Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Wilmington Kennel Club will be implementing the following policies and precautions to help keep everyone safe and limit exposure.
  • Class sizes will be limited to 6 dogs and 1 trainer. For now, no additional family members or friends will be allowed in the building during class. (We will revisit this as restrictions are lifted.)
  • Crating will be outside in cars (there will be a few exceptions to this rule)
  • Each person will be required to wear a mask/bandana while in the building (covering mouth and nose at all times). Each person will supply their own face covering. If you do not have one, you will be asked to leave.
  • Each person must bring their own chair and a mat for underneath (to protect the new flooring). WKC chairs will not be available.
  • Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet from one another).
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and everyone will be asked to use it, at the very least, when entering and leaving the building. 
  • Minimize contact with surfaces and door handles as much as possible.
  • WKC will disinfect door knobs, handles and bathroom fixtures after classes have ended.
A COVID Waiver must be signed before you attend a class or event at WKC.  If the waiver was part of your registration, you do not need to fill out this form.  If you have not yet signed the waiver or are not sure, submit our online form to complete the requirement for attendance.

Enrollment is now open -

2021 Training Classes are available for registration.

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Puppy Manners-Level 1

Puppy Manners - Level 1 (limited to puppies between 10 - 16 weeks old at the start of class) This is a critical time in the development of your young puppies. This class will help get your puppy started on the path to being a well behaved dog. This class teaches name & attention, sit, stay, down, come, and leash walking. We offer this class at 5:30pm on Thursday evenings each class is 45 minutes long These classes prepares puppies for the next level - Puppy Manners-Level 2 ===================================== Instructor - Betsy Helm =====================================

Begins April 22, 2021 5:30 pm

Puppy Manners-Level 2

Puppy Manners - Level 2 (limited to puppies between 17 wks & 7 months old at the start of class) This class is designed for our older puppies and young adolescent dogs. Our goal is to teach basic good manners, by teaching you the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training. This class builds on the skills learned in Level 1 including.... name & attention, sit, stay & wait, down, come when called, leave it and leash walking. We offer this class at 6:30pm on Thursday evenings each class is 45 minutes long These classes prepares puppies for the next level - Family Pet Manners - Level 1 ===================================== Instructor - Betsy Helm =====================================

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Family Pet Manners - Level 1

Family Pet Manners - Level 1 (for pets over 7 months old at the start of class) This class is for the family looking to train their family dog. It  will focus on training your dog to  exhibit good manners both in the home and when out and about in the community. Learn the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training techniques and effective canine communication. Class will be offered on Wednesday - 5:00 - 6:00pm  - Instructor Amy Lasarko  

Begins April 21, 2021 5:00 pm

Family Pet Manners - Level 2

Family Pet Manners - Level 2 (for pets over 7 months old at the start of class) This class builds on the skills learned in Family Pet Manners - Level 1. By learning how to improve your dog’s responsiveness, reliability and duration among increasing distractions. Class will be offered on Wednesday - 6:15 - 7:15pm  - Instructor Amy Lasarko      

Begins April 21, 2021 6:15 pm

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. Prerequisite - Dog must be at least 1 yr old and have completed any beginning obedience class or Family Pet Manners Class

  • Classes meet on Mondays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm Instructor - Josephine Wheeler

Begins April 19, 2021 5:00 pm

Scent Work

Train your dog to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. We are now offering two levels of training in Scent Work

  • Intermediate SW - Level 2 - Elements Continued
    • Prerequisites - Intermediate SW Level 1 Elements We are offering Class, Monday at 7:30 - 8:30 pmAdvanced Scent Work
  • Advanced Scent Work
    • Prerequisites - Intermediate SW Level 3
    • Classes meet on Monday at 6:15 - 7:15pm
  • Instructor -  Sue Schneider

Begins April 19, 2021 6:15 pm

Beginner Novice Obedience

This class introduces you and your dog to everyday skills such as loose leash walking, sit/down, come, and leave it. Morning class meets Thursday from 11:00am - 12:00pm ========================================= Instructor - Nancy Brock =========================================

Begins April 22, 2021 11:00 am

Show Handling 101

Show Handling 101 introduces you  to the basics of handling a dog in conformation -- from which lead and collar to select, to how to hold the lead, to how to do a down and back and a triangle. This class is for the novice handler with little or no ring experience. Instructors - Chris Berg

Begins April 20, 2021 6:00 pm

Show Handling 201

Show Handling 201 Have you ever want to improve your handling skills? You have been showing your dog but just want to become better. Well this is the class for you to learn how to become a better handler. This class is intended for people that have more ring time and experience already. The class will cover the more intricate part of showing your dog while still covering the basics. Our Professional Dog Show Handler Chris Berg will be teaching you the skills needed to become a better handler in the conformation ring. Class meets Tuesday from 7:15pm -8:15pm (Instructor: Chris Berg)  

Begins April 20, 2021 7:15 pm

Competition Show Handling 2021

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.

Begins April 15, 2021 7:30 pm

Show & Go - Rally

Show & Go - Rally

Begins May 22, 2021 10:00 am

Show & Go - Obedience

Show & Go - Obedience

  • Saturday, May 8th, 2021
  • Novice, Open and Utility
  • Cost $12 per run
  • Select your run time from the list of available timeslots (it will be marked "sold out" once the slot is filled
 

Begins May 8, 2021 8:30 am

Love That Loose Leash (Mini Course)

Love That Loose Leash!   Is your trip around the block with your dog a drag - literally? This mini-course zeros in on teaching your dog how to walk with that elusive loose leash - something just about everyone wants but very few have.  End the drag and learn how to encourage your dog to move in harmony with you in this introductory three-week class. No Prerequisites Well-fitting flat collars, cloth martingales (no chain), and front clip harnesses are fine.  NO slip collars, choke, prong or shock!!! Class will be offered on Friday (Apr 16th - Apr 30th) - 5:00 - 6:00pm  or  Friday (May 7th - May 21st) - 6:15 - 7:15pm Instructor Nancy S. Fitzgerald, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2, KPA CTP

Begins April 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Everyday Self-Control for the Family Pet(Mini Course)

Everyday Self-Control for the Family Pet! This three-week course will focus on "stationary" basic skills, starting with teaching basic positions and working up to remaining in place until released, even with distractions.  Put in practical contexts that are easy to incorporate in your daily interactions with the family pet, this class is a great starting point for adolescent and young adult dogs.   Handlers will learn how to build solid wait/stay-type behaviors from the ground up, building on a solid foundation - plus have lots of fun helping your dog learn that patience pays off! No prerequisites Well-fitting flat collars, cloth martingales (no chain), and front clip harnesses are fine.  NO slip collars, choke, prong or shock!!! Class will be offered on Friday (Apr 16th - Apr 30th) 6:15 - 7:15pm  or Friday (May 7th - May 21st) 5:00 - 6:00pm Instructor - Nancy S. Fitzgerald, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2, KPA CTP

Begins April 16, 2021 6:15 pm