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

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
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
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.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Beginner Scent 6 55 mins 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. 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. Dogs need to be comfortable in crate during the class when it is not their turn to be working.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Adv Beginner Scent 6 55 mins Beginner Scent, here or at another facility. Please contact us with any questions regarding skill level of class. In Advanced Beginner Scent1 you will develop search strategies and learn how best to work more complex scent problems.
Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Intermediate Scent 6 75 mins Instructor Approval