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Basic Obedience Course Descriptions

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

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. 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. There is currently a limit of one person per puppy due to Covid19 and anyone attending needs to provide proof of vaccination. This could change over time so look here for updates.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Jumpstart Obedience 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. 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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Jumpstart On-Line Working Spot 6 60 mins No prior training required. This is our new-in-2020 all on-line basic obedience class. Each week, you will have several videos to watch via the Thinkific website, which will enable you to start training your dog. The students and instructor will meet once a week for 6 weeks-the first week is a brief orientation meeting-for a class via the Zoom platform. Students will take turns working on a given exercise with feedback from the instructor. To participate in the class, you need the ability to sign in to a Zoom meeting and position a computer web-cam/tablet/smart phone so that the instructor can watch you and your dog working on the class exercises. Teach basic obedience commands (eye contact, come, sit, down, stay, loose-leash walking, leave it, back aways). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving, such as stopping your dog from jumping on people.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Jumpstart On-Line Auditing 5 60 mins No prior training required. This is our new-in-2020 all on-line basic obedience class. Each week, you will have several videos to watch on-line, which will enable you to start training your dog. The students and instructor will meet once a week for a class via the Zoom platform. As an auditor, you will get to watch the working teams doing the exercises, but NOT participate with your own dog. You will have the chance to ask questions. To participate in the class as an auditor, you need the ability to sign in to a Zoom meeting. Teach basic obedience commands (eye contact, come, sit, down, stay, loose-leash walking, leave it, back aways). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving, such as stopping your dog from jumping on people.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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 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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Puppy Quickstart 3 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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Beginner Trick Dog 6 55 mins Completion of Puppy Kindergarten and/or Jumpstart Obedience or their equivalent. Your dog must be under control and understand how to pay attention to you during class. The class will focus on teaching you and your dog many of the tricks from the new AKC Trick Dog titling program. If interested there will an opportunity to earn one or more AKC trick Titles the last night of class...
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Canine Good Citizen 6 55 mins We recommend dogs have taken a basic obedience or puppy kindergarten class prior to taking the CGC class. 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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Advanced Trick class 6 55 mins This class is for handlers who have or can easily do the AKC Novice trick title or equivalent. We will work towards an Advanced trick title