Class Description

OBEDIENCE CLASSES

  • Puppy Socialization – for puppies 12 – 16wks old

    This class focuses on socialization and basic commands, such as sit, down, and come.

  • Puppy Manners – for puppies 3 – 6 months old

    This class focuses on loose leash walking, sit, stay, come, and down. This class prepares puppies for the next level Beginners Obedience Class.

  • Beginners – for dogs 6 months and older

    Introduces you and your dog to everyday skills such as loose leash walking, sit/down, come, and leave it.

  • Advanced Beginners – for dogs 6 months and older

    Builds on the skills learned in Beginners and strengthens the bond between dogs and handler. Skills such as front and finish are taught.  Jumping is introduced.This class is a pathway to earning the AKC Canine Good Citizen.

  • Competition  – for dogs 6 months and older

    This class is for the handlers wanting to learn the advanced commands and skills needed to show your dog in obedience and rally. Dogs and handlers must have successfully completed Advanced Beginners.

AGILITY

Restriction – Dogs must be over 1 year of age and have completed an Advanced Beginners Obedience Class.

  • Beginners – Teaches the equipment and basic communication skills for the dog and handler. Jumps, tunnels, and contact equipment add to the excitement.
  • Advanced Beginners – Continues to build on the communication skills between dog and handler. Small courses are introduced. Dogs begin to work off leash.
  • Intermediate – The dog and handler teams will work off lead with the equipment at full height. More handling skills will be introduced.
  • Competition – Class will run full courses and advanced handling will be stressed.

RALLY

  • Dog and handler teams learn how to navigate a course of obedience exercises, such as sit/down walk around your dog, call front and finish, and jumping. Novice dogs remain on leash, all others begin working off leash. Dogs and handlers must have competed an Advanced Beginner Obedience class.

SHOW HANDLING – CONFORMATION

  • This class is for dogs 4 months and older. Handlers will learn how to show their dog in conformation events. Presentation, patterns, and procedures used in the ring will be explained and practiced. A proper show handling collar and soft treats are needed.

AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

  • The skills necessary to earn the CGC are taught as part of the Advanced Beginner Classes. CGC evaluations are offered at the end of each session for those interested.  Go to AKC.org to learn the requirements. The CGC is often a requirement to becoming a certified therapy team.

Equipment needed for puppy, obedience, rally, and agility is a buckle collar, 6’ lead, and lots of soft treats and/or a favorite toy.

Please note the WKC does not permit retractable leashes for safety issues.