Classes

Unless noted otherwise, classes run for 6 Weeks. Class size will be strictly limited.

CLASS FEES:

STAR Puppy/Family Manners/Manners and More Classes are $140 for non-members and $130 for ODTCW club members

ALL OTHER 1-hr class fees are $140 for non-members and $120 for ODTCW club members and are non-refundable/non-transferable after first week of classes.

Note: Fees already include 6.35% CT Sales Tax do not add to class fee.
Schedule subject to change.

Classes canceled due to inclement weather are at the discretion of the instructors, and should be made at least 4 hours prior to class start. Students will be contacted by instructors via email and/or telephone whenever possible if the decision is made to cancel classes. Cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page.

Click the Title of a Class to Register:

AKC Star Puppy

AKC Star Puppy

Mondays at 6:30pm - (Begins: Monday, November 7, 2022)

For puppies 10 weeks up to 12 months old, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. Students learn practical skills such as sit, down, come when called, dealing with strangers. Get information on all your puppy-raising questions like housetraining, chewing, etc. . AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test given at the end of the course. (FMI go to www.akc.org/starpuppy).

If you have questions about this class, contact Frank at FrankM@odtcw.com

Family Manners (Beginner Level I)

Mondays at 7:30pm - (Begins: Monday, November 7, 2022)

Tuesdays at 6:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, November 8, 2022)


Class is for dogs over 6 months of age who have little or no training or puppy class graduates. Students use positive reinforcement methods to teach basic commands (sit, down, stay, etc.). Curriculum includes segments on leash pulling, barking and correcting basic household problems

For the convenience of our students we offer two 6 week sessions.  Choose your session above.

If you have questions about this class, contact Frank at FrankM@odtcw.com



Manners & More (Beginner Level II)

Tuesdays at 7:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, November 8, 2022)

In this lively, energetic class students train their dogs to cope with "real-world" situations, such as outside distractions, strangers and other dogs.

This course will consist of 5 classes.  In week 6, at conclusion of this course, students will take AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test.

In order to pass the CGC Test, your dog will be required to complete 10 tasks.  Before registering for this class, view the video below so that you know what to expect.  If you don't believe your dog will be able to "master" these tasks in 5 weeks, consider signing up for our Family Manners class to refine some basic skills before attempting this class.  

Click here to view video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iJfwaZkNwE

*Prerequisite: Completion of (Beginner Level I) course or equivalent.

If you have questions about this class, contact Frank at FrankM@odtcw.com

Foundations for Hunting/Field Dogs

Tuesdays at 8:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, November 8, 2022)

This course is designed for dog owners interested in field sports such as hunting/hunt tests and other outdoor activities (hiking, backpacking, tracking). Dogs learn basic whistle commands, directional hand signals, fetch-on-command.

Curriculum is flexible to train dogs of all skill levels.


*Prerequisite: Completion of Family Manners (Beginner Level I) course or equivalent.

If you have questions about this class, contact Frank at FrankM@odtcw.com

AKC/CDSP Novice Competition

Mondays at 10:00am - (Begins: Monday, November 14, 2022)

Mondays at 11:00am - (Begins: Monday, November 14, 2022)

Polish your skills for showing in AKC or the more dog and handler friendly CDSP. This class covers Heeling with Attention, Fronts and Finishes, Automatic Sits, Stand for Exam, Reliable Recalls, Recall Over the Bar Jump and Steady Sit/Down Stays. Acquire the skills necessary to become a team. These skills will be needed to progress to the higher obedience levels. Please bring soft, yummy treats such as string cheese or hot dogs.

For the convenience of our students we offer two 6 week sessions.
Choose your session above.

If you have questions about this class, contact the instructor, Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

Contact the instructor before registering for this class to confirm availability.


*Prerequisite: Foundation Skills or equivalent or students with previous ring experience in obedience.

Class is full

Foundations Skills

Mondays at 12:00 - 1:00 pm - (Start date November 14, 2022)

You’ve taken a beginner obedience class and are looking to build a stronger bond and partnership between you and your dog.  This is a course for those who are looking to start competing in obedience trials.  Learn the skills for heeling with attention, making turns, change of pace (slow/fast), prompt sits, down on command, sit and stand for exam, stays, come when called, backing up, how to cue your dog, hand signals and an introduction to some of the more advanced exercises.  6 week session.   Please bring yummy, soft treats cut into bite sized pieces.

Drop ins may be allowed.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com


*Prerequisite: CGC, Family Manners or permission from the instructor. Your dog must be under control, walk on a leash and have a basic understanding of coming when called (recall).

AKC/CDSP Open Competition

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. - (Begins: Tuesday, October 4, 2022) 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This class is for handlers who are preparing to show or who are currently showing in AKC and/or CDSP Open. The focus of the class will be to problem solve and break down exercise, proof exercises, and prepare for a trial setting while maintaining engagement, motivation, and fun.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

Class is full

AKC/CDSP Utility Competition

Tuesdays at 9:00am (Utility) - (Begins: Tuesday, October 18, 2022). 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays at 11:00am (Utility) - (Begins: Tuesday, October 18, 2022).  11:00am - 12:00 noon

This class is for handlers who are preparing to show or who are currently showing in AKC and/or CDSP Utility. The focus of the class will be to problem solve and break down exercises, proof exercises and prepare for a trial setting while maintaining engagement, motivation, and fun.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

Class is full

Novice Level #1

Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.  (Begins:  Wednesday, October 5, 2022)

This class is for people who have been "bit by the obedience bug" and would like to start their journey with obedience competition. 
Emphasis will be on Attention, Heeling, Recalls and Stays. All the novice exercises (both AKC and CDSP) will be covered.  Come and have fun,  build teamwork with your dog, and learn good handling skills.  Class starts October 5, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Prerequisite CGC or equivalent obedience training.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieC@odtcw.com


Novice Level #2

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (Starts: Wednesday, October 5, 2022)

This class is for people who want, or are already competing with their dogs.  Dogs will be worked both on and off leash and there will be an emphasis on working through distractions.   The focus will be on all Novice level obedience exercises in both AKC and CDSP. 
Come and learn handling skills to maintain attention, foster teamwork,  and a happy working dog.  The purpose of this class is to help you get "ring ready." Class starts October 5 at 6 p.m.

Prerequisite CGC or equivalent obedience training.


If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieC@odtcw.com

Rx For Heeling

Thursdays at 12:00pm - (Begins Thursday, October 6, 2022)

Communication is a key to training your dog. Heeling will be broken down into parts. Topics to be covered include: Learning how to make body language and cues clear to your dog. Keeping your dog's focus. Understanding what heel means for both you and your dog. Diagnosing if you are aiding your dog to the point of lack of performance. The use of food in training. We will also work on transitioning to off leash heeling. This class is designed to make you think.

If you have questions about this class, contact Mindy at MindyC@odtcw.com


*Prerequisite:  COMPETITION NOVICE OR ABOVE.

Improving Your Performance in the Ring

Thursdays at 5:45 pm - (Next Session TBD)

This class is ideal for those who have goals in competition obedience or those who are just starting to compete.  Some of the things the class will focus on are: problem solving exercises by breaking pieces down; learning how to stay connected with your dog while dealing with distractions and pressure; developing fantastic transitions and setups in between exercises; keeping your dog engaged; relationship building with your dog and overall handling.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

Class is full

Club Night

Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Available for club members only.

 (NOVICE/OPEN/UTILITY)

Only Obedience/Rally unless everyone in attendance agrees otherwise.

  • Everyone must sign in.
  • Return all equipment to its original place, turn-down heat, and lock door when last person leaves.


No Online Registration Available, Drop In Only.

Drop-In Rally

Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Try out a variety of AKC courses.


No Online Registration Available, Drop In Only.

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

RALLY

Thursdays at 7:00pm - (Next Session TBD)

This fun class will place emphasis on learning rally signs from the Novice level up through the Master level. We will be using courses each week at multiple levels to improve skills for the rally ring. Basic obedience skills are required. 

If you have questions about this class, contact Laurie at LaurieS@odtcw.com

Class is full

If you have any questions about classes, please send email to: Class Information
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Classes are held at ODTCW, 11 Robinson Lane, Oxford, CT.
AGGRESSIVE DOGS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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