Start your new puppy (8 to 14 weeks) off on the right paw with positive socialization. We teach you how to care for your puppy and deal with common problems, like chewing, housebreaking, and accepting you as leader. Please bring a health statement with you.
This self-paced class is free if you have completed Living Social I and II. It is oriented for AKC, UKC, AMBOR, and ASCA competition. Many owners like to improve their skills and learn additional exercises. We help you polish up commands learned and teach advanced obedience commands, such as retrieving. You are also given information on obedience competition rules and ring procedures. It's a fun sport for both you and your dog.
As the best-kept secret around, competitive obedience is a wonderful sport in which you and your dog form a team. Once you begin entering trials, you can attend this class to start detailed work on the obedience exercises for novice, open, and utility. We show you how to teach your canine advanced exercises, including directed retrieve, directed jumping, and scent discrimination. Mixed breeds are permitted to participate in all AKC events, except for breed shows.
Prepare for a conformation show in which registered purebred dogs are presented for breeding. Conformation looks easy, but it requires handler skills and a well-trained dog to be successful in the ring. You, of course, also need a canine that meets the standards for their breed. That is how contestants are judged. The judge considers many aspects, such as a dog's movement, coat (color, texture, etc.), ear set, eye shape, and tail length. You must present the dog properly for a judge to make the evaluation. This involves stacking your dog and gaiting them around the ring.
Most of the dogs you see on TV are shown by professional handlers, but you can learn to show your own dog. Nanette Johnson teaches a handling class on Tuesday nights to go over training your dog for presenting at a conformation show. In addition, she leads special classes for junior handlers competing against other young people in how well they present their dogs, not which dog matches its standards best.