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/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.


Our goal is for teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability: Star Puppy, Tier A, Tier B, Tier C, and Tier D. 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 will depend on instructor availability and student ability. Please feel free to talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.


Tier A classes: Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I.

We are continuing to beta test two new Tier B classes during Session 2 of 2018: Tricks 1 an AKC Trick Dog – Novice program and Agility Foundation. Students pre-registering for these two class must have passed all three Tier A classes or equivalent.

GSDOC will offer the following classes for Session 2 for 2018. The final course and instructor list may change if necessary to fit the needs of all our instructors, assistants, members and guests. Online pre-registration for Session 2 for 2018 will open early Saturday morning February 10th, 2018.

6 PM Classes
-- STAR Puppy
-- Canine Good Citizen (Tier A)
-- Obedience I (Tier A)
-- Special Session: New AKC Obedience Trial Regs (Tier B-D), note specific class dates below.


7 PM Classes
-- Focus and Impulse Control (Tier A)
-- Obedience II (Tier B)
-- Show N Go (2 hours, Tier D)


8 PM Classes
-- Tricks I (Tier B)
-- Agility Foundations
-- Behavioral Challenges & Problem Solving (Six dog maximum).
This class is for all levels of dogs who have taken Star Puppy or similar course. Instructor or Director of Training permission required. GSDOC will offer this class only if there are 6 students signed up.)


Most classes for Session 2 for 2018 will be held inside in the Golden Spike Exhibit Hall.

Class Registration:


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

Online pre-registration for Session 2 for 2018 will open early Saturday morning February 10th, 2018.


STEP 1
On our website, fill out the required pre-registration class form to reserve your slot. 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 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 table. 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 7:15 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. 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.

Class Information


For all classes, please bring your dog to the first night of class – except the Behavior Challenges and Problem-solving class.

When & Where:
Sessions are 6 to 8 weeks long and run approximately 50 minutes on Tuesday evenings at the Golden Spike Fairgrounds.

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



For directions to the Fairgrounds, click here.

Cost (unless otherwise noted for special classes):
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!




ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION


Online pre-registration for Session 2 for 2018 will open early Saturday morning February 10th, 2018. On-line Pre-registration saves your place to take the course until you register and pay in person the first night of class.

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

Please make sure to read through course descriptions and especially pre-requisites and equipment to bring the first night of class.,


Focus and Impulse Control (FIC/Tier A, 8 week class) -- 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your puppy.

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

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


Tricks I/II (Tier B, 8 week class) -- Register
02/27/18 08:00 PM - 04/24/18 08:50 PM
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.

For Session 2, 2018, 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 Obedience 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

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


Show N Go (Tier D, 2 hour - 8 week class) -- Register
02/27/18 07:00 PM - 04/24/18 08:50 PM
AKA "Ring Readiness": This class is for dogs and handlers preparing to compete in AKC Obedience and Rally trials. The main goal of the class will be to prepare the dog and handler for the show ring. This includes developing a "ring ritual," applying "ring cues," improving focus and attention, and desensitizing against distractions while in the show ring. The use of a clicker will be applied in this class, but it is not mandatory. Handlers will be responsible for learning the current AKC rules and regulations for Obedience.

Everyone will be expected to bring a crate and all training supplies and personal trial articles/dumbbells, etc. for the level of competition they want to practice.

PREREQUISITE: Prior completion of Tier B: Obedience II by dog and handler OR Instructor Recommendation. 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 the dog.

7-9 PM Class: This is an 8-week class.

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 Foundations (Tier B, 8 weeks) -- Register
02/27/18 08:00 PM - 04/24/18 08:50 PM
Agility Foundations class 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, select contact obstacles, and small space jumping drills with the focus on one jump drills. This class is held on concrete, so all jump heights will be set to promote safe jumping practices for the dogs. 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 equipment down at the end of each class. Dogs will work on a leash, but may work off leash with instructor’s permission as the course progresses and the dog exhibits a strong recall and good basic obedience skills.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes::CGC, FIC, and Obedience 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and crate for your dog.

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

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


Behavioral Challenges & Problem Solving (8 week) -- Register
02/27/18 08:00 PM - 04/24/18 08:50 PM
ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF CLASS, DO NOT BRING YOUR DOGS.

This class is for all ages of dogs who have passed STAR Puppy or similar course. Dogs are typically over 1 yr, have not passed CGC, and exhibit moderate behavioral issues. This class is not for aggressive dogs, such as those dogs whom repeatedly and actively look for trouble and start it with either other dogs or people. Rather, this class is for dogs whose behavior is not considered well mannered, such as – but not limited to – excessive jumping; mild to moderate recreational-self rewarding barking; bullying; doorbell reactivity; resource guarding; relentless and hard leash pulling; “friendly”, attention-getting nipping; or just mildly grumpy dogs.

This class is by referral from GSDOC instructors or approval from the instructor prior to attending class. Only six dogs will be selected from the pre-registration list. Dog/handler teams must committ to attending every week and implementing homework. We will work on similar exercises as the CGC class, but at a more individual and slower rate.

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Approval from the instructor prior to attending class. The instructor will contact all teams who pre-registered on-line, to assess whether dogs/handler teams meet the criteria for this class. Please make sure you correctly input all contact information on the on-line pre-registration form. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; favorite toy and a tug toy; a mat, towel, or pad for the dog; a 6-ft leash; and a flat collar, martingale, or harnesses designed for reducing leash pulling (see below for harness suggestions).

HALTI Harness by The Company of Animals: https://www.companyofanimals.us/product/halti-harness. This harness has two rings one on the front and one on the back.

HALTI Walking Harness by The Company of Animal: Best for smaller dogs under 20 pounds. https://www.companyofanimals.us/product/halti-walking-harness. This harness has two rings one on the front and one on the back. It also has a handle on the back strap.

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

ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF CLASS, DO NOT BRING YOUR DOGS. RATHER, BRING ALL REQUIRED EQUIPMENT SO THE INSTRUCTOR MAY CHECK WHETHER THE EQUIPMENT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE BEHAVIOR OF CONCERN.


Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00


Canine Good Citizen (CGC/Tier A, 6 week class) -- 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 or martingale; a dog brush; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

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


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


Obedience I (Tier A, 6 week class) -- 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.

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

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 II (Tier B, 8 week class) -- Register
02/27/18 07:00 PM - 04/24/18 07:50 PM
In the Obedience II class, you will refine obedience exercises learned in CGC, FIC, and Obedience I. The skills that we will focus on and sharpen include: loose leash walking and precision heeling; figure eights; heel position halts; proofing of stand for exams, sit stays, down stays; and recalls. We will also focus on leave it, go outs, finish, back, and mat or crate work. This is a great class for those who want to have more solid, calm, and neutral dogs; sharpen their obedience exercise performance; and for those interested in competing with their dogs in obedience trials.
Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes::CGC, FIC, and Obedience 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

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


Special Session: New AKC Obedience Trial Regulations and Exercises -- Register
03/13/18 11:55 AM - 04/17/18 11:55 AM
Special Session class will introduce the changes to AKC Obedience Group Exercises effective May 1, 2018.

The 3-13-2018 and 3-27-2018 classes will be devoted to discussing and demonstrating the changes to the Novice group exercises.
Prerequisite for attending the 3-13-2018 and 3-27-2018 classes:
*Dog and handler trained and competing in AKC Novice Obedience.
*Dogs must be reliable in their on-lead stay exercises.
*Dog capable of being in close proximity to other dogs
*A six-foot leash and well-fitting collar suitable for AKC Obedience competition.

The 4-3-2018 and 4-10-2018 classes will be devoted to discussing and demonstrating the changes to the open group exercises.
Prerequisite for attending the 4-3-2018 and 4-10-2018 classes:
*Dog and handler trained and competing in AKC Open Obedience.
*Dogs must be reliable in their off-lead stay exercises as well as obeying sit, down, stand, come,
and finish command/signals.

Prerequisites: As described in the Course Description.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, small crumb free training treats that are quickly swallowed; and a crate.

6 PM Class: This is a special session class that will meet on the following dates:

3/13, 3/27 4/3, 4/10

3/20 NO CLASS


Member price: $5.00
Non-Member price: $30.00
Second Dog Discount: $15.00


S.T.A.R. Puppy (2-6 month puppies, 8 week class, 7:00 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 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 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, 6 week class) -- 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 or martingale; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

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

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