Obedience Section

Please review all class and registration form information thoroughly prior to contacting the Registrar with any questions.
OBEDIENCE CLASS REGISTRATION FORM
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The Sudbury & District Kennel Club offers a variety classes in the disciplines of Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Nose Work, Trick Training and Tracking.
 
The following are descriptions of classes offered.  Refer to the current schedule of events to see which classes are in session.
 
NOTE:  ALL LEVELS REPRESENT GENERAL STAGES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT.  PROGRESSION TO MORE ADVANCED LEVELS IS INDIVIDUAL AND BASED ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED. UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR CLASS, DISCUSS WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR WHICH LEVEL TO REGISTER FOR NEXT.

Obedience Class Descriptions
 
Puppy Obedience - for puppies up to 6 months
Puppies will be introduced to many socialization experiences with people and other puppies. Puppies will work to develop good leash respect while out walking. Puppies and handlers will also learn the basic obedience commands.  Upon completion of this program, students wishing to extend their learning with their dogs in obedience would progress to the Level 2 obedience class or the Level 3 Canine Good Neighbor class, depending on your instructor’s recommendation. 
 
Puppy Obedience - for dogs up to 1 year
Puppy and handler team will build a trusting working relationship through play.  Teams will learn and practice basic obedience skills in a games environment.  This class provides an opportunity to develop puppy socialization skills with both dogs and people.  Suitable for puppies that have already attended a puppy class or have been home schooled.  Upon completion of this program, students wishing to extend their learning with their dogs in obedience would progress to the Level 2 obedience class or the Level 3 Canine Good Neighbour class, depending on your instructor’s recommendation. 
 
Level 1 Obedience - for dogs older than 6 months
Handlers will learn techniques to train the basic obedience commands. Dogs will learn to walk politely on lead, to sit, down and stand on command, to stay in position a minimum of 30 seconds and to come when called. Training activities are fun for both dog and handler.  Upon successful completion, students would progress to Level 2 obedience class or the

 
Level 3 Canine Good Neighbour
Dependant on your instructor’s recommendation.
 
Level 2 Obedience (Foundation Skills for Teamwork)
Following successful completion of either Puppy Obedience 3 to 6 months of age or Level 1 obedience, dogs will refine core foundation skills including targeting, movement, balancing and self-control skills to build and increase precision and reliability necessary for more advanced dog training levels.  The goal of this class is to enhance focus for the dog/handler team. This class provides the foundation skills necessary to advance in any dog sport and is a prerequisite for Level 1 agility and any obedience class involving off-leash work.
 
NB: It is recommended that dogs be crated, as part of the program skill development.
 
Level 3 Obedience (Canine Good Neighbour Class)
Dogs will become more reliable  and accept increased time and distance from the handler in all basic obedience skills while focusing through distractions. The skills leading to the Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Program will be at the core of this level. These skills demonstrate that the dog is well behaved around both dogs and people in public places and is a good canine citizen.  For those wishing to earn an official title, two tests will be provided each year for anyone who would like to have their dog hold a Canine Good Neighbour Certificate. Obedience Level 2 is a recommended prerequisite.  Successful graduates would progress to Level 4 depending on your instructor’s recommendation.
 
Level 4 Obedience (Beginner Rally Obedience Skills)
Rally is a timed competitive sport that consists of  16 or more stations  and is based on variations  of the  basic obedience skills of sit, down, stand, stay, heel, come front, pivoting, jumping, walking through distractions and distance work.  This course will cover the signs included at the Novice level of competition.  Level 2 Obedience is a recommended prerequisite, and basic obedience skills of sit, down, come, stay and walk on a loose leash are required.
 
NB: Canadian Kennel Club now permits mixed breed dogs to compete in performance events once they secure a Performance Event Number from the Canadian Kennel Club. Your instructor will be happy to guide you through the process.
Advanced/Excellent Rally
This class is designed for people who have successfully completed a beginner rally class. The Advanced and Excellent rally signs will be introduced and the skills practised in a course setting.  All dogs will
be working on leash in a group setting and off leash only when individual courses are being run.  Crates are required.
Competitive Obedience for Canadian Kennel Club Trials
PreNovice, Novice, Open, Utility Levels
- following successful completion of Level 4 Obedience, dogs and handlers will build precision obedience skills required to compete in Canadian Kennel Club Obedience trials.
NB: Canadian Kennel Club now permits mixed breed dogs to compete in performance events once they secure a Performance Event Number from the Canadian Kennel Club.  Your instructor will be happy to guide you through the process.
Agility Class Descriptions
NOTE:  ALL LEVELS REPRESENT GENERAL STAGES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT. PROGRESSION TO MORE ADVANCED LEVELS IS INDIVIDUAL AND BASED ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED.  UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR CLASS, DISCUSS WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR WHICH LEVEL TO REGISTER FOR NEXT.

FOR ALL AGILITY CLASSES, DOGS WILL BE CRATED WHEN NOT ON COURSE UNLESS AN ALTERNATIVE IS DISCUSSED AND APPROVED BY YOUR WITH INSTRUCTOR.  THIS ALLOWS YOUR DOG TO MORE EASILY RELAX WHEN NOT WORKING AND THE HANDLER TO FOCUS ON INSTRUCTION AND WALKING THE COURSES.  SOFT-SIDED CRATES THAT EASILY FOLD UP ARE COMMONLY USED. INSTRUCTORS WILL WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE YOUR DOG IS COMFORTABLE IN HIS/HER CRATE.
Agility Level 1 - Beginner agility
This class will teach the basic concepts of dog agility. Exercises are simple and fun. The class focuses on creating a bond and teamwork between the dog and handler. Dogs will be introduced to some of the basic agility equipment pieces, with the aim of building your dog's confidence. Dogs will work on leash for most exercises. *Obedience Level 2 is a prerequisite for Agility Level 1.  Crates are required.
 
Agility Level 2 - Introduction to equipment
This novice level class will begin to introduce the dog and handler to more of the agility equipment. You will start some basic jumping techniques and learn basic handling skills to begin working as an efficient dog/handler team. Due to the complexity of learning basics on so many pieces of equipment dogs and handlers may need to spend more than one session at this level. Your instructor will recommend the next class progression.
*Agility Level 1 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.
Agility Level 3 -Equipment and sequencing
This class continues to build on equipment performance and basic handling skills, while building the foundation skills needed to be successful if you decide to enter agility trials later on. Emphasis is put on weaves, teeter, and contact end behaviour. You will continue to improve basic handling skills while also building on the working team relationship between dog and handler.
*Agility Level 2 is a prerequisite for this class.  Crates are required.
Agility Level 4 -Advanced equipment and sequencing
This class will work on finessing equipment performance and becoming confident in basic handling skills while you are introduced to more advanced techniques. Course sequences will be more complex. Work on teeter and weaves will be focused on proofing and strengthening these skills.
*Agility Level 3 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.
 
Agility Level 5 - Handling
This class will work on advanced handling techniques and sequences. You will learn how to problem solve handling complex sequences and develop a fluency in the handling techniques introduced in earlier levels. As you progress through this class all equipment, including teeter and weaves, will be incorporated into longer sequences that you and your dog will have to work together as a team to accomplish. *Agility Level 4 is a prerequisite for this class. Crates are required.
Agility Level 6 - Competitive agility
This class is designed to prepare the dog and handler team for competitive agility. You will learn the rules of competitive agility so you can begin trialling! Dogs should be confident on all equipment and advanced handling skills before registering for this class. In this class you will develop the skills to work through novice, intermediate and excellent level course simulations. This class will challenge you and your dog to use all the skills and teamwork you have developed while continuing to progress and learn.
*Agility Level 5 is a prerequisite for this class.  Crates are required.

Summer Outdoor Agility Class
This drop-in class will take place at the club's agility field in the Chelmsford area (470 Bradley St, Chelmsford). It will provide an opportunity to transfer the skills you have been working on in the hall to a full size, outdoor agility field. Instructors will set up novice, intermediate or advanced courses, and provide feedback as you work through the course. As this is an open class there will be many skill levels, and it will be up to you and the instructor to adjust the skills in the course for your team to be successful. This class will run 2 or 3 days a week throughout the summer. You will register for  a pass of 8 classes that are flexible as to the day and number of times per week used.  More than one pass can be purchased for the summer session. The SDKC offers CKC agility trials during the summer at the Club field. This class could prepare you to enter and work toward earning an agility title for your dog.  NB: All breeds/mixed breeds can enter by obtaining a CKC number. For the safety of the dogs and respect of the homeowner where our field is located, we ask that you please enter the drive slowly. Dogs will be on leash at all times unless in the fenced in field. Students are responsible to clean up after their dogs.  NB: Students are expected to assist with course building, bar setting, leash running and equipment clear up after class. *Agility Level 3 is a prerequisite for Summer Outdoor Agility Class, unless recommended by your instructor. Crates are required.
Special Interest Classes
 
Notes to students: The levels represent general stages of skill development.  It is common to repeat levels several times before advancing to the next level.  Upon graduation of your class, we encourage you to discuss with your instructor which level to register for next.
 
It is required that you crate your dog between rotations. This allows your dog to more easily relax when not working and the handler to focus on instruction.  Soft sided crates that easily fold up are commonly used. Instructors will work with you to make sure your dog is comfortable in their crate.
 
Scent Detection A - Introduction to Nose Work
This class will introduce the dog and handler to the sport of scent detection. Dogs learn the canine version of “Hide and Seek” where the dog locates hidden scent and indicates the location to the handler.  Teams will learn basic concepts such as how to prepare and handle odour, how to motivate your dog to build drive and confidence, and where to place the hidden scent while training.  This class will require all participants to bring crates for their dogs and will be taught in 4 sessions of 2 hours each.  Crates are required.

 
Scent Detection B - Beginning Sport Scent Detection
This class is for students who have successfully completed the Introduction to Nose Work class or who have demonstrated the skills learned in the introductory level to the instructor before registration.  Pretesting can be arranged by contacting k9noseskills@gmail.com.  The skills required for the beginner level of titling will be covered in this class.  This class will require all participants to bring crates for their dogs and will be taught in 4 sessions of 2 hours each. Crates are required.

 
Foundation Skills for Trick Training
This eight week beginner course will introduce handlers to trick training using shaping as the methodology. Trick dog
training appeals to all dogs and is both a fun sport and a great bonding experience. Skills required to reach the beginner levels of titling will be covered. Dogs should be familiar with the "it’s your choice" game and understand the "watch me" game.  Crates are required.
 
Tracking 
This sport develops the dog’s instinctive skill to follow a human foot track and locate articles that carry the scent of that individual. The number and type of article, length and age of track and type of terrain varies with the level of difficulty being trained.  Tracking classes are offered when sufficient interest has been reported to the registrar.
At the discretion of the instructor, classes with four or less students may be shortened.
 
Please review all class and registration form information thoroughly prior to contacting the Registrar with any questions.
OBEDIENCE CLASS REGISTRATION FORM
Obedience classes run one night per week for eight weeks at a cost of $192.10. 
Please submit completed obedience class registration forms and payments to the S.D.K.C. Registrar.  Upon receipt, the registrar will confirm your registration. 

Payment may be made by cheque or e-mail money transfer (EMT). 
 
Please be sure that the name on your form matches the name from which your EMT will be sent.
 
For obedience and agility classes, EMT payments to:
sdkcregistrar2015@gmail.com