Training Classes
2018 Training Locations
January - May -> Fairgrounds
June - December -> Silicon Valley Adult Ed
We offer a variety of classes 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.

Instructors/Times for currently open session
  • Just Starting Out
  • InstructorTime
    PuppyLori Hamilton6:30 PM
    BeginnerDiana Rapa2:00 PM
    BeginnerPenny Robinson7:30 PM
    Intermediate\CGCLori Hamilton 7:30 PM
    Advanced Canine Good CitizenDiana Rapa7:30 PM
  • Competition Orientated Classes
  • InstructorTime
    Rally Novice/IntermediateWendy Silveira7:30 PM
    Rally Advanced/Excellent/MastersWendy Silveira6:30 PM
    Novice/Show NoviceLynn Buck3:00 PM
    Novice/Show NoviceGeorge Costa7:30 PM
    Open/Utility ObedienceLynn Buck2:00 PM
    Open/Utility ObedienceGeorge Costa6:30 PM
  • Ring Ready/Drop In Classes
  • InstructorTime
    Drop-In ConformationDick Symons6:30 & 7:20 PM
    Novice Ring ReadyDave Signorottifollowing Open RR
    Open Ring ReadyDave Signorottifollowing Utility RR
    Utility Ring ReadyDave Signorotti6:30 PM
  • Specialty Classes
  • Tricks (new AKC Tricks)Diana Rapa3:00 PM
    Tricks (new AKC Tricks)Diana Rapa6:30 PM
    Topics in NoseworkSue Pokart3:00 PM
    Topics in NoseworkSue Pokart6:30 PM

  • Information
    Our Trainers
    Your First Class
    Occasional Class Attendance Policy
    Refund Policy

  • Puppy
    Socialization and introduction to training with exercises tailored to the younger dog. Basic grooming, health hints, house soiling, chewing, biting, barking, digging, etc.
    Included!
    S.T.A.R. Puppy

    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:
    For more information, see the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
    Requirements
    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.
    Beginner
    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.

    Requirements:
    Must be at least 5 months of age or older.
    Included!
    S.T.A.R. Puppy

    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

    For more information, see the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
    Intermediate\CGC
    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.


    Requirements
    Completion of Beginner class or equivalent skill level.
    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.


    Requirements
    Advanced Novice requires that the dog has completed at least one session of Novice and be under control off leash. This class is also for Handlers who are preparing for the CD title.
    Open Obedience

    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

    Requirements
    Teams who are already proficient in Novice.
    Utility Obedience

    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
    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 At this level students will master the Novice and Intermediate 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 Advanced/Excellent/Master
    In this class students will master the Advanced, Excellent and Master Signs, as well as continue to practice the Novice signs.

    Rally Advanced/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
    Clicker (optional)
    Mat
    Crate and chair (optional)
    Students are required to supply their own props

    Topics in Nosework
    Topics in Nosework is a multi-level class appropriate for beginning students and those familiar with Nosework. Skills are taught in a positive manner while you are having fun and learning how to work with your dog.

    Please bring to class a crate for your dog, lots of scrumptious treats, and a flat buckle collar/leash that is easy to put on and take off.

    The Topics in Nosework Class is for any student who wants to learn a fun game to play with their dog. Your dog should have a basic understanding of "odor". Additionally, it is important that your dog be at least five months of age and completed the appropriate vaccinations prior to joining this class.

    Drop-In Conformation
    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.
    Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:30 and 7:20 pm (40 minute classes)
    Requirements

    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. For those handlers that aren't as experienced in Conformation, the 8 pm Drop in Class usually has fewer participants; you may select that class for more time with the instructor.
    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.
    Requirements
    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: $120. 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.
    A signed Hold Harmless Agreement / Aggression Policy is required the first time you come to class. You must agree to this when you register online or include a signed copy with your 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.
    Be sure that you have read and understand our Code of Conduct.
    Refund Policy
    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.

    However, sometimes the unexpected happens. In the rare case that you are not able to attend the class session after you register, we may be able to move you to a future session.

    Please contact us for more details.