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Level III Classes

Click to jump to: Ulti-Mutt Consistency - Amusing Agility - Rally "O" - Danc'n With Dogs - Canine Dressage

To register for any of our classes, please call 775-828-0748 or e-mail dogtrainingbypj@ymail.com

ULTI-MUTT CONSISTENCY CLASS

Many successfully titled obedience team competitors will tell you they’ve completed Fun with Tricks, Ulti-mutt Consistency, Rally O, and Danc’n with Dogs – These dogs also earned their first title, AKC-CGC and are working toward other AKC titles.

Ulti-mutt Consistency is six one-hour sessions. Dogs must have attended Level II training at Dog Training by PJ or other equivalent class from another trainer. This class is a small organized group class that will expose your somewhat reliable dog to new situations and increase distractions while having fun teaching!

Ulti-mutt Consistency was designed to help you develop a well mannered, well-behaved, dog so when you ask your dog they willingly perform a series of behaviors at a higher level of skill and proficiency. This class is essential for any dog/owner team considering therapy dog training and certification so you and your dog learn how to work smoothly and naturally with ease, grace and demonstrate enjoyment and fun! Ulti-mutt Consistency will help increase your skills to utilize toys/play as reinforcement of behaviors – why? Ever watch a K9 Officer Working Dog? Those dogs work for the next play session! You will learn how to earn your dog’s enthusiasm while getting reliability.

You and your dog will rock the world when you attend our REAL WORLD or ADVENTURE WORKSHOPS, offered regularly and posted as events on Facebook. You want to bring your dog everywhere? Then this is YOUR CLASS to aspire toward with your dog.

Your dog must be current in their vaccinations and have Rabies vaccination unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian. A health certificate is required if unable to provide vaccination records. We do accept titer results from your veterinarian. We encourage your dog to have the Bordetella; however it is not required because we do not board animals in our facility. We encourage you to refer to your Veterinarian’s recommendation for Bordetella when attending group training classes.

Completion of this Ulti-mutt Consistency generally is a great step toward ADVANCED PREPARATION – American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship Certificate/Title. The AKC-CGC is a standardized method to measure training and manners. Some insurance homeowner policies now require AKC-CGC certification. In addition, the AKC-CGC is the first step toward your dog testing for therapy dog certification.

 

AMUSING AGILITY - 1st Skill Level

Amusing Agility is six one-hour sessions. You asked for it, so we have it. Come have fun playing and running on various obstacles used in agility. While this class will help provide your dog with opportunities to run through a course, it also helps to develop a closer and deeper bond by conquering agility challenges while having fun together. This class is allows owners and their dogs to utilize various obstacles, develop great waits, recall, off-leash behaviors and more. This class does not prepare you and your dog for competitive agility. However, it is very rewarding when you can teach your dog to use various objects and obstacles. This helps give your dog mental and physical challenges. Amusing Agility is the ulti-mutt definition of having fun with your dog, your best friend — they will love you for giving them the opportunity!

Your dog must be current in their vaccinations and have Rabies vaccination unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian. A health certificate is required if unable to provide vaccination records. We do accept titer results from your veterinarian. We encourage your dog to have the Bordetella; however it is not required because we do not board animals in our facility. We encourage you to refer to your Veterinarian’s recommendation for Bordetella when attending group training classes.

 

RALLY "O" OBEDIENCE - 1st Skill Level

Rally "O" Obedience Class is six one-hour sessions. This class is fun while continuing to develop great heel work! Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. Rally O was originally devised by Charles L. "Bud" Kramer from the obedience practice of "doodling" - doing a variety of interesting warm-up and freestyle exercises.

Rally-O was developed to use a designed course where dog/handler (team) use directional signs complete the course. Rally-O goes beyond obedience by utilizing over forty obedience movements including, spiral movements, sit/down/stand, various skills turns, stays and much more. Rally O develops the team to work together at a brisk pace, using a positive attitude with a happy demeanor. The Rally-O concept was to create an obedience program with great emphasis on fun with the excitement of your dog executing "spot-on" skilled behaviors while it allows for a more natural performance. Rally O will greatly add to your ability to maintain your dog's attention and attitude at a higher level. This class size is limited to provide you and your dog with the best training experience. Still not convinced? Watch this video!

Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.

There are currently five sanctioning bodies for Rally-O in the United States: the American Kennel Club (AKC); the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT); and the newly formed Canine Work and Games (C-Wags)and Canines and Humans United (CHU). The United Kennel Club (UKC) added rally obedience to their program as of January 2009, and the Swedish Working Dog Club (SBK) added it in July 2011.

In AKC Rally, which is open to AKC breeds and mixed breed dogs registered in the AKC Canine Partners program, the team starts with 100 points, and the judge deducts points for mistakes. After qualifying three times under two different judges, the dog earns a title, which appears after the dog's registered name. Each qualifying trial earned is known as a "leg."

There are three levels in AKC Rally:
Novice, the beginner's class. The dog is on leash and there are 10 to 15 stations, the title is RN.
Advanced, for dogs who have completed their novice title. Dogs are judged off leash, and the title is RA.
Excellent, the highest class, for dogs who have earned their advanced title. 15 to 20 stations, including 2 jumps, are used in this class and the title is RE.

Even if you are not considering earning your AKC Rally O titles, this class will help develop some great skills for your dog and you’ll have a great time teaching them.

Your dog must be current in their vaccinations and have Rabies vaccination unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian. A health certificate is required if unable to provide vaccination records. We do accept titer results from your veterinarian. We encourage your dog to have the Bordetella; however it is not required because we do not board animals in our facility. We encourage you to refer to your Veterinarian’s recommendation for Bordetella when attending group training classes.

 

DANC'N WITH DOGS (ADVANCED OBEDIENCE) - 1st Skill Level

Danc’n with Dogs (Advanced Obedience) is six one-hour sessions. Dogs must have attended Level II training at Dog Training by PJ or other equivalent class from another trainer. This class is a small organized group class that will expose your somewhat reliable dog to new situations and increase distractions while having fun teaching!

Danc’n with Dogs class was developed to gain great focus from your dog while learning movement and dancing with your dog to music. This is not your "take it easy" obedience class and often has been described as a very advanced obedience class utilizing heel, wait, distance skill behaviors and more. Danc’n with Dogs is a fun sport for the owners and dogs and helps build a stronger bond with your dog while adding other dimensions to your training "tool kit" including music, timing, routine development and showmanship.

This class is great for seniors, kids, people with older less active dogs and fun way to keep active with our dogs. This class size is limited to provide you and your dog with the best training experience.

History: Musical freestyle started in many places almost simultaneously around 1989, with demonstrations of the talent of heeling to music being shown in Canada, England, the United States and the Netherlands within three years of each other. The main unifying element among the groups was an interest in more creative obedience demonstrations, dog training, a love of music, and, in many cases, inspiration from an equine sport called musical kur which is a more creative and dynamic form of equine dressage.

Teaching a dog to be able to work on both sides of the handler's body, not just the left side as in standard obedience heeling, is the first step to doing freestyle. The trainer first breaks the routine into pieces with only two or three moves linked together, and as they progress these pieces are linked together. There are two types of musical canine freestyle: freestyle heeling (also known as heelwork to music) and musical freestyle.

Freestyle heeling focuses on a dog's ability to stay in variations of the heel position while the handler moves to music. In heel work to music, the dog and trainer remain close to each other at all times. Sending the dog away or doing distance work is not part of the routine, with the dog remaining almost invisibly tethered to the trainer. Pivots and moving diagonally, backwards, and forwards to a suitable musical theme are important to the routine. Jumping, weaving, rolling, passing through the trainer's legs and anything else considered "not heeling" is not allowed.

Musical freestyle demands that the dog perform a variety of tricks and other obedience talents. In musical freestyle, heel work can be combined with other moves such as leg weaving, sending the dog away, moving together at a distance, and more dramatic tricks such as jumping, spinning, bowing, rolling over, and more. Dancing in place and other innovative actions where the dog plays off the dance moves of the trainer are encouraged. A popular finishing trick for some routines is for the dog to jump into the trainer's arms or over his or her back.

Currently, there are several organizations regulating competitive freestyle, such as the World Canine Freestyle Organization, Canine Freestyle Federation, and the Musical Dog Sport Association in the United States, Paws 2 Dance Canine Freestyle Organization in Canada, Canine Freestyle GB in Great Britain and Pawfect K9 Freestyle Club in Japan. In the UK, the sport is called Heelwork to Music and is an officially recognized sport of the kennel club. Competition rules vary from group to group, and from country to country, but most are based on a variety of technical and artistic merit points. All routines are done free of training aids or leashes, except in some beginner categories. Competition can be done as a single dog-and-handler team, as a pair of dogs and handlers, or as a full team of three or more dogs and their handlers. Generally, there is only one dog per handler for competition.
Still not convinced? Well watch this video or this video!

Your dog must be current in their vaccinations and have Rabies vaccination unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian. A health certificate is required if unable to provide vaccination records. We do accept titer results from your veterinarian. We encourage your dog to have the Bordetella; however it is not required because we do not board animals in our facility. We encourage you to refer to your Veterinarian’s recommendation for Bordetella when attending group training classes.

 

CANINE DRESSAGE - 1st Skill Level

Canine Dressage Class (Advanced Obedience) is six one-hour sessions. Dogs must have attended Level II training at Dog Training by PJ or other equivalent class from another trainer. This class is a small organized group class that will expose your somewhat reliable dog to new situations and increase distractions while having fun teaching!

Benefits of K9 Dressage? K9 Dressage provides many benefits to the dog and the handler. Among these benefits include; K9 Dressage is open to any dog that can perform the required moves and sequences. There are no pre-requisites except the dog’s ability to meet the expectations of the Beginning On-Leash Novice Level. K9 Dressage teaches dogs to use both sides of their bodies equally, thereby balancing their musculature and increasing flexibility of movement. Additionally, it teaches dogs contextual flexibility, since they will perform moves in various orders. K9 Dressage encourages owners to make fuller use of the dog’s physical and mental capabilities and provides continuing education for dogs and handlers who have mastered all the current obedience exercises and are looking for new goals with new exercises.

For those who aspire to the highest level of canine freestyle competitions, K9 Dressage will help to add more structure and discipline to freestyle performances. K9 Dressage allows the handlers to give verbal cues and to praise their dogs while performing. The training and performing of these moves is a wonderful balancing exercise for the dog and a great bonding activity for both dog and handler. There is no equipment to lug or set up for practice and handlers do not need a large area for teaching the moves. All sequences can be practiced on any straightaway, since each move is performed along, or at the end of, a straight line.

K9 Dressage is derived from the stately sport of equine dressage, in the same sense that dog agility owes its origin to equestrian show jumping. The goals of equine dressage are to create suppleness, balance, and obedience through movements that are characteristic of horses and which are used in schooling the riding horse. K9 Dressage has the same goals through movements that dogs use in their diverse working activities, such as service work, or when they are at play. K9 Dressage is less rigid than its equine counterpart. It includes exercises that are fun as well as demanding, incorporating a combination of heeling maneuvers and freestyle movements.

As a competitive activity, K9 Dressage is carried out in three levels. The three levels of competition, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, offer gradual, logical progression of movements, which lead to a physically balanced, flexible and obedient dog. The K9 Dressage course is laid out in a 40’ x 50’ gated or roped ring. Lettered markers are placed at specific points on the outer perimeter of the ring to serve as targets for performing designated movements and transitions. A competition course consists of six patterns of movements called sequences. Each course is pre-designed, and the moves and sequences will always be the same for each course. A sequence is a series of two or more different movements connected together. They are executed horizontally, vertically, and diagonally from marker to marker just as equine dressage.

K9 Dressage has sixteen standard movements. Ten are basic and six are expansions of the basics. Included are many "mirror" moves that are performed on both sides of the handler. There are fifteen established sequences that incorporate various standard movements: six for the Novice Level, six for the Intermediate Level, and three for the Advanced Level. The Novice Level sequences use only basic movements. The Intermediate and Advanced Level sequences consist of both basic and expanded movements. The Advanced Level course is composed of three established sequences, plus three unique sequences designed by the handler. The unique sequences will combine basic moves, expanded moves, and specialty moves, which are covered in The Advanced Level section.

Still not sure? Well watch this video and marvel at the performance, perfection and attention this dog gives her owner. Think it is too difficult, well you have to begin somewhere, right? So watch this beginning video.

Your dog must be current in their vaccinations and have Rabies vaccination unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian. A health certificate is required if unable to provide vaccination records. We do accept titer results from your veterinarian. We encourage your dog to have the Bordetella; however it is not required because we do not board animals in our facility. We encourage you to refer to your Veterinarian’s recommendation for Bordetella when attending group training classes.

 

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