AKC STAR Puppy

 Class Description:
The first class will be a handler orientation of the class topics and expectations; therefore, please leave puppies at home for the first night of class. The class will follow the recommended curriculum from AKC and will end with the AKC STAR Puppy evaluation. Graduates passing the test will receive an application to send to AKC in order to receive an AKC STAR Puppy Medal and a frame-able certificate of your puppy’s achievement. Topics covered will include attention, loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, life-saving recall, being handled by different people, calmly greeting other dogs on leash, exposure to novel things (variety of objects and surfaces), body awareness (ladder work, agility tunnel), and impulse control.

Prerequisite for this class

Puppies 12 weeks – 1 year of age. Vaccinations are highly recommended as follows: less than 16 weeks of age should have the second set of puppy shots; over 16 weeks should have rabies vaccination per agreement with your veterinarian (16+ weeks).

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs.

 

CGC – AKC Canine Good Citizen

Class Description:
All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs. 

 

CGCA – AKC Advanced CGC

Class Description:
Community Canine is the third and most advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen Program. In AKC Community Canine, dogs can earn the CGCA (Advanced CGC) title. The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, at a training club or in a local park. Some class will take place off site at dog friendly stores and restaurants.

Prerequisite for this class.
Canine Good Citizen test must be on record at AKC. CGC
is a prerequisite for the AKC Community Canine (CGCA) title.

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs. 

 

Nose Work- Introduction

Class Description:
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The sport of canine Nose Work is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.
No prior training is required. Dogs burn both mental and physical energy. Shy or fearful dogs build confidence. Increase the bond with your dog by working as a team and learning better communication. Does your dog need a job? This sport even helps active dogs focus that energy in a positive fun way. This sport is also perfect for older dog who still need a job but also need low impact for their joints.

All dogs work one at a time and will be crated when not working.

Class Requirements – crate, flat buckle collar, 6 foot leash and high value treats or toys. 10 foot leash very helpful but not required.

No: choke chains, pinch collars, halti leashes, gentle leaders or flexi leashes allowed to be used during class.

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 6 dogs. 

 

Nose Work – Continuing

Class Description:
Classes will build on the handler skills of how scent moves. We will strengthening the dogs independent searching ability. We will be doing searches on an off leash.

All dogs work one at a time and will be crated when not working.
Class Requirements – crate, flat buckle collar, 6 foot leash and high value treats or toys. 10 foot leash very helpful but not required.

No: choke chains, pinch collars, halti leashes, gentle leaders or flexi leashes allowed to be used during class.

Prerequisite for this class.
Must have attended an intro to Nosework class and be able to provide proof of class.
Dog must be on scent. Instructors are happy to meet with you to do an evaluation to see if this class would work for you. Please work with Class Registrar if you need an evaluation.

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 6 dogs. 

 

Obedience 101

Class Description:
This class will show you how to teach your dog manners and basic commands, to build a better relationship with your dog and to have fun. Basic commands such as sit, down, stand, wait, come, stay and heeling on leash will be taught.Even if you don’t intend to compete in dog sports and events, it’s crucial that all dogs receive basic training, from how to walk well on leash, responding to you when distractions are present, to being comfortable with strangers.

Prerequisite for this class
Any dog age 6 months or older.

No Drop In

No Alternate

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 6 dogs 

 

Rally – Novice/Intermediate

Class Description:
This class will introduce all of the novice rally signs, as well as some of the intermediate signs over the course of the 8 weeks, including techniques for performing each exercise, basic training tips as needed, and how to run a course. The instructors will cover rules and regulations that apply to rally competition. A practice novice/intermediate course (12-15 stations) will be set up to practice weekly, with emphasis on the signs taught that week (additional signs not covered yet in class may also be used but explained during the course walk-through). The instructors will add skills/signs in weekly at students’ requests

Prerequisite for this class
Basic Obedience (AKC Beginner Novice/Novice) performance required- this includes heeling on a loose leash, sit, stand, down, come to front, and returning to heel from a front position in both directions. Does not have to perfect (instructors are happy to work on improving these skills), but must have a general understanding of these commands.

Alternate and Drop in: Yes, Student must be familiar with novice/intermediate rally signs. Teaching is sequential and a new student would have missed learning signs

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs. 

 

Rally – Advance/Excellent

Class Description:
Advanced, Excellent, and Master level rally signs will be introduced and practiced. Heeling while backing up, moving stands, and moving downs will be among the skills taught in this class, in addition to covering the signs. This class is perfect for those still working at the novice level so that they will be able to transition to the advanced level smoothly. It is also aimedat those exhibitors that are currently working at the Advanced and Excellent levels but need morepractice. There will be input on how specific signs should be executed as well as 4training tips aseach team works the course. A practice advanced/excellent/masters course (12-18 stations on average) will be set up to practice weekly, with emphasis on the signs taught that week (additional signs not covered yet in class may also be used but explained during the course walk-through). The instructors will add skills/signs in weekly at students’ request

Prerequisite for this class
Students should be working at an AKC Advanced Rally level. Sit, stand, down, come with returning to heel position in both directions, stay, and heel off leash (or working towards off leash heeling).

Alternate and Drop in: Yes, Student must be familiar with advanced rally signs.

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs. 

 

Tricks Class

Class Description:
Young or senior, pure bred or mixed breed, any dog will enjoy trick training! Trick training is one of the best ways to build a fun, engaging, loving relationship with your dog. Dogs of any age and breed(s) can participate in tricks. During classes, a variety of reward-based training methods will be used to elicit behaviors as you work through the title levels for both Do More with Your Dog! and AKC.

Trick training not only builds your relationship with your dog, it provides much needed mental stimulation, can increase your dog’s confidence and help build your dogs self-esteem.

Prerequisite for this class
Must be able to interact in a multi dog class setting.

Alternate and Drop in: Dependent on class size. Please check with Class Registrar.

Class sessions are one hour for eight weeks with a maximum of 8 dogs.

 

What are Workshop (non-Session) Classes?

WAG offers Workshop Classes at times that won’t work for our regular weekly Session Classes. This allows WAG to offer additional classes with some scheduling flexibility while working around other building commitments, such as trials and meetings. Unlike our regular Session Classes, you sign up for individual dates and times as they fit your schedule, and pay only for the weeks for which you register. The per-class cost is the same as for our regular weekly Session Classes.

In addition to allowing scheduling flexibility, the Workshop Classes allow us to occasionally offer special topic classes that wouldn’t fit a normal 8-week class schedule.

What Workshop Classes are Available?

Check this web page frequently, as additional Workshop Class offerings will be added to the schedule throughout the year. Current Workshop Class offerings and contact information to sign up are listed at the bottom of this document

How Do Workshop Classes Work?

Class Selection: Select class date(s)/time(s) that fit your schedule from the list at the bottom of this document

Pre-Registration: You must pre-register. E-mail the contact person indicated for that specific class. Include your name, your dog’s name and breed, and the specific class date(s)/time(s) you wish to sign up for. If you are not a current WAG student, tell us a little bit about your dog as far as level (is dog competing, and if so in what venue and at what level?).

Cancellations: If you need to cancel, please e-mail the contact person with at least 24 hours notice so that we can let someone else have your spot if there is a wait list.

*** No shows without prior notification will still owe WAG the class fee for the missed class. ***

Payment: Payment is due before class starts at the time each class is held. WAG does not have the capability to accept credit card payments or to make change for these classes. Please pay cash with exact change or by check (payable to “WAG”).

Class Fees: Workshop Class fees are $13 (member), $15 (non-member) per one-hour class unless otherwise noted.