Obedience Classes

Obedience classes at Canine Sports are broken down into two main areas: classes for pets and classes for competition. Below are the descriptions……

Pet Classes:

S.T.A.R. Puppy class
for dogs under 6 months

Focus on socialization with other dogs and people. The instructor will provide various strategies to help with puppy behaviors such as jumping, biting and barking. You will also learn how to teach basic commands, such as come, sit, leave it, etc.

AKC S.T.A.R. assessments will be given a the end of each 6 week session

 Basic Obedience

The instructor will provide strategies to help improve communication with your dog. You will learn how to teach leash respect, sit, down, come and stay to your dog.

Fun and Games 101 (offered occationally)
Dogs and handlers will be introduced to a variety of fun things to do! For example, crate games, obedience skills, rally games, basic introduction to agility, basic scent work etc. **
**Requirements: Dogs need to be at least 6 months old and have previously our puppy and/or basic obedience class
AKC Canine Good Citizen classes will be held from time to time so individuals and their canine companions will be prepared to take the AKC CGC test

Competition Classes:

Competition Puppy Class
For individuals who are interested in competing with their puppies in obedience, rally or agility
Focus will be on the basic skills needed to move into the beginning level classes

Foundation Skills for Novice/Graduate Novice/Beg. Open skills
An intro to competitive obedience. Focus on basic skills of attention, heeling, stays, stands, recalls, fronts and finishes. The more advanced dogs in this class will also work on skills needed to enter the AKC Graduate Novice class. Class is ongoing

Proofing Class:
Main focus of this class is to prepare students to enter the competitive obedience ring.
Open Skills: Designed to help students and their dogs who are getting ready to compete. The focus is on attention, recalls, heeling, retrieves, jumping, stays, fronts and finishes. Proofing will be provided to prepare dogs for the show ring. Advice to how to prepare for showing is also provided. Class is ongoing.

Utility: class offered if there is an interest at this highest level of competition
The instructor teach the various skills necessary to show in the Utility. Skills include, go-outs, directed jumping, scent articles, heeling off leash, signals, moving stand for exam and directed retrieve. Each exercise is broken down into small components so the handler and dog can develop the necessary skills. Proofing is also provided as well as ring preparation. This class is ongoing.

Rally class is offered to students who wish to learn the sings and how to show in Rally. Signs are introduced and practiced.

Agility Classes

Agility classes at Canine Sports are broken into several levels depending on the experience of the dog and the handler.

Familiarization for dogs who have never been on the equipment; help with start line, waits, releases and recalls.

An introduction to agility equiipment and basic ground work. Dogs must know basic commands: come, sit, stay and down.

Advanced Beginner:
Simple handling moves and short course sequences.

Handling moves with longer course sequences. Beginning competitors. Dogs must be comfortable on all full height equipment.

Fine tuning handling skills, timing and strategies. Serious competitors.

Please remember to call ahead before you sign up for any classes to ensure there is room for you and your furry friend!!!

Call 440-967-3466 for more information or email:

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