Beginners Obedience

Our Fall 2017 session is underway.  ALL BEGINNERS OBEDIENCE CLASSES ARE FULL.

Evaluation week begins on November 13th.  Beginners Graduation will be held on Friday, November 17th.

Our Winter 2018 session will begin the week of January 8th.  Enrollment will open on or before November 1st.

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.

Please check the website for updated class availability BEFORE submitting your enrollment paperwork.

Beginners Obedience Enrollment

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

Fall Session 2017

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.

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 10:00 am Instructor: Ed Hardesty September 11, 2017 November 13, 2017 12/12 Slots Filled – FULL (9/1/17)
Mondays 7:00 pm Instructor: Chris & Cheryl Medlock September 11, 2017 November 13, 2017 10/10 Slots Filled – FULL (9/5/17)
Mondays 7:00 pm Instructor: Jihrleah Showman September 11, 2017 November 13, 2017 10/10 Slots Filled – FULL (9/5/17)
Mondays 7:00 pm Instructor: Sandra Wright-Hackler September 11, 2017 November 13, 2017 10/10 Slots Filled – FULL (9/5/17)
Tuesdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Jessica Guthrie September 12, 2017 November 14, 2017 12/12 Slots Filled – FULL (8/25/17)
Wednesdays 11:00 am Instructor: Sally Poindexter September 13, 2017 November 15, 2017 10/10 Slots Filled – FULL (8/31/17)
Wednesdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Pam Hubbard September 13, 2017 November 15, 2017 11/11 Slots Filled – FULL (8/23/17)

Last updated August 11, 2017

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.

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
Mondays 11:15 am Instructor: Kelly Carter September 11, 2017 November 13, 2017 5/10 Slots Filled – 5 openings (9/1/17)
Wednesdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Cathy Hall September 13, 2017 November 15, 2017 12/12 Slots Filled – FULL (8/23/17)
Thursdays 7:00 pm Instructor: Mariann Duca September 14, 2017 November 16, 2017 4/10 Slots Filled – 6 openings (9/1/17)
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.

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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