GSDOC Training Classes (8 Week Sessions)


The GSDOC offers five sessions of training classes during the calendar year. Each session includes eight weeks of training classes. A summer break occurs approximately in July, with a winter break in December of each year.

GSDOC puppy and basic training classes are designed to help owners learn how to train their dogs and to assist in socializing dogs in a manner that creates canine good citizens. Advanced classes prepare interested dogs and owners to participate in Rally, Obedience and Agility as well as competition if desired. Trainers and dogs progress through a structured curriculum of classes open to the public and to club members. No dog or people aggressive dogs are allowed. We also cannot allow intact females in heat in class.


Current Classes:


The first session of 2017 Obedience classes began January 3, 2017 and will run through February, 21, 2017. Please join us for Graduation night for games, food, and prizes. We are currently meeting inside the Exhibit Hall, which is on the northeast end of the Golden Spike Event Center.

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation will be offered on February 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Cost for GSDOC members and current class attendees is $10. The CGC is also available to the public for $25.

Upcoming Classes:


The next session of classes, 2017 Session #2, will begin February 28, 2017 and run through May 2, 2017.

Below is a list of the classes currently being offered:

6 PM - Puppy Obedience
6 PM - Basic 1 Obedience
6 PM - Basic 2 Obedience
6 PM - Scent & Retrieve

7 PM - Basic 1 Obedience
7 PM - Basic 1 Obedience
7 PM - Foundations of Agility
7 PM - Show-n-Go Obedience League

Class Registration:


Online registration is now open (for classes beginning February 28, 2017).

On-line registration opened Saturday, February 11! Please note that you must register on-line prior to completing registration on the first night of class. Please check in at the registration table at 5:45 pm on February 28; you must show proof of vaccination and pay for your class(es) via cash or check. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.

Due to a large interest in classes, we must strictly enforce our wait list. Please note that if you signed up online, but fail to come to the first night of class, you will be placed on the wait list and your spot filled.

Classes will be posted as 'Registration Full' when online registration has reached 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 by submitting your information via the "Contact Us" page on this website. If an opening becomes available, an offer will be made to fill the vacancy in the order emails were received. You may also come in person the first night and add your name to the wait list. The registration table will open at 6:00 and remain open until 7:00 PM to complete registration for 7:00 classes.

All students need to complete registration and make payment on the first night of each class session at the Golden Spike Event Center. All students should bring the class fee (cash or check) and your dog's immunization record with you to registration. All dogs six months or older on Registration Day must provide proof of the Rabies immunization. Payment must be made and shot records verified for all dogs enrolled in the classes no later than the second class to continue training.

You should receive an e-mail confirmation upon registering. However, the GSDOC has been malfunctioning and not sending all e-mails. If you register completely, you will be entered in the class. Please contact Crystal or Ina if you did not receive an e-mail but would like to confirm class registration. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are working to resolve the issue.

Class Information


For all 6 PM classes, please bring your dog to the first class session.
For all 7 PM classes EXCEPT Basic 1, please bring your dog to the first class session.

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

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



For directions to the Fairgrounds, click here.

Cost:
The Club charges the public $75.00 for classes and a discounted rate for Members. Six and Seven week courses are offered at a reduced rate of $50. Please note that the 6 PM classes are shortened because they are not held on General Meeting nights. Revenue from these classes helps defray the costs of both equipment and the facility. All classes are taught by members of the Club who donate 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: Crystal Toupin


Basic 1 Obedience (6-weeks) -- Registration Full
This class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. We will help you teach your dog basic obedience commands needed to be a canine good citizen, including; sit, down, recalls, walk on leash and stay in a sit for 1 minute and down for 2 minutes. Dogs will also learn to stay calm while walking past and next two other dogs and people. Fun obedience games will be incorporated into class, and all exercises will be applicable to real life.

This will be a six week course and will not be held on the General Meeting night. Please bring your dog to the first night of class. Please note: new curriculum!


Prerequisites: Dog must be at least at least 6 months of age. No dog or people aggressive dogs. Please ask for a referral to a behavior specialist if you need one.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Puppy Obedience 2-6 months (6-weeks) -- Registration Full
This class is for puppies 2 to 6 months of age. The class includes socialization to help increase the puppy's self-confidence and ability to learn. Basic care and safe management of puppies is taught. Owners learn how to introduce their puppy to other dogs, people and new situations. Owners also learn how dogs learn and how to teach their dog to pay attention, come when called, and start becoming a good member of the family and community.

This will be a six week course and will not be held on the General Meeting night, please bring your puppy to the first night of class.
Puppies must have documentation of immunizations. Proof of rabies is required if the puppy is four months of age or older on the day of registration. Equipment needed includes; flat collar, 6 foot leash, soft treats, water and a soft pad or towel for dog to sit on.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Basic 2 Obedience (6-week) -- Registration Full
This class will be working with the dogs to help them with basic obedience. Obedience skills include; Heel on leash, figure eight, stand for exam, sit stay, down stay and recall. Will work on go outs and going to mats. Obedience for individuals who have already passed the Basic 1 Obedience class, carry a CGC, or for more experienced handlers by request. This class will teach the basics of all of the exercises in AKC obedience with the exception of the scent detection and retrieval exercises. This is a great class both for individuals interested in competing with their dogs in obedience, as well as folks who just want to have more solid obedience on their dogs. Fun obedience games will be incorporated into class, and all exercises will be applicable to real life.

This will be a six week course and will not be held on the General Meeting night. Please bring your dog to the first night of class. Please note: new curriculum!

PREREQUISITE: Prior completion of Basic 1 Obedience by dog and handler, OR the instructor's approval. No dog or people aggressive dogs allowed.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Basic 1 Obedience -- Registration Full
This class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. We will help you teach your dog basic obedience commands needed to be a canine good citizen, including; sit, down, recalls, walk on leash and stay in a sit for 1 minute and down for 2 minutes. Dogs will also learn to stay calm while walking past and next two other dogs and people. Fun obedience games will be incorporated into class, and all exercises will be applicable to real life.

Please do NOT bring your dog to the first night of class. Please note: new curriculum!




Prerequisites: Dog must be at least 6 months of age. No dog or people aggressive dogs. Please ask for a referral to a behavior specialist if you need one.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $50.00


Foundation Agility -- Register
02/28/17 07:00 PM - 05/02/17 08:00 PM
This class is for teams that are not familiar with agility and provides an introduction to the foundation movements and techniques in running the course. You will teach the dog balance and where their back end is. You will learn how to come off the obstacles and how to start you dogs in weave poles, as well as enforcing contacts. Basic jumping skills will also be explored.

Students will be expected to arrive early to assist with setting up equipment,and also to take down equipment.

It is strongly encouraged that dogs be able to work off leash and have a strong recall. However, dogs will be permitted to work on .
PREQUISITES: Completion of Basic 2 Obedience class and/or instructor's approval. Dogs must be at least one year of age. Everyone should bring a crate to put your dog in as the instructors are teaching.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $50.00


Show-n-Go Obedience League -- Registration Full
This class is intended for dogs and handlers preparing to compete in AKC Obedience trials. The main goal of the class will be to stimulate the show environment, while also providing positive reinforcement and "training in the ring."

The 8-week session will be ran as an obedience show league. A mini show will take place each night of class, where dogs and handlers will be run through various exercises, divided into the Novice and Open class levels. The exercises will mirror the AKC Obedience classes, but individual exercises may be modified by the instructor for time and difficulty. ogs and handlers will be judged, will receive a scorecard with feedback, and will be placed with other dogs and handlers within the same obedience class.

Handlers will play the role of judges and stewards, and will be expected to judge one mini-show during the 8-week session. Points will be awarded for each placing, each night. Prizes will be awarded to the High Point Dog and Handler Team in each obedience class at the end of obedience league.

While the league will simulate a show environment, ring corrections and positive reinforcement are encouraged. Food is allowed as a reward only; luring will not be tolerated.

Handlers must crate their dogs when not competing. Handlers must bring all training supplies and person trial items, such as dumbbells or articles.

Handlers are expected to assist with set up and tear down of obedience ring. Handlers are also expected to assist with the show, and judge/provide constructive feedback to other handlers when not showing.
Dogs should have a strong understanding of basic commands. Handlers should be familiar with the current AKC rules and regulations for obedience.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $50.00


Retrieval and Scent Detection (6-weeks) -- Registration Full
Learn the basics of teaching a retrieve and scent detection in this class with dumbbells, dowels, car keys and shoes. Dogs will learn to "take it," "retrieve," and "find it" with metal, leather, plastic and wooden objects. Nosework and Barn hunt exercises will also be explored.

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.
PREREQUISITE: Prior completion of Basic 2 Obedience by dog and handler, OR the instructor's approval is a prerequisite. No dog or people aggressive dogs allowed
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $50.00
Second Dog Discount: $25.00


Basic 1 Obedience -- Registration Full
This class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. We will help you teach your dog basic obedience commands needed to be a canine good citizen, including; sit, down, recalls, walk on leash and stay in a sit for 1 minute and down for 2 minutes. Dogs will also learn to stay calm while walking past and next two other dogs and people. Fun obedience games will be incorporated into class, and all exercises will be applicable to real life.

Please do NOT bring your dog to the first night of class. Please note: new curriculum!




Prerequisites: Dog must be at least 6 months of age. No dog or people aggressive dogs. Please ask for a referral to a behavior specialist if you need one.
Member price: $10.00
Non-Member price: $75.00
Second Dog Discount: $50.00

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