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 our Obedience Directors at email found at bottom of page to find out approximate starting dates of the class you are interested in.
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 – 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. Level of participants will vary which is good for younger dogs/handlers to observe and work around. Up-to-Date Vaccinations are required. This class runs for SIX weeks.
Skills Class is currently full and registration of new dogs will be taken when there are openings. It is an ongoing journey for many dogs and those in class currently will have first choice to continue. We do NOT teach Rally signs, only the entry level skills that are required for performance events and recommend students participate in SKOC Rally Classes when they obtain some of the required skills.
COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE – OPEN & UTILITY – at this time we do not have a formal class(es) but have members training young dogs towards these levels. SKOC Instructors available have trained multiple dogs from Obedience Trial Championships, Obedience Trial Champion Excellent to Master Obedience Trial Championships with multiple High In Trials. 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 email@example.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.
CONTACT FOR CLASS INFO:
Please contact ONE of the following
FOR PUPPY CLASSES: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR BEGINNER CLASSES: email@example.com
FOR COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE (Novice thru Utility) OR PERFORMANCE SKILLS CLASSES: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the case of inclement weather, class cancellations may be announced on our Facebook page when time allows or contact your instructor.