Obedience Classes

Star City Canine Training Club offers a program of classes that can  aid in the development of your canine friend from puppyhood through adulthood.   The program offers classes beginning at 12 weeks of age, to establish the foundation of good behavior along with socialization and common puppy problems, all the way through adulthood where your pup might achieve the Canine Good Citizen award from the American Kennel Club to Certified Pet Therapy  from Delta Society Pet Partners.   We also offer competition level classes for those who like to earn titles and awards for their dogs.

Applications for classes MUST BE RECEIVED the friday prior to the beginning of the first class.  Please allow 2 - 3 days for delivery of mailed applications.
  Puppy Class will remain open for registration until  the first night with dogs.  More information regarding class dates and times will be posted soon.  

Enrollment in classes is open to club members and the public on a first come first served basis.

In 2016 Star City Canine Training Club will offer 5 sessions of Obedience classes beginning in January, March, May, August and October.   The October session is our final session for 2016.  After this session, classes will begin again in January of 2017.

Some classes do NOT require dogs on the first night of class.  Please read the course description for more information.  Dates for the first class are indicated and continue consecutively, unless otherwise indicated. Classes are generally limited to 8-10 dogs, and classes are offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Any applications received after a class is full will be placed on a waiting list for the class.   Occasionally, obedience classes are offered during the daytime.  Please let us know if you are interested in pursuing a daytime option by e-mailing.  Classes currently scheduled to be offered in 2016 are listed in blue, with classes that are open for enrollment indicated with a "Click Here for Application" notation in the right hand column.

 ALL classes (generally composed of 7 one hour meetings) cost $105.00, unless otherwise noted.  We reserve the right to cancel a class if there is not sufficient interest.

SCCTC classes are taught using proactive and positive reinforcement training techniques that include the use of food, toys, and praise as rewards for correct behavior.  We look forward to helping you achieve your goals with your canine companion!

You may obtain an Obedience Class Enrollment Form by printing the form on our website.  You can find the enrollment form on our website by clicking on this link: Obedience Class Enrollment Form , or, clicking on the "Click Here for Application" link in the right hand column of the class you are interested in enrolling in.

Obedience and competition classes are held in our air-conditioned and heated club building.  Directions to the club building are on the "club Information" page of our website.

Do you have questions about Obedience Class enrollment?  Click Here Or email obedience@starcityk9training.com .

TO ENROLL IN CLASSES, PLEASE DOWNLOAD A NEW APPLICATION AS THE THE MAILING ADDRESS HAS RECENTLY CHANGED.  
If you have an application stored on your computer from 2013 or earlier that you use to enroll in classes, the mailing address is incorrect.

Puppy Kindergarten Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Sunday
Meeting Time:
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Instructor(s):

        B.Wilson/ D.Coleman
Starts:
March 20, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
Congratulations on your new puppy.  What an exciting time for you and your family!  Our puppy class, for puppies 8-18 weeks of age, is planned to guide you through the critical stages of your puppy’s development with emphasis on socialization, prevention of problems and teaching basic manners and commands.
Prerequisities:
None
Notes:
No puppies the first night the class meets, please.
Beginner Level I Obedience  7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
                    Tuesday
Meeting Time:
7:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor(s):
Les Cook
Starts:
March 15, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Beginner Level I Obedience 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Sunday  
Meeting Time:
11:00 - 12:00 Noon
Instructor(s):
D.Coleman/ B.Wilson
Starts:

                March 20, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
This class is designed for older puppies and dogs with no previous obedience training.  You will learn how to teach your dog using scientifically proven reward based training techniques that will lay the foundation for effective communication, understanding, and form a strong relationship with your canine companion.  Beginner I includes instruction for the following skills: attention, sit, down, wait, recall/come, stay, stand, leash walking, as well as good manners.
Prerequisities:
None.
Notes:
No puppies the first night the class meets, please.
Beginner Level II Obedience  7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
 6:15 - 7:15 PM
Instructor(s):
Marilyn Wilson
Starts:
March 16, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
In this more advanced beginner class, dog/handlerteams will cement the learning and extend the skills from Beginner Level I.  Skills include: attention, sit/down stay, heel position, heeling/controlled walking, and preparation for Canine Good Citizen class.  Beginner II is generally the prerequisite for CGC, Rally, and agility classes.
Prerequisities:
The prerequisite for Beginner Level II is Beginner Level I or another previous obedience class.
Notes:
None.
 Intermediate Obedience / Intro to Comp 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor(s):
Bill Watson
Starts:
March 16, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
In this intermediate obedience class, dog/handlerteams will cement the learning and extend the skills from Beginner Level II.  Skills include: attention, sit/down stay, heel position, heeling/controlled walking, or other skills depending on the requests from the group.  This class will continue to prepare the dog/handler team for CGC, Rally, and other competition classes.
Prerequisities:
The prerequisite for Intermediate Obedience is Beginner Level I and II, or permission of the intructor.
Notes:
None.
Therapy Dog Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Tuesday
Meeting Time:
6:15 - 7:15 PM
Instructor(s):
P.Quillen/E.Gresham
Starts:
March 15, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
If you are interested in doing any type of therapy dog work in hospitals, nursing homes, or schools, then this class is a must.   Throughout the course, you will learn proper procedures, expectations, and receive the training necessary to be very successful in therapy work.  The class culminates with the opportunity to take the Delta Society Pet Partner evaluation.
Prerequisities:
The prerequisite is a CGC certificate or permission of the Obedience Chair. 
Notes:
No dogs on the first night of class, please.
Rally Advanced Intro - Continuation 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Kimberly Elliott
Starts:
March 16, 2016
Cost:
$105
  Status:
Class Descriptio
Rally Obedience provides an excellent introduction into competition obedience as well as other dog sports as it encourages teamwork and affords an opportunity to strengthen both skills and a good working relationship. Rally Advanced Competition is done off lead.   During this advanced Rally class, you will learn the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Advanced competition and begin to work with your dog off lead.
Prerequisities:
The prerequisites for this class are Knowledge of the Rally Novice signs.
Notes:
Rally Advanced Practice - Continuation 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
5:45 - 6:45 PM
Instructor(s):
Connie Kniseley
Starts:
March 14, 2016
Cost:
$105
  Status:
Class Description:
 During this Advanced Rally Practice class,  you will practice the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Advanced competition.  Both Rally Novice and Advanced sign knowledge are required for this class.
Prerequisities:
Knowledge of Rally Novice and introduced ot Advanced Rally signs are required or permission of the instructor.

Notes: None
Rally Excellent - Continuation 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
4:00 - 5:00  PM
Instructor(s):
Mar-c Milona
Starts:
March 16, 2016
Cost:
$105
  Status:

Class Description:
This class is designed for the team that has completed the Rally Advanced class.  During this Excellent Rally class, you will use the skills previously learned to do pre set Rally Courses.  You will practice the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Excellent .
Prerequisities:
You must have completed an Advanced Rally class previously.

Notes: None
Competition Heeling -  4 Weeks 4 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Saturday
Meeting Time:
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Instructor(s):
Sally Craver
Starts:
Jan 23, 2016
Cost:
$60
Status:
Class Description:
 Heeling is a major part of Obedience and Rally at all levels.  This class will offer methods to teach accurate position and a happy attitude.
Prerequisities:
Notes:
Limit 5 Dog/Handler teams.
Competition Obedience - Open / Utility 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
11:00  - 12:00 NN
Instructor(s):
Sally Craver
Starts:
Jan 6, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
Open Obedience class prepares dog/handler teams to compete in the Open class in AKC obedience competition. Utililty exercises will also be introduced.   
Prerequisities:
In order to apply for this class, you should have a CD on your dog and/or Novice Obedience skills.
Dogs must be reliable off leash.
Previous Open Obedience classes serve as the prerequisite for this class.
Notes:
Limited to 5 Dog/Handler teams

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Canine Musical Freestyle - Building A Routine 7 weeks
Meeting Day:
Sat/Sun - one weekend
Meeting Time:
  TBD - 7 hrs  
Instructor(s):
Mitzi Tinaglia
Starts:
TBD Jan 2016
Cost:
$105
  Status:
Class Description:

This class will concentrate on building (choreographing)  your individual musical routine.  We will build the routine according team's training level of freestyle skills; beginner through advanced.

Prerequisities:
Dogs should have good attention to their handlers.  The dogs should have fluid heel work on both the right and left sides and front work, stationary and mobile.  Teams should have or be training a few moves such as weaves, circles, and pivots. The dogs should be able to work off leada and under handler's control at all times.
Notes:   Free Style will be offered on a weekend and split over 2 days as a 7 hour class.   Dates to be determined.
       
Conformation Handling Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Friday
Meeting Time:
  6:30 to 7:30 PM   
Instructor(s):
Christina Carter
Starts:
March 18, 2016
Cost:
$105
  Status:
Class Description:

Our handling class is designed with owner-handlers in mind and provides basic information for competing in AKC/UKC conformation shows as well as ring procedure, hands-on examinations, and practice time in the ring.

Prerequisities:
None.
Notes:
None.
Introduction to Nose Work  7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Saturday
Meeting Time:
10:15 - 11:15
Instructor(s):
Ann Hogg
Starts:
Jan 9, 2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
K9 Nose Work is a dog training activity designed to develop a dog's natural scenting ability by using her/his curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of toys, food and exercise.  The art and practice of nose work is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Prerequisities:
Dogs must be able to stay quiet in a crate in-between their turns.   No age limit or skill level is required.
Notes:
 Maximum of 8 students.
         
Nosework Intro to Odor - 5 Week Class 5 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Saturday
Meeting Time:
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Instructor(s):
Tammy Vaught/Ann Hogg
Starts:
See Below
Cost:
$75
Class Description:
Prerequisities:
Completion of Intro to Nosework or instructor approval.
Notes:
   
     Dates:  3/26 Tammy Vaught;  4/2, 4/16,4/30,5/7 Ann Hogg
Nose Work - Continuing Odor 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Thursday
Meeting Time:
6:00  - 7:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Ann Hogg
Starts:
March 17,  2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
This is a continuation of Intro to Odor
Prerequisities:
Completion of Intro to Odor
Notes:
Maximum of 8 students.
         
Nosework 1 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Tuesday
Meeting Time:
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Instructor(s):
Ann Hogg
Starts:
March 15,  2016
Cost:
$105
Status:
Class Description:
Canine nosework.
Prerequisities:
This class is for dogs that have completed Intro to Odor or have a Birch ORT and plan to work toward ORT and NW1 Competition.
Notes:  
Nose Work Level 2/3 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Tuesday
Meeting Time:
10:30  - 11:30 AM
Instructor(s):
Ann Hogg
Starts:
March 15,  2016
Cost:
$105

Class Description:
This is a continuation of the first three levels of Nose Work.  Class may meet in different locations each week.
Prerequisities:
Dogs must have their NW 1 Title
Notes:
Maximum of 8 students.
Intermediate Tracking Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
6:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Marilyn Wilson
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:
Class Description:
This class will build on basic tracking skills.   People should have a knowledge of tracking and their dogs should, at minimum, be ready to start corners.
Prerequisities:
 People should have a knowledge of tracking and their dogs should at minimum be ready to start corners.
Notes:
Class to be held at Greenfield Park.
Puppy Performance Class 102     (limited to 7 teams) 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Instructor(s):

              Mitzi Tinaglia
Starts:
Jan 19, 2015
Cost:
$95
Status:
 
   FULL
Class Description:
This class is a continuation of Puppy Performance 101.   It will concentrate on proper tug play, target training, rear end awareness, motivational sits/downs/stands, behaviors on cue and effective reward system. The class will begin to pair the motivational methods foundation in the prior class with the various elements of performance obedience.
Prerequisities:
Should have attended Puppy Performance 101 or have permission from the instructor.
Notes:
Puppies under 18 months are allowed in this class with instructors approval.
Canine Musical Freestyle 7 weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
  6:00 to 7:00 PM   
Instructor(s):
Mitzi Tinaglia
Starts:
Sep 29, 2014
Cost:
$95
  Status:
Class Description:

This class will focus on elements critical to the sport of canine freestyle.  The class will learn effective transitions needed for a graceful and fluid performance and coreography.  Transitions will be applied with various flight pattterns in using floor space effectively.  The element of musicality will be incorporated into choreography plan.

Prerequisities:
Teams should have already taken a previous freestyle class or have at least average or better heeling skills on both the right and left side.
Notes:
Competition AKC Rally - Advanced 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Instructor(s):
Mar-c Milona
Starts:
Jan 5, 2015
Cost:
$95
  Status:
FULL
Class Description:
 Rally Obedience provides an excellent introduction into competition obedience as well as other dog sports as it encourages teamwork and affords an opportunity to strengthen both skills and a good working relationship.  During this ADVANCED  Rally class,  you will practice the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Adv and Rally Adv competition.
Prerequisities:
Attendance in a previous Novice Rally class or knowledge of Novice Rally signs.  Dogs should have good attention to handler and be able to heel for short distances.

Notes: None
Competition Obedience 7 Weeks   
Meeting Day:
Thursday
Meeting Time:
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Instructor(s):
Marilyn Wilson
Starts:
July 24, 2014
Cost:
$95
Status:enrollment
Class Description:
This class is intended to work on the competition level skills required in Novice, Open and Utility.  
Prerequisities:
 In order to apply for this class, you and  your dog should be working on competition obedience skills.
 Dogs must be reliable off leash.'
 Previous Novice Competition classes serve as prerequisites for this class.
Notes:
Class size is limited to 8 dog handler teams.
Wag It Games - Level I 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
TBA
Instructor(s):
TBA
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:
Class Description:
How much fun can you and your dog have in an hour?  Come find out.  The Wag It Games class is designed to build focus, teamwork and skills. Skills include:

Heeling on both sides with lots of twists and turns
No Need For Speed Obstacle Skills - mini tunnels, hoops, scooters, mat games , easy button!
Sniff it - I dentifying and locating food scent

There will be a Mini trial last night of class.
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Prerequisities:
This class is for dogs of all ages with basic manners, Beginner level  1 Obedience or equivalent skills are required.   This class is NOT suitable for reactive dogs.  
Notes:
Here's a look at what classes will be like http://wagitgames.com
Competition AKC Rally - Advanced/Excellent Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Wednesday
Meeting Time:
4:45 - 5:45 PM
Instructor(s):
Mar-c Milona
Starts:
January 8, 2014
Cost:
$95
  Status:
Class Description:
Rally Obedience provides an excellent introduction into competition obedience as well as other dog sports as it encourages teamwork and affords an opportunity to strengthen both skills and a good working relationship.  During this advanced/excellent  Rally class, you will learn the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent competition.
Prerequisities:
The prerequisites for this class are the Rally Novice title or accomplished Rally Novice/Advanced skills, or permission of the instructor.
Notes:
Motivational Rally  7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Thursday
Meeting Time:
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Instructor(s):
Connie Knisely
Starts:
Oct 2, 2014
Cost:
$95
  Status:
Class Description:
This class is for all Rally levels and will focus on encouraging effort and enthusiasm.  Dogs must have good heeling, attention, and know sit and down.  Teams should be working on stand and stay.  We will discuss exercises and answer questions but owners will be expected to read the "rules and regulations"  on their own.  Each week there will be several sequences of 3 or 4 exercises. Ring entry and pre-entry warm ups will be practiced.
Prerequisities:

Notes: None
Competition Obedience - Beg Novice / Novice (Limit 6 Teams) 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
 TBA
Instructor(s):
TBA
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:enrollment
Class Description:
In this class, we will continue working on the skills introduced in Introduction to Competition Obedience I/II  with an emphasis on Beginner Novice, Pre Novice, and regular Novice Obedience skills.  Other levels of competition skills may also be introduced depending on the desires of the group. Basic knowledge of heel position and heeling as well as an on leash stay in all positions (sit,down,stnad) will be assumed.
Prerequisities:
 Intro to Competition Obed 1 and 2, or permission of the instructor.
Notes:
THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 6 STUDENTS
Performance Obedience Components, Novice - Utility 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
12:45 - 1:45 PM
Instructor(s):

              Mitzi Tinaglia
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:
Class Description:
This class is designed for dogs who plan to participate in Competition Obedience.  The class will focus on all elements of competition obedience, novice through utility.   Heeling, sits, downs, stands, stays, retrieves, go outs and jumping will be taught as isolated components using motivational techniques.     
  Prerequisities:

Dogs should have attended Puppy Performance s101 ,102 or have permission from the instructor
Notes:
Dogs come to the first night of class.
Competition AKC Rally - Novice 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Thursday
Meeting Time:
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Kimberly Elliott
Starts:
Oct 8, 2015
Cost:
$95
  Status:
Class Description:
 Rally Obedience provides an excellent introduction into competition obedience as well as other dog sports as it encourages teamwork and affords an opportunity to strengthen both skills and a good working relationship.  During this Rally Novice class,  you will practice the rules, skills, and exercises necessary to be successful in Rally Novice competition.  
Prerequisities:
Dog should have good attention to owner and basic obedience skills or permission of the instructor.

Notes: None
Competition Obedience - Run Thrus Beg Novice thru Utility 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
 TBA
Instructor(s):
TBA
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:enrollment
Class Description:
Two 5-minute run thrus will be allotted to each team.  You may utilize the ring for a complete class run thru with "judge" and stewards or use the ring time to work on a certain exercise of your choice with the aid of the instructor if needed.  The allotted ring time will be timed.  You may separate your two 5-minute ring slots or use them together for a total of 10 minutes.  The remaining teams outside of the ring are encouraged to work on any obedience exercises they choose, serving as distractions for other teams.  
There will be group stays at the end of each  class.  The Group Stays will be divided between Novice 'in sight' Stays and Open 'out f sight' stays, with the petitions in the middle of the ring.
Prerequisities:
 Teams should be working toward obedience titles - Beginner Novice through the advanced classes of Open and Utility.
Notes:
Each session is limited to 5 teams
Wag It Games - Level II - Skilled Division 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
TBA
Instructor(s):
Ann Hogg
Tammy Vaught
Starts:
March 2014
Cost:
$95
Status:
Class Description:
The Wag It Games Level II class will continue adding skills to those already learned in Level I, working on the intermediate level shadow skills and 'no need for speed' obstacle skills.
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Prerequisities:
This class is for dogs that have completed level 1, or at the discretion of the Instructor.  
Notes:
For more information see the website:   http://wagitgames.com
Ring Proofing Class 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
TBA
Instructor(s):
TBA
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:
Class Description:
This class will use distractions and proofing in a 'show like' setting to prepare dogs for the pressure of competition.  The class concentrates on preparation for the show ring: set up,  warm up plan before entering the ring,  showing without food or toys in the ring, and problem solving.  It also covers the rules and regulations pertaining to Obedience.     Group stays, Ring pressure, judge and outside ring distractions will be a part of this class.
Prerequisities:
Students enrolling in this class should be close to showing in Novice, Open or Utility or the Optional Titling Classes now available from AKC.  Or, the dog enrolled must have a CD and be working towards advanced obedience and titles.
Notes:
Class size is limited to 6 dog handler teams.
Competition Obedience - Utility  (Limit 5 Teams) 7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
TBA
Meeting Time:
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Vicky Gillow
Starts:
TBA
Cost:
$95
Status:enrollment
Class Description:
Utility Obedience class introduces the complex behaviors that make up the exercises in this advanced level of obedience.  An introduction will be provided for signal exercises, directed retrieve, directed jumping, scent discrimination, and moving stand depending on the needs of the class members.
Prerequisities:
Dog/Handler teams should be proficient in Open Obedience skills.
Notes:
Preference will be given to CDX titled dogs.
Students will need to purchase/possess properly sized competition utility articles and white utility gloves prior to the class starting (see www.jjdog.com for mentioned items).
Class limit: 5 dog/handler teams.
Canine Good Citizen Class/Evaluation  7 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor(s):
Connie Kniseley
Starts:
Jan 4, 2016
Cost:
$105
          Status:
FULL
Class Description:
CGC class prepares dog/handler teams for AKC’s Canine Good Citizen evaluation.  Basic obedience skills are practiced as well as such real life situations as walking through a crowd, separation from the owner, etc.

For more information about AKC's Canine Good Citizen, CLICK HERE
Prerequisities:
Beginner II level skills are strongly encouraged and serve as the prerequisite for this course.
Notes:
This  is a 7 week class with the CGC evaluation being held in the last week
Intermediate Freestyle  6 Weeks
Meeting Day:
Monday
Meeting Time:
  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Instructor(s):
Connie Kniseley
Starts:
January 6, 2014
Cost:
$90
  Status:
Class Description:

This class will concentrate on various flight paths and design and stationary segments in freestyle choreography.  Emplasis will be given to flow through effective transitions.  Various moves and transitions will be taught using various flight paths and with selected music.

Prerequisities:
Dogs should have appropriate attention to their handlers.  The dogs should have fluid heel work on right and left sides and front work, stationary and mobile.  Teams should have or be training a few moves such as weaves, circles, and pivots.  The dogs should be able to work off lead and under handler's control at all times.
Notes:
Please note, this is a 6 week class.
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