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To download a PDF with a flowchart of recommended obedience and agility training classes, see Class Flowchart.

Advanced Obedience

Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Fundamentals 6 75 mins Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart class or something equivalent, and a desire to improve your training skills beyond the basic level. 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.
Competition Puppy Obedience 6 55 mins Trainer has earned at least some kind of title on at least one previous dog. This will be an on-going class, starting November 2015, with puppies trained by experienced trainers. We will work on a variety of skills for competition-bound pups, starting with skills from Adele's Fundamentals class and advancing from there.
Tricks for Strength 6 25 mins Fundamentals or knowledge of training with food and a dog under reasonable control around other dogs. This class will explore ways to build strength in your dog through a variety of tricks, such as beg, crawl, spin, back up, side pass, and position changes. This is a treat heavy class, so plan accordingly.
Tricks Circuit 6 25 mins Tricks for Strength We'll do a 25 minute dog exercise circuit, starting with warming up, then doing the circuit of 8 different stations whose order will vary from week to week, finishing with some stretching. Dress for exercise and bring lots of treats!
Maneuvers 6 55 mins Fundamentals or prior approval via screening. 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.
Intro to Retrieving 6 25 mins Fundamentals or prior approval via screening. Start or continue teaching your dog to retrieve a dumbbell. You need to provide your own dumbbell. If you need help with sizing for your dog, please see Adele before the class starts. You can also watch this excerpt from the DVD on teaching dogs to retrieve (Totally Fetching: Teaching and Proofing a Reliable Retrieve) that shows you how to fit a dumbbell.
Come and Stay 6 55 mins Maneuvers 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.
Heeling 6 55 mins Come and Stay 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.
Novice Ring Prep 6 55 mins Heeling or equivalent or prior approval via screening. Work on building the pieces of heeling into full ring patterns, in preparation for the Novice obedience class. We also work on Stays and Recalls.
Rally 1 6 55 mins Heeling Rally Obedience combines many elements of competition obedience with the variability and more relaxed atmosphere of agility. We will discuss the structure of a Rally course and learn all of the AKC Novice stations. We will practice a course each week, progressing to longer ones as the class goes along.
Rally Intro 1 55 mins Heeling class. This is a one week introduction to Rally.
Intro to Rally Novice workshop 1 90 mins Adele's Heeling class or instructor approval. 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.
Rally Novice Practice 3 55 mins Rally 1 We will practice courses made up of the AKC Rally Novice signs.
Rally 2 6 55 mins Rally 1 or understanding of all of the AKC Novice signs. Build on skills learned in Rally 1. You will learn how to do all of the AKC Advanced signs, and practice on courses with signs from Advanced and Novice.
This and That 6 55 mins Dogs should be working at the Novice obedience level. 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.
Intro to Retrieving and Drop on Recall 3 55 mins Come and Stay. Dog should be able to down on voice or hand signal. Start teaching your dog to retrieve a dumbbell or build on retrieving skills you already taught your dog, and start to teach the Open Drop on Recall. You need to provide your own dumbbell. If you need help with sizing for your dog, please see Adele before the class starts.
Rally Advanced Practice 6 55 mins Rally 2 or knowledge of all of the AKC Novice and Advanced signs. We will practice courses made up of the AKC Rally Novice and Advanced signs.
Rally 3 6 55 mins Rally 2 or understanding of all of the AKC Novice and Advanced signs. We will cover how to do all of the AKC Excellent signs, and practice on courses each week with signs from all levels.
Introduction to Open 6 55 mins Come and Stay We introduce retrieving, jumping, drop on recall, and out-of-sight stays. You will need a dumbbell and jumps to practice with at home. Check with Adele for help with dumbbell sizing. You can also watch this excerpt from the DVD, Totally Fetching: Teaching and Proofing a Reliable Retrieve, that shows you how to fit a dumbbell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdu4XXZdcE0
Rally Practice 6 60 mins Knowledge of the AKC rally signs at the level of course you are interested in. There will potentially be class every week I’m 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, I’ve 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
Intro to Open (3 week) 3 45 mins Come and Stay We will work on as many of the Open exercises as possible in the 3 weeks.
Retrieving and Directed Retrieve 6 25 mins Come and Stay Build on the retrieve skills of your dog and start the Utility Directed Retrieve (glove exercise). You need to provide your own dumbbell. If you need help with sizing for your dog, please see Adele before the class starts.
Utility Signals 6 25 mins Come and Stay Introduction to Utility Signals.
Directed Jumping 3 55 mins Come and Stay Introduce all of the components of the Utility Directed Jumping exercise.
Broad Jump & Directed Retrieve 6 25 mins Come and Stay Introduce the Open Broad Jump and Utility Directed Retrieve (Glove exercise).
Retrieving and Directed Jumping 6 25 mins Come and Stay Introduce/build on dumbbell retrieve for Open. Introduce/build on go-outs and directed jumping for Utility.
Open 2 6 55 mins Intro to Open Build on exercises that were started in Intro to Open.
Introduction to Utility 6 55 mins Maneuvers and Intro to Open. Dog should be able to retrieve a placed article, both leather and metal. Teach Janice DeMello Around the Clock method of scent work. Introduce all Utility exercises. Students need scent articles and a can of Easy Cheese (or the like) for the first night of class. Also need a set of 3 white cotton gloves.
Utility Signals and Directed Jumping 6 55 mins Maneuvers. Helpful if dog responds to verbal down, has a good off-leash sit stay, and understands a target touch. Get started on the two most difficult Utility exercises, Directed Jumping and Signals.
Intro to Scent Discrimination 3 55 mins Come & Stay. Your dog should be picking up and holding a dumbbell. It will be very helpful if your dog will also retrieve a metal and leather scent article. Teach Janice DeMello Around the Clock method of scent work. Students need scent articles (at least 6 of two kinds - metal or leather or wood) and a can of Easy Cheese (or the like) for the class. As time allows, we'll work on a few other Utility exercises, too.
Utility 2 3 55 mins Intro to Utility Build on exercises that were started in Intro to Utility.
Intro to Retriever Training 6 55 mins Basic training such as a Puppy or Jumpstart obedience class. This class will focus on getting your dog started on the training needed for retriever field work, including basic retrieving, controlled walking, recalls, and sit stays. Though it will be an entry level class for handlers with little to no retriever training, more experienced handlers are welcome. We will also discuss test mechanics. I hope to be doing some work with dead birds by the end of the course. If you do not already own field training equipment, such as a whistle and bumpers, expect to be doing some shopping before the class starts.
Obedience for Field 6 55 mins Intro to Retriever Training We'll focus on improving HOLD, FETCH, COME, and STAY commands, their controlled walking, as well as building on retrieving skills required for field retrieving. The class will be customized to the skill level of the dogs as much as possible.
Force Fetch 6 55 mins Intro to Retriever Training. This class focuses on building a reliable retrieve using the Ear Pinch. Your dog should have a basic understanding of taking and holding before starting the force fetch.
Field Intermediate Skills 6 55 mins Your dog should be retrieving bumpers reliably. We build on the skills needed for retrievers training for hunt tests and field work. Class content will be based on enrollees skill levels. We might make field trips to nearby fields to extend the distances we can work.
Open/Utility Practice 6 55 mins You should have started most of the Open and Utility exercises. We will practice Open and Utility exercises each week. Class content will be determined by what current class needs to work on.
Novice Practice 6 55 mins You should have trained at least through Heeling to take this class. 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.
Open and Utility Proofing 8 90 mins $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. We proof several of the advanced (Open/Utility) obedience exercises each week. Utility beginners can get some guidance each week.
Field Basics 1 55 mins Basic obedience class. This class is geared towards retrievers and their handlers who want to learn the basics of training for hunt tests and Working Certificate work. Take this class if your dog is not reliable about retrieving.

Agility

Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Intro to Agility 6 55 mins Puppy Kindergarten or Jumpstart Obedience at Northfield, or equivalent class. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before. 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.
Agility 2 6 55 mins Intro to Agility or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before. 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 2x2’s 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.
Weaves 6 30 mins Intro to Agility, with at least some introduction to weave poles If your dog is not weaving independently, you will find this class helpful. We will use both channel and 2x2 methods to work on entries, distance, and motivation, to build confidence. Lets make weave poles fun for your dog!
Contacts 6 30 mins Intro to Agility, with at least some introduction to Contacts If your dog is not confidently performing their contacts independently, you will find this class helpful. We will be working stopped contacts. As well as building confidence and speed.
Agility 3 6 55 mins Agility 2 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before. 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 2x2’s 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.
Agility 4 6 55 mins Agility 3 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before. 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.
Agility Skills 6 55 mins Knowledge of all agility obstacles; comfortable on full height contact equipment; ability to perform short obstacle sequences consistently; working at least 6 weave poles. 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.
Novice Agility Handling 6 55 mins Agility 4 or instructor approval. Screening required if you haven't trained at Northfield before. 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.
Novice Agility Ring Prep 6 55 mins Must have completed Novice Agility Handling or Agility 4, or have instructor approval. 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.
Novice/Open Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competiting at the Novice/Open Level. Instructor approval required. 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.
Competition Agility I & 2 6 55 mins AKC Novice title or equivalent, or screening approval. In this class, we will walk and run a full agility course. We will discuss different ways to handle the course, to meet the needs of different handlers and dogs. Every week we will work on specific skill sets that are needed for the course, and break it down to work on those skill sets. Different skill levels are welcome, but dogs in this class need to be able to work closed weave poles and full height contacts. Handlers need to be familiar with basic handling maneuvers, such as front and rear crosses. This class will be oriented for those already competing or getting ready to compete at Agility trials.
Agility Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required. 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.
Advanced Agility Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required. 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.
Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required. 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.
Masters Agility Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required. 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.
Open/Excellent Agility Problem Solving & Proofing 6 55 mins Competing at the Open or Excellent level. Instructor approval required. 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.

Basic Obedience

Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Puppy Kindergarten 6 55 mins 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. 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.
Jumpstart Obedience 6 55 mins Puppy Kindergarten or dog must be older than 4.5 months .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.
Jumpstart Obedience/Evening 6 55 mins 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. 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.
Advanced Jumpstart 6 55 mins Our Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or any basic household obedience class or 6 week puppy training class elsewhere. 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.
Puppy Quickstart 4 55 mins Puppy must be between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. Puppies should have a minimum of two of their series of shots. We will work on a subset of the usual PK exercises, especially socialization, basic commands and problem solving. This class is rarely offered and usually around the holidays where there is not time for a 6 week class.

Other

Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Scooter Training 3 75 mins Dogs need be over 30 lbs and have basic obedience training including Sit, Come, Down, and Stay. This will be a 3 week class to help you get started scootering your dog for fun and exercise. We will discuss commands that you can teach your dog on the trail, the use of Left and Right, for example.This is an introductory class only. If there is interest we can offer more. All you need for this class is: 1 Medium- Large sized dog and the desire to have a fun way to exercise Bozo. I will provide scooters, harnesses and ganglines for those who are just interested in seeing what it is all about. If you have your own equipment that is great, but it is not necessary to have equipment to take the class. We will talk about the benefits of scootering your dog ( A controlled even trot on natural surface is fabulous for dogs of all ages.) ,getting your dog used to trotting out ahead with something behind it, pulling, and a few training techniques for basic scootering. We will also discuss basic equipment and where to purchase it if you decide you really like to scooter your dog. We will eventually go to a local park to try some real scootering with your dog. We will meet inside on the first day, but most of this class will take place outdoor
Introduction to Retriever Training 6 55 mins Basic training such as a Puppy or Basic obedience class. This class will focus on getting your dog started on the training needed for retriever field work, including basic retrieving, controlled walking, recalls, and sit stays. Though it will be an entry level class for handlers with little to no retriever training, more experienced handlers are welcome. We will also discuss test mechanics. I hope to be doing some work with dead birds by the end of the course. If you don't already own field training equipment, such as a whistle and bumpers, expect to be doing some shopping before the class starts.
Field 101 4 55 mins Basic training such as a Puppy or Basic obedience class. This is a 4-week version of our Intro to Retriever training class. This class will focus on getting your dog started on the training needed for retriever field work, including basic retrieving, controlled walking, recalls, and sit stays. Though it will be an entry level class for handlers with little to no retriever training, more experienced handlers are welcome.
Retriever Training 1 55 mins Dogs should have taken the Intro to Retrieving class or be trained by someone with prior field experience. This class geared towards handlers and their retrievers working on Junior Hunter and Working Certificate requirements.
Force Fetch/Collar Conditioning 6 55 mins Intro to Retriever Training.
Students MUST have an e-collar for this class, as it will be an important tool in class content.
We will work on building a more reliable retrieve for retriever field work using both the ear pinch and e-collar, conditioning the dogs on the COME, SIT, and FETCH commands.