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

Monday at 6:30 pm - (Begins:  Monday, April 8, 2024)

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).

Instructor: Frank McKane


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



Family Manners (Beginner Level I)

Mondays at 7:30pm - (Begins Monday, April 8, 2024) Instructor Frank McKane

Tuesdays at 6:00pm - (Begins Tuesday, April 9, 2024) Instructor Frank McKane

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm- (Begins Wednesday, March 13, 2024) Instructor Laurie Cafaro

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 three 6 week sessions.  Choose your session above.

Instructor: Frank McKane, Laurie Cafaro


If you have questions about Mon/Tues class, contact Frank at FrankM@odtcw.com

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


Manners & More (Beginner Level II)

Tuesdays at 7:00pm - (Starts Tuesday, April 9, 2024)

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 - (Starts Tuesday, April 9, 2024)

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

Tuesdays at 11:00am - (Begins: April 1, 2024)


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.



If you have questions about this class, email LaurieS@odtcw.com


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

AKC/CDSP Open Competition

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. - (Begins: Tuesday,  March 19, 2024) 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

AKC Beginner Novice and CDSP Starter Novice

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (Starts: Wednesday, March 13, 2024)

This class is for handlers and dogs that have achieved the skills in both Family Manners I and II and two (or equivalent), and want to continue with on lead work. Exercises will include: heeling, foot work, recalls, figure 8’s, stays and more. 

Prerequisite CGC or equivalent obedience training.


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

AKC Novice & CDSP Novice

Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.  (Begins:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024) 

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. 

Prerequisite CGC or equivalent obedience training.

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


AKC/CDSP Utility Competition

Tuesdays at 9:00am (Utility) - (Begins March 26, 2024).

Tuesdays at 11:00am (Utility) - (Next session TBD).  

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

Rx For Heeling

Thursdays at 12:00pm - (Begins Thursday, February 1, 2024)  

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.

Class is full

Preparing for AKC/CDSP Open

Thursdays at 5:00 pm - (Next Session TBD)

This class will be structured to teach all of the AKC and CDSP Open exercises.  Each exercise will be thoroughly broken down and taught to the dogs systematically.  Perfect class for those who have never taught a dog Open exercises for or those preparing their dogs to enter Open  

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 5:45 pm - (Next session April 4, 2024)

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

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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