OBEDIENCE DOG TRAINING CLUB OF WATERBURY, INC. - CLASS LIST

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.


AKC STAR PUPPY

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).

Starts Monday January 11, at 6:30 P.M.

Instructor: Frank McKane

FAMILY MANNERS

(Beginner Level I)
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 - so pick the day that fits you best:

One Session - Starts Monday January 11 at 7:30 P.M.
One Session - Starts Tuesday January 12 at 6:00 P.M.

FAMILY MANNERS (Beginner Level 1)
Instructor: Frank McKane

MANNERS & MORE

(Beginner Level II)
*Prerequisite: Completion of Family Manners (Beginner Level I) course or equivalent.
In this lively, energetic class students train their dogs to cope with "real-world" situations, such as outside distractions, strangers and other dogs. At the conclusion of this course, students will take the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test.

Starts Tuesday January 12 at 7:00 P.M.

Instructor: Frank McKane


FOUNDATIONS FOR HUNTING/FIELD DOGS

Prerequisite: Completion of Family Manners (Beginner Level I) course or equivalent.
This class is designed for those 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.

Starts Tuesday January 12 at 8 P.M.

Instructor: Frank McKane

CDSP/AKC COMPETITION CLASSES

__NOVICE Competition AKC/CDSP Classes:
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.
Prerequisite: Foundation Skills or equivalent or students with previous ring experience in obedience.

Starts MONDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2021*** See Note
10:00 - 11:00 Novice
11:00 - 12:00 noon Novice
Instructor: Mindy Costanza


__UTILITY Competition AKC/CDSP Classes:
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.

Starts TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2021***See Note
9:00 - 10:00 Utility
Instructor: Laurie Strimavicius


__OPEN Competition AKC/CDSP Classes:
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.

Starts TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2021***See Note 10:00 - 11:00 Open
Starts TUESDAY JANUARY 19, 2021*See Note 11:00 – 12:00 Open
Instructor: Laurie Strimavicius


ADVANCED AGILITY.

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.

Start date TBD Instructor: Cheryl Hoye


RALLY

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

Start date TBD
Instructor: Laurie Strimavicius
Please email shugmort@yahoo.com if you would like to be notified of new start date.


Rx FOR HEELING:

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 for this class COMPETITION NOVICE OR ABOVE.

Start date THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021***See Note
12:00 noon
Instructor: Mindy Costanza


IMPROVING YOUR PERFORMANCE IN THE RING:

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.

Start THURSDAY JANUARY 14, 2021***See Note 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Laurie Strimavicius


FOUNDATION SKILLS:

You’ve taken a beginner obedience class and are looking to build a stronger bond between you and your dog. This course will help to develop a better partnership whether you want a well-behaved pet or are looking to show in beginner competition. 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, cueing your dog, and hand signals. Be sure to bring lots of yummy, small, soft treats ... cheese, hot dogs, etc.
Prerequisite: CGC, Family Manners or AKC Star Puppy

Start MONDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2021***See Note
Instructor: Mindy Costanza


***NOTE: THESE CLASSES FILL QUICKLY. BEFORE SENDING IN YOUR REGISTRATION,
EMAIL: shugmort@yahoo.com to confirm availability.


Classes are held at ODTCW, 11 Robinson Lane, Oxford, CT.

AGGRESSIVE DOGS WILLNOT BE ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
If you have any questions about classes, send email to: shugmort@yahoo.com


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