For puppies under a year old, Puppy Headstart focuses on establishing the Three Life Issues (stay with me, come when called, and stay where I put you) by helping owners to learn effective leadership, and relationship building through games and play. Owners will learn to effectively mark and reward behaviours through positive reinforcement. Exercises include (but are not limited to): loose lead walking, focus work, recalls, sits, downs, and puppy manners, plus an introduction to agility. Upon completion of this course, owners can enroll in Puppy Performance.
In this follow-up to Puppy Headstart, further emphasis is placed on the Three Life Issues, while obedience skills and manners are further perfected. Emphasis is also given to establishing reliable recalls and stays, through the use of games, operant conditioning, and positive reinforcement. In addition, handlers and puppies are introduced to the basics of performance obedience and footwork. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for Agility, Rally-Obedience, and Competition Obedience.
This course is designed for dogs over a year old, with no previous training experience. It is ideal for rescue dogs, who may need help in building confidence, or for dogs who have known behavioural issues. As in Puppy Headstart, the Three Life Issues (stay with me, come when called, and stay where I put you) are central to all lessons, and owners learn to become effective leaders. Emphasis is placed on rewarding good behaviours, and establishing a positive relationship between the owner and the dog.
Competition Obedience 1
This course is the follow-up to Puppy Performance, and prepares handlers and dogs to begin work on their Companion Dog (CD) title, or to take the Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) test. In this course, puppies and dogs will learn the art of heads-up healing, improved focus work, stays, and recalls. Emphasis is also given to establishing proper footwork for the ring. This course is recommended for anyone interested in entering the competitive obedience ring, rally-o, or agility, or anyone who wants to have fun with their dog.
Competition Obedience 2
The course is the follow-up to Competition Obedience 1. Perfecting sits, downs and stands. Attention heeling and working dogs with a check lead with complete loose lead. Fronts and around finishes, and reliable recalls with fronts.
Reviewing attention heeling, figure 8's and going over CKC rules at Companion Dog level. Footwork and teamwork are reviewed. Intro of dumbbell, retrieves over high at low level , intro of broad jump, as well as fun games to perfect "perfection" and at the same time making it fun for handler and dog. Tricks to bring your dog up when in the competition ring.
Open / Utility
For handlers and dogs who are beginning to work, or are already working towards, their Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) or Utility Dog (UD) titles, for handlers who are working in advanced levels of Rally-O, who want to further hone their obedience skills, or for anyone who wants to have fun with their dog and have completed Competition I. Lessons will include (but are not limited to): drop on recall, dumbbell work (retrieving), directive jumping, scent articles/scent discrimination, proper footwork and body posturing, and the replacement of verbal commands with hand signals.
Rally-Obedience is one of the newer ‘dog sports’, and emphasizes positive interactions between handlers and dogs, while completing a course comprised of a series of obedience-inspired obstacles.
- Beginner's Rally-O:
In this introductory class, handlers and their canine teammates, will learn how to interpret and properly complete the signs, and footwork necessary to complete a Rally Novice course. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that handlers learn to have fun in the Rally-O ring. It is recommended that handlers and dogs complete Puppy Performance prior to entering Beginner’s Rally-O.
- Advanced Rally-O:
The follow-up to Beginner’s Rally-O, handlers will have the opportunity to learn and practice obstacles found in Rally Advanced and Excellent courses.
- Fun Run Rally-O:
Similar to the premise behind Fungility, this course gives handler/canine teams the opportunity to practicea full Rally-O course. This is a great opportunity to work out any “bugs”, and to further hone handler skills, while also building the confidence of your canine partner. Please note: as with Fungility, instruction will be minimal. Advanced will follow Beginners – please contact the CCC for further information.
- Foundations/Beginner's Agility:
In this course, handlers and dogs learn the fundamentals of agility. Dogs will be exposed to new surfaces, learn proper stretching techniques, contact form, and jumping techniques, and will be introduced to weaves, the A-frame, dog walk, tunnels, chutes, hoops, pause table, and tippy boards. Handlers will learn the importance of body language, and learn the basics of effectively handling their dog through an agility course. Additional recall, focus and basic obedience skills are emphasized. Please note - handlers/dogs will begin in Foundations and advance to Beginners. Prior to enrolling in Foundations, dogs should have a reliable recall, be comfortable off-leash and have a “sit”, “stay”, and “down” command.
- Intermediate Agility:
In this follow-up to Beginners Agility, handlers and dogs are given further experience with weaves, the A-frame, dog walk, tunnels, chutes, pause table, and hoops. Proper jumping techniques are advanced, further emphasis is placed on proper handling; front crosses, and teeters are introduced. Lessons are also given in promoting drive and distance, once accuracy has been established.
- Advanced Agility:
This follow-up to Intermediate Agility is also recommended for those handlers, looking for further practice, and to help build confidence in their handling skills. In this level, dogs are introduced mini-courses, that are designed to emphasize specific handling skillsets. Additional time is spent on honing front crosses, while rear crosses are introduced, plus additional advanced handling skills (such as distance handling) are covered. Time is spent in gaining experience with each obstacle, with particular emphasis on weaves and the teeter. By the end of this class, handler/dog teams should be prepared to run a Novice agility course.
For those who are working at the Advanced or Competition Agility level; dogs must have reliable recalls, and the ability to work off-leash prior to enrolling in this class. Each week, a new course will be set, and handler/dog teams will be able to run a FULL agility course. This is an excellent opportunity to fine-tune handling skills, and to give dogs further experience on contact equipment.
Preparation for the conformation show ring. These are drop in only classes held on Saturday and interested students leave their name/email address with CCC and are contacted on a weekly basis if they would like to attend. Generally there are three 1/2 hour classes Sat. a.m. with a limit of 7 students.