Behavioral Challenges & Problem Solving

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Class Time: 8 PM
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier A
Class Session: 2020 Session 4

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 for the class. Dog/handler teams must commit to attending every week and implementing homework.

The instructor has the right to deny training for any dog at any time, irrespective of whether they fit the definition of “Assertive/Aggressive”.

Additional Information

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.

Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a dog brush; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.

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

Class Tiers

Class Tier System

Our goal is for dog and handler teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. 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 depends on student ability.

* STAR Puppy
* Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I).
* Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II.
* Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I.
* Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go.
* Specialty classes (conditional).

We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.