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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. 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...
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. 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.
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 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.
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
Trick Dog/CGC 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 the AKC Canine Good Citizen exercises and also 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...
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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
Tricks for Trainers 6 55 mins This class is for handlers and dogs that have already earned their AKC CGC title or equivalent. This class will focus on teaching new and fun tricks to your dog.