Northfield Dog Training • 3676 W. Ellsworth Rd. • Ann Arbor, MI 48103 • 734-995-7200 • Email us only search NDT site

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May 2022:

2022 COVID Information: Here is some important information for you to know about:

We are requiring ALL students and our staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be able to come to an in-person class. Students must show their card to a staff member BEFORE entering the building for their first class.

We have lifted our masking requirement, at least for now, but you may certainly continue to wear one.

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.

Current Classes

Basic Obedience

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

Puppy Kindergarten

Learn how to build a solid relationship with your new puppy and a good foundation for future dog sports. Develop skills for maintaining your puppy’s attention. Teach basic obedience cues (come, sit, down, stay, and loose-leash walking). Socialize your puppy to a new environment and other dogs and people (puppies will actually get to play with each other during or after at least one or two of the classes, how often depends on the makeup of each class). Discussion topics will vary depending on each group’s needs and interests, but can include how to handle children and puppies; potty training; coping with multi-pet households; solving chewing, housebreaking and jumping problems; and non-medical questions about spaying and neutering and basic care. Please check with your vet as some vets recommend that young puppies should 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.

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 5:45-6:40 PM May 16 Jul 11 $150 Kathryn 22K05PK Filled
  Notes: This class will skip 5/30, 6/13, and 7/4.You will need to bring a mat** to class. We will be doing some crate work, so if you have one, plan on bringing it to class at least part of the time. If your puppy is active and likes to bark, bring something to occupy them during down time. You will need lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats (this is from the dog’s perspective; they should love what they are getting). Dogs must be worked on either a buckle or martingale collar, or a harness.

** A mat is some sort of dog bed. If you do not have a dog bed at this time, you can use a bath mat or even a towel to get started—although we would encourage you to get a bed specifically for your dog.

Puppies must be between 10 weeks and 4 months when class starts.
Jumpstart Obedience

Jumpstart Obedience

This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in 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.

Thu 11:00-11:55 AM Mar 31 May 12 $150 Kathryn 22K03JSO3 Filled
  Notes: This class will skip April 28th. You will need to bring a mat** to class. We will be doing some crate work, so if you have one, plan on bringing it to class at least part of the time. If your puppy is active and likes to bark, bring something to occupy them during down time You will need lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats (this is from the dog’s perspective; they should love what they are getting). Dogs must be worked on either a buckle or martingale collar, or a harness.

** A mat is some sort of dog bed. If you do not have a dog bed at this time, you can use a bath mat or even a towel to get started—although we would encourage you to get a bed specifically for your dog.
Jumpstart Obedience

Jumpstart Obedience

This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in 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.

Tue 4:30-5:25 PM May 17 Jul 12 $150 Kathryn 22K05JSO1 Filled
  Notes: This class will skip 5/31, 6/14 and 7/5.
This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in basic problem solving.
Jumpstart Obedience

Jumpstart Obedience

This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in 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.

Tue 5:45-6:40 PM May 17 Jul 12 $150 Kathryn 22K05JSO2 Filled
  Notes: Notes: This class will skip 5/31, 6/14 and 7/5. This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in basic problem solving.
Jumpstart Obedience

Jumpstart Obedience

This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in 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.

Thu 11:00-11:55 AM May 19 Jul 14 $150 Kathryn 22K05JSO3 Filled
  Notes: This class will skip 6/2, 6/16 and 7/7. This class focuses on teaching dogs basic skills for everyday life and on laying a solid foundation for more advanced training. It also teaches handlers how to communicate effectively with their dogs and engage in basic problem solving.
Advanced Jumpstart

Advanced Jumpstart

This class builds on the foundations covered in the basic Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten classes, focusing on developing the following skills: fluent loose-leash walking, parking and other “hanging out” politely behaviors, and passing other dogs and people politely. This class also begins building behaviors necessary for most dog sports such as a solid recall and learning to hold a stay in the presence of distractions.

Prerequisites

Our in person Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or permission of the Instructor.

Tue 7:00-7:55 PM May 17 Jul 12 $150 Kathryn 22K05AdvJSO Filled
  Notes: This class will skip 5/31, 6/14/ and 7/5..This class builds on the foundations covered in our in-person Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten classes, focusing on developing the following skills: fluent loose-leash walking, parking and other “hanging out” politely behaviors, and passing other dogs and people politely. This class also begins building behaviors necessary for most dog sports such as a solid recall and learning to hold a stay in the presence of distractions. . Prerequisites of this class are our in person Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or permission of the Instructor

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. You will need to bring a crate to class, and your dog should be comfortable with waiting in their crate during the class when it is not their turn to be working. You will also need to bring lots of high-value treats for your dog.

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 1:00-1:55 PM May 16 Jul 11 $150 Kathryn 22K05BegScent Filled
  Notes: NOTE:This class will meet on May 16, May 23, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 11 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. We will be keeping waiting lists for these classes, please email info@northfielddogtraining.com for additional information. We are also looking into the possibility of adding another session so if you are interested please just let us know...
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 May 16 Jul 11 $150 Kathryn 22K05AdvBegScent Filled
  Notes: NOTE:This class will meet on May 16, May 23, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 11 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.
We will be keeping waiting lists for these classes, please email info@northfielddogtraining.com for additional information. We are also looking into the possibility of adding another session so if you are interested please just let us know...
Intermediate Scent

Intermediate Scent

In intermediate scent you will continue to develop your search strategies and handling skills while working on increasingly complex scent problems.

Prerequisites

Instructor Approval

Mon 4:00-5:15 PM May 16 Jul 11 $150 Kathryn 22K05IntScent Filled
  Notes: NOTE:This class will meet on May 16, May 23, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 11 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.
We will be keeping waiting lists for these classes, please email info@northfielddogtraining.com for additional information. We are also looking into the possibility of adding another session so if you are interested please just let us know...
Intermediate Scent

Intermediate Scent

In intermediate scent you will continue to develop your search strategies and handling skills while working on increasingly complex scent problems.

Prerequisites

Instructor Approval

Thu 9:30-10:45 AM May 19 Jul 14 $150 Kathryn 22K05ThurIntScent 1
  Notes: NOTE:This class will skip June 2, June 16 and July 7. This class requires instructor approval. If you are interested please email info@northfielddogtraining.com to get you in touch with the instructor You will need to bring a crate to class and, if necessary, something to occupy your dog in the crate between turns, such as a snuffle mat or a chew. You will also need lots of high-value treats (this is from the dog’s perspective; they should love what they are getting). Dogs must be worked on either a buckle or martingale collar, or a harness. Correction collars are not permitted. Although we will be working off leash most of the time, you should have a long line for on leash work (12 to 18 ft is fine).

Advanced Obedience

       
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
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. $25/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 6-week card for $120. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Thu 7:15-8:10 PM May 20 Dec 15 $120 Adele Thurs 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 Thursday 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 $120 for 6 weeks, and $25 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.

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. $25/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 6-week card for $120. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Tue 11:45-12:40 PM May 4 Dec 15 $120 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 Thursday 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 $120 for 6 weeks, and $25 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

$25/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 6-week card for $120. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Thu 6:00-7:00 PM May 20 Dec 15 $120 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 Thursday 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 $120 for 6 weeks, and $25 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

$25/week drop-in fee. You may buy a 6-week card for $120. You do not have to use the weeks consecutively.

Tue 10:30-11:30 AM Apr 6 Dec 15 $120 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.
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 $120 for 6 weeks, and $25 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 Thursday evening proofing class.

Agility

               
Course Day Time Start Date End Date Cost Instructor Section Spaces Left
Intro to Agility Handling Skills

Intro to Agility Handling Skills

We work on basic handling skills for control needed for the agility course. 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

Intro to Agility Obstacles or instructor approval.

Tue 6:45-7:40 PM Jun 7 Jul 19 $120 Terri 22F06AGIntoHanding Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Intro to Agility like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 7/5/22
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 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.

Thu 6:45-7:40 PM Jun 2 Jul 21 $120 Terri 22F06AG3Thur Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 2 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 6/16/22 and 7/14/22
Agility 4

Agility 4

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.

Tue 5:30-6:25 PM Jun 7 Jul 19 $120 Terri 22F06AG4Tue Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 3 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 7/5/22
Agility Skills

Agility Skills

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.

Thu 5:30-6:25 PM Jun 2 Jul 21 $120 Terri 22F06AGSKThur Filled
  Notes: Dogs and Handlers need to have taken an Agility 4 like courses or have instructor approval to participate in this class.
No Class 6/16/22 and 7/14/22
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Mon 7:00-7:55 PM May 16 Jun 27 $120 Rita 22D05AGEMCOM 1
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS MAY 30TH 2022
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 2:30-3:25 PM May 18 Jun 29 $120 Rita 22D05AGEMCOM 1
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS JUNE 1ST 2022
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 4:00-4:55 PM May 18 Jun 29 $120 Rita 22D05AGEMCOM Filled
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS JUNE 1ST 2022
Competition Agility

Competition Agility

COMPETITION CLASS ONLY! This class is geared towards the Excellent/Master level in Agility. A combination class offering course walk through analysis, learning how to set lines for jump sequences, and distance work, including problem solving and proofing, contacts, start line stays, motivation and attention. We will discuss all options for running the course, which is most efficient and which is best for the team.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Excellent/Master Agility level. Must be screened by Instructor/Co-Instructor prior to class acceptance. If interested Please email ndtshannon@gmail.com Must have at least 3 students for class to be held.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM May 18 Jun 29 $120 Rita 22D05AGEMCOM Filled
  Notes: Excellent/ Master level only NO CLASS JUNE 1ST 2022

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