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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

Basic Obedience

           
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten

Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking) and socialize your puppy (puppies get to play with each other during class, how many weeks depends on the makeup of each class) Discussion topics include spaying and neutering, how to handle children and puppies, multi pet households and solving chewing, housebreaking and jumping problems. Please check with your vet as some vets recommend the young puppies to have had the second in the series of distemper vaccinations before attending a group training class but some are fine with them attending after the initial vaccine depending on age, breed and other factors. There is a limit of 2 people per puppy and children need to be 10 to come to the class without a dedicated adult. If you have more then 2 people wanting to come please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com to see if we might have space/room in the class you are attending...

Prerequisites

Puppy must be between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. If you have a larger breed puppy the younger you can start the better! Please email info@northfielddogtraining.com with questions.

Mon 6:00-6:55 PM May 20 Jul 1 $100 Marcia 19105 PK Filled
  Notes: This class is held in the smaller yellow training building and will skip Monday May 27th for the Memorial Day holiday. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Please note your puppy should be between 10 weeks and 16 weeks when the PK class begins. If you have a puppy at the upper age limit and/or one of the much larger breeds/mixes our Jump Start obedience class might be a better fit.
Jumpstart Obedience

Jumpstart Obedience

Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving.

Prerequisites

For these sessions of Jump Start obedience the puppy/dog can be any age. There is no play time for the dogs in this class.

Sat 11:10-12:05 PM Jun 1 Jun 22 $80 Terry 19E05 JSO Filled
  Notes: NOTE this is a 4 WEEK long class versus our normal 6 week session.This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.
Jumpstart Obedience/Evening

Jumpstart Obedience/Evening

Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving. This session of Jump Start is held for a shorter period of time for each class and is taught by Terry Jacobus and is held in the smaller training building.

Prerequisites

For these sessions of Jump Start obedience the puppy/dog can be any age. There is no play time for the dogs in this class.

Tue 6:30-7:25 PM May 28 Jun 18 $80 Terry 19E05 JSOT 3
  Notes: NOTE this is a 4 WEEK long class versus our normal 6 week session. This class is held in the smaller yellow training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.
Jumpstart Obedience/Evening

Jumpstart Obedience/Evening

Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving. This session of Jump Start is held for a shorter period of time for each class and is taught by Terry Jacobus and is held in the smaller training building.

Prerequisites

For these sessions of Jump Start obedience the puppy/dog can be any age. There is no play time for the dogs in this class.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM May 29 Jun 19 $80 Terry 19E05 JSOW 7
  Notes: NOTE this is a 4 WEEK long class versus our normal 6 week session. This class is held in the smaller yellow training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.
Advanced Jumpstart

Advanced Jumpstart

This class will build on the foundation covered in basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. Continued work on the basic commands, loose leash walking, stays with distractions. learning to pass other dogs politely, polite greetings of people.

Prerequisites

Our Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or any basic household obedience class or 6 week puppy training class elsewhere.

Sat 10:00-10:55 AM Jun 1 Jun 22 $80 Terry 19E05 Adv JSO 7
  Notes: NOTE this is a 4 WEEK long class versus our normal 6 week session.This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.
Advanced Jumpstart

Advanced Jumpstart

This class will build on the foundation covered in basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. Continued work on the basic commands, loose leash walking, stays with distractions. learning to pass other dogs politely, polite greetings of people.

Prerequisites

Our Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or any basic household obedience class or 6 week puppy training class elsewhere.

Tue 7:45-8:40 PM May 28 Jun 18 $80 Terry 19E05 AdvJSOT Filled
  Notes: NOTE this is a 4 WEEK long class versus our normal 6 week session. This class is held in the smaller yellow training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.

Advanced Obedience

         
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
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 the 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.
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.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Jan 8 Dec 17 $100 Adele Weds 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 Tuesday morning 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 7:30-9:00 PM Jan 8 Dec 17 $100 Adele Evening 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 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.

Agility

             
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Agility 2

Agility 2

We continue to work on the obedience control needed for agility and build on the foundation work started in Intro to Agility. We will introduce the various ways to change sides (including front and rear crosses), start to build the number of obstacles in a sequence, introduce different jump sequences, build on contact obstacle performance, still at lowered heights, and build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Tue 6:00-6:55 PM May 14 Jun 18 $100 Raissa 19C35AG2 Filled
Agility 2 - 5 week

Agility 2 - 5 week

We continue to work on the obedience control needed for agility and build on the foundation work started in Intro to Agility. We will introduce the various ways to change sides (including front and rear crosses), start to build the number of obstacles in a sequence, introduce different jump sequences, build on contact obstacle performance, still at lowered heights, and build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 9:00-9:55 AM May 18 Jun 22 $85 Terri 19F35AG2SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Intro to Agility like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS 6/15/19 INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED
Agility Run Thrus and Course Analysis

Agility Run Thrus and Course Analysis

This class is for students who are running all or parts of a course with closed weave poles and full height contacts. We will take turns running a course and discussing handling options, in order to find what works best for your team. All levels welcome. Everyone will get equal time to work the course.

Prerequisites

Instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Tue 7:15-8:10 PM May 14 Jun 18 $100 Raissa 19C35Runthrus 4
Agility 3 - 5 weeks

Agility 3 - 5 weeks

We continue to build on the skills learned in Intro to Agility and Agility 2. We will expand on the number of obstacles in sequences (4-6 with side changes, 6-8 without), expand on the types of jump sequences, build contacts to full height for the dogs that are > 12 months old, strengthen contact obstacle performance, and continue to build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 12:45-1:40 PM May 18 Jun 22 $85 Terri 19F25AG3SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 2 like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS 6/15/19 INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED
Agility 3 - 5 weeks

Agility 3 - 5 weeks

We continue to build on the skills learned in Intro to Agility and Agility 2. We will expand on the number of obstacles in sequences (4-6 with side changes, 6-8 without), expand on the types of jump sequences, build contacts to full height for the dogs that are > 12 months old, strengthen contact obstacle performance, and continue to build on weave pole performance, with gradually narrowing channel weaves and 2x2s for reliable entrances. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 2:00-2:55 PM May 18 Jun 22 $85 Terri 19F35AG3SAT2 Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 2 like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS 6/15/19 INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED
Agility 4 - 5 weeks

Agility 4 - 5 weeks

We continue to build on the skills learned in Intro to Agility, Agility 2 and Agility 3. We will expand on the number of obstacles in sequences (8-10 with side changes), build contacts to full height for the dogs that are > 12 months old, strengthen contact obstacle performance, and continue to build on weave pole performance, with the goal of completely closed weaves and independent entries. Students are expected to have weave poles at home with which to practice.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that does not roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 3 or instructor approval. Screening required if you have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 11:30-12:25 PM May 18 Jun 22 $85 Terri 19F35AG4SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 4 like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS 6/15/19 INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED
Agility Skills 5 weeks

Agility Skills 5 weeks

This class focuses on handling skills, building weaving skills, and building contact obstacle sills with emphasis on two-on-two-off contact performance. We build to working a full course of 13-15 obstacles. This is a great course for the 1st-time handler.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of all agility obstacles; comfortable on full height contact equipment; ability to perform short obstacle sequences consistently; working at least 6 weave poles.

Sat 10:15-11:10 AM May 18 Jun 22 $85 Terri 19F35AGSkillsSat 1
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 4 like course to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 6/15/19

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