Public Classes

CCTC offers dog training classes to the public for Puppy Pre-School, Obedience 101, Obedience 102, and Agility.
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Member-Only Classes

More advanced training or specialized training is offered to members only.  Some of these classes are instructor-led and some are held without an instructor. Read more about Member Classes here...  Non-members may drop-in to Member-Only classes by paying a $10 fee per class. Read more about Drop-In Classes....

* Class Price Discounts

CCTC offers a $10 off class price discount for rescues with proof of adoption from a valid rescue group, breeder’s coupon, or discount certificate from a previous course. Applies to courses labeled with a *.

Puppy Pre-School - $90*

To register or for questions, please email or complete the form on our Contact page...

Puppy Pre-School is designed for puppies eight-weeks to six months of age.  Socialization to people and other puppies is the primary objective.  Topics covered during the session include:

  • Housebreaking
  • Biting
  • Jumping
  • Crate training
  • Grooming
  • Problem prevention

Handlers learn how to teach puppies to walk on a leash, sit, lie down, stand, and come when called.  Practice in class is supervised and daily practice is strongly encouraged.  Family members are invited to attend classes.  All puppies must have proof of immunization.

First Class

The first Puppy Pre-School class is orientation WITHOUT PUPPIES.  Bring payment and dog vaccination records with you but leave your dog at home.

Schedule of Puppy Classes

2024

*Saturday (First week orientation WITHOUT DOGS is combined at the earlier time when there are two classes. Then a 6-week session with dogs)

Session I: January 20 - March 2 9 (weather Feb. 17) (March 9-combined graduation @ 9:30 a.m.)
9:00-10:00 a.m., Instructor: Michelle Gomez / assts. Ingrid Ippach & Chris Ruddock

10:15-11:15 a.m., Instructor: Christi McGinness / assts. Joe & Julie Maltas, Ingrid Ippach & Diane Waltrip

Session III: May 4 - June 22 (no class May 25)
9:00-10:00 a.m., Instructor: Dave Taylor / assts. Mary Ann Pollitt
10:15-11:15 a.m., Instructor: Dave Taylor / assts. Mary Ann Pollitt

Session V: September 7 - October 19
9:00-10:00 a.m., Instructor:  / asst.
10:15-11:15 a.m., Instructor:  / asst.


*Wednesday
(First week orientation WITHOUT DOGS, and then a 6-week session with dogs)
Session II: March 6 - April 17
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst.

Session IV: June 26 - August 7
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor:  / asst.

Session VI: October 16 - December 4 (no class November 27)
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst.


Obedience 101 - $90*

To register or for questions, please email  or complete the form on our Contact page...

Obedience 101 is designed for dogs six months and older.  The session provides information, principles, and skills regarding basic dog obedience.  The exercises taught include:

  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Stay
  • Come

These exercises follow the AKC format and provide a suitable foundation for obedience competition titles, but the training method is applicable for those who desire a mannerly family pet.

A single handler, age 12 or older, must handle the dog throughout the training and should plan to invest 10 - 15 minutes daily in practice.  Dogs must have proof of up-to-date immunization.

First Class

The first Beginner Obedience class is orientation WITHOUT DOGS.  Bring payment and dog vaccination records with you but leave your dog at home.

Schedule of Obedience 101 Classes

2024

*Monday (First week orientation WITHOUT DOGS is combined at the earlier time when there are two classes. Then a 6-week session with dogs)

Session II: January 15 - February 26 March 4 (weather 1/22)
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Kate O'Reilly / asst. Sophia Britt & Carole Marsters
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Kate O'Reilly / asst. Sophia Britt & Carole Marsters

Session IV: March 11 - April 22 (individual orientation per class)
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Thornburg / asst. Sophia Britt
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Dawn Wheat / asst. Jenny Cawley

Session VI: May 6 - June 24 (no class May 27)
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst.
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst.

Session VIII: July 8 - August 19
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Marge Schroeder / asst. Mary Ann Pollitt
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Marge Schroeder / asst. Mary Ann Pollitt

Session X: September 9 - October 21
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Kate O'Reilly / asst.
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Kate O'Reilly / asst.

Session XII: November 4 - December 16
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor:  / asst.
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor:  / asst.


*Wednesday
(First week orientation without dogs, and then a 6-week session with dogs)

Session I: January 3 - February 14
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst. Sophia Britt

Session V: May 1 - June 12
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / asst.

Session IX: August 21 - October 2 
7:00-8:00 p.m., Instructor: Pam Lowrey / assts.


*Saturday
(First week orientation WITHOUT DOGS is combined at the earlier time when there are two classes. Then a 6-week session with dogs)

Session III: March 9 - April 20
10:00-11:00 a.m., Instructor: Christi McGinness / assts. Joe & Julie Maltas

Session VII: June 29 - August 17 (no class August 10)
9:00-10:00 a.m., Instructor:  / assts.
10:15-11:15 a.m., Instructor:  / assts.

Session XI: November 2 - December 21 (no class November 30)
9:00-10:00 a.m., Instructor:  / assts.
10:15-11:15 a.m., Instructor:  / assts.


Obedience 102 - $90*

Obedience 102 class enrollment is limited to 8 students per session.
To register or for questions, please email  or complete the form on our Contact page...

Dog must have completed the Obedience 101 Course
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and Beginner Novice Obedience exercises and prepare the handler/dog team to participate in both.  Exercises will build on the skills learned in the Obedience 101 course, which is a pre-requisite to the Beginner 102 course, by adding distractions, various locations, and extending the length of time.
Students should be proficient in the following: 5-10 second sit, 5-10 second down, with the dog on a six-foot lead in a sit and a down, handler can walk all the way around the dog with dog not breaking position (no food in hand), sit and down without food in hand, loose lead walking for twenty feet.
Students will practice variations of the CGC, CGCA and BN exercises.  All of this will make the dog a reliable performer when given a cue and make the dog comfortable in different situations.

Schedule of Obedience 102 Classes
~For the first class, bring payment, dog vaccination records and your dog.

2024

*Wednesday (1 hr. class for 6 weeks)

Session I: May 1 - June 5 (testing available on June 12 for an additional fee)
8:15-9:15 p.m., Instructor: Kate O'Reilly

 

*Saturday (1 hr. class for 6 weeks)


Agility 101, 102, 103 and 104 - $90*

Agility class enrollment is limited to 8 handler-dog teams per session.
To register or for questions, please email  or complete the form on our Contact page...
For the first class; bring payment, dog vaccination records and your dog. Dogs should have a flat buckle or snap collar and leash no longer than 6 ft.

AGILITY 101, FLATWORK FOUNDATIONS

Prerequisite: Obedience 101 or equivalent, Minimum 9 months old, and/or approval from Director of Agility

Learn to build a positive working relationship with your dog making you an effective agility team. You will practice very basic movements “on the flat” without the distractions of agility obstacles. Exercises include: dog focus and attention to handler, position of handlers' body with heeling, turns and circles, comfort working on the right and left sides. Tunnel, tire, hoop, and barrel will be introduced. Building confidence in both handler and dog is emphasized. Dogs need to have a reasonable sit, stay, and recall and be able to work around other dogs. Most of the class curriculum will use a reference book, which will be provided for each student with an additional $17.00.

AGILITY 102, INTRODUCTION TO OBSTACLES

Prerequisites: Obedience 101 or equivalent, Agility 101, one-year old dog, and/or approval from Director of Agility

Dogs are safely introduced to most agility obstacles: jumps, tire, tunnel, a-frame, teeter, weave poles, dog walk, hoops, barrels, and table. Basic handling skills are taught along with communication between the handler and dog. Dogs must have reliable sit, stay, and recall cues since teams will frequently be working off leash and around other dogs.

AGILITY 103, HANDLING SKILLS COMPETENCY

Prerequisites: Obedience 101 or equivalent, Agility 101, Agility 102, one-year old dog and/or approval from Director of Agility

This course will work on combining the skills of body language communication, obstacle and handler focus, continuation of perfecting independent obstacles, weaves, and contacts (teeter, dog walk and a-frame) performance. While building on the Teams confidence and dogs' concentration with distractions.

AGILITY 104, UNDERSTANDING AGILITY COURSES

Prerequisites: Obedience 101 or equivalent, Agility 101, Agility 102, Agility 103, one-year old dog and/or approval from Director of Agility

Handlers learn how to walk courses and plan their performance strategy. Teams will run short courses with a few obstacles. This course concentrates on perfecting obstacle performance, increasing handling skills, sequencing, and discrimination. Emphasis is on teeter, weave, and contact performance.


What is Dog Agility?

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.

Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.

To register for agility classes, email .

Schedule of Agility Classes

2024

*Thursday (1 hr. class for Agility 101, 102, 103 and 104 for 6 weeks)

Session I: January 11 - February 15
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Agility 102, Instructor: Kara Hinsman / assts. Pam Green & Mary Ann Pollitt
7:45-8:45 p.m. - Agility 104, Instructor: Kara Hinsman / assts. Pam Green & Mary Ann Pollitt

Session II: March 14 - April 25 (no class April 18)
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Agility 101, Instructor: Kara Hinsman / assts. Linda Hinsman, Kelly McAtee & Marge Schroeder
7:45-8:45 p.m. - Agility 103, Instructor: Kara Hinsman / assts. Kelly McAtee & Peggi Weymouth

Session III: May 23 - June 27
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Agility 102, Instructor:  / assts. Rose Connolly & Pam Green
7:45-8:45 p.m. - Agility 104, Instructor:  / assts. Rose Connolly, Pam Green & Peggi Weymouth

Session IV: July 18 - August 29 (no class August 8)
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Agility 101, Instructor:  / assts. Jill Briggs, Pam Green & Kelly McAtee
7:45-8:45 p.m. - Agility 103, Instructor:  / assts. Pam Green & Kelly McAtee

Session V: September 19 - October 31 (no class October 17)
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Agility 102, Instructor: Tomi Patrick / assts. Pam Green, Jill Leka & Marge Schroeder
7:45-8:45 p.m. - Agility 104, Instructor: Tomi Patrick / asst. Pam Green


 


Non-Member Drop-in to Member Classes $10 per class

Non-members may drop-in to Member-Only classes by paying a $10 fee per class. Rally and Obedience Classes are regularly held except for weather or building conflicts.  There may be some pay classes on Tuesday during the year (see calendar). Sunday Agility Practice and Saturday Obedience Practice are only held when there are interested members to open the building.  Please check the calendar AND email to confirm that the building will be open. Member participation in these classes / practices is generally included in yearly membership (except as noted in the calendar).

Why do people drop in?

  • Want to experience classes while considering membership
  • Want to experience a class before making a commitment to register
  • Friend of a member
  • Choose not to be a member
  • When regular training location is unavailable
  • Prepping for special events, for socialization, for different locations / experiences
  • Visiting from out of town