GSDOC Training Classes



The GSDOC offers five sessions of training classes during the calendar year. Each session includes six to eight weeks of training classes. 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/human teams polish their handling skills, learn tricks, and provide a strong foundation for those teams who would like to go further or compete.

Teams progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are open to the public and to club members.

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

We have reorganized and renamed our Puppy and Basic I Obedience classes. The Puppy class is now called S.T.A.R. Puppy.
The Basic I Obedience class is now split into two separate Basic I classes.
1) Basic I: Canine Good Citizen Plus (BI:CGC+)
2) Basic I: Focus and Impulse Control Plus (BI:FIC+).

We have two recommended paths for handler/dog teams to take:
• For puppies: we suggest taking all three classes in series (STAR Puppy, BI:CGC+, and then BI:FIC+) so all teams are more likely experienced enough to advance to Basic II Obedience or other GSDOC classes.
• For older inexperienced dogs: we suggest starting with BI:CGC+, and then BI:FIC+ before advancing to other GSDOC classes.

Current Classes:


GSDOC is currently in summer break until August 15th. Please see our Summer Party Invitation for August 8th.

Upcoming Classes:

Session #4 August 15, 2017 - October 3, 2017.
The fourth session of 2017 classes will begin August 15, 2017 and run through October 3, 2017. All classes for this session will be held outside in the “courtyard” of the Golden Spike Event Center. The courtyard is between the Golden Spike Event Center (indoor horse arena) and the Weber County Exhibit Hall off Fairgrounds Drive.
GSDOC will offer the following classes for Session #4: The final course and instructor list may change if necessary to fit the needs of all our instructors, assistants, members and guests.

6 PM Classes
Basic I: Canine Good Citizen+
Basic obedience exercises and games structured around the CGC test. AKC Certificate/Title available upon completion.
Basic I: Focus and Impulse Control+
Basic obedience skill-building and games increasing your dog’s focus on handler and decreasing reactions to distractions.
Rally Obedience (all levels)
Rally courses include all levels of Rally Obedience. All skill levels welcomed, although dogs must have basic obedience skills.

7 PM Classes
S.T.A.R. Puppy (2-6 mo)
Basic obedience exercises, games, and socialization to build confidence. AKC Certificate/Title available upon completion.
Basic I: Canine Good Citizen+
Basic obedience exercises and games structured around the CGC test. AKC Certificate/Title available upon completion.
Agility (all levels above foundation)
Agility courses include all levels of agility exercises, including jumps, weaves, tunnels, and contacts. All skill levels who have taken foundation agility welcomed. Dogs must have basic obedience skills, including recall. GSDOC will fence the course.

Class Registration:


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

Online pre-registration will open the morning of July 29, 2017.

STEP 1
On our website, fill out the required pre-registration class form to reserve your slot. You should receive a confirmation e-mail after you pre-register. The GSDOC website, however, is currently under “construction” so some may not receive confirmation emails. Sorry for this inconvenience. 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 slot for the class. However, if you do not see this page and would like to confirm your class pre-registration, please contact Jerriann Ernstsen or 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 or submit your information via the "Contact Us" page on this website. 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 (August 15th), complete your registration at the registration table, which opens at 5:30 pm. You must pay for your class(es) via cash or check (sorry, 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 table will open at 5:30 and remain open until 7:00 PM. It is best if you plan to arrive at least one-half hour before your class begins at 6 or 7, to complete your registration.

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.


Class Information


For all 6 PM AND 7 PM classes, please bring your dog to the first night of class.

When & Where:
Sessions are 6 to 8 weeks long and run approximately 1 hour on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM and 7 PM at the Golden Spike Fairgrounds.

During the Winter, we train indoors in the Exhibit Hall.



For directions to the Fairgrounds, click here.

Cost:
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!

For further information and questions regarding training classes please send an email to the Training Director: Jerriann Ernstsen

OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 4 STARTS NOW


S.T.A.R. Puppy (2-6 month puppies, 8 week class) -- 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, Basic I: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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your puppy.

7 PM Class: This is an 8-week class.

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


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


Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI:CGC+, 8 week class) -- Registration Full
The Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI: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 human 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 BI:CGC+ students and members have priority to fill evaluation slots, first.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad.

7 PM Class: This is an 8-week class.

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


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


Agility (8 week class) -- Registration Full
Agility courses include all levels of agility exercises, including jumps, weaves, tunnels, and contacts. All skill levels who have completed foundation agility and have basic obedience skills, including recall. GSDOC will fence the course.

Pre-Requisite: We recommend both Basic I:CGC+ and Basic I:FIC, Basic II, Foundation Agility; 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a crate to put your dog in during instruction and between runs..

7 PM Class: This is an 8-week class.

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


Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI:CGC+, 6 week class) -- Registration Full
The Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI: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 human 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 BI:CGC+ students and members have priority to fill evaluation slots, first.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad.

6 PM Class: This is a 6-week class.

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


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


Basic I: Focus and Impulse Control (BI:FIC+, 6 week class) -- Registration Full
The Basic I: Focus and Impulse Control (BI:FIC+) is the second of the Basic I two-part series. This class will reinforce and build on the obedience exercises learned in BI: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 STAR Puppy and Basic I:CGC+, 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad.

6 PM Class: This is a 6-week class

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


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


Rally (6 week class) -- Registration Full
You will learn to correctly read and perform the Rally signs. You will learn the Rally rules. We tailor this course to fit the needs of beginning and experienced Rally dog/human teams.

We encourage everyone to arrive early to help set up and break down the Rally courses every week. You should have a crate to put your dog in during the class while you walk the course.

This is a six week course and will not be held on the General Meeting night. Please bring your dog to the first night of class.
Pre-Requisite: We recommend STAR Puppy, Basic I:CGC+, and Basic I:FIC+; 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a crate.

6 PM Class: This is a 6-week class.

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


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


Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI:CGC+, 8 week class) -- Registration Full
The Basic I: Canine Good Citizen (BI: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 human 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 BI:CGC+ students and members have priority to fill evaluation slots, first.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad.

7 PM Class: This is an 8-week class.

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


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

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