Basic Obedience Training Classes
Puppy Obedience Foundation (AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy)
For Puppies (aged 10 weeks to 12 months) without prior training. This foundation-setting training class helps you to communicate with your dog and allowing your dog to socialize with other dogs. We’ll be establishing all the foundational behaviors, like learning to walk well on a leash, sit, lie down and come when called. Instructors will also assist you in redirecting unwanted behaviors, such as, chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping, digging, etc. Weekly practice and informational emails help dog owners practice the techniques and exercises introduced in class. This class prepares you and your dog for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation. S.T.A.R. Puppy is an AKC designation, recognizing completion of training and successful demonstration of key behaviors when cued by their owner. Learn more about the AKC S.T.A.R Puppu by clicking here.
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test is administered on the last week of class DURING the class period.
NOTE: The first night of class is an orientation session without dogs.
Obedience Foundation for Adult Dogs (12 months and over)
For dogs over a year with no prior training, and/or by an evaluation by Director of Training or an Assistant Director of Training. This class covers the same training techniques and expected behaviors as the Puppy Obedience, but provides extra support for adult dogs who may be rescues with an unknown history of training. This class establishes all the foundational behaviors, like learning to walk well on a leash, sit, lie down and come when called. Instructors will also assist you in redirecting unwanted behaviors, such as, chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping, digging, etc. Weekly practice and informational emails help dog owners practice the techniques and exercises introduced in class. This class can be repeated based on the advice and agreement between owner and instructors.
NOTE: The first night of class is an orientation session @7:30 pm and without dogs.
Basic Obedience 1
This class is intended for young Puppies completing a AKC S.T.A.R Puppy program or older dogs who have obedience foundation experience but need additional practice with techniques. This class is also appropriate for dogs new to Lyons, but with some foundation training with another organization and based on an evaluation by the Director of Training. This class builds and refines all the basic obedience foundation exercises. This class is structured to encourage your dog working at your (the handler) left side, particularly with healing on leash. Dog attend the first night of class.
Prerequisites: Obedience Foundation class or evaluation placement by Director of Training.
Basic Obedience 2 (CGC Prep)
Continuation of the Basic Obedience 1 Class. An advanced training class that provides instruction and practice in preparation to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing. Instructors will focus on exercises and techniques to help you and your dog practice and master all 10 exercises that comprise the CGC Test. For more information about the CGC click here.
Instructors may also offer advice and techniques for redirecting unwanted behaviors, such as, chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping, digging, etc. Dogs with training experience at other organization will be evaluated to ensure this class is a good fit for you and your dog. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test is available to those dogs completing this class. This class meets for 8 weeks, and the CGC Test is offered on the 8th week of class FOLLOWING the regularly scheduled class time.
Competition Obedience Training Classes
Intro to Competition Obedience
The skills developed in this class will greatly improve family life with your dog, and are a path further fun with advanced obedience skills that prepare you and your dog for performing in the obedience competition ring. This class is designed to support both the AKC Beginner Novice and Competition Novice classes, helping you attain the AKC Novice title of Companion Dog (CD). Students can take this class even if they don’t currently intend to compete in AKC obedience trials. If they do have an interest in competing, the instructor in this class will offer exercises, techniques and support to hone your skills and prepare.
Note: Handlers must bring a crate to class each week so dogs will be safe and handlers will not be distracted when listening to instructors, waiting their turn, or assisting in the ring.
Prerequisite: CGC title
This class works on skills for the Open title of Companion Dog Excellent (CDX). The class will also begin to develop handler/dog skills for more advanced exercises.
Prerequisite: 2 legs toward your CD title, or instructor evaluation placement
Utility (Individual 15-minute sessions)
This class works on skills for the Utility Title Utility Dog (UD). Sessions are scheduled on an individual basis with the instructor.
Drop-in competition obedience training
Drop-in training for Competition Obedience is available at $10 per evening. These sessions may be uninstructed (independent practice) or may have an instructor provide coaching based on instructor availability.
Trick Dog Class
This course introduces more complex and fun behaviors, and prepares dogs for the various levels of the AKC Trick Dog certification.
Prerequisite: Basic Obedience 2 or CGC
Intro to Therapy Dog
This training class is to help you get ready for the Therapy Dog Certification test but we are not affiliated with any group.
Minimum age for the class is 9 months. Your dog cannot be certified for therapy work until they are 1 year of age. Because of the techniques that are used in the class, a minimum of 4 students are required or the class won’t be held.