SKOC has ongoing classes running from September to May each year.
Our instructors are club members who volunteer to teach the various levels: Baby Puppy, Beginners, Novice, Open and Utility. Please check the Calendar and this page for dates, times and instructors’ contact information for the various classes.
We recommend that you contact the instructor for each class to discuss the equipment that you will need, the exercises that will be taught and the method of instruction. Costs of the class vary according to the length of the course.
Baby Puppy – an introduction for the new puppy and owner. The class focusses on reinforcement using praise, treats or toys. The exercises include attention work, examination by a stranger, stand, down, sit, recalls, targets, and walking on a leash. Puppies must be at least 12 weeks of age, and have had two sets of vaccinations.
Beginner – a class for dogs with limited obedience skills. The exercises taught are those required for a Pre-Novice routine, determined by the Canadian Kennel Club guidelines. All training is done on leash and includes basic Heeling, Sit for Examination, Sit and Down Stays, and Recalls. Dogs are aged 6 months and older and must be completely vaccinated.
Novice – dogs must have had at least 2 Beginner classes, be well focused and able to heel on leash around other dogs and people, with no aggression issues, and be 1 year of age or if slightly younger, handled by an experienced handler that has put Novice obedience titles on other dogs.
Open – is for dogs and trainers who want to learn the exercises needed for a C.D.X. (C.K.C. Companion Dog Excellent title). All exercises are performed off leash and include: Heeling, Figure 8’s, Retrieving on the Flat and over Jumps, the Broad Jump, Change of Positions, Sit and Down Stays with the handlers out of sight.
Utility – for dogs and handlers who are training at the highest obedience level recognized by the C.K.C. Exercises include: Scent Work, Glove Retrieve, Hand Signals, Moving Stand, and Directed Jumping.
Rally classes are held Thursday and Friday at our training centre. Dogs must have basic obedience before registering for a Rally-O class. Rally is a timed event where a handler and dog complete obedience exercises dictated by signs outlined in a course. There are four levels in Rally-O — Novice, Advanced, Excellent and Masters.
In the case of inclement weather, class cancellations will be announced on our Facebook page.
If you would like to be on our mailing list for class dates, or for any other information relating to obedience activities, please visit our Contact Us page to send a request.