Obedience

After puppy classes or getting started…

Dogs who are just starting out should enroll in Basic Obedience. Even if your dog sits and shakes at home, please enroll in Basic Obedience unless you are sure he will listen and respond to your cues 9 out of 10 times the first time you ask in a group setting. You’ll be glad you took your time!

Continuing on …

Graduates of Basic Obedience should take an intermediate level obedience class. Dogs beyond Intermediate may enroll in the Canine Good Citizen class. Therapy dog prospects should start in either Basic, Intermediate, or CGC, depending on their level of training prior to starting class with us. Teams may also be interested in our Tricks, Rally, Agility, Scent Work/Nose Work or Tracking classes.

Our basic obedience classes are not designed to rehabilitate dogs who behave aggressively toward other dogs. Aggressive behavior includes barking and lunging on leash. Contact us at otcpbc@gmail.com for a referral on these issues.

Vaccination Requirements: DHP, Rabies.
Obedience Classes to follow Intermediate Obedience:
Competition Obedience

Canine Good Citizen: Canine Good Citizen Classes and Titles
Thinking about other activities to do with your dog? See our Tricks Class: Tricks Classes or our Nose Work classes: Nose Work Classes


Obedience for Companion Dogs

Class Name: Basic Obedience

Description Basic Obedience will introduce your dog to the fundamentals of good behavior and the joys of working as a team. Review the learned basic commands and make them stronger: Watch, sit, down, stay in place, walk nicely and exit safely. Come ready to learn how to effectively reward good behavior and help your dog grow into the teenage dog you have always wanted.
Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes for walking and running. NO FLIP FLOPS!
Prerequisite: Dogs should be at least 6 months old and preferably have attended a puppy class.
What to Bring: Buckle or martingale collar – NO HARNESSES, 6′ leash and lots of treats, low (e.g.,cheese sticks), medium (e.g., hot dogs) and high level (e.g., boiled chicken).

Class NameMeetsInstructorClick Button to Register
PO Basic Obedience (7581)Tuesdays 4/16-5/21/24 at 1:00pmCharlotte CzermannRegistration Closed
PO Basic Obedience (7802)Thursdays, 4/25-5/30/24 at 5:15 pm Susan MinixRegistration Closed
PO Basic Obedience (7582)Tuesdays 6/4-7/9/24 at 1:00pmCharlotte Czermann .
PO Basic Obedience (7874)Saturdays 6/22-8/3/2024 at 11:30 am. No Class 7/20/24Patty Armfield
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)
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Class Name: Intermediate Obedience

Description A bridge class to prepare dog and handler for CGC and Beginner Novice. Emphasizes impulse control and gives student the opportunity to add duration and distractions to foundation behaviors.
Class will include: Let’s go (walk without pulling)-left, right, about turns, 360 turns,serpentine, and paper clip loop. Leave it. Recall- (20 feet with or without finish). Sit/stay-60 seconds. Down/stay-3 minutes. Go to your place. Stand. Heeling sequences. One trick.
Prerequisite: Completion of a 6 week basic obedience class.
Training Equipment Needed: clicker, 6 ft. leash, 16 ft. flexi-leash, mat large enough for dog to lie down on with rubber backing, and lots of small easy to consume treats (low- medium, and high value).

Class NameMeetsInstructorClick Button to Register
PO Intermediate Obedience (7598)Saturdays 5/4-6/15/2024 at 11:30 am. No class 6/8/22Patty Armfield and Lynda BowesRegistration Closed
PO Intermediate Obedience (7890)Tuesdays 6/4-7/9/24 at 2:15 pm Charlotte Czermann
Class Length: Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months).


Transition to Competition

Class NameDescriptionPrerequisitesWhat to Bring
CO Beyond the BasicsThis class uses play and food to introduce intermediate obedience skills that will improve your dog’s focus and enthusiasm for work. Skills included: Go to Place (10 feet); Stay with Release (Distractions); Send around Object; Send over Jump; Front (Dog sits in front of you); Finish (Dog puts himself in heel position); Find Mine (scent work).Basic Obedience. Dogs should be reliable “off leash” (they will work with a short leash hanging from the collar). They should know Sit, Down, Come, and Stay. Because dogs work off leash, dogs that do not like other dogs will not enjoy this clas Materials needed: Short leash (18″ – 2′), Mat or area rug for place training, Small cone
CO Novice Prep SchoolThe Novice Prep class is important, because it is the foundation for the higher levels and gives the handler the opportunity to work with their dog in a show ring setting. Dogs should learn to be confident, steady, and motivated workers. Skills included: This class will include working with Rally signs, motivated heel exercises including: the figure 8, learning to get attention from your dog even when distracted, fun recalls, fronts, a steady confident sit with exam, the sit stay while you walk around the ring, and the recall from approximately 25 feet away.To participate in this class, dogs must have taken basic and intermediate classes and/or Rally Novice classes. You do not have to have a title.Come to class with plenty of training treats and the motivation to have fun!
Session Registration Follows Just Below

Class Length: Class meets for six weeks for an hour.

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

Class NameStartsInstructorClick Button to Register
CO Beyond the Basics
CO Novice Prep School (7897)Saturdays, 6/22-8/3/24 at 10:15 am No Class 7/20/24Patty Armfield
Class meets for six weeks for an hour. Cost: $139 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)


Upcoming Basic Obedience Classes

Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to the first day of class. Classes run for six weeks for one hour. Class schedule subject to change.

ClassDay of WeekStart DateTime
PO Basic Obedience
PO Basic Obedience

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Upcoming Intermediate Obedience Classes

Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to the first day of class. Classes run for six weeks for one hour. Class schedule subject to change.

ClassDay of WeekStart DateTime
PO Intermediate Obedience
PO Intermediate Obedience
PO Intermediate Obedience

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Other programs of interest:

Canine Good Citizen Classes and Exams
Tricks Classes and Tests
Scent Work

Class Policies:

Class registration closes 72 hours in advance of the class start date. You must preregister online in order to attend a class. Classes are subject to cancellation or date changes at the discretion of OTCPBC training staff.

Because class size is limited and sufficient time is necessary to contact alternate students, class tuition may only be refunded if notice, in writing or by email, is received seven (7) business days prior to the start date of a class by the instructor or the director. OTCPBC does not offer partial refunds, make-up lessons, private instruction in lieu of group classes, or the transfer of monies from one class to another.

We do not offer make-ups, private lessons, or transfers of monies from one class to another for any reason, including the onset of estrus in bitches. Handlers may not “drop in” to classes unless the class is a designated “drop in” class.

Our basic obedience classes are not designed to rehabilitate dogs who behave aggressively toward other dogs. Aggressive behavior includes barking and lunging on leash. Contact us at otcpbc@gmail.com for a referral on these issues.

A 20% discount for club members who meet the volunteer hours requirement will be calculated before the registration form is submitted.

Please bring proof of DHP and rabies (as age appropriate) the first night of class.

Please print the following letter containing information about club policies and directions to the facility after you register for class.

READ BEFORE COMING TO CLASS

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Questions about Obedience?

Contact Us using our Contact Form or
Email us at otcpbc@gmail.com