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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 6:30-7:25 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Kathryn 20102BPK 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.Please note your puppy should be between 10 weeks and 16 weeks when the Puppy Kindergarten class begins.

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.

Tue 7:30-8:45 PM Mar 3 Apr 7 $110 Adele 20A25OBFUND 6
  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.

Tue 6:30-7:25 PM Mar 3 Apr 7 $100 Adele 20A25OBMAN 9
  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

Mon 7:30-8:25 PM Mar 2 Apr 6 $100 Adele 20A25OBCS 9
  Notes: Max of 10 in the class.
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

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Mar 2 Apr 6 $100 Adele 20A25OBHEEL 2
  Notes: Maximum of 8 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 6 months of the first class. 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 Masters course at 5:15 PM and a nested course with all three levels if needed (Novice-Intermediate/Advanced-Excellent) at 6:30. 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 20 $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 7:30-8:25 PM Jan 8 Dec 20 $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 6:00-7:30 PM Jan 8 Dec 20 $100 Adele Evening Proofing  
  Notes: Starting November, 2019, this class is moving from 6:30 starting time to 6:00 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 20 $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 Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 3:30-4:25 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF 2
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 8:00-8:55 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 3:30-4:25 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 5:00-5:55 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF 2
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF 2
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Wed 8:00-8:55 PM Feb 26 Apr 1 $100 Rita 20D25AGPROOF Filled
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.
Agility Proofing

Agility Proofing

Are you having problems with contacts, start lines, wide turns, motivation, attention, etc? This is a combination class offering problem solving and proofing. This class will also include back side jumps, learning how to set line for jumping sequences and more advanced distance work. Course walk-through work and course analysis is an important component of the class. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats. All dogs must be crated while walking the course (No crates available) Please bring one.

Prerequisites

Competition class ONLY. Must be screened by Instructor, prior to class acceptance. All obstacles are at full height. 12 independent weave poles fully closed. Sequencing 7 obstacles or more in a row.

Mon 5:00-5:55 PM Feb 24 Mar 30 $100 Rita 20D25SGPROOF 1
  Notes: Competition minded classes. Instructor Approval is required, please contact Rita at NDTRITA@gmail.com for class availability and/or to be put on a wait list.

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