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Advanced Obedience Classes

Sonic and Adele doing the Fast in the obedience ring

Flat-Coated Retriever Sonic and Adele perform a Fast in the obedience ring

All obedience classes are held in the north end of the big building at the rear of the NDT site.

To download a PDF with a flowchart of recommended obedience and agility training classes, see Class Flowchart.

A note about Filled classes. Occasionally, someone drops out of a class, so we maintain waiting lists for filled classes. Your check reserves your space in a class or on a waiting list.

The classes are listed in the approximate sequence we recommend you follow.

If paying by check, please write the section number(s) and your dog(s)'s name on your check. This is a big help for processing registrations.

Are you new to Northfield Dog Training? Please read our screening information.

Upcoming Classes

Advanced Obedience

               
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Fundamentals

Fundamentals

This class is geared towards handlers interested in training for the obedience trial ring. Learn how to: properly use conditioned reinforcers; teach an exercise; use fair corrections. The dogs learn attention, heeling with distractions, quick position changes (sit, down, stand), backing up, and recall games. NOTE: Do not bring your dog the first week.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart class or something equivalent, and a desire to improve your training skills beyond the basic level.

Mon 7:30-8:45 PM Nov 4 Dec 9 $110 Adele 19A65OBFUND 7
  Notes: Maximum of 12 students in the class.
DO NOT bring dogs the first night of class.
You should have taken a puppy kindergarten or other beginner-type obedience class before taking this class. This class is geared towards people interested in showing their dogs in obedience and rally.
Maneuvers

Maneuvers

Continue work on attention, hop, quick position changes. Teach steering commands for improved body awareness (forward, backward, side-step right and left), scoot sits, play running, spins, rhythm heeling and marking. Begin proofing of sit stays.

Prerequisites

Fundamentals or prior approval via screening.

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Nov 4 Dec 9 $100 Adele 19A65OBMAN 5
  Notes: Maximum of 12 in the class.
Come and Stay

Come and Stay

Build on and proof the formal obedience stays: sit stay, down stay, and stand stay. Teach fronts and finishes for formal recalls. You will learn a variety of recall (come command) exercises. Build on heel position maneuvers and Rhythm heeling learned in Maneuvers.

Prerequisites

Maneuvers

Tue 6:30-7:25 PM Nov 5 Dec 10 $100 Adele 19A65OBCS 8
  Notes: Max of 10 in the class.
Introduction to Open

Introduction to Open

We introduce retrieving, jumping, drop on recall, and out-of-sight stays. You will need a dumbbell and jumps to practice with at home. Check with Adele for help with dumbbell sizing. You can also watch this excerpt from the DVD, Totally Fetching: Teaching and Proofing a Reliable Retrieve, that shows you how to fit a dumbbell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdu4XXZdcE0

Prerequisites

Come and Stay

Tue 7:30-8:25 PM Nov 5 Dec 10 $100 Adele 19A65OBOPEN 7
  Notes: Max of 8 students in the class.
Rally Practice

Rally Practice

There will potentially be class every week Adele is in town. She will set up a nested course with levels appropriate for those in attendance for a given week. This is not an introductory type of course, but for those trainers with at least some rally experience who want a chance to practice courses with coaching. Typically, I follow each person through the course on the first run, offering suggestions for how to better perform a station (or more correctly). Because of the set up involved, I need a commitment each week from at LEAST 3 people for me to hold a class in a given week. In order to communicate with potential attendees, I have set up a Facebook group where we can communicate about attendance. If you are interested in attending and would like to be added to the Facebook group, or If you are not on Facebook but are interested in attending, please email me privately. abyunck@gmail.com

Prerequisites

Knowledge of the AKC rally signs at the level of course you are interested in.

Thu 6:30-7:30 PM Jan 11 Dec 17 $100 Adele Rally practice Filled
  Notes: There is class every week Adele is in town AND there are at least 3 people coming to class. Please pay Adele directly so she records your payment in her attendance chart.
You do not have to use the weeks consecutively, just please use them up within 12 class weeks. Cost is $100 for 6 weeks, and $20 as a single-day drop in class.
Please check the Facebook group for class dates.
Depending on who is coming each week, I set up a nested course with all three levels if needed (Novice-Intermediate/Advanced-Excellent). This is not an introductory type of course, but for those trainers with at least some rally experience who want a chance to practice courses with coaching. I follow each person through the course on both run throughs, offering suggestions for how to better perform a station.

Because of the set up involved, I need a commitment each week from at LEAST 3 people for me to hold a class in a given week. In order to communicate with potential attendees, I have set up a Facebook group ("NDT Thu Rally class info") where we can communicate about attendance. If you are interested in attending and would like to be added to the Facebook group, or If you are not on Facebook but are interested in attending, please email me privately @ abyunck@gmail.com.

Novice Practice

Novice Practice

We work on all of the elements of the Novice obedience class, including heeling patterns, Figure 8s, stays and recalls. We also work on beginning jumping, retrieving, and various target games. Sometimes we work on Rally exercises.

Prerequisites

You should have trained at least through Heeling to take this class.

Tue 9:30-10:25 AM Jan 7 Dec 16 $100 Adele Tues Novice Practice  
  Notes: We have a Facebook group "NDT NP & Proofing classes". Please message me if you would like to be added to the group. I will post a message to this Facebook group each Sunday asking who is planning on class for that week. Details are available on the group page. If you are not on Facebook, please email me by Monday at 6:00 PM or Wednesday by noon about your plans.
There is class every week I am in town AND there are at least 3 people coming to class.
Please check the Facebook group for class dates.
Please pay Adele directly so she records your payment in her attendance chart.
Cost is $100 for 6 weeks, and $20 as a single-day drop in class.
You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.
Please use the classes up within 6 months of the first class.
You may use the same class payment to attend the Wednesday evening Novice Practice class.
Open and Utility Proofing

Open and Utility Proofing

We proof several of the advanced (Open/Utility) obedience exercises each week. Utility beginners can get some guidance each week.

Prerequisites

$20/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 4-week card for $60. You may buy an 8-week card for $100. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Wed 7:00-8:30 PM Jan 8 Dec 17 $100 Adele Evening Proofing  
  Notes: Starting May 29, 2019, this class is moving from 7:30 starting time to 7:00 PM.
We have a Facebook group "NDT NP & Proofing classes". Please message me if you would like to be added to the group. I will post a message to this Facebook group each Sunday asking who is planning on class for that week. Details are available on the group page. If you are not on Facebook, please email me by Monday at 6:00 PM or Wednesday by noon about your plans.
There is class every week I am in town AND there are at least 3 people coming to class.
Please check the Facebook group for class dates.
Please pay Adele directly so she records your payment in her attendance chart.
Cost is $100 for 6 weeks, and $20 as a single-day drop in class.
You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.
Please use the classes up within 6 months of the first class.
You may use the same class payment to attend the Tuesday morning proofing class.

Open and Utility Proofing

Open and Utility Proofing

We proof several of the advanced (Open/Utility) obedience exercises each week. Utility beginners can get some guidance each week.

Prerequisites

$20/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 4-week card for $60. You may buy an 8-week card for $100. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Tue 10:30-12:00 PM Jan 7 Dec 17 $100 Adele Tues proofing  
  Notes: We have a Facebook group "NDT NP & Proofing classes". Please message me if you would like to be added to the group. I will post a message to this Facebook group each Sunday asking who is planning on class for that week. Details are available on the group page. If you are not on Facebook, please email me by Monday at 6:00 PM or Wednesday by noon about your plans.
There is class every week I am in town AND there are at least 3 people coming to class.
Please check the Facebook group for class dates.
Please pay Adele directly so she records your payment in her attendance chart.
Cost is $100 for 6 weeks, and $20 as a single-day drop in class.
You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.
Please use the classes up within 6 months of the first class.
You may use the same class payment to attend the Wednesday evening proofing class.

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