Sandia Dog Obedience Club: Teaching people and their dogs for over 70 years.

Agility

Introduction to Agility: Introduction to Agility will focus on basic obedience and dog handling skills. It will offer a fundamental introduction to agility terminology and some of the agility equipment. The class will work on developing the dog’s body awareness, building play and developing teamwork. A previous basic obedience class is recommended.

Beginning Agility: Beginning Agility will prepare the dog/handler team to develop the necessary skills to perform in the sport of agility. In this class, the teams will begin to work on contacts, tire, and jumps and learn to use verbal and physical cues to assist in the performance of skills.

Beginning Contacts & Weaves for Competitors: Beginning Contacts & Weaves is designed for the handler/dog team needing to improve their skills for agility competition.  This class is limited to teams planning for agility competitions.  Pre-requisite:  Handler/Dog team successfully completed SDOC Beginning Agility and Dog is physically mature enough to do weaves

Foundations of Agility I: Foundations of Agility I will transition the dog/handler teams to full height contacts. Emphasis will be placed on jumping skills, weaves, and short sequences.

Foundations of Agility II: Foundations of Agility II will focus on building stronger weave skills, and learning the crosses (front, rear, blind etc.) to be utilized in longer sequencing. Additional jump work to include turns over jumps, directionals and obstacle discrimination.

Competition Agility I: Competition Agility I is designed for the dog/handler team preparing to trial at the Novice level. Emphasis will be placed on challenging weave pole entries, serps and threadles. Sequencing will be at the Novice/Open level, preparing the teams for competition at an agility trial.

Competition Agility II: Competition Agility II is designed for the dog/handler teams who are seeking to excel at the Open/ Excellent levels. Advanced skills, course analysis and full course sequencing will be practiced.

Master Agility: Skills / Drills: Master Agility will allow dog/handler teams to learn advance techniques, enhance course analysis skills and practice sequences at the master/premier level.

 

Obedience

Obedience – Kindergarten Puppy Training (KPT) Class: Socialize your puppy with people and other puppies and expose them to new experiences. Puppies are introduced to basic exercises such as sit, down and walking nicely on a loose leash using motivational methods. You'll have an opportunity to discuss problems you may encounter with a knowledgeable instructor. These include house breaking and chewing as well as other training issues. Available to puppies 6 months and younger.

Obedience- Kindergarten Puppy Training/S.T.A.R. Puppy- The elements of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) program are intertwined with the KPT class, so that puppies can earn the distinction of S.T.A.R. Puppy at the end of the six week class. See akc.org/pdf/starpuppy/brochure.pdf for more information.

Obedience – CGC Class: This is a four-week class and will help you pass the Canine Good Citizen Test which is given during the last class. You will have a chance to practice each exercise on the CGC test and thereby build the confidence of you and your dog. Your dog should already know how to sit, down, stay and come to you as this is not a teaching class.

Obedience – Basic Novice Class: The objective of the Basic Novice class is to teach basic obedience and to develop a well schooled, happy and obedient family pet. Dogs must be at least 6 months old to be entered in this class. Dogs that have completed the KPT class may be younger. Dogs will be taught controlled walking, coming when called, sit-stay, down-stay and stand for examination. Responsible dog ownership and grooming will be discussed.

Obedience – Intermediate Novice Class: The goal of this class is to teach and refine those exercises listed as novice exercises in the AKC Obedience Regulations. Dogs enrolled must have a working knowledge of the Basic Novice exercises. Heeling, sit and down stays, figure 8s, fronts, and finishes will all be addressed.

Obedience – Novice Drill: The goal of this class is to prepare dogs to compete in the Novice class at AKC Obedience trials, to train handlers in trial procedure and to enhance Novice skills. This is a drop in class which dogs may attend when they are ready.

Obedience – Beginning Open Class: The goal of the open class is to teach those foundation skills needed for Open Exercises in the AKC Obedience Regulations. In addition to heeling, these include command discrimination, retrieve on flat, retrieve over jump, drop on recall, broad jump, and stand stay. Dogs must have Basic Novice skills to participate.

Obedience – Intermediate Open Class: Dogs enrolled in this class must have completed a Beginning Open class or its equivalent. The goal of this class is to combine the foundation skills into Open exercise in the AKC Obedience regulations.

Obedience – Open Drill: The goal is to prepare dogs to compete in the Open class at AKC trials, to train handlers in trial procedures and to perfect the performance of dogs and handlers. Dogs attending must have a basic knowledge of all Open exercises. This is a drop in class which dogs may attend when ready.

Obedience – Beginning Utility Classes: The goal of this class is to teach foundation skills needed for Utility Exercises in the AKC regulations. These skills include signals, scent work, and taking direction. Dogs must have a solid retrieve in order to participate in this class.

Obedience – Intermediate Utility Class: Dogs enrolled in this class must have completed a Beginning Utility class or its equivalent. The goal of this class is to combine the foundations skills into the Utility exercises in the AKC Obedience Regulations.

Obedience – Utility Drill: The goal is to prepare dogs to compete in the Utility class at AKC Trials, to train handlers in trial procedure and to enhance the performance of dogs and handlers. The Instructor may schedule and conduct activities that will provide practical trial experience for the dog and handler under competitive conditions.

Obedience – Super Drill: The goal is to prepare dogs and handlers for competition in any level of classes offered at an AKC Obedience trial. Training for competition at all advanced levels. The instructor may schedule and conduct activities that will provide practical trial experience for a dog and handler under competitive conditions. Activities conducted may also include those that allow dog and handler to exhibit the usefulness of obedience training other than those required by the AKC Obedience regulations. Super drill may be considered a series of "mini clinics" and is a drop in class which dogs may attend at any time.

Tricks: During this beginning/novice tricks class you and your dog will learn a variety of tricks that will:  engage your dog's mind and provide great mental exercise for her/him, provide a physical outlet for your dog's energy, build an even stronger bond between you and your dog, add variety to your training, enable you to impress your family and friends with your amazingly talented dog, and will be lots of fun for dogs of all ages. The instructor for the class is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and is also an approved AKC CGC Evaluator, so if you are also interested in earning AKC Novice or Intermediate Trick Dog Titles, you may also work toward that goal during the classes.

Intermediate/Advanced Tricks: During this 6-week class you and your dog will have lots of fun learning a variety of more advanced tricks than the ones taught in a beginning tricks class. The benefits of taking a tricks class include: engaging your dog’s mind and providing great mental exercise for her/him, providing a physical outlet for your dog’s energy, building an even stronger bond between you and your dog, adding variety to your training, and will be lots of fun for dogs of all ages. The instructor for the class is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and is also an approved AKC Trick Dog Evaluator, so if you are also interested in earning AKC Trick Dog Titles, you also may work toward that goal during the classes. 

       Prerequisites:  Completion of a beginning tricks class, freestyle class, or rally freestyle class; completion of a novice trick dog title; or instructor           permission. 

Tracking

Tracking – Introduction: The basic skills a tracking dog needs are to follow the ground scent of a tracklayer and locate, then indicate, articles the tracklayer has dropped. This four-week class starts the "nose down" behavior that leads to following ground scent (Search) and also starts targeting of articles (Locate) and finally the behaviors that tell his handler he has found the article (Report).

 

Rally 

Rally - Novice (6-week class): The goal of this class is to introduce students and their dogs to the sport of Rally Obedience by teaching the Rally Novice signs with short courses and giving them a brief review of some of the basic AKC Rally regulations pertaining to showing.  Prerequisite: Obedience Basic Novice class

Rally - Advanced and Intermediate Rally (6-week class): The goal of this class is to introduce students to the Rally Advanced signs and the exercises needed to perform them.  Exercises include preparation for and execution of pivots, jumping, side steps, advanced fronts, and other movements required to be able to perform the Advanced Rally signs along with choose to heel, chaining, and short courses to prepare the handler and dog to work off leash. Prerequisite: Rally Novice class or AKC RN title or approval of the instructor

Rally - Excellent Rally (8-week class): The goal of this class is to introduce students to the Rally Excellent signs and the exercises needed to perform them.  Exercises include moving stand, moving down, back up, remote work, send to jump, and other exercises along with short courses to practice what they have learned. Prerequisite: Rally Intermediate/Advanced class or AKC RA title or approval of the instructor

Rally - Master Rally (8-week class): The goal of this class is to introduce students to the Rally Master signs and the exercises needed to perform them.  Exercises include back up, back up and pivot, spins, send to cone, recall, and side steps and other exercises along with short courses to practice what they have learned. Prerequisite: Rally Excellent class or AKC RE title or approval of the instructor

Rally - Excellent/Master Combined Rally (8-week class): The goal of this class is to introduce students to the Rally Excellent and Master signs and the exercises needed to perform them.  Exercises include moving stand, moving down, back up, remote work, send to jump, back up and pivot, spins, send to cone, recall, master side steps and other exercises needed to perform the Excellent and Master Rally signs along with short courses to practice what they have learned. Prerequisite: Rally Intermediate/Advanced class or AKC RA title or approval of the instructor

Rally - Competition (8-week class): The goal of this class is to prepare upper-level Rally students to compete in either Advanced, Excellent, Master, RAE, or RACH depending on the level(s) being offered.  Very challenging full competition courses are run weekly.  Lecture topics include how to really learn the Rally signs, how to be prepared as the dog and handler team approach each sign, walking the course for competition, rules of the game (AKC Regulations), how to make judgment calls while in the ring, show preparation (short and long-term), ringside preparation, as well as how to prepare for unforeseen circumstances and other topics to help prepare the student to compete at this level in Rally. 

Rally – Drill: 

  1. The goal of these drills is to prepare dog and handler teams to compete in all levels of Rally at AKC trials and to perfect their performance with practice.
  2. Dog and handler teams must have a basic knowledge of all Rally exercises at the level they are entered.
  3. The instructor will develop and build courses at each level that will provide practical trial experience for dog and handler under competitive conditions.
  4. This is a sign-up drill weekly and dog and handler teams may attend after they have completed a class at the level they wish to attend drills and with the recommendation of their instructor or with approval of the drill instructor.

Rally Free: This class will cover the basics of Rally Free. Rally Free is similar to Rally Obedience (i.e., dog/handler teams move through a series of stations), except the skills performed are freestyle skills (turns/spins, leg weaves, play bow, paw shakes, circle the handler, working on all four sides – left, right, front, and back). Also, there are “free choice” stations in Rally Free, so you can be creative and use skills unique to your dog! Dogs in the class should be able to do at least basic obedience skills (sit, down, come, walking on a loose leash).

 

Scent Work

Scent Work 1: Use clicker to shape behaviors. The dog will learn to work away from handle with a passive alert using an odor cocktail (combination of all 6 competition odors - birch, anise, clove, myrrh, vetiver & cypress). In addition to the alert, the dog will learn to confidently work away from the handler and under mild distractions. The goal of this class is to build a "bomb-proof" indication.  This is a homework driven class so multiple training sessions at home are required to make progress. An equipment fee will be required for this class.

Scent Work 2: (Pre-requisite Scent Work 1 or instructor permission) The dog will continue to strengthen the passive alert using the cocktail under more distractions and with additional distance.  We will build the value for odor using the clicker reward system. The skills needed to begin searching will be introduced with the goal of simple container and interior searches. Also, handling skills and strategies will be discussed. This is a homework-driven class and multiple training sessions at home are required to make progress.

Scent Work 3: (Pre-requisite Scent Work 2 or instructor permission) We build on odor obedience with stronger distractions. We will continue to work on interior and competition container searches. Exterior and buried searches will be introduced. Odors will be separated in preparation for competition. We will build on previous handler skills and search strategies. This is a homework-driven class so multiple training sessions are required to progress. 

Scent Work Intermediate 1: (Pre-requisite Scent Work 3 or instructor permission) Getting ready for competition! All searches (interior, exterior, container, and buried) will be practiced with heavy distractions including complex and multiple hides. Trial tips, strategies, and rules will be covered including mock trials with blind hides and single odors. This is a homework-driven class and multiple training sessions are required to progress. 

Scent Work Intermediate 2: (Pre-requisite Scent Work Intermediate 1) This is the continuation of Intermediate 1. We will practice more difficult Novice searches and introduce Advanced searches. The vehicle search will be introduced. Trial tips, strategies, and rules will be covered including mock trials with multiple blind hides and different single odors.

Scent Work Advanced 1: (Pre-requisite Scent Work Intermediate 2 or instructor permission) This is the continuation of Intermediate 2. We will practice more difficult Advanced searches and introduce Excellent searches.  Trial tips, strategies, and rules will be covered including mock trials with multiple blind hides including inaccessible and different single odors.

Scent Work Advanced 2: (Pre-requisite Scent Work Advanced 1 or instructor permission) This is the continuation of Advanced 1. We will practice more difficult Excellent searches. Trial tips, strategies, and rules will be covered including mock trials with multiple blind, inaccessible, and unknown numbers of hides with different single odors.

Scent Work - Drill: This is not an instructional class.  Tips and assistance will be given as needed. This drill provides additional practice in container, interior, exterior, vehicle, and buried searches.  This is a drop-in class that dogs may attend when ready.

 

Conformation

Conformation: Conformation class is for anyone who wants to show their dogs to try for championship points at conformation shows. It is for any level, from total beginner to seasoned veteran. Whatever your skill level, we'll start there and build, or if you are totally finished product as a handler, we will give your dog the experience he/she needs to be comfortable with the show.

We will cover basic skills like hand stack, free stack, gaiting (the usual patterns are down and back, triangle, and around the perimeter of the ring), baiting, being comfortable with the judge's examination, showing the judge the dog's teeth, and giving expression. We will work with each dog-and-handler team to give them the skills needed for a polished performance.