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Level IV Classes

Click to jump to: Advanced CGC Prep w/Exam - 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

ADVANCED CGC PREPARATION with EXAM

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.

Advanced Preparation Class for CGC with Exam is five one-hour sessions with the final session #6 including your Exam. Dogs must have attended Level III 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 with the ultimate goal of earning your dog's AKC CGC Title.

You want to give back to the community and help your dog become a therapy dog to visit hospitals, long-term nursing care facilities and more? Are you simply looking to earn one more title with your dog? You will continue to increase your dog’s skills and practice every session in order to be successful on the final class when the Exam is administered. A candidate for CGC practice regularly, promotes and teaches responsible dog ownership. This class will alllow you and your dog to demonstrate to our community the important roles our dogs can take by becoming a respected member of the community. The games and exercises focus on preparing dogs to go "beyond" the Canine Good Citizen objectives and to build solid sit-stays, down-stays, and recalls. Currently there are 16 states that have passed AKC CGC Resolutions. Additionally, many insurance homeowner policies require AKC-CGC for some specific breeds in order to obtain coverage. The AKC-CGC exam is a standardized method of measuring your dog’s training skills, social ability and manners in the home and in public.

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation and dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate, which many people represent after the dog's name, abbreviating it as CGC; for example. The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily or the team fails. Test items include:

• Accepting a friendly stranger.
• Sitting politely for petting.
• Allowing basic grooming procedures.
• Walking on a loose leash.
• Walking through a crowd.
• Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
• Coming when called.
• Reacting appropriately to another dog.
• Reacting appropriately to distractions.
• Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

Exam fees are due prior to test being administered, and you must bring a brush for your dog’s grooming portion.

Evaluators may sometimes combine elements during the actual test. If all ten objectives are met, the handler can apply for a certificate and special dog tag from the AKC stating that the dog has earned the CGC. Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, nor do they have to be purebred or, in fact, registered with any canine organization. The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs. Since its inception, the CGC program has become the model for similar programs around the world, is the backbone of other exams, such as those given for therapy dogs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.

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 truly want to bring your dog everywhere? Then help your dog earn their AKC CGC title.

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 - 2nd Skill Level

Rally "O" Obedience Class, 2nd level is six one-hour sessions and continues where Rally O 1st level left off. You must have completed Rally O, 1st Skill level to join this class. This next skill level will give you the skills to move on in the fun sport of Rally O. This class will go beyond obedience by and utilize the remaining obedience movements including, jumps, run bys and more! Remember, 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. Watch a great Advanced Competition video

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) - 2nd Skill Level

Danc'n with Dogs 2nd skill level (Advanced Obedience) is six one-hour sessions. Dogs must have attended Danc'n with Dogs 1st Skill level training at Dog Training by PJ. 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, 2nd level will take you and your dog farther and help you develop the smooth movements you seek while continuing to develop 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.

So you want to look like this or watch this - you’ll want to join this class!

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 (ADVANCED OBEDIENCE) - 2nd Skill Level

Canine Dressage Class 2nd skill level (Advanced Obedience) is six one-hour sessions. Dogs must have attended 1st Skill level for Canine Dressage training at Dog Training by PJ. 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? Watch this video and marvel at the performance, perfection and attention this dog gives her owner.

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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