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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.

Current 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 Mar 20 Apr 24 $100 Marcia 17103 PK Filled
  Notes: This class is for puppies between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. 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. If you have young children please read our Course Description for the guidelines for them attending Puppy Kindergarten classes. Due to the snowstorm on March 13, the start date was pushed to March 20 and the ending date to 4/24.
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 6:00-6:55 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Marcia 17104 PK Filled
  Notes: This class is for puppies between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. 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. If you have young children please read our Course Description for the guidelines for them attending Puppy Kindergarten classes.
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 Mar 18 Apr 22 $100 Terry 17E203 JSO Filled
  Notes: NOTE: Class was cancelled for March 11th due to a power outage. Class will resume on March 18th.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
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 6:30-7:45 PM Feb 27 Apr 17 $110 Adele 17A25OBFUND 6
  Notes: 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.

Maximum of 12 dogs in the class.
No class 3/27. Since we had to cancel class on 3/13 due to the snow storm, the ending date is extended to 4/17.

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 Mar 18 Apr 22 $100 Terry 17E03 Adv JSO Filled
  Notes: NOTE: Class was cancelled for March 11th due to a power outage. Class will resume on March 18th. 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
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 7:45-8:40 PM Feb 27 Apr 17 $100 Adele 17A25OBHEEL 5
  Notes: Max of 8 students in the class.
No class 3/27. Since we had to cancel class on 3/13 due to the snow storm, the ending date is extended to 4/17.
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.

Sat 1:00-1:55 PM Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AGIntro2Sat 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. 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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AGintroSat 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. 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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 10:00-10:55 AM Mar 4 Apr 29 $100 Terri 17F25AG2 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. 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 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
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 doesn't roll or squeak, and sensible shoes in which handler can run.

Prerequisites

Agility 3 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Thu 12:30-1:25 PM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AG4Thur 7
  Notes: Maximum of 8 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
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 11:00-11:55 AM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AGSkillsThu Filled
  Notes: Maximum of 10 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
Novice Agility Handling

Novice Agility Handling

This class will focus on handling skills, learning how to front cross, rear cross, and blind cross. Building weave skills with channeled weaves, and building contact obstacle criteria (2o2o, 4 on the floor, running). Team will continue to work on running a full course of 13-15 obstacles. Proofing will be introduced focusing on start line stays, contacts, and weaving. In addition to attention and motivation.

Prerequisites

Agility 4 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before.

Mon 6:30-7:25 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NAH Filled
  Notes: Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Novice Agility Ring Prep

Novice Agility Ring Prep

This is a competition class for teams preparing to, or competing at the Novice level for any venue (AKC, CPE, NADAC,USDAA). This class focuses on the team. Handler-Dog teams will be given course challenges each week based on a certain skill and course feature. This class works on how to best maneuver a course and its challenges as a team. Each week will be a different challenge. We will discus all options for running the course, which is most efficient, and which is best for the team. Dogs are expected to be able to safely and consistently perform all agility obstacles and be able to weave 12 weave poles.
Limit of 6 dogs and handlers. Bring toys, treats, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Must have completed Novice Agility Handling or Agility 4, or have instructor approval.

Mon 8:00-8:55 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NRP 2
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Novice/Open Level. 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competiting at the Novice/Open Level. Instructor approval required.

Thu 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 13 Jun 1 $100 Karen 17B35AGComp1Thu 3
  Notes: Maximum of 6 in the class. No Class April 20, 27
Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Novice/Open Level. 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competiting at the Novice/Open Level. Instructor approval required.

Mon 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35NOPSP Filled
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. 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 he 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 3:30-4:25 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35AGPSP 1
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Advanced Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Advanced Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. 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 he 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 6:30-7:25 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35APSP Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY.
Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. 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 he 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 5:00-5:55 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35EXPS Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Masters Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Masters Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY. Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. 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 he 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Wed 8:00-8:55 PM Apr 12 May 17 $100 Rita 17D35MPSP Filled
  Notes: Rita' s Wednesday, April 26th 2017 agility classes are cancelled due to an emergency. Competition class only.
Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.
Open/Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Open/Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing

Competition class ONLY. Must be competing at the Open/Excellent Level. 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 he 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, and a pill bottle with a lid that fits in your hand.

Prerequisites

Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required.

Mon 5:00-5:55 PM Apr 10 May 15 $100 Rita 17D35OEPSP 4
  Notes: Competition class only.
Instructor approval required. Bring lots of treats and dog's favorite toy.

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