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Our Mission

Our VISION is to make happy, healthy dogs through positive training techniques and further the advancement of all dogs through education within the Whitewater Valley.

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Classes began September 10, 2020

FALL CLASS REGISTRATION & SCHEDULE

Family Pet Class

Classes Begin: 

Thursday, September 10, 2020
@ 6:00 pm
Graduation: 

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Max Class Size: 8 

CLASS IS FULL

Canine Good Citizen Class

Family Pet Prerequisite

Classes Begin: 

Thursday, September 10, 2020
@ 7:15 pm
Graduation: 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Max Class Size: 8

Open Slots: 4

Therapy Dog Class

Canine Good Citizen Prerequisite

Classes Begin: 

Thursday, October 29, 2020
@ 6:00 pm
Graduation: 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Max Class Size: 8

Open Slots: 5

Family Pet Class

Classes Begin: 

Thursday, October 29, 2020
@ 7:15 pm
Graduation: 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

CLASS IS FULL

Registration Form

If you prefer to download the Registration Form, you can click on the PDF image below and fill out and print. This will need to be mailed with your check to the address on the form. 

 

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CLASSES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Puppy 1 is aimed at puppies from seven weeks of age to twenty weeks of age. In this class, your puppy will be introduced to obedience training. Puppies will begin to learn basic obedience commands including: sit, down, stand, wait, and come; extremely important when a door is open and you do not want your dog to dart outside. Just as important as obedience at this age is socialization. This age is the window of opportunity for socializing your puppy. Socialization is essential to raising a well-balanced adult dog in the future. During class, puppies are given the opportunity to play and just be puppies. The puppies are also passed among the owners so they become used to being handled by people other than their owners. The puppies also learn it is okay to be touched all over by anyone (very convenient on those visits to the vet).

The family pet class is tailored to older puppies (over five months) or dogs that have not been exposed to obedience training in the past. Dogs in this class will learn to be attentive to their owners so they are able to learn. They will begin to learn basic obedience such as: sit, down, stand, stay, wait, come, and walking on a loose leash. They will also learn to leave an object and drop an object. This is a lot for your dog to learn in a short period of time so homework will be very important. Be prepared to put in some time outside of class. Like the adolescent class, we will want to see a trick at graduation time.

This class is your first opportunity to place a title of certification on your dog offered by the American Kennel Club. To obtain a CGC certification, your dog must demonstrate basic obedience skills under testing conditions. The dog must also show that it can be left with a stranger without showing signs of anxiety. It’s very important to have a well-socialized dog in order to succeed in this class. To qualify to take the CGC class, your dog must have completed the Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club Family Pet Class or Prep School Class or the equivalent class offered elsewhere. You may also be able to take this class with permission of the instructor. When the class is completed, arrangements will be made for the dog/handler teams to take the CGC certification exam.

Therapy dogs offer emotional support and companionship for people residing in nursing homes, hospitals, & other healthcare facilities. In addition, they are used in schools & libraries to promote reading programs. With additional training they can be used for disaster relief. To qualify to take the Therapy Dog Class, your dog must have completed the Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club Family Pet Class or the equivalent class offered elsewhere. To become a certified therapy dog, your dog will be tested by a Therapy Dog International Evaluator. Your dog will be asked to perform thirteen (13) basic obedience skills and demonstrate that it can accept situations that might be encountered in a hospital or nursing home quickly and reliably. Passing the CGC Class would be highly recommended. Both tests can be judged during the same session if desired.

When the class is completed, arrangements will be made for all dog/handler teams to take the Therapy Dog International (TDI) certification exam. Dogs must be at least one year of age to earn their Therapy Dog International certification.

This class will introduce the dog/handler team to competitive obedience competition. The dog will be required to heel on a loose leash, heel in a figure eight pattern, sit for an exam, sit stay, and come when called. This all sounds pretty simple but performing these exercises in a competitive situation is much different than taking a walk in the park. To add to the difficulty, the handler can give only one command and only one word of encouragement during each exercise. Dog/handler teams must have completed the Family Pet Class or the equivalent or have permission of the instructor.

This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete in the next level of obedience competition, Novice Obedience. At this level of competition, your dog must heel on and off leash. In addition to these skills, the dog must heel in a figure eight pattern, stand for exam, come when called, do a long sit one (1) minute), and long down three (3) minutes. In addition, handlers may only give a single command to the dog during each exercise. Dog/handler teams must have completed the Beginner Novice Class or the equivalent or have permission of the instructor.

Rally is a type of obedience in which the dog handler team must navigate a course and complete a task at each station. Rally is a nice transition between casual obedience and obedience competition because the handler is allowed to talk to the dog throughout the course. This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete in Rally. At the Novice level there will be between ten (10) and fifteen (15) different stations not including the start and finish. In Rally Novice all exercises are performed on a loose leash.

This class will prepare the dog/handler team for competition at the Rally Advanced level. Like Rally Novice, the dog/handler team must navigate a course and complete a task at each station. But unlike the novice class, the course is performed off leash. At this level there will be between twelve (12) and seventeen (17) different stations not including the start and finish. In addition to the initial 38 different possible, 18 more difficult stations may be added to the course.

This class will prepare the dog/handler team to compete at the Rally Excellent level. Like the other Rally classes, the team will be required to navigate a course and complete a task at each station. Like Rally Advanced, the course is performed off leash. At this level, there will be between fifteen (15) and twenty (20) different stations not including the start and finish. In addition to the possible

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