About Group Dog Obedience Class

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What is the Group Dog Obedience Class?

Here at the Ranch we offer group training classes hosted by our Certified Trainers in our indoor, climate-controlled training arena. Group classes are different from our Stay & Learn and Play & Learn programs because in our classes, you actually perform the training under the supervision of our trainer.

We offer four levels of progressive obedience classes starting with a free training orientation. You will progress through the levels at your own pace. In this format, we will take you and your dog from basic obedience training through intermediate obedience training. For your convenience, we offer the classes during the day on Saturdays and evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s okay if you can’t make it to class every week. Our classes are designed to allow you to miss when needed and not fall behind. You can enroll at any time, come when you can, and graduate when ready.

How the Program is Structured:

Level 1: We start with sits and downs, loose-leash walking, recalls, and an introduction to the climb.

This level class is offered Saturday at 11 am and Tuesday at 7 pm.

Level 2: Sit/stay and down/stay with duration are added. We start formal heeling, adding duration to the climb, and longer recalls.

This level class is offered Saturday at 11:45 am and Thursday at 6:00 pm.

Level 3: We begin adding distractions to the sits, downs, and climb. We add turns and pace changes to heeling. Recalls have distance and speed added to them.

This level class is offered Saturday at 12:30 pm and Thursday at 6:45 pm.

Level 4: Sits, downs, and climb are proofed with heavy distractions, longer duration, and distance. We add sharp turns, about turns, quick pace changes, and sit/down in motion to heeling. Recalls are solidified by coming through distractions.

This level class is offered Saturday at 1:15 pm.

Puppies that attend six classes and six puppy socialization times will be qualified to take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certification test. These puppy socialization times are available on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm.

We find dogs that are proficient at Level 3 curriculum tend to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test at this point in training. We will offer testing once a month for those interested in the CGC award.

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