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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. Children are welcome, in PK class if under 7 the child must have a dedicated adult with them, plan on bringing some quiet toys in case they get bored. Children must be seated during the loose play time and please ask owners permission before petting other puppies.

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 7:00-7:55 PM May 1 Jun 12 $100 Marcia 17105A PK Filled
  Notes: This class will skip May 29th for the Memorial Day holiday. 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

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

Puppy Kindergarten or dog must be older than 4.5 months

Sat 11:00-11:55 AM May 13 Jun 17 $100 Terry 17E205 JSO Filled
  Notes: NOTE: This class will be meeting on May 27th over the Memorial Day weekend... 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 9 Jun 13 $100 Terry 17E05 JSOT Filled
  Notes: 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 10 Jun 14 $100 Terry 17E05 JSOW Filled
  Notes: 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
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 May 1 Jun 26 $110 Adele 17A35OBFUND Filled
  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.
Class will meet on May 1, 8, 22 and June 12, 19. 26.

Basic Obedience

 
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
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 May 13 Jun 17 $100 Terry 17E05 Adv JSO Filled
  Notes: NOTE: This class will be meeting on May 27th over the Memorial Day weekend... 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 Obedience

               
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
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 May 1 Jun 26 $100 Adele 17A35OBMAN 8
  Notes: Maximum of 12 dogs in the class.
Class will meet on May 1, 8, 22 and June 12, 19. 26.
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 7:30-8:25 PM May 2 Jun 20 $100 Adele 17A35OBCS 6
  Notes: Maximum of 10 dogs in the class.
Class will meet on May 2, 9, 23, 30 and June 13, 20.
Heeling

Heeling

Learn the remaining components of heeling for the ring, including circles, figure 8s, pace changes, halts, and turns. Handler footwork is also an important component.

Prerequisites

Come and Stay

Tue 6:30-7:25 PM May 2 Jun 20 $100 Adele 17A35OBHeel 4
  Notes: Maximum of 8 dogs in the class.
Class will meet on May 2, 9, 23, 30 and June 13, 20.
Rally Practice

Rally Practice

There will potentially be class every week Iím in town. I 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, Iíve 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 Apr 23 Dec 17 $100 Adele Rally practice Filled
  Notes: There is class every week Iím 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 don't 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-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 first run through, 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, Iíve 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.

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'd 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 Iím 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 don't 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'd 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 Iím 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 don't 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'd 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 Iím 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 don't 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'd 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 Iím 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 don't 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
Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

We work on basic obedience control needed for agility (attention, hand touch, come, stay, spins both directions, target work) and introduce the dogs to all of the different obstacles seen on an agility course, at safely lowered heights. Your dog needs to be comfortable being held by the instructor or assistant, and to have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Thu 5:00-5:55 PM May 4 Jun 8 $100 Karen 17B35IntroThur Filled
  Notes: Maximum of 8 in the class. Dogs must have previously taken Puppy Kindergarten, Beginning Obedience, or equivalent obedience type class. Bring plenty of soft treats & a toy that doesn't squeak or roll. Please No open toed shoes.
Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

We work on basic obedience control needed for agility (attention, hand touch, come, stay, spins both directions, target work) and introduce the dogs to all of the different obstacles seen on an agility course, at safely lowered heights. Your dog needs to be comfortable being held by the instructor or assistant, and to have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 1:15-2:10 PM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AGIntro2Sat 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. This class requires dogs have taken a 6 week or equivalent basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten like class... PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

We work on basic obedience control needed for agility (attention, hand touch, come, stay, spins both directions, target work) and introduce the dogs to all of the different obstacles seen on an agility course, at safely lowered heights. Your dog needs to be comfortable being held by the instructor or assistant, and to have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive.
Equipment: 4-6 ft cloth or leather leash, flat collar, treat bag, lots of small soft treats, toy that doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 12:00-12:55 PM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AGIntroSat 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. This class requires dogs have taken a 6 week or equivalent basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten like class... PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
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 2x2ís 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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Tue 6:15-7:10 PM May 9 Jun 13 $100 Raissa 17C35AG2 7
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 2x2ís 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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 9:00-9:55 AM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AG2 4
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. Dogs need to have taken in an Intro to Agility like course to participate in this class. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.. PLEASE NOTE The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8
Agility 3

Agility 3

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 2x2ís 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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Tue 7:30-8:25 PM May 9 Jun 13 $100 Raissa 17C35AG3 4
Agility 3

Agility 3

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 2x2ís 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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Sat 10:00-10:55 AM May 13 Jul 8 $100 Terri 17F35AG3 5
  Notes: This class is held in the larger training building. If you have any questions please call 734-995-7200 or email info@northfielddogtraining.com. 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 The dates for this class will be 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 7/8

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