Tricks I/II

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Class Time: 6:15 PM
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier B
Class Day/Location: Tuesdays/Versa Dog Sports
Class Session: 2023 Session 4

The GSDOC Tricks I/II class is for dogs older than 6 months who have graduated from all Tier A classes: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, FIC, and Obedience I or similar training. Our Tricks I/II class is designed to teach dogs and their handlers the tricks listed for the AKC Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate levels. We focus on teaching different ways of learning and bonding with our dogs as well as continue building on exercises that promote sound dog to dog and dog to people manners. The first four classes will step through the AKC Trick Dog: Novice list. The last four classes will step through the AKC Trick Dog: Intermediate list. All dog and handler teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take AKC Trick Dog Novice and/or Intermediate evaluations. Upon passing the evaluation(s), you will receive AKC form(s) that you may send to AKC to receive an official AKC Certificate(s) and/or Title(s) (depending on your selection, additional AKC cost).

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Pre-requisite: all Tier A classes: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, FIC, and Obedience I or similar training

Additional Information

Pre-Requisite: Dogs older than 6 months. Passed all Tier A classes: CGC, FIC, and Ob I or similarly structured training classes. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. Dogs should understand basic obedience commands and able to walk semi-quietly on leash.

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

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

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.