Beginners Obedience

The Summer 2020 session is currently in progress.

Our Fall 2020 session is anticipated to begin as scheduled the week of September 14th.

Updated enrollment information should be posted to this page shortly after August 1st.

Please e-mail questions or inquiries to beginners.tdtc@att.net.

We teach and encourage positive training methods using treats, toys, and verbal praise as rewards.  All instructors are volunteers and have earned at least one AKC Obedience Title with their dog.  All instructors complete a hands-on apprenticeship program and participate in continuing education.

Classes often fill well before the enrollment deadline.  Please check the class schedule below for updated class availability BEFORE submitting your enrollment paperwork.

Please e-mail questions or inquiries to beginners.tdtc@att.net.

Beginners Obedience Enrollment

Please download and print the attached enrollment packet and follow instructions for submission.

Summer 2020 Session

Tuition is $75  for ten weeks, one hour each week.*
*Member pricing $55, or $40 with voucher

Beginners Obedience

Dog must be six months or older.
No previous training required.
10-week session, one hour per week.

Session begins with a one-hour orientation (without dogs).  You will need a properly fitted collar and a six-foot leash; both are available for purchase the first week of classes with the dog for proper fitting or throughout the session.  Homework is assigned each week based on the instruction manual received at orientation.  You will be evaluated on the 10th week.  All dogs will graduate, receive a certificate, and are invited to attend our graduation party.

Classes often fill well before the enrollment deadline.  Please check the class schedule below for updated class availability BEFORE submitting your enrollment paperwork.

Please e-mail questions or inquiries to beginners.tdtc@att.net.

Your dog will learn:

  1. Have a positive attitude and come when called
  2. Walk on a loose leash
  3. Sit
  4. Lie down
  5. Come when called from twenty (20) feet away
  6. Sit for examination
  7. Stay in a sitting position for 1 minute
  8. Stay in a down position for 2 minutes
  9. Stay in a stand for a short period

We offer a 10% discount for the first obedience class taken with an adopted pet from an approved organization. You must provide a copy of the adoption contract at the time of enrollment.

Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Mondays 9:45 am Instructor: Ed Hardesty June 22, 2020 August 24, 2020
Mondays 11:00 am Instructor: Dan Stahl June 22, 2020 August 24, 2020
Mondays 5:45 pm Instructor: George Gennardo June 22, 2020 August 24, 2020
Mondays 7:00 pm Instructor: Chris & Cheryl Medlock June 22, 2020 August 24, 2020
Mondays 7:00 pm Instructor: Jihrleah Showman June 22, 2020 August 24, 2020
Tuesdays 5:45 pm Instructor: Cathy Smith June 23, 2020 August 25, 2020
Tuesdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Jessica  Guthrie June 23, 2020 August 25, 2020
Tuesdays 8:15 pm Instructor: Sarah Ellis June 23, 2020 August 25, 2020
Wednesdays 11:00 am Instructor: Dan Stahl June 24, 2020 August 26, 2020
Advanced Beginners

Completion of TDTC Beginners Class and recommendation of testers is needed to enroll in this class.
10-week session, one hour per week.

This class is for those who have completed beginners, but need more in-depth instruction on the skills covered in Beginners before advancing to Novice I.  There is no orientation for this class, and dogs should attend week one.

Please e-mail questions or inquiries to beginners.tdtc@att.net.

Tuition is $37.50 for 10 weeks, one hour each week, for members and non-members if the TDTC Beginners class was taken the previous session.

Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
Tuesdays 9:45 am Instructor: Mariann Duca June 23, 2020 August 25, 2020
Wednesdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Cathy Hall June 24, 2020 August 26, 2020
Saturdays 9:45 am Instructor: Mariann Duca June 27, 2020 August 22, 2020
Junior Handlers

Handlers are between the ages of eight (8) and thirteen (13).
Dog must be six (6) months or older.
No previous training required.
10-week session, one hour per week.

The goal of this class is to teach the Junior Handler and dog to work together. A basic beginners class for the dog (with an adult handler) is highly recommended but not required. Parents should consider the size, age, and maturity of the child and dog when enrolling in this class.

If you are a Junior Handler, please enroll in the Beginners Obedience class on Tuesdays 7:00 pm, if possible.

Session begins with a one-hour orientation (without dogs). You will need a properly fitted collar and a six-foot leash; both are available for purchase the first week of classes with the dog for proper fitting or throughout the session. Homework is assigned each week based on the instruction manual received at orientation. You will be evaluated on the 10th week. All dogs will graduate, receive a certificate, and are invited to attend our graduation party.

After successfully passing this course, you may continue training in a Novice I class.

You may also apply for Associate Membership after successfully completing a Beginners obedience or higher class.

Day & Time Instructor(s) Start Date End Date Openings
No Junior Handlers this session.

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