How to use the Training Equipment
Target plate –
The first item to use is a simple target plate. Cottage cheese or cream cheese lids work the best and are easy to come by. Place a treat on the lid on the ground, stand with your puppy or dog facing it up close, use your left hand along side your dogs face to point to the treat, walk forward saying “Go touch” and let them eat the treat. Do this over and over gradually adding distance towards the target. Make a game of this asking the dog in an excited tone to zoom out to the target. This targeting is great for the utility obedience directed jumping “go outs”, to teach them to jump over a jump getting rewarded with the treat, to learn to go away from you to lie in an area before you answer the front door and for agility contact zones.
PVC Training Box –
The most valuable item and use for so many exercises is a PVC training box. This is a 3-sided box that is slightly raised up off the ground being higher in front than the rear and the size suitable for your dog’s body size. I calculate about 12 different exercises that this item will enhance, including obedience utility/rally hand signals, drop on recalls, quicker dumbbell or glove pick up in place, fronts and finishes to name a few.
Lure your puppy with a treat and verbally say “get in the box” with a sit at first then give them the treat. Again make it fun and exciting with your voice. Bring them out of the box and start again. Do what I call “puppy calisthenics” of going from a stand to a “concertina” fold back down, back up to a pop up sit, kick back in a stand and start all over. Mix up the order using the treat at first as a lure, which will soon become a hand signal. Start up close and gradually adding distance.
For a sit hand signal, use the left hand with a treat going up towards their face but slightly over their head to cause them to sit.
For the stand hand signal, use the right hand with an open palm with a treat in between the fingers, right up against the dogs nose. With the left hand or left foot touch under the dogs’ belly, flank or touch his/her toes to get them to kick back up with just the back legs, leaving the front legs stationery.
For the down hand signal, use treat in the right hand going into their face and chest area, almost pushing into them causing the dog to fold back down. You might need to add pressure on their shoulders to help them go down. You do not want them to sit first then down, as this will cause problems later in training.
If you did your homework on the attention “watch” the puppy should be paying attention to what you are asking. If not run in, goose them, rough house a bit and start over. This is not brain surgery; so if they are slightly out of position, don’t fret it just yet. This restricted movement in the box prevents them from creeping forward, often seen in obedience but not desired. Once they have mastered signals from 6 to 10 feet away you are ready for the drop on recall.
Wednesdays at Camino Real Park in Ventura off Mills Rd & Dean St.
12:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 3:00
Competition Obedience Class (Novice, Open and Utility
Rally Class (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters)
The first ½ hour the group class begins with how to get your dog to watch you while heeling and the proper footwork for right, left, about turns, halts, fast & slow pace. I cover all the obedience exercises of figure 8's, stand for examination and recalls both straight and the drop through the crowd of dogs and people. I teach hand signals for stand, down, sit and start to add distractions to your dog while maintaining attention. We work on straight fronts, left and right finishes, catch up heeling and work on the group sits and downs exercise.
The second ½ hour a ring is set up for the novice, open and utility obedience exercises and we start to proof the dog with major distractions, talking to dog, toys, treats on the ground etc. Dumbbell work, gloves, utility articles, go outs and directed jumping in taught, breaking down each task step by step. Really fine-tune the exercises for all levels to achieve a better performance in the trial setting.
There is a rally course set up that is nested for all three levels where you learn the novice, intermediate, advanced, excellent and master rally signs, plus the regulations and point deductions are reviewed for optimum performance. Tips are given on how to get a better performance from you and your dog.
3:00 to 4:00 Basic Obedience Class
For those who either just want a well-behaved dog and don't want to compete with a new puppy/older dog or need the basic exercises to start your competition career, I will show you how to get them to walk nicely on a leash, meet people and other dogs in a mannerly fashion, sits, downs, stand, stay, come, take it and leave it. I also incorporate various exercises to have fun with your dog like an agility tunnel, weave poles, jumps, intro to rally, nose work search and tricks of all kinds.
Each class is $95.00 for 6-weeks, 1 hour or if you enter two classes or have two dogs the price is reduced to $170.00. There is a $20.00 drop in rate for any of the classes. I do allow for 2 missed classes in each 6-week series.
Valley Hills Obedience Club
VHOC lost our training site after 14 years, so we are in the process of finding a new location. We have a temporary locations but check with me first to make sure they are still viable.
VHOC offers a number of classes for pet owners looking to master simple K9 manners and dog enthusiasts looking to earn High in Trial!
Check out their website at: http://www.vhoc.org/ClassInfo.htm
Beginning Obedience & Manners Class
Instructed by club member Laurie Burnam, this ongoing six-week class is designed for pet owners looking for instruction in basic obedience. The class covers basic behaviors such as walking nicely on a leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave it and also offers a taste of typical competitive obedience exercises, learn agility using a tunnel, weave poles and jumps, nose work search exercises, rally competition signs on a course, plus tricks for students looking to further their training experience. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays, location tbd. Until a permanent location is found, the cost is $20. per class. For more information, please contact Laurie Burnam at (818) 882-0443 or via email at email@example.com.
Competitive Obedience Class
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Rally Class and is designed for dog and handler teams who want to work towards their CD/CDX/UD titles. The first half of class is a group setting, focusing on attention heeling, fine tuning footwork and handling skills, figure 8's, stand/moving stand for exam, recalls, straight and drop, fronts/finishes, distractions, plus sits & downs. Second half of class students will work on Open and Utility exercises and complete run throughs. All dogs should have a good, solid foundation, possibly obtained by the Beginning Obedience and Manners Class or similar. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week series.
Class currently meets from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. For more information please contact: Laurie Burnam at 818-882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Competitive Obedience Class and is designed to familiarize students with the various exercises performed throughout the AKC AND ASCA Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters level Rally Obedience. The course is nested with all four levels, instruction is given how to execute each sign for the level you want to learn. Classes will meet from 6:30-7:30p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. for non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week attendance. For more information, please contact Laurie at (818) 882-0443 or email@example.com.
** BRAND NEW CLASS **
PIERCE COLLEGE EXTENSION PROGRAM
6201 WINNETKA AVENUE, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91371 (818) 719-6425
DOG KNOWLEDGE, CARE & OBEDIENCE TRAINING
In this 6-week class, you and your dog will work on basic obedience commands such as “sit, lie down, stay, stand, come, leave it, to heel nicely on a leash and meet other dogs and people in a mannerly fashion”. In addition, you will learn different dog sports activities like, “agility with jumps, tunnels and weave poles, competition obedience/rally exercises, nose work searching and even many types of dog tricks. With some practice, you will gain more confidence working with your dog, and you may even be amazed how much fun you can have together. Starting in September there will be a Beginning Agility class offered at the second class timeline. More info to follow.
6 Mondays Two Separate Classes 6:00 to 7:25 7:35 to 9:00
CONTACT PIERCE COLLEGE DIRECTLY FOR ENROLLMENT
This course will help people achieve a better bond with their dog, to show them how to get a mannerly but still happy dog that can be taken in public places with ease.