2019 Training Locations January - May -> Fairgrounds June - December -> Silicon Valley Adult Ed
We offer a variety of classes on many Tuesdays for all levels of interest. Our puppy and beginner classes are great for socialization, manners and basic obedience. For those who wish to compete, we've got those hard to find high level obedience classes. And, for those looking to try something different, we offer nosework and other speciality classes. You may be asked to help move/set-up/take-down equipment.
Your dog must be between 3 and 5 months at time of first class. Additionally, your dog must be current on all vaccinations to attend class. Please follow the recommendations of your vet regarding vaccinations. All puppy owners are required to either mail a copy of their dog's shots with their check or bring them to the class on the first night. Rabies vaccinations are not required for dogs under 6 months of age.
The course begins to train you to train your dog. Basic obedience skills are introduced, including walking on a loose leash, attention, sit-stay, down-stay, stand-stay, and come when called. We also offer advice on potty training and other problems. Continued socialization with other dogs and people in a structured class situation.
Develop a relationship with your dog. Learn Team Building, proper corrective measures, including when and how to reward your dog.
This class is a foundational skills class. As a result, students are recommended to stay at this class level until the dog is able to accomplish the skills for this level.
Must be at least 5 months of age or older.
SCDTC now offers the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program through our Puppy and Beginning classes. Puppies under the age of 12 months can participate. Participants will receive:
- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal - A frameable certificate - AKC puppy handbook - Discount to enroll in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corporation - Ongoing monthly Email Newsletter
This class is for students who wish to prepare their dog for the CGC required behaviors as well as for students who just want to advance their dog's obedience skills to a higher level, e.g., longer stays, duration attention, focused heeling, ignoring distractions, emergency stop and rock solid recall. Food rewards are used; however, students will learn how to wean off food rewards through the use of engagement and play.
Completion of Beginner class or equivalent skill level.
Introduction to Rally
The Introduction to Rally class teaches the moves that are needed to use in the Rally class. Some of the signs will be included.
Prerequisite is at least an intermediate (CGC) level of obedience class.
Advanced Canine Good Citizen
In this class you and your dog will learn skills which will help make your dog a better companion in the real world and also ready you to take your Canine Good Citizen Advanced Test.
AKC Community canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.
Community Canine is designed to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, during the AKC Community Canine Test, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve you and the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk or at a training class.
The Novice class is intended for those handlers who wish to perfect their obedience exercises beyond the Canine Good Citizen level. The class is aimed at Beginner Novice (BN) and AKC Novice Companion Dog (CD) handlers.
The Novice class will cover on-leash heeling and figure of eight, as well as off-leash heeling. In addition, the recall exercise, the BN "leave your dog and walk around the ring", and sit and stand for exam are included. Students will practice group sits and downs (1 minute each), and "handler leave your dog to get your leash".
The class may be repeated as needed.
This class is for anyone wanting to train for the Open Obedience Class.
Heeling, Retrieving, Drop on Recall, Jumping and Group Exercises will be practiced in this class
Teams who are already proficient in Novice.
This class is for anyone wanting to train for the Utility Obedience Class.
Scent Discrimination, Heeling, Directed Jumping, Moving Stand, Directed Retrieve will be practiced in this class. Please enquire if you are interested in this class.
Rally Novice, Intermediate and Advanced
RALLY – AN INTRODUCTION
AKC rally is intended as a stepping-stone to the more formal AKC obedience, with many exhibitors doing
rally prior to competitive obedience.
Rally is divided into the following levels: Rally Novice and Intermediate both performed on-leash,
followed by off-leash Advanced, Excellent and Master levels. (Rally Intermediate is an optional level.).
Rally Novice, Intermediate and Advanced
At this level students will master the Rally Novice, Intermediate and Advanced signs. To be ready for this class, the dog
needs to be able to heel on leash, sit, stand, down, front, finish to the left and right, as well as stay in the sit, down and stand positions.
In addition, students will also learn how to effectively walk a rally course; For this reason, students are
required to bring a crate to class so that their dog is safely put up during the walk-through that precedes
each class. Time permitting, we will also work on effective ring entry.
Classes are 50 minutes in length and are limited to 6 dogs. (Drop-ins are allowed only with the Trainer approval and if there is room.)
Requirements: Dog Crate
Rally Excellent, Master
In this class students will master the Excellent and Master Signs, as well as continue to practice
the Novice signs.
Rally Excellent, Master requires that the handler has successfully completed the rally Novice
class and has an AKC rally Novice title. Students moving up from the rally Novice/Intermediate class
require the trainer’s approval. Students will need to bring a crate to allow for the walk-through.
Classes are 50 minutes in length and limited to 6 dogs. (Drop-ins are allowed only with the Trainer's
approval and if there is room.)
Requirements: Dog Crate
AKC Trick Dog: Novice and Intermediate
As of May of 2017 AKC began awarding titles for ‘Trick Dog’. During this Trick Dog course, students will learn how to teach the required tricks to earn a Trick Dog Novice title and a Trick Dog Intermediate title. Students will learn the methods of professional animal trainers using free-shaping, luring, capturing, targeting, and how to put individual tricks together to choreograph a performance routine. Trick training is really just ‘obedience in disguise’—but, there are NO mistakes, just lots of laughs! Students will have the opportunity to have their dog tested at the end of the 7 week course for the AKC Trick Dog title. (Extra testing fee for the test will be charged).
Pre-Requisites: Dogs should be food motivated.
Dogs should have foundation obedience skills: sit, down, stay, recall, watch, loose leash walking, or approved by trainer.
What To Bring to Class:
1 cup of soft cut up treats
Crate and chair (optional)
Students are required to supply their own props
Scent Work is a fun sport based on work done by real-world detection dogs. Instead of locating drugs or
explosives, Scent Work uses four essential oils – birch, anise, clove, and cypress – to find different target
scents that can be hidden anywhere. The role of the handler is not to direct, but to assist, the dog. The
dog learns how to tell the handler that scent has been found, even if there are distractions such as toys
and food. This is a wonderful way to build confidence, is great for stimulating your dog’s mind, and is
enjoyed by all dogs whether young or old.
This class is for beginning to experienced teams, and for people that just want to have fun with their dog
as well as those that want to improve their competition skills. Each class will divide the teams by skill
level, and be taught using positive techniques. People are encouraged to watch other teams and learn
Please bring to class a crate for your dog and lots of “high-value” treats, as well as a flat buckle, collar, or
harness. Leashes should be easy to take on and off, and at least 6 feet in length
Conformation classes prepare the handler and dog for the show ring. Here you will learn how to present the dog to the judge and how to gait the dog and how to show the dog off to its best advantage. I don't use and don't want the 'watch me' command in conformation - the dog should concentrate mostly on my hand when stacking and definitely be looking forward when gaiting. Because your time in the Conformation Ring is far less than that in the Obedience Ring, both you and your dog have less time to impress the judge. Conformation is not a highly structured ring event thus one has to be very alert to today's ring procedure and the needs of today's judge. Your dog must be ready to respond right now to whatever you want in order to present your dog to his/ her best based on your interpretation of the judge.
There are over a hundred points that the instructor applies during this class as needed.
Conformation Drop in is an opportunity for handlers and their dogs to have a simulated ring experience. It is expected that you and your dog already know the basics of Conformation.
The first and most important thing to bring to class is you - happy, enthusiastic, ready for fun. And then: dog, training collar (slip collar), 4 to 6 foot leather leash, soft treat (bait), DOG TOY (preferably on a rope/ string). Don't feed the dog within three hours of training. As time goes on, the collar, leash, and feeding time may change. The training classes should be fun for you and your dog - showing will be easy after that.
Ring Ready Classes
Ring Ready classes prepare the handler and dog for the competition obedience show ring.
In this class you will have the opportunity to to practice a "trial like" competition obedience experience.
In a trial like situation, students will have the opportunity to practice the exercises in each class. A "judge" will be available to provide feedback and offer training suggestions.
Novice, Open and Utility Ring Ready opportunities are for students who wish to practice a "trial like" experience. Students will have the opporunity to practice the exercises in each class. A judge will be available to provide feedback and offer training suggestions.
Occasional Class Attendance Policy
For most of our classes students may "drop in" from time to time. Here are a few factors to consider regarding "dropping in" to classes.
1. Space must be available in the class.
2. The instructor must approve your drop in.
3. After receiving instrutor approval, you may need to go to the desk to pay for the class.
Occasional Attendance Prices
Card: $130. Cards may be used for Competition Orientated Classes.
Competition Classes: $20 a class
Drop in Conformation: $10 a class
Specialty Classes: $25 a class
Your First Class
Your dog must be current on all vaccinations to attend class. Puppies require DHPP (distemper-parvo) vaccinations. Dogs over 6 months require rabies and DHPP. All new students must upload a copy of their dog's shot records or mail it with their payment.
Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, non-slip shoes. You'll also want to bring lots of tasty, aromatic treats for your dog. Soft treats work best and they should be broken into small pieces the size of your pinky fingernail.
When you arrive at the training center for the first time, please be sure to check in at the help desk.
While on training grounds, please keep your dog leashed at all times unless specifically directed by your trainer to remove the leash.
SCDTC does not offer refunds to students who miss classes, nor are we able to pro-rate students who join the session currently in progress.
In the rare case that you are not able to attend the class session an application for a refund will be considered by our Board of Directors on a case by case basis. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your response.