Focus and Impulse Control

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Class Time: 7:30 PM
Class Length: 7 weeks
Class Tier: Tier A
Class Day/Location: Tuesdays/Versa Dog Sports
Class Session: 2024 Session 1

Focus and Impulse Control (FIC) class will reinforce and build on the obedience and focus exercises learned in STAR Puppy. The skills learned in class will help to solidify your dog’s understanding of these newly learned behaviors. FIC is a great class to take before taking the CGC class. Instructors will encourage teams to sharpen their performance, provide tools to improve impulse control, and inspire a solid commitment between dogs and their handlers and families, which is the key to becoming a good family dog and a Canine Good Citizen.

This class will help teams understand that patience and calm behaviors provide positive learning environments and yields the greatest results. Dogs will learn that focusing on their handler is much more rewarding than focusing on their surrounding environment. This focus work will help the dog control impulse behaviors, such as lunging, barking, and sniffing; and execute commands more quickly and correctly. This class incorporates many games with handlers and dog. No suggested pre-requisites. 6ft non-retractable leash required.

Additional Information

No suggested pre-requisites. 6ft non-retractable leash required.

Class Tiers

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.