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.

CURRENTLY IN SUMMER BREAK FROM 6/27 - 8/21.

Upcoming Class Dates


Session 4: Aug 21 - Oct 9, 2018.

TENTATIVELY, ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 4 WILL OPEN BY 8:00 AM ON SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH.

Classes for Session 4 for 2018 are held outside in the Golden Spike Court Yard or inside the Exhibit Hall.

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.

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!

CURRENTLY IN SUMMER BREAK FROM 6/27 - 8/21.

Stepwise Instructions: Online Pre-Registration and In Person Registration


GSDOC class registration requires two steps:
1) Pre-register online, about 2 weeks prior to beginning of each session.
2) Complete registration in person, on the first night of every session.

TENTATIVELY, ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 4 WILL OPEN BY 8:00 AM ON SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH.

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 Amee Merritt or Ruthie Arnold.

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 Amee Merritt or Ruthie Arnold. 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: Ina Castillo

Tentatively, the following is an updated (as of Aug 1, 2018) list of classes for session 4 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.

TENTATIVELY, ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 4 WILL OPEN BY 8:00 AM ON SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH. AT THAT TIME, ALL CLASSES WILL SHOW "REGISTER" UNTIL FILLED.


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) -- Registration Full
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


Agility I / Agility II (Tiers C/D, 8 weeks, 7:00 PM) -- Registration Full
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) -- Registration Full
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


Tricks I/II (Tier B, 6 weeks, 6:00 PM) -- Registration Full
The GSDOC Tricks I/II class is for dogs older than 6 months who have graduated from all Tier A classes: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, FIC, and Obedience I or similar course sequence. Our Ticks I/II class is designed to teach dogs and their handlers the tricks listed for the AKC Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate levels. We focus on teaching different ways of learning and bonding with our dogs as well as continue building on exercises that promote sound dog to dog and dog to people manners.

The first four classes will step through the AKC Trick Dog: Novice list. The last four classes will step through the AKC Trick Dog: Intermediate list. During the first four classes, students who are well on their way through the Novice list will use class time to sharpen Novice tricks or work on handler choice tricks. During the last four classes, students who are not quite ready to advance to Intermediate level will use class time to continue working on Novice tricks.

All dog and handler teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take AKC Trick Dog Novice and/or Intermediate evaluations. Upon passing the evaluation(s), you will receive a GSDOC certificate(s) of completion and an AKC form(s) that you may send to AKC to receive an official AKC Certificate(s) and/or Title(s) (depending on your selection) at an additional cost from the GSDOC class cost.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes::CGC, FIC, and Ob 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, 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


Agility Practice (Experienced Handlers, Tiers Mixed, 8 weeks, 8:00 PM) -- Register
08/21/18 08:00 PM - 10/09/18 09:00 PM
There is no instructor for this class, but still requires registration. All human participants will assist in breaking down the course and fencing at the end of the evening at 8:45 PM. This time slot (8:00-8:45) will offer a practice course and will include all levels of agility obstacles, including jumps, weaves, tunnels, and contacts. This class is for teams who have completed Tier A and foundation agility classes (or similar level of obedience skills - especially recall), and require no agility handling instructions. GSDOC will fence the course.

Pre-Requisite: Completed all Tier A classes (CGC, FIC, and Ob I) and Agility Foundations; or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/human team. 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; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a crate to put your dog in between runs..

All handlers should bring their dog to the first night of class. Dogs must be at least one year of age.


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


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


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

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