OUR DOG TRAINING CLUB
Our MISSION is to make healthy dogs through positive training.
Make a Donation to the Club
Please consider donating to our “REPLACE THE FLOOR MATS” fund raiser. We are in critical need of upgrading our training mats for the safety and quality of our class instruction. We estimate the final costs to be $7,500.00 for the training surface including the organizer for proper storage.
As a 501 c3 community organization, your donation can be deductible; receipts will be furnished. Thank you in advance for your generous support. Click on the DONATE TAG to complete using PayPal, Visa, or MasterCard.
When you Donate – Be sure to indicate in the “Note” section on the PayPal page that your donation is for the Floor Mat Fundraiser Goal.
Thanks to our Donors!
In honor of Togo & Bear — owned and loved by Francine Delaney.
“In honor of the past, present, & future dogs that have added joy, humor, & craziness to our lives over the years”! Our hearts are full of memories and we look forward to making more in the years to come. Love Lucky, Cutter, & Fennie. – David & Shara Short
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Puppy Class 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.
The AKC Title for Novice Trick Class can be earned in two (2) ways. First, if your dog passed our CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Class, you only have to perform five (5) additional tricks from the following partial list. Secondly, if you don’t have your CGC title, you can still earn your Novice Trick title by performing ten (10) tricks from the list. Easy-Peasy huh? HINT: Many of these tricks are taught in Family Pet Class!! Class session is five (5) weeks and begins on Thursday, June 24th. Class size is limited to 5 dogs
____ Fetch it (ball, etc., 10 ft. away, bring to handler within 2 ft.)
____ Find it (find treat or scent item hidden under 1 cup or object)
____ Get your _______. (Leash, brush, name of toy)
____ Get in (gets in box)
____ Sits in box (on cue)
____ Get on (gets on low platform or step - 4 paws)
____ Hand signals (Choose one: down, sit, or come)
____ High five ____ Hold (3 seconds)
____ Jump (thru a low hoop or over a low bar)
____ Kennel up (go in crate, stay in until released)
____ Kiss (point to cheek or back of hand)
____ Paws up (2 front paws on low stool or step)
____ Push-ups (sit, down, sit, down, sit, down)
____ Shake hands
The AKC Intermediate Trick Class will teach you how to earn this advanced title with lots of fun & laughter! There are several tricks to choose from to practice with your dog. Here’s a partial list. Earning this title requires you to complete ten (10) tricks. Your choice! Come join us and bring plenty of yummy treats to motivate your happy dogs to work thru these steps. Class sessions are five (5) weeks and begin Thursday, August 26th, 2021. Class size limited to 5 dogs.
____ Open door
____ Open drawer (cloth pull handler)
____ Paws up (on handler’s arm)
____ Pull a toy on a string or rope
____ Push button/key to make sound
____ Remove object from box/ toy mailbox
____ Crawl (at least 5 body lengths-may use food/toy lure)
____ Fetch it (20 ft. away and deliver to hand)
____ Flyball (run to, push, get ball)
____ Game (manipulates interactive canine game)
____ Go find (handler hides, dog goes and finds)
____ Go to your place (to bed/mat, crate from 10 ft.)
____ Hand signals (Sit, down, come, stand. Total of 3.)
____ Head down
____ Heeling with automatic sit
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.
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