This page includes information on:
* Session structure and general information.
* Class Tier System with suggestions on class progression.
* Upcoming class dates.
* Fee structure.
* Stepwise Instructions: Online Pre-Registration and In Person Registration.
* Online Pre-Registration: Class descriptions with hyperlinks to save your place for upcoming
classes.


Session Structure


The GSDOC offers five sessions of training classes during the calendar year. Each session includes six to eight weeks of training classes that last about 50 minutes. We hold two yearly breaks: one mid-summer around the month of July and the other in December.

GSDOC offers beginning classes for puppies and dogs with little obedience training. We have designed these classes to help owners learn how to train their dogs and to assist in socializing dogs in a manner that creates canine good citizens.

GSDOC also offers advanced classes in obedience, agility, and rally. These courses help dog/handler teams polish their handling skills, learn tricks, and provide a strong foundation for those teams who would like to go further or compete.


GSDOC does not allow dog or people aggressive dogs. We also do not allow intact females in heat in class or on the grounds.

Class Tier System


Our goal is for teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. Before students may progress from Tier A to Tier B, we strongly recommend teams pass all Tier A level classes. For Tier B through Tier D, progression depends on student ability.

* STAR Puppy
* Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I).
* Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II (Ob II).
* Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I.
* Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go.
* Specialty classes (conditional).

We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.

Upcoming Class Dates


Session 3
* May 1, 2018: In Person Registration opens and first night of classes.
If you missed May 1 Registration, you may not be too late. We still have a few classes open, so please join us and register on May 8th at 7:00 PM.
* June 26, 2018: Last night of classes.


All classes for Session 3 for 2018 are held outside in the Golden Spike Court Yard.
General Meetings (GM) are on the 2nd Tue of every month from 6:00 to 6:50 PM.
Classes held at 6:00 are cancelled on GM nights. Classes held at 7:00 and 8:00 are held on GM nights.
Class dates are: May 1, 8(GM), 15, 22, 29, June 5, 19, and 26, 2018.

All classes are cancelled on June 12 for our Annual Summer Picnic and GM!!


Fee Structure


Public:
* 8-week classes: $75.00/class/dog
* 6-week classes: $50.00/class/dog

Members:
All classes: $10/class/dog

Annual Membership Fee:
* Single: $35.00
* Family: $40.00

For all new members, the initial cost includes the annual membership fee PLUS the first class at the public rate, e.g., a new member at single rate and taking one class would be $35 + $75/class/dog = $110. All classes for the remainder of the year would be $10/class/dog.

Revenue from our classes helps pay for the costs of equipment and the facility. All classes are taught by members of GSDOC who volunteer their time and efforts. Please don't hesitate to ask about membership!


Stepwise Instructions: Online Pre-Registration and In Person Registration


GSDOC class registration requires two steps:
1) Pre-register online
2) Complete registration in person

April 21, 2018: Online Pre-Registration opens shortly after 7:15 AM for Session 3.

STEP 1
On our website, fill out the required pre-registration class form to reserve your place. If you fill out all the required information on the pre-registration form, hit “SEND”, and the next page pops up with “Thank you for your online registration”, then GSDOC received your form and will reserve your place for the class. However, if you do not see this page and would like to confirm your class pre-registration, please contact Ina Castillo.

We will post the classes as "Registration Full" when online pre-registration reaches the maximum number of students. If the class is full, but you are still interested in taking the class, please send an email with your name, email address, phone number and class you are interested in registering for to Ina Castillo. If a class slot opens, we will offer the slot to those on the waiting list in the order we received emails. You may also come in person the first night and add your name to the waiting list.

STEP 2
On the first night of class, complete your registration at the registration tables. You will fill out forms, sign waivers, and pay for your class(es). We do not accept credit cards. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs/puppies four months of age or older on the day of registration.

The registration tables will open at 5:30 and remain open until around 7:30 PM. It is best if you plan to arrive at least one-half hour before your class begins to complete your registration. For people whose class starts at 8, please register by 7:15.

Due to the considerable interest in our classes, GSDOC will strictly enforce the waiting list. If you pre-registered online, but do not come to the first night of class, you will forfeit your reserved slot and be placed on the waiting list for that class.


Online Pre-Registration


For questions regarding classes please send an email to the Director of Training: Jerriann Ernstsen

Below is the list of upcoming classes for your review and planning. Please thoroughly read class descriptions and especially pre-requisites. The final course list may change when necessary to fit the needs of all our instructors, assistants, members, and guests.

All hyperlinks below show "Registration Full" until Pre-Registration OPENS. Once Pre-Registration OPENS and classes are downloaded one at a time, the hyperlinks will show "Register" until classes are full, then will show "Registration Full". Popular classes fill immediately.

For all classes, please bring your dog to the first night of class.





Focus and Impulse Control (FIC, Tier A, 8 weeks, 7:00 PM) -- Registration Full
The Focus and Impulse Control (FIC) class will reinforce and build on the obedience and focus exercises learned in STAR Puppy and CGC, but present them under more difficult distractions and environmental conditions. The instructors will encourage teams to sharpen their performance, provide tools to improve impulse control, and inspire a solid commitment between dogs and their handlers and families.

This class will help teams understand that patience and calm behaviors provide positive learning environments and yields the greatest results. Dogs will learn that focusing on their handler is much more rewarding than focusing on their surrounding environment. This focus work will help the dog control impulse behaviors, such as lunging, barking, and sniffing; and execute commands more quickly and correctly.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy and taken CGC, or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00


S.T.A.R. Puppy (2-6 month puppies, 6 week class, 6:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 06:00 PM - 06/26/18 06:50 PM
This class is for puppies 2 to 6 months of age. The S.T.A.R. Puppy acronym stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. This AKC program encourages new dog owners to give their puppies a good start in life. The class curriculum will include the elements required to achieve the AKC S*T*A*R Puppy Award. You will learn through play and positive reinforcement how to communicate with your puppy and teach your puppy how to get along with other dogs and humans. You will learn some basic obedience exercises, build yours and your puppy’s confidence, and improve your bond with your pup. We will also teach basic doggy care and safety. This class will introduce you to some of the Canine Good Citizen components so you are ready to move onto the next course, CGC.

All puppy and human teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take the S.T.A.R. Puppy final evaluation. Owner and puppy must attend a minimum of six classes to qualify for the award and successfully complete the twenty items on the evaluation. Upon passing the evaluation, you will receive an AKC form that you may send to AKC for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy “Packet”, which includes a medal, certificate of completion, and informational resources. At this time (July 2017), the AKC fee for the “packet” is $10, which owners are responsible to pay and is a fee above the normal GSDOC class registration fee. AKC rates may change. For more information on this program visit: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/.

Pre-Requisite: Puppies 2-6 months. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs/puppies four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your puppy.

All handlers should bring their puppies and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


S.T.A.R. Puppy (2-6 month puppies, 8 week class, 7:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 07:00 PM - 06/26/18 07:50 PM
This class is for puppies 2 to 6 months of age. The S.T.A.R. Puppy acronym stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. This AKC program encourages new dog owners to give their puppies a good start in life. The class curriculum will include the elements required to achieve the AKC S*T*A*R Puppy Award. You will learn through play and positive reinforcement how to communicate with your puppy and teach your puppy how to get along with other dogs and humans. You will learn some basic obedience exercises, build yours and your puppy’s confidence, and improve your bond with your pup. We will also teach basic doggy care and safety. This class will introduce you to some of the Canine Good Citizen components so you are ready to move onto the next course, CGC.

All puppy and human teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take the S.T.A.R. Puppy final evaluation. Owner and puppy must attend a minimum of six classes to qualify for the award and successfully complete the twenty items on the evaluation. Upon passing the evaluation, you will receive an AKC form that you may send to AKC for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy “Packet”, which includes a medal, certificate of completion, and informational resources. At this time (July 2017), the AKC fee for the “packet” is $10, which owners are responsible to pay and is a fee above the normal GSDOC class registration fee. AKC rates may change. For more information on this program visit: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/.

Pre-Requisite: Puppies 2-6 months. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs/puppies four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your puppy.

All handlers should bring their puppies and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00


Agility Foundations/ Agility I (Tiers B/C, 6 weeks, 6:00 PM) -- Registration Full
This class will be a blended class of Agility Foundations and Agility I tiers. For those wanting to focus on Agility I curricula, it will be best if handler/dog teams are just advancing from Agility Foundations to Agility I tiers.

Agility Foundations portion will introduce handlers to Agility who have little or no experience in this sport. More experienced handlers wishing to strengthen fundamental skills are also welcome. This class will introduce different AKC Agility competition “classes” and obstacles presented within the sport, as well as promote good sportsmanship. Teams will work on proprioception, weaves, tunnels, select contact obstacles, and small space jumping drills with the focus on one jump drills. Handlers will need to bring a crate for their dog and arrive to class 30 minutes early to help set up equipment. Handlers are also expected to help take down equipment at the end of each class. Dogs will work on leash. As the Session progresses and with instructor’s permission, dogs may work off leash if they exhibit strong recall and good basic obedience skills.

All jump heights will be set low to promote safe jumping practices for beginning dogs, especially when class is held on concrete.


Agility I portion is designed for handlers that have completed Agility Foundations or more experienced handlers looking to strengthen handling skills. This class will introduce front, rear, and blind crosses; Dog Walk; and A-frame. Teams will build skill levels on exercises introduced in Agility Foundations such as, weaves, teeter totter, tire jump, tunnels, and small space jumping drills. Handlers will need to bring a crate for their dog and arrive to class 30 minutes early to help set up equipment. Handlers are also expected to help take down equipment at the end of each class. Dogs will work off leash, and therefore, must exhibit strong recall and good basic obedience skills.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. For those focusing on Agility Foundations: Passed all Tier A classes (CGC, FIC, and Ob I) or similarly structured training classes. For those focusing on Agility I: Passed Agility Foundations. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and crate for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Agility I / Agility II (Tiers C/D, 8 weeks, 7:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 07:00 PM - 06/26/18 07:50 PM
This class will be a blended class of Agility I and Agility II tiers. For those wanting to focus on Agility I curricula, it will be best if handler/dog teams are nearing advancement from Agility I to Agility II tiers.

Agility I portion is designed for handlers that have completed Agility Foundations or more experienced handlers looking to strengthen handling skills. This class will introduce front, rear, and blind crosses; Dog Walk; and A-frame. Teams will build skill levels on exercises introduced in Agility Foundations such as, weaves, teeter totter, tire jump, tunnels, and small space jumping drills. Handlers will need to bring a crate for their dog and arrive to class 30 minutes early to help set up equipment. Handlers are also expected to help take down equipment at the end of each class. Dogs will work off leash, and therefore, must exhibit strong recall and good basic obedience skills.

Agility II portion is designed for handlers with experience in the sport either through competition or completion of Agility Foundations and Agility I. This class will include full courses with contact obstacles, and challenge teams to excel to higher levels of Agility. The agility courses will be tailored to the specific needs of each class by setting up a Novice, Open, Master/Excellent or Premier course based upon the experience level of the students. Handlers will need to bring a crate for their dog and arrive to class 30 minutes early to help set up equipment. Handlers are also expected to help take down equipment at the end of each class. Dogs will work off leash, and therefore, must exhibit strong recall and good basic obedience skills.


Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. For those focusing on Agility I: Passed Agility Foundations. For those focusing on Agility II: Passed Agility I; or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a crate for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00


Obedience I (Tier A, 6 weeks, 6:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 06:00 PM - 06/26/18 06:50 PM
In Obedience I class, you will continue refining obedience exercises learned in CGC and FIC as well as introduce new skills. The skills that we will sharpen include: loose leash walking, sit, down, recall, stays, separation, and manners with people and other dogs. We will introduce or refine the nuances of proper heeling (halts, front, finish), figure eights, stand, leave it, and go outs. These exercises will help you bond with your dog and learn exercises needed to be a calm and well-mannered dog. Fun obedience games will be incorporated into this class, and all exercises will be applicable to real life.


Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy and taken CGC and FIC, or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Canine Good Citizen (CGC, Tier A, 8 weeks, 7:00 PM) -- Registration Full
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class is for dogs older than 6 months who have graduated from S.T.A.R. Puppy or similar course, and have limited obedience training. This class will promote responsible dog ownership and provide the tools necessary to support your dog to have good doggy manners towards other animals and people of all sizes and ages under different environmental conditions. This class will also provide instructions on how to execute basic obedience commands, such as sit, down, stand, walking on a loose leash, staying in place, recall, and finish.

All dog and handler teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take the CGC final evaluation. Upon passing the evaluation, you will receive a GSDOC certificate of completion and an AKC form that you may send to AKC to receive an official AKC Certificate and/or Title (depending on your selections). At this time (July 2017), the AKC fee for the Certificate is $8, which owners are responsible to pay and is a fee above the normal GSDOC class registration fee. If you want to title your AKC registered dog with her CGC, the Certificate and title registering is $20. AKC rates may change.

Note: GSDOC welcomes the community to take the CGC final exam, but our CGC students and members have priority to fill evaluation slots, first.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a dog brush; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00


Rally Foundations / Rally I (Tiers B/C, 6 weeks, 6:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 06:00 PM - 06/26/18 06:50 PM
This class will be a blended class of Rally Foundations and Rally I tiers. For those wanting to focus on Rally I curricula, it will be best if handler/dog teams are just advancing from Rally Foundations to Rally I tiers.

Rally Foundations portion is designed for handlers with no prior experience in Rally Obedience, or for those wishing to gain a better understanding of the signs used in AKC Rally. It is the perfect class for students wanting to build teamwork with their dog while improving obedience skills in a relaxed environment. Rally is considered a great stepping stone from the Tier A classes to Agility, Trick Dog, or advanced obedience training!

This class will assist handlers with understanding the rules, interpreting AKC Rally signs, and performing the exercises. Students will focus on learning the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced exercises, but Excellent and Master signs will be covered depending on student needs and skill levels. Graduation will include a mock show with students performing a full Novice course. Rally Fundamentals is designed for the pet owner wanting to develop their relationship with their dog!

Rally Obedience is a sport in which the dog and handler, moving at their own pace, complete a course consisting of 10-20 designated stations, each with a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be performed. Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged, and handlers are allowed to talk, praise, and use any other verbal means of encouragements.

Please note that students will be expected to work with their dog outside of class; homework will be given in order to successfully learn all AKC Rally signs by the end of class session.

Rally I portion is designed to be the next step up from Rally Foundations. We will begin practicing novice exercises by linking a few sequencing exercises/signs into short novice courses. Later, we will put the foundational and sequencing skills learned into practice as we set up progressively longer courses. This is a perfect class for those who would like to improve their dog to handler engagement and focus. Exercises are all completed on leash. Handlers may talk to and encourage their dogs while walking the courses making Rally a fun and positive learning environment. By the end of the Session, we will set up a mock trial, which will be fun for all, but especially helpful for those students who would like to compete confidently in “Rally Novice” events.


Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. For those focusing on Rally Foundations: Passed all Tier A classes (CGC, FIC, and Ob I) or similarly structured training classes. For those focusing on Rally I: Passed Rally Foundations. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and crate for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Rally I / Rally II (Tiers C/D, 8 weeks, 7:00 PM) -- Register
05/01/18 06:00 PM - 06/26/18 06:50 PM
This class will be a blended class of Rally I and Rally II tiers. For those wanting to focus on Rally I curricula, it will be best if handler/dog teams are nearing advancement from Rally I to Rally II tiers.

Rally I portion is designed to be the next step up from Rally Foundations. We will begin practicing novice exercises by linking a few sequencing exercises/signs into short novice courses. Later, we will put the foundational and sequencing skills learned into practice as we set up progressively longer courses. This is a perfect class for those who would like to improve their dog to handler engagement and focus. Exercises are all completed on leash. Handlers may talk to and encourage their dogs while walking the courses making Rally a fun and positive learning environment. By the end of the Session, we will set up a mock trial, which will be fun for all, but especially helpful for those students who would like to compete confidently in “Rally Novice” events.

Rally II (Excellent and Masters) portion is designed for dogs and handlers with prior Rally Obedience experience at the Rally Advanced Level or higher. Rally II will instruct dog and handler teams on the correct way to perform full Excellent and Master courses incorporating the 2017 Rally signs.

This class will assist handlers with understanding the rules, interpreting AKC Rally signs, and performing the exercises. Students will focus on learning how to maneuver around an Excellent or Master course, but all levels of Rally signs will be incorporated. Graduation will include a mock show with students performing a full Master course. Rally II is designed for handlers interested in showing their dog in Rally Obedience, but also welcomes the pet owner wanting to develop their relationship with their dog in preparation for further obedience or agility training!


Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. For those focusing on Rally I: Passed Rally Foundations. For those focusing on Rally II: Passed Rally I; or similarly structured training classes. Rally II students should have skills at the Rally Advanced Level or higher. Handlers should have a working knowledge of the 2017 Rally signs. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a crate for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00


Focus and Impulse Control (FIC, Tier A, 8 weeks, 8:00 PM) -- Registration Full
The Focus and Impulse Control (FIC) class will reinforce and build on the obedience and focus exercises learned in STAR Puppy and CGC, but present them under more difficult distractions and environmental conditions. The instructors will encourage teams to sharpen their performance, provide tools to improve impulse control, and inspire a solid commitment between dogs and their handlers and families.

This class will help teams understand that patience and calm behaviors provide positive learning environments and yields the greatest results. Dogs will learn that focusing on their handler is much more rewarding than focusing on their surrounding environment. This focus work will help the dog control impulse behaviors, such as lunging, barking, and sniffing; and execute commands more quickly and correctly.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy and taken CGC, or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs four months of age or older on the day of registration.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $55.00

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