No walk-in enrollments will be accepted.  Advanced Utility practice is available on Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 on nights when there is no club meeting.  There is no instructor assigned for Advanced Utility.  Participants pay for ring time.
Questions about enrolling in a class should be sent to enrollment@gkcdtc.org
Questions about which class to take should be sent to training@gkcdtc.org

All Classes are 6 weeks in length
Note the price increase effective with Session 4 in 2022
$135 for non-members; $85 for members

Online Registration

Schedule for 2022:

Session 1 – begins the week of Jan 3
Session 2 – begins the week of Feb 28
Session 3 – begins the week of Apr 25 – No classes 05/30-06/02
Session 4 – begins the week of June 20 – No classes 07/04-07/07
Session 5 – begins the week of Aug 15
Session 6 – begins the week of Sept 26
Session 7 – begins the week of Nov 7 – No classes 11/21-11/24

Please note:  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, class dates may change.  


PET CLASSES 

Puppy Class

Requirements: Puppies must be between three and six months old.
Equipment: OWNER MUST BRING A LEASH, COLLAR, AND SOFT TREATS.

In this 6-week class, puppies will be socialized and will learn how to:
• Walk on a leash
• Sit, lie down, stay, and come when called
• Manage new situations
• Owners will be introduced to balanced training.

Puppy Grad

This 6-week class is a continuation of Puppy Class for those puppies not yet ready to move on to the Beginner class.  When offered, Puppy Grad includes the S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation.  S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility

If the instructor is a S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator, participants may chose to take the S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation at the end of class.  The STAR Puppy evaluation can be given to puppies up to 12-months old.  S.T.A.R. Puppy can be the 1st step to the Canine Good Citizen award.  Please see the AKC site for more information on S.T.A.R. Puppy

Beginner

Requirements: Dogs must be at least five months old.
Equipment: A training collar will be furnished as part of the class fee.
Owners:  Please have a 6-foot LEASH (leather or nylon) AND SOFT TRAINING TREATS

In this 6-week class dog/handler teams will be taught how to:
• Sit, down, and stand on command
• Stay and come when called
• Walk politely on leash

The class will also focus on the following home manners:
• Grooming and handling, include checking ears, teeth, and feet
• Stopping jumping up and nuisance barking
• Relinquishing toys, food, and other items at
handler’s request
• Teaching door respect and “leave it”

Advanced Beginner (CGC)

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

This 6-week class will prepare the dog/handler teams for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) which will be given on the last night of class. Items on the CGC test include:
• Accepting a friendly stranger
• Sitting politely for petting
• Appearance and grooming
• Out for a walk on a loose leash
• Walking through a crowd
• Sit and down on command and staying in place
• Coming when called
• Reaction to another dog
• Reaction to distraction
• Supervised separation

Registered/listed dogs that pass are eligible for a certificate and may add the CGC title after their names (There is an additional fee to AKC to have the title added to the dog’s AKC registration).

Dogs who have not taken the Advanced Beginner class at GKCDTC may come for the test given at the final class of the session.  The cost is $10 and advance notification is required.  

Tricks

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

Dog/Handler team will be taught behavior shaping skills and methods to learn tricks including those listed under the AKC Trick dog title guidelines.  This is a 6 week class unless otherwise stated.
Not offered every session.  

COMPETITION CLASSES

Beginner Novice

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Advanced Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

This 6-week class will provide new handlers with an introduction to formal showing in the obedience ring. It will also teach dog/handler teams the exercises necessary to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows in the Beginner Notice (BN) class. These include:
• Focused Heeling and Footwork
• Figure Eight
• Sit for exam
• Sit stay
• Recall
• Introduction to dog shows

Novice

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Advanced Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

This 6-week class will teach dog/handler teams the exercises necessary to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows in the Companion Dog (CD) class.

Dog/handler teams will be taught the following:
• Heel on and off leash
• Figure Eight
• Stand for exam
• Recall
• Stay while retrieving leash
• Stays and other skills

Introduction to Open

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Novice class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

This 6-week class will teach dog/handler teams the exercises necessary to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows in the Graduate Novice (GN) class.

Dog/handler teams will be taught the following:
• Heel Fee and Figure Eight
• Drop on Recall
• Dumbbell Recall
• Dumbbell Recall over High Jump
• Recall over Broad Jump
• Introduction to Command Discrimination (Stand, Down, Sit)

Open

Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Novice class or demonstrate equivalent skills

This 6-week class will teach dog/handler teams the exercises necessary to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows in the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) class.  This class builds on the skills taught in the Intro to Open class.

Skills for Open:
• Heel Free and Figure Eight
• Command Discrimination (Stand, Down, Sit)
• Drop on Recall
• Retrieve on Flat
• Retrieve over High Jump
• Broad Jump
• Stand Stay – Get Your Leash 

Introduction to Utility 

This class is for the dog/handler team ready to learn the exercises for the AKC Utility Dog (UD) title.  It is not for the team already competing in the UD Class.

One exercise each week will be introduced, including:
• Signal Exercises
• Articles
• Directed Retrieve
• Moving Stand
• Directed jumping:

Utility

Requirements:  This class is for dogs for dogs who have earned the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title or demonstrate equivalent skills. 

This 6-week class will teach dog/handler teams the exercises necessary to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows in the Utility Dog (UD) class.

Skills for Utility:
• Signal Exercises
• Scent Discrimination Article #1
• Scent Discrimination Article #2
• Directed Retrieve
• Moving Stand and Examination
• Directed Jumping

Rally Skills

Requirements: Dogs must be at least six months old and have completed the Advanced Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

In this 6-week class dog/handler teams will learn the exercises needed to compete in
• AKC Rally Novice (on lead)
• AKC Rally Intermediate (on lead)
• AKC Rally Advanced (off lead)
• AKC Rally Excellent (off lead)
• AKC Rally Master (off lead)

Expanded Rally Skills – New for Session 1 in 2022

Requirements: Dogs must be at least six months old and have completed the Rally Skills class or demonstrate equivalent skills.  

Expanded Rally Skills will focus on advanced skills plus introduce some newer skill sequences to improve dog/handler team performance.  It will offer teams more flexibility and encourage teamwork.

Tricks

Requirements:  Dogs must have completed the Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

Dog/Handler team will be taught behavior shaping skills and methods to learn tricks including those listed under the AKC Trick dog title guidelines.  This is a 6 week class unless otherwise stated.

SCENT WORK

Scent Work I – Introduction (1 odor)

Requirements:  Dogs must be six months of age or older for non-Club members; three months of age or older for Club members.    

This class was previously named Intro to Scent Work.
Does your dog love to sniff?  Are you looking for a way to work them mentally and physically with an activity that is easy for you to do and fits your busy scheduled?  Do you need something to help build your dog’s confidence or curb unwanted behaviors stemming from boredom?  Great!  Then the Introduction to Scent Work class is for you!

With instructor’s permission, puppies who have not taken the Puppy class may participate if they are socialized, leash trained, and crate trained.  

Class Details
In this 6-week class, we will be covering the basic concepts of Scent Work as an activity, how to get started, what foundation skills are crucial for a team to succeed in the sport all while instilling ways to ensure the game remains fun for all involved.  Throughout this class, we will be utilizing the K9 Nose Work® training methodology, where we use treats, otherwise known as primary, to introduce the dog to the concept of the game.  Using this approach works for a large swath of dogs and handlers, and can ensure the activity remains fun and engaging.  Dogs learn to search for the Birch Odor in this foundation class. 

Scent Work II – Intermediate (multiple odors)

Requirements:  Dogs must have completed the Intro to Scent Work class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

Class Details
This class was previously named Advanced Scent Work.
In this 6-week class will continue the concepts of Scent Work learned in the introductory class.  This class will prepare dog/handler teams to participate in AKC Scent Work trials at the Novice level in Container, Interior, Exterior, and Buried Odor Search Divisions.  Additional odors may be introduced. 

Scent Work III – Competition Skills (complex searches)

Requirements:  Dogs must have completed the Advanced Scent Work class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

Class Details
This class was previously named Scent Work Skills.
In this 6-week class students will continue to learn and hone skills including how to set hides, leash handling, and trial readiness.  This class will prepare dog/handler teams to participate in AKC Scent Work trials at the Novice through Master levels.  Additional odors of Anise, Cloves, and Cypress will be introduced.  

OTHER COMPETITION CLASSES

Conformation

Requirements: Dogs must be at least three months old.

Dog/Handler teams will learn the art of stack, gait and present for Judge’s examination to compete in AKC Conformation Events.   
Junior Showmanship classes are available for children between the ages of 9 and 18.  Please check with the instructor.  

Introduction to Rally 

Requirements: Dogs must be at least six months old and have completed the Advanced Beginner class or demonstrate equivalent skills.

This is a 6-week class.  AKC Rally® is all about teamwork.  You and your dog navigate a course together, side-by-side, at your own brisk pace.  You move through a course with signs where the dog performs different exercises.  The courses are designed by the Rally judge with 10-20 signs per course, depending on the class level.  The signs include various turns and commands such as sit, down, stay, etc.

Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized.  While touching isn’t allowed, you can use verbal commands, clap your hands, pat your legs, and use hand signals to praise and encourage your dog.  


Note: Not all classes are taught in every session.