Classes

SKOC has ongoing classes running from September to end of April each year.   On occasion, there may be another class available.

Our classes, especially due to SHA Covid19 restrictions on number of handlers allowed in building at one time, fill up very quickly – often before schedules are known or instructors coordinated.  We do keep waiting lists during the fall to spring.   Many times we are in need of creating classes to accommodate the requests and therefore classes do not get advertised and starting dates stagger due to length of classes and type of class.   Our apologies in advance.

Instructors are SKOC club members who volunteer to teach the various levels of Obedience and all are experienced at the level they are instructing.  Our most popular classes are Puppy and Beginners.  Introduction Skills for Obedience and Rally and/or Competitive Obedience are available when class openings arise or time and space can accommodate new requests.

Please contact .. Obedience Director at email address found on bottom of page if you wish to find out approximate starting dates of the class you are interested in.   Our volunteer instructors are not able to keep lists over the summer months for fall classes.

PUPPY – For Puppies 12 weeks to under six months.  An introduction for the new puppy and owner.  The class focuses on reinforcement using praise, treats or toys in a safe socially-controlled environment. The exercises may include attention work, meeting stranger, stand, down, sit, informal recalls, going to place, a start on staying in a sit or down with introduction to manners when walking on a leash.  Puppies must have two sets of vaccinations.   Classes are usually SIX or SEVEN WEEKS in duration.  
BEGINNER – Six Months and Over.  A class for dogs with limited obedience skills. The exercises taught are those required for a Pre-Novice Level determined by the Canadian Kennel Club guidelines. All training is done on leash and includes basic Heeling, Sit for Examination, Recalls and Sit/Down Stays.   Up-to-date Vaccinations are required.  Classes are usually EIGHT Weeks in duration.
 
PERFORMANCE SKILLS &/or NOVICE OBEDIENCE – this class is targeted at dogs and handlers who will participate in CKC Competitive Obedience and/or Rally Obedience in future.  Basic Obedience – puppy or beginner class – is required.   Instructor(s) will work with dogs who are honing their skills for trials in Obedience (PCD & CD titles) and basic skills that are required for Obedience and Rally – examples are Fronts, Finishes, Power Starts for Heeling, Sit/Stand Examinations, Sit and Down Stays, Informal and Formal Recalls, fine tuning handling skills and basic heeling around cones, objects and focus working around others.  Up-to-Date Vaccinations are required.   This class runs for approximately SIX weeks (depends on time frame for instructors) but will not run throughout the year, only when available instructors, building availability and/or five or more students. 

 

 

COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCEOPEN & UTILITY – at this time we do not have a formal class(es) but have members training young dogs towards these levels.    These classes may be offered if there is more interest than three handler/dog teams.   Must be Novice Trial Ready or obtained Novice Titles on current dog, OR previously trained dogs to Utility levels and are working multiple levels at one time.   Please inquire if interested to ribbon2sweet@gmail.com   Space and time would need to be arranged if enough interest is shown.  Up-to-Date vaccinations will be required as per CKC rules.

SKOC Instructor has trained multiple dogs from Obedience Trial Championships, Obedience Trial Champion Excellent to Master Obedience Trial Championships with multiple High In Trials and also trialled to Rally Master title

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UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2021 – all classes are FULL. 

There may be puppy class on a week night in May.  See below for contact info.   Class bookings for fall class schedules will not be accepted until mid-August.   Our volunteer instructors have had a very busy year and are taking time off.  Thank you for your understanding.
CONTACT FOR CLASS INFO:   
Please contact ONE of the following 
FOR PUPPY CLASSES:   No Classes at this time

No Registrations accepted until mid-August 2021 when fall classes will be announced

FOR BEGINNER CLASSES:   No Classes at this time

No Registrations accepted until mid-August 2021 when fall classes will be announced

FOR COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE INQUIRIES ONLY (Novice thru Utility) OR PERFORMANCE SKILLS CLASSES:   ribbon2sweet@gmail.com
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In the case of inclement weather, class cancellations may be announced  on our Facebook page when time allows or contact your instructor.

 

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