Competition Classes

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Competition Obedience & Rally Classes 

Our “Competition Obedience and Rally” classes are designed to build a dog’s desire to work, make “Drive” a habit and strengthen the bond between dogs and their handlers. It is a rewards-based, balanced approach. Teaching dogs how to perform is only part of what we do. We meet students “where they are” and help them achieve their goals – whatever they may be.

Foundation Classes

Foundation skills are the building blocks that support a performance dog’s career. The Performance Foundation Skills class is for young dogs and beginning obedience students. It focuses on attention, impulse control, foundations for competition skills in various venues (obedience, agility, rally, hunting/herding) and motivational games that can be used throughout a dog’s obedience career to maintain confidence and drive. 

Our Advanced Foundation Skills class introduces students to the foundation skills needed for the Open and Utility classes. This class is appropriate for anyone that has completed the Basic Foundation or Novice Skills classes. 

Performance Foundations

This class is appropriate for Everyone! Foundation skills are the building blocks that support a performance dog’s career. This class focuses on stationary and moving attention, changes of position, impulse control, body awareness and motivational games. This class is appropriate for anyone interested in participating in dog sports including, Rally, Obedience, or Agility.

Prerequisites: Basic obedience skills.

 

Advanced Foundations

This class is perfect for anyone currently working at the Novice level or an advanced dog that needs to fill some holes in its foundation.  Students will be introduced to the foundation skills needed for the Open and Utility classes including marking, go-outs, retrieving, fronts, finishes, pivots and fun heeling games.

Prerequisites: Novice Foundation Skills or Novice Skills Class or with permission of instructor.

Please contact us if you are interested in this class. It is not offered every class term.

 

Skill Building Classes

There are three Skill Building classes: Novice, Open and Utility. In these classes, we teach students the skills necessary to earn AKC obedience titles.

We understand how important the details are to a polished performance and find creative ways to make them quick and precise. When appropriate, distractions and concept proofing are introduced to challenge dogs and make the exercises strong.

To prepare students to compete, we focus on ring entries, transitions, releases, how to chain the exercises together, delay reward and solve problems.

Novice Skills

This class introduces students to the AKC Novice Obedience exercises including: heeling, figure-8, stand for exam, heel free and recall and sit, get your leash.

Foundations for Open and Utility exercises will be included.

Prerequisites: Foundation Skills, a CGC, basic obedience class or equivalent.

Open Skills

This class introduces students to the AKC Open Obedience exercises including: heel free, figure-8, command discrimination, drop-on-recall, retrieve on the flat, retrieve over the high jump, broad jump exercises and stand, go get your leash. Foundations for Utility and Utility exercises will be included.

Prerequisites: Novice title or equivalent experience.

Utility Skills

This class introduces students to the AKC Utility Obedience exercise including: signals, articles, directed retrieve, moving stand and directed jumping.

Prerequisites: Open title or approval from instructor.

Competition Puppy

Building an operant, engaged, and motivated puppy is our goal! This class introduces a marking system, shaping, using food and toys as rewards, attention, impulse control, basic positions (sit, down and stand), a place command and body awareness. Students will also learn how to integrate play into their training plan.

Prerequisites: Puppies should be 6 months old and socialized around other dogs. Please contact us if you are interested in this class. It is not offered every class term.

Skill & Drills Open & Utility Class

This class is for students that know or are learning the Open and Utility exercises. Our goal is to improve each student’s skills and help them solve problems.

It includes skill building drills to challenge each dog/handler team and help them perform confidently and consistently. To prepare students to compete, we focus on ring entries, transitions, releases, how to chain the exercises together, delay reward and solve problems.

Concept proofing will be introduced to prepare dogs for distractions and unique situations that occur during competition. 

Open/Utility Skills & Drills

This class is for teams that are training at the Open and/or Utility levels and want to challenge their dogs and prepare for competition.

Prerequisites: Students should know the Open and/or Utility exercises.

Rally Teamwork Class: Where the fun begins!

The Rally Teamwork Class is designed to give Rally competitors a strong foundation in the various skills included in the signs on a Rally course. This class will prepare students to compete and earn titles in the AKC Rally classes from Novice through Masters.  We focus first on building a strong foundation for the principal parts of the Rally signs at all levels.  To prepare students to compete, we cover important sections of the AKC Rally Regulations. focus on ring entries, transitions, releases, and strategies for navigating a course. When appropriate, we introduce distractions and concept proofing.  Students will find that it takes more than one six-week term to master the skills necessary to compete. *First time Rally students will receive a copy of the AKC Rally Regulations.

Rally Teamwork

In this class, students learn foundations skills for moving in the Rally ring. They also learn how to break the Rally maneuvers down into pieces and master them before chaining them together into segments or a course. Important sections of the AKC Rally Regulations will be reviewed.  Individuals who are new to Rally are.always welcome.

Prerequisites: Dogs should demonstrate basic obedience skills and or have earned a CGC title.

Donna Brocht's Workshops

 

Donna’s Spring Workshop – Fronts, finishes and all the little details!

 
When:  April 6, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
Cost:  $60  
 
Donna’s workshop series have included: “Look: A Marking Workshop,” “Handler’s Cues,” and  “Planning a Training Session.” 

Obedience & Rally Class Schedule

Wednesday Daytime Classes

11:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Novice Skills

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Open & Utility Skills & Drills

 

Thursday Evening Classes

Obedience Classes

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Novice Skills

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Open & Utility Skills

Rally Classes

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Rally Teamwork

 

Class Fees

  • $160 per class
  • $300 (Multi-dog discount: the class fee for the second dog with same owner is $140)

Drop-ins

  • $30 per class
  •  Must be familiar with the skills being taught in the class you want to drop in to.
  • Contact us to find out if there is an opening to drop-in to the class you are interested in.

I can’t tell you how much this training has meant to me. The instructors and members at Happy Dogs have been so supportive and empowering. There are not enough words to express how grateful I am.

Cathy & Rey Skywalker