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, January 31, 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).

Family Manners (Beginner Level I)

Mondays at 7:30pm - (Begins: Monday, January 31, 2022)

Tuesdays at 6:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, February 1, 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.

Manners & More (Beginner Level II)

Tuesdays at 7:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, February 1, 2022)

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

At conclusion of this course, students will take AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test.

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

Foundations for Hunting/Field Dogs

Tuesdays at 8:00pm - (Begins: Tuesday, February 1, 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.

AKC/CDSP Novice Competition

Mondays at 10:00am - (Begins: Monday, January 3, 2022)

Mondays at 11:00am - (Begins: Monday, January 3, 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.

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

Foundations Skills

Mondays at 12:00 - 1:00 pm - (Start Date Monday, January 3, 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.  No drop-ins.  Please bring yummy, soft treats cut into bite sized pieces.


*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, November 2, 2021)

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.


AKC/CDSP Utility Competition

Tuesdays at 9:00am (Utility) - (Begins: Tuesday, November 9, 2021)

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.

Rx For Heeling

Thursdays at 12:00pm - (Begins Thursday, December 23, 2021)

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.

*Prerequisite:  COMPETITION NOVICE OR ABOVE.

Class is full

Improving Your Performance in the Ring

Thursdays at 5:45 pm - (Starts December 2, 2021)

This class is for all levels of AKC or CDSP competition obedience. 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 set ups between exercises, keeping your dog engaged and motivated through tricks and games. It is encouraged to come to class with specific things you’d like to work on or see improvement on.

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.

Advanced Agility

Times and Start date TBD

Class will include learning to walk a course, seeing the dog's path and working out the best way for each team to handle the course. Individual exercises will also be worked including serpentines, behind jumps, 270's, etc.

*Prerequisite: Completion of Intermediate/CGC course or equivalent.

* Drop in's also welcome.

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RALLY

Thursdays at 7:00pm - (Begins: 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. 


Pre-Register

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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