Advanced Skills Classes

Not all classes are offered every session. Please fill out a CLASS INTEREST FORM online HERE to start the class sign-up process. If you have questions and are not ready to sign up for a class yet you can email info@gfdtc.org Check upcoming class schedules on our calendar.

Obedience Classes (may require prerequisites)

Beginner Obedience Level 1
Prerequisite: Completion of Puppy Plus or Basic Manners or instructor approval
Cost: 
$50
Class length: 4 weeks
Class Description: Beginner Obedience builds on obedience foundation skills learned in Basic Manners and Puppy Advanced classes.  You will also be introduced to formal heeling, fronts and finishes, and distractions.  This class helps your dog become a well-behaved family member, and also prepares you and your dog to move forward to more advanced obedience classes if you desire.  this class will build on the skills from level 1, plus introduce a couple new skills, all geared towards helping your dog be a well adjusted member of your family.

Beginner Obedience Level 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Puppy Advance or Beginner Obedience Level 1 or instructor approval
Cost: 
$50
Class length: 4 weeks
Class Description: This class will build on the skills from level 1 or from Puppy Advanced, plus introduce a couple new skills, all geared towards helping your dog be a well adjusted member of your family.

Intro to Obedience and Rally Skills
Prerequisite: Completion of Beginner Obedience Level 2 or Instructor approval
Cost: 
$50
Class length: 4 weeks
Class Description: This class is designed to increase your dog’s response to your body language and voice commands, and create a willing partner for you.  Our goal is to “unleash” your dog’s ability to think and problem solve without being worried about possible consequences. This class provides a good foundation for those of you thinking about competition.

Rally Coursework 
Ages:
  Fill out a class interest form and the instructor will be in touch.
Length:  Drop-In class, scheduled periodically – check the calendar for dates and times.
Prerequisite:  It is expected that students in this class will know how to perform the appropriate exercises for their level (Novice, Advanced, or Excellent).
Cost:
Class Description:  This class is designed for handler/dog teams who have completed the Rally Obedience class and want the opportunity to practice doing rally courses and to work on fine-tuning handling skills and  teamwork on or off lead.  Each course will be set up in such a way that it can be run as a Novice, Advanced,  or Excellent level course.

Other Skills Classes (may require prerequisites)

Canine Good Citizen class
Ages: 6+ months of age
Cost: $50
Length: 4 weeks. 5th week will have CGC testing by a CGC Evaluator when available at an additional cost
Prerequisite: Dogs and their handlers must have attended at least one group class previously or have instructor approval. At the BEGINNING of class dogs must be able to demonstrate “sit” and “down,” knowledge of loose leash walking (this does not need to be mastered, but needs to have a start on the skill), are able to demonstrate knowledge of “stay” (does not need to be mastered, but needs to have a start on the skill), and must be able to work in a training environment with other dogs. The end desire is to complete the CGC test at the end of class.
Class Description: To learn and demonstrate skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen title test.

Tunnel and Hoop Fun Novice
Ages: 6+ months of age
Length: 4 Weeks, 1 hour classes.
Prerequisite: None!
Cost: $50
Class Description: This class will introduce the tunnel and hoop agility obstacles. Upon successful performance of each, additional pieces will be added, working up to a total of 4 items in a sequence, if possible. This class is meant to be a fun alternative to other agility classes, and does not require completion to advance through the agility track.

Trick Dog Novice (not offered every session)
Ages: 8+ months
Prerequisite: Dogs and their handlers must have attended at least one group class previously or have instructor approval. At the BEGINNING of class dogs must be able to demonstrate “sit” and “down,” knowledge of loose leash walking (this does not need to be mastered, but needs to have a start on the skill), and must be able to work in a training environment with other dogs. The end desire is to complete the Trick Dog Novice test at the end of class.
Cost: 
$50
Class length: 4 weeks
Notes: This class is offered periodically when there is enough interest.
Class Description:  Dog Tricks are FUN! This class is intended for those that either want to have fun learning new tricks or have a desire to learn the tricks needed for an AKC Trick Dog Novice title. Dog’s must be able to work in a group class setting, and handler’s must be prepared to do training homework as we build on each successive week. Novice Tricks covered include: Balance beam, find it, get in a box, sit in a box, get on, hand signals, high five, jump through low hoop, kiss, paws up, push-ups, shake, spin, touch, and tunnel.

Focus and Engagement (not offered every session)
Ages: 8+ months
Prerequisite: Completion of Puppy Advance or Basic Manners at the GFDTC, or owners can request a skill evaluation if they trained elsewhere.
Cost: 
$50
Class length: 4 weeks
Class Description:  Class exercises will enhance your bond and  relationship with your dog, and help you teach your dog to be a well behaved family member or improve their performance in many dog sports.  We will teach the basics of a clicker and encourage class participants to try clicker training.

Agility Classes (may require prerequisites)

Not all classes are offered every session. Please fill out a CLASS INTEREST FORM online HERE to start the class sign-up process. If you have questions and are not ready to sign up for a class yet you can email info@gfdtc.org Check upcoming class schedules on our calendar.

What is agility?

Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers – from young people to senior citizens. It has great spectator appeal. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.

agility collage

Our Agility classes may require a dog/handler evaluation. Some classes are not offered every session.

Tunnel and Hoop Fun Advanced – New May 2019
Ages: 8+ months of age
Length: 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Tunnel and Hoop Fun, Beginner Agility, or Agility 1 or higher, and the ability for the dog to navigate a straight and curved tunnel.
Cost: $50
Class Description: This class will build on the dog/handler team experience. Hoops and tunnels will be sequenced as drills that will apply handling skills while having fun with your dog. This class is meant to be a fun alternative to other agility classes, and does not require completion to advance through the agility track.

Introduction to Agility
Ages: 8+ months of age
Length: 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Completion of Puppy Advanced, Basic Manners, or a skill evaluation if training occurred elsewhere.
Cost: $50
Class Description: This class will provide the skills necessary for Beginner Agility: left and right circle, hand touch, touch plate, watch, wrap, right and left heeling, and a review of commands such as come when called, sit, down, and stay.

Beginner Agility, Agility 1-6, & Coursework

After you take Introduction to Agility, the GFDTC has numerous Agility class options. Based on instructor approval you will be invited to either repeat a class if you need more time or advance to the next level. There are 6 levels to Agility classes after Beginner. Courses are generally 7 weeks long and are $75.