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Oakland Dog Training Club Classes and Schedule

Our instructors are Lora Cox, Hazel Olbrich, Barbara Henry, Lynn Kosmakos, and Lizanne Kaiser. Required forms for the Puppy, Beginning, and Intermediate are here: class application and questionnaire. Call 510-339-3276 to reserve your place before sending in the application. Class descriptions are below. A typical training progression is described here. Note: You do NOT need to be an ODTC member to take classes.

Monday
1:00 - 6:30 pm appointment only
Individual obedience instruction, Utility, Open, Novice.
30 minutes slots by appointment only. **
Barbara Henry For 10:00 am - 6:30 pm appt, email Barbara at BLGKatie@sbcglobal.net or contact club at 339-3276. To facilitate scheduling, signups for slots for the next month are required in advance.
6:45 - 7:30 pm CGC + Intermediate Skills Drop-in **** Lynn Kosmakos
7:30 - 8:30 pm Tricks Class *****(5) Jasen Duncan & Lynn Kosmakos Even numbered months.
7:30 - 8:30 pm Scent Work Class *****(5) Albert Angulo & Lynn Kosmakos Odd numbered months.
Tuesday 10:00 - 10:45 am Beginning Class *** Lora Cox Next sessions start: Jun 20, Aug 15, Oct 3, Nov 21 (Nov classes: 4 in 2017; 3 in Jan 2018)
11:00 - 12:00 pm Intermediate *** Lora Cox Next sessions start: Jun 20, Aug 15, Oct 3, Nov 21 (Nov classes: 4 in 2017; 3 in Jan 2018)
12:00 - 1:00 pm Novice/Open Drop-in **** Lora Cox
1:00 - 2:00 pm Utility Drop-in **** Lora Cox
7:30 - 9:00 pm
  7:30 - 8:00 pm
  8:00 - 9:00 pm
Rally*
    Sign instruction
    Run courses
Club-assigned instructors
Odd numbered months, twice a month, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of month.
7:30 pm Training Tools: Foundation Skills for Obedience & Rally *****(5) Barbara Henry & Lizanne Kaiser
Even numbered months.
2017: Starting 1st Tuesdays of each month.

Limit 8 dogs.

Wednesday 7:00 - 7:45 pm Foundation Skills for Utility *****(5) Hazel Olbrich Next session starts: Ongoing, contact club for information.
Limit 6 dogs.

7:45 - 8:00 pm Novice and Open Sits and Downs Hazel Olbrich
7:45 - 9:00 pm Novice/Open Drop-in **** Hazel Olbrich
Thursday 7:00 - 7:45 pm Puppy Class *** Lynn Kosmakos Next sessions start: Jun 22, Aug 10, Sep 28, Nov 16 (Nov classes: 4 in 2017; 3 in Jan 2018)
7:45 - 8:30 pm Beginning Class *** Lynn Kosmakos Next sessions start: Jun 22, Aug 10, Sep 28, Nov 16 (Nov classes: 4 in 2017; 3 in Jan 2018)
Friday
Friday Monthly Obedience Lori Drouin See events page for details.

* $15 each

** $20 each

*** $135 seven-week session. Please have your dog on a collar that it cannot get out of. Bring a 6 foot leash (a retractable leash is not a suitable substitute). Bring training treats (small, easily swallowed ones are best -- cut up small pieces of cheese and hotdogs are popular with many dogs). If your dog likes toys, bring one to class, too. Enrollment is limited.

**** $20 each or $60/month prepaid at 1st class of month.

*****(5) $80 four-week session.



Puppy Training - For puppies 10 weeks to 4 1/2 months at beginning of session. Puppies are socialized with people and each other. Puppies are introduced to basic obedience commands and get to play on puppy agility obstacles. Basic behavior issues such as house-training, chewing and barking are addressed. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Beginning - For dogs 6 months and older. Dogs are introduced to obedience commands such as Come, Sit, Down, Stay and Heel. The instructor is available to answer specific dog behavior questions and help you deal with problems such as barking, chewing and pulling on the leash. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Intermediate - For dogs who are promoted from Beginning training. In this class the trainer will polish basic obedience skills, practice hand signals and other advanced exercises, and prepare for off-leash control. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


CGC and Intermediate Skills Drop-in - Prepare for Canine Good Citizen test, Beginner Novice title, and practice Intermediate skills. CGC tests given bi-monthly. Drop-in.


Tricks Class - Learn foundation skills to perform a variety of tricks for fun and titles. Students will receive credit for tricks performed in class for both AKC and DMWYD titles. $80, 4 meetings in even numbered months. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Scent Work Class - Suitable for dogs who have never been introduced to searching for scent as well as those with prior Nosework experience who want to learn the specifics of the AKC Scent Work titling program. Cypress scent will be used, in addition to Birch, Clove, and Anise. Practice searches will include buried scent, container, vehicle, interior and exterior searches. $80, 4 meetings in odd numbered months. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


2017 Training Tools Classes/Schedule

Instructors: Barbara Henry & Lizanne Kaiser
Description/Schedule: In 2017 Oakland Dog Training Club will continue to offer our Training Tools classes - a series of monthly classes addressing various dog training skills. The four-week sessions are held in the even months (February, April, June, August, October, December) on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (occasional conflicts may require slight schedule adjustments). The 2017 topics and start dates are:

  1. February 7 - Heeling with Attention (Eyes on Me, Please!). Teach, refine and proof heeling on leash with focused attention. Focused attention is a requisite for successful heeling.
  2. April 4 - Stand (Like a Statue). Teach the Novice Stand for Exam and Utility Moving Stand including the kick-back stand, attention during the Judge's exam, and maintaining a stay while in the stand position.
  3. June 6 - Recall/Drop on Recall (Run, Stop, Drop-or Not). Teach and proof reliable, speedy recalls and prompt drops.
  4. August 1 - Figure 8 (X's and O's). Teach and proof (on and off leash) the shortest, and most difficult, heeling pattern in the obedience ring.
  5. October 3 - Go Outs (Go Where? Do What?). Teach and proof the 'send' and the 'call off' - the fundamentals of a solid Utility Go Out.
  6. December 5 - Ring Skills (Smile, You're Next). Analyze your dog and develop a warm up routine that enhances its performance success, learn to enter the ring with confidence and set up your canine partner so that it can give 100% effort on the first exercise.
Cost: $80 pre-paid for the 4-week session; class size limited.

Requirements: Dogs must have completed a beginning pet or novice obedience class and must be able to work in a group setting without disrupting other dogs. For the Heeling classes, unless otherwise specified, the work will be done on-leash. However, for the Heeling classes to be useful the dog should have a meaningful knowledge of heel position and basic attention; the fundamentals of heeling will not be covered. The classes are designed to build new skills as well as polish existing ones and will be of use to both novice and advanced handlers.

Class size is limited--enroll early. To enroll, please call ODTC at 510-339-3276 to confirm that there is an opening in the class; if there is, send a check to ODTC to hold the space. Questions about the classes? Email either of the instructors--BLGKatie@sbcglobal.net (Barbara Henry) or mrfiacra@yahoo.com (Lizanne Kaiser).


Proofing for Novice - Proofing the exercises for competition obedience classes is required to establish reliability in any setting (including the competition ring!). The focus of this class will be on developing understanding of "the job" while maintaining motivation for compliance. Sometimes "proofing" is associated with setting up the dog for failure and then correcting that failure; that will not be the emphasis of this class. This class is for dogs that have a fundamental understanding of the AKC competition Novice exercises (they will not be taught in this class) -- heeling, stand for exam, recall, sit-stay and down-stay. Attention and reliability will be emphasized. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Proofing for Open - Proofing the exercises for competition obedience classes is required to establish reliability in any setting (including the competition ring!). The focus of this class will be on developing understanding of "the job" while maintaining motivation for compliance. Sometimes "proofing" is associated with setting up the dog for failure and then correcting that failure; that will not be the emphasis of this class. This class is for dogs that have a fundamental understanding of the AKC competition Open exercises (they will not be taught in this class) -- heeling, drop on recall, retrieving, jumping, and out-of-sight stays. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Foundation Skills for Utility - This class will teach the Foundation skills for Utility. Dogs in this class must be able to work in a group setting without disrupting the other students; in other words, very young dogs can be welcome in this class. A retrieve is a nice-to-have skill but isn't required (but also will not be taught). What will be covered: Signal response from a distance, scent discrimination (with or without a retrieve, depending on the dog), marking and mark discrimination, moving stand, directed running (for go-outs), and direction discrimination for directed jumping. Dogs in this class are welcome to practice sits and down with the Novice/Open class from 7:45 to 8 PM. Approval of the instructor is required -- contact her at h_olbrich@sbcglobal.net.


Recreational Agility - This class will introduce the dog and handler to the obstacles and various jumps that are used in AKC agility trials. Safety will be emphasized. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Rally Class (Tuesday) - Preparation for AKC Rally competition. Rally is the latest rage, and entries are filling up fast. It's fun and a great way to supplement and reinforce classic obedience. While the moves are very basic obedience, they are combined on a parcourse like agility, plus you can talk to your dog throughout! The class will include all levels of Rally. Over the course of the six-week class all Rally stations will be trained and practiced, and a course will be run each class. Enrollment is limited. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Introduction to Rally Obedience (Wednesday) - Rally class is varied and fun for both team members (see http://www.akc.org/events/rally/index.cfm for more information). This class will focus on the skills required for successful completion of the Rally stations. Skills will be taught in the order of importance, and by week three short Rally courses will be run through by students while new skills will continue to be taught. Students are encouraged to stay for sits and downs practice immediately after Rally class. Class size is limited. Call registrar for enrollment information. Call 510-339-3276 if interested in signing up.


Novice - Held on a drop-in basis, for preparation for AKC Novice competition.


Open - Held on a drop-in basis, for preparation for AKC Open competition.


Utility - Held on a drop-in basis, for preparation for AKC Utility competition.


Friday Monthly Obedience Instruction:

Classes are drop-in and available to all who have signed a waiver with ODTC
Fee will be $20 per class (payable to Oakland DTC)