Our Classes

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Classes:

Basics Class

add-basics-obed-classThis class will work on teaming with your dog to learn how to communicate with each other, and reinforce behaviors you like, while redirecting behaviors you don’t like. We will learn Sit, Down, Touch, Leave It, Stay, walking on a loose leash, greeting humans, greeting other dogs, door etiquette, and beginning heeling work. More importantly, we will teach your dog to focus on you, and work to strengthen his intelligence to facilitate learning.

This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages, from puppy to seniors.

Cost for this 6-week course is $70 for members, $90 non-members.


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Barn Hunt Class

Barn Hunt classes are fun for all dogs! Teach your dog to alert to the rats hidden in the straw, and give them the fabulous opportunity to use their nose and hunting skills! Don’t worry, the rats are safe in plastic tubes, no rats will be injured! Intro, beginner, and advanced classes.

 

 

 

 


Disc Classes

Disc ClassRegister now for our popular and fun disc dog classes.

We meet on Fridays beginning Jan. 9th.

Classes are as follows:

Beginner – this is for dogs who do not yet know how to catch a disc.  We work to create/increase drive and learn the proper basic disc throws.  Class meets at 7:30.

Novice – this is for dogs that are already catching discs, and we work on competition basics and improving throws.  Class meets at 8:30.

Freestyle  – this is for dogs and handlers who have a good working disc relationship and are interested in learning/competing in the tosses, jumps and vaults of freestyle competition.  Class meets at 7:30.

Price for all disc classes is $90, with no member discount.


Dog Scouts Badge Class

Each session we focus on  a different Dog Scout Badge, and work with you and your dog to teach you the skills you need to get the badge!  Not a Dog Scout?  Not a problem, you and your dog will still learn some awesome skills, and we have Dog Scout testing periodically if you decide to become a Scout team.


Flyball Class

FlyballWe had a blast in our first Flyball class at Sky Dogs, and we are looking forward to more fun this session!

Flyball is a relay race for dogs . . .  teams send dogs over a series of hurdles to a box that releases a tennis ball, and the dog retrieves the ball and brings it back over the hurdles to the handler.  If you have a dog who loves to chase balls, then this could be your dog’s dream come true!

Class for both beginners and intermediate students meets on Thursdays at 8:00 beginning January 8th.

 


Loose Leash Walking Class

loose-leash1Walking with your dog on a leash should be an enjoyable time for both of you.  This means no pulling, straining, or choking for your dog, and no pulling, straining, tired arms or sore back for you!  This three week class will give you the tools and knowledge to teach your dog to walk without pulling and show him that orienting to you is the behavior that gives the best rewards.

This class will be offered soon,  exact time and date TBA.

 

 


Nosework Classes

nosework.fwDoes your dog like to use his nose? Of course he does! He’s a dog, after all, and they have a sense of smell that we, as humans, cannot even fathom. This class will teach you and your dog how to work together to find specific scents. It is a fun class for the pups, and you will start working by playing some simple games to teach the dogs that they get rewards for putting their nose on a container with scent. All dogs work one at a time, and will be crated during down time. This class is good for all dogs, whether they need to develop confidence, if they are uncomfortable around other dogs, or if they have overflowing energy and enthusiasm!

The goal of this class is to have fun and to develop the fundamental skills for competing in scent work, or just have fun with it at home. All dogs benefit from foundation scent games– dogs with no experience at all will quickly understand that finding scent pays with rewards, and they will want to do more. Every dog learns at a different rate, but using the nose comes natural and most dogs will “get” it right away.

Class meets on Sundays, beginning dates are as follows:

January 4th 5:00 Nosework Intermediate (6 week class, $90 non-members, $70 members)
January 11th 6:00 Nosework Intro (4 week class, $70 non-members, $50 members)
January 18th 7:00 Nosework Intro for Special Needs Dogs (4 week class, $70 non-members, $50 members)


Shaping Class

Using shaping, and marking behavior to teach your dog anything . . .

This is a very fun class! We will use shaping to teach your dog to paint, and to play musical instruments, among other things. Yes, really! It is a fun way to learn the basics of shaping, and you will have a beautiful piece of artwork, suitable for framing, at the end of the session. And, because it’s so fun, it’s not just for beginners . . . experienced trainers will have a good time, too! Because really, doesn’t every dog need to express themselves artistically?!

Class will meet on Thursdays at 7:00, and begins Jan 8th.


Special Needs Basics Class – Deaf Dogs/Visually Impaired Dogs

deaf-visually-impaired-dogsThis class is specifically for dogs with hearing impairments and/or visual impairments.  We will help you communicate with your deaf dog, whether born deaf, or whether deafness/vision became an issue later in life.  Using a visual or touch marker as needed, we will show you how to get and keep your deaf dog’s attention, and teach basic manners, as well as basic obedience. We will also help you to “think like a deaf dog” and increase your understanding and communication abilities with your deaf pal.

This class will work on teaming with your dog to learn how to communicate with each other, and reinforce behaviors you like, while redirecting behaviors you don’t like. We will learn Sit, Down, Touch, Leave It, Stay, walking on a loose leash, greeting humans, greeting other dogs, door etiquette, and beginning heeling work. More importantly, we will teach your dog to focus on you, and work to strengthen his intelligence to facilitate learning.

Cost for this 6 week course is $70 for members, $90 non-members.

Class meets on Sundays at 4:00, starting January 4, 2015.


Treibball

treibballTreibball is a fun game to play with your dog! A sport for dogs of all ages and sizes–it promotes better teamwork and communication between a dog and his handler. It’s great fun for any energetic dog who works well off-leash and needs a job. Playing the game uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues.

Treibball is a positive-reinforcement, competitive dog sport which originated in Germany and entered sanctioned competition in 2008. The dog must gather and drive large exercise balls into a soccer goal.

Eight balls up to 30” tall are set in a triangle formation, similar to billiards, with the point ball farthest from the goal. The object of the game is to get all eight balls into a confined space the size of a soccer goal within a set time period, usually about 15 minutes. The handler may not move outside of an area that contains the left half of and several feet beyond the goal area. The dog works in close cooperation with the handler, who is only allowed to use whistles, verbal or hand signals to direct his dog. No verbal or physical corrections are used in Treibball. The dog and handler must communicate effectively to herd one ball at a time into the goal, in fifteen minutes time. The dog and handler team are scored on cooperation and direction, within that fifteen-minute time limit, and can earn extra points or accrue demerits accordingly.

The balls have been referred to as “rolling sheep” in recognition that this sport stems from herding for dogs who do not have access to regular sheep. It’s fun for any dog that loves to play chase games, to herd, or just use their amazing, problem-solving ability. Competing in Agility takes special equipment, the ability to run with your dog and direct him through each obstacle. Treibball promotes the same kind of teamwork and communication, but does not put any physical stress on the handler. It also builds confidence for the shy dog, and helps reactive dogs with impulse control.


Canine Good Citizen Class

This is a 6 week class appropriate for dogs that have completed a basic obedience class or have a good grasp of basic manners such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Loose Leash Walking/Heel, and impulse control. The class will prepare dog/handler teams to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, which is available to all breeds as well as mixed breeds. The test consists of 10 parts, which require dogs to demonstrate basic skills such as those listed above. This is a good class to continue your dog’s training, as well as sharpen skills for an older dog.