Beginners Obedience

Our Winter 2021 session will begin the week of January 4th.

Updated enrollment information will be posted AFTER November 1st.

Please e-mail questions or inquiries to tdtc.beginners@gmail.com.

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 tdtc.beginners@gmail.com.

Beginners Obedience Enrollment

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

Fall 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 1 minute
  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
Monday 9:45 am Instructor: Ed Hardesty September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020 FULL
Monday 11 am Instructor: Dan Stahl September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020 FULL
Monday 7 pm Instructor: Chris & Cheryl Medlock September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020 FULL
Monday 7 pm Instructor: Jihrleah Showman September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020 FULL
Tuesday 5:45 pm Instructor: Barb Casto September 15, 2020 November 17, 2020 FULL
Tuesday 7  pm Instructor: George Gennardo September 15, 2020 November 17, 2020 FULL
Tuesday 7 pm Instructor: Jessica  Guthrie September 15, 2020 November 17, 2020 FULL
Tuesday 8:15 pm Instructor: Jessica Guthrie September 15, 2020 November 17, 2020 FULL
Wednesday 11 am Instructor: Kelly Carter September 16, 2020 November 18, 2020 FULL
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
Saturday 9:45 am Instructor: Mariann Duca September 12, 2020 November 21, 2020 CANCELED
Wednesday 7 pm Instructor: Cathy Hall September 16, 2020 November 18, 2020 FULL
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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