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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 Jul 8 Aug 12 $100 Marcia 19107APK Filled
  Notes: 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. Due to one puppy at the last minute can no longer attend we have a space available as of 10AM July 8th morning. You can sign up online or if you have any questions please 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

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 Jul 13 Aug 17 $100 Terry 19E07JSO Filled
  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.
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 Jul 9 Aug 13 $100 Terry 19E07JSOT 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 Jul 10 Aug 14 $100 Terry 19E07JSOW Filled
  Notes: The Jump Start class on Wednesday June 19th is cancelled. We will follow up with everyone in the next couple of days with more information ..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 Jul 13 Aug 17 $100 Terry 19E07AdvJSO Filled
  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.
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 Jul 9 Aug 13 $100 Terry 19E07AdvJSOT 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.

Other

 
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Beginner Scent

Beginner Scent

Stimulate your dog and their brain with the wonderful world of nose work. Our classes will introduce you to scent for competition or as an enjoyable activity with your dog. Either way it is always fun! In Beginner Scent you will learn the basics of why dogs are such amazing scent detectors. You will also learn how to imprint your dog on a specific scent or scents. You will train a formal indication and begin partnering with your dog on simple searches. Finally, you will begin learning the basics of how scent moves in the environment. Dogs need to be comfortable in crate during the class when it is not their turn to be working.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites are a dog that is safe with people and dogs and having a recall is preferred. If your dog is mildly reactive to people, dogs, new things we recommend an evaluation with the instructor.

Mon 4:30-5:25 PM Jul 8 Aug 12 $100 Kathryn 19K45BegScent Filled
  Notes: This class will be held on the obedience side of that larger training building at NDT. For more information or questions on this class please check out the Course Descriptions or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.

Basic Obedience

 
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen

This class runs for 6 weeks, the first 5 weeks outline the 10 exercises for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program and practice these exercises. The last night the CGC evaluation is given. The CGC consists of 10 exercises the illustrate that your dog can be polite in public around other people and dogs. These exercises can be found on the AKC website at www.akc.org.

Prerequisites

We recommend dogs have taken a basic obedience or puppy kindergarten class prior to taking the CGC class.

Thu 6:30-7:25 PM Jul 11 Aug 15 $100 Terry 19E07CGC 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.

Other

   
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Adv Beginner Scent

Adv Beginner Scent

In Advanced Beginner Scent1 you will develop search strategies and learn how best to work more complex scent problems.

Prerequisites

Beginner Scent, here or at another facility. Please contact us with any questions regarding skill level of class.

Mon 2:30-3:25 PM Jul 8 Aug 12 $100 Kathryn 19K45AdvBegScent Filled
  Notes: This class will be held on the obedience side of that larger training building at NDT. For more information or questions on this class please check out the Course Descriptions or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.
Intermediate Scent

Intermediate Scent

Prerequisites

Instructor Approval

Mon 1:00-2:15 PM Jul 8 Aug 12 $110 Kathryn 19K4SIntScent Filled
  Notes: This class will be held on the obedience side of that larger training building at NDT. For more information or questions on this class please check out the Course Descriptions or email info@northfielddogtraining.com.

Advanced Obedience

         
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Intro to Rally Novice workshop

Intro to Rally Novice workshop

This is a one-night, 90-minute Intro to AKC Rally Novice. We will work on as many of the Novice AKC Rally signs as possible. The goal is to familiarize you with the concepts of Rally, which will then allow you to attend the Thursday night Rally Practice class.

Prerequisites

Northfield Dog Training Heeling class or instructor approval.

Tue 6:30-8:00 PM Jul 9 Jul 9 $25 Adele RallyWS 6
  Notes: If you want to attend with your dog, you should have taken at least Adele's Come & Stay class. If you haven't taken that class yet, you are welcome to audit the workshop and attend without your dog. The cost for auditing is $15 and can be paid the night of the workshop. I do need to know you are attending so I can print enough handouts, so please email me at abyunck@gmail.com if you want to audit.
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.
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.

Agility

             
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Intro to Agility - 4 weeks

Intro to Agility - 4 weeks

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 does not 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 have not trained at Northfield before.

Sat 8:30-9:25 AM Jul 20 Aug 17 $80 Terri 19F45AGIntroSat 3
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Basic Obedience like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 8/3/19
Agility 2 -4 weeks

Agility 2 -4 weeks

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 Jul 2 Jul 23 $70 Raissa 19C45AG2 3
  Notes: This class is for students who have done foundation work ( beginning to close weave poles, worked on weave pole entrances, contact behaviors at lower heights , and short sequencing with beginning work on side changes (crosses) . ( Or with permission of instructor)
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 11:30-12:25 PM Jul 20 Aug 31 $85 Terri 19F45AG2SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Intro Agility like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 8/3/19 and 8/24/19
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 Jul 2 Jul 23 $70 Raissa 19C45AGRuns 4
  Notes: This class is for students who have done foundation work ( beginning to close weave poles, worked on weave pole entrances, contact behaviors at lower heights , and short sequencing with beginning work on side changes (crosses) . ( Or with permission of instructor)
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 Jul 20 Aug 31 $85 Terri 19F45AG3SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 2 like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 8/3/19 and 8/24/19
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 12:45-1:40 PM Jul 20 Aug 31 $85 Terri 19F45AG4SAT Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 4 like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 8/3/19 and 8/24/19
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 Jul 20 Aug 31 $85 Terri 19F45AGSkillsSat Filled
  Notes: Dogs need to have taken an Agility 4 like course or Instructor Approval to participate in this class. Please contact us at info@northfielddogtraining.com if you have any questions at all..PLEASE NOTE No Class 8/3/19 and 8/24/19

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