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. We train using 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 Foundations class is for young dogs and beginning obedience students. It focuses on stationary and moving attention, changes of position, impulse control, body awareness and motivational games that can be used throughout a dog’s obedience career to maintain confidence and drive. It is appropriate for anyone interested in participating in dog sports including, Rally, Obedience, or Agility.

Our Advanced Foundations 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. (This class is not offered every term.)

We added a Novice Foundations class in June 2024 for students that want to learn the Beginner Novice Exercises and also build a strong foundation for moving into the Novice Skills class. As with all of our classes, attention and engagement will be part of every skill we teach.

Building an operant, engaged, and motivated puppy is our goal! Our Competition Puppy class introduces puppies to a marking system using food and toys as rewards. It covers 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. (This class is not offered every term.)

Skill Building Classes

We offer a Novice Skill Building Class for individuals that want to learn the exercises included in the AKC Novice Class. 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.

 

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 become problem solvers. The Open & Utility Class 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 when appropriate to make skills stronger and prepare dogs for the distractions and unique situations that occur during competition.

Rally Teamwork Class: Where the fun begins!

The Rally Teamwork Class is designed to give Rally competitors a strong foundation in the various skills necessary to execute the signs on a Rally course. This class prepares 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 class to master the skills necessary to compete. *First time Rally students will receive a copy of the AKC Rally Regulations.

Donna Brocht's Workshops

In addition to our classes, Happy Dogs has partnered with Donna Brocht for Saturday morning skills workshops. Donna offers these workshops several times a year with a focus on obedience foundation skills and obedience exercises.

Donna’s next workshop will focus on “Fronts, Finishes and all the little details!”

 
When: July 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
Workshop Fee:  $60  
 
Donna’s workshop series has covered a variety of topics including:
  • Look: A Marking Workshop
  • Handler’s Cues
  • Planning a Training Session
  • Fronts, Finishes and all the little details!

Obedience Class Schedule

Wednesday Daytime Classes 

June 26th – August 14th

No Classes: 7/3, 7/24

11:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Novice Skills

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Performance Foundations

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Open & Utility Skills 

 

Thursday Evening Classes

June 27th – August 15th

No Classes: 7/4, 7/25

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Novice Foundations

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Novice Skills

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

Class Fees

Obedience Class Fees 

  • $160 per six-week class
  • $300 (Multi-dog discount: the class fee for the second dog with same owner is $140)
  • Six-week classes with make-up option for any missed class

Drop-ins and Make-up Options

Make-up Policy:  Students enrolled in the Novice or Open/Utility classes on Wednesday may attend Thursday evening as a make-up class. Likewise, students enrolled in the Thursday evening classes may attend the Wednesday daytime classes.

Drop-in Policy: Drop-ins are welcome in our classes. You should be familiar with the skills for the class that you want to attend as a drop-in. Please contact us to confirm there is space in the class on the day you want to come. There is a $30 drop-in fee.

Rally Class Schedule

Summer Class Schedule:

Thursdays, June 27th – Sept. 5th

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Rally Teamwork

No Classes: 7/4, 7/18

 

Class Fees

Rally Class Fees 

  • $240 per nine-week class

Drop-in Policy: Drop-ins are welcome in our classes. You should be familiar with the skills for the class that you want to attend as a drop-in. Please contact us to confirm there is space in the class on the day you want to come. There is a $30 drop-in fee.