Obedience Run Thrus:
BKC offers a variety of obedience classes for new and experienced dogs and handlers. Courses are designed to help you condition reliable behavior from your dog and work together as a team. BKC also offers several courses designed to help handler/dog teams successfully participate in AKC obedience events. Courses offered include:
Obedience run throughs are also offered as extra practice for people interested in participating in AKC obedience events.
Basic Obedience is a 6-week class for adult and adolescent dogs and their handlers who have a need for fundamental companion dog training. Prior puppy training class or similar basic class (i.e., from another training facility, or the Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) class) is preferred, but not required. The dog must be healthy and have a manageable disposition to enter the class. Dogs must be 6 months or older and the handler must be 10 years or older or have the instructors permission. The purpose of the class is for the handler-dog team to learn the fundamentals of dog obedience training. The optimum class size is 8. A minimum class size of 4 and a maximum size of 10 to 12 may be accepted.
At the completion of Basic Obedience the handler should be able to:
- Walk with the dog at left side on a loose leash.
- Maintain sit-stay and a stand-stay for exam with the handler at least 6 feet at front for a brief time. Maintain sit-stay and down-stay with the handler 10 to 20 feet away for at least 1 to 3 minutes.
- Come when called off-leash from a distance of 20 feet.
Intermediate Obedience is an 8-week class for intermediate to advanced obedience dogs and their handlers who have completed Basic Obedience or equivalent, and for those handlers who wish to improve their companion dog handling and the dog-handler association using positive reinforcement. It is also for those handlers and their dogs that have an interest in entering the Obedience sport and want preparation before taking the Novice Ready for Ring class and the Obedience and Rally Run-Thrus. To enter the Intermediate Obedience class, the handler-dog team should be able to accomplish all of the final tasks of the Basic Obedience Class (listed above). The optimum class size is 8. A minimum class size of 4 and a maximum size of 10 to 12 may be accepted.
At the completion of Intermediate Obedience class the handler-dog team should be able to:
- Walk with the dog at heel position on loose leash and off-leash, do about turns, left and right turns, move at a normal, slow and fast pace, heel in a Figure 8 pattern on leash, and to perform some Rally exercises such as spiral left and right, circle right, and left on and off leash.
- Maintain a Stand/Stay, Sit/Stay and Down/Stay off leash for a specified time.
- Come when called on cue off-leash with some degree of distraction from a distance greater than 30 ft and complete a finish from front to heel position.
Courses geared towards participation in AKC Companion Dog events
Novice Ready for Ring is an 8-week class for dogs and their handlers who have completed Intermediate Obedience or equivalent training with approval of the instructor. This training class is preparation for AKC Obedience trials. It is for handlers with their dogs who intend to compete in the Novice Obedience class and earn a Companion Dog (CD) title. It also provides opportunity for experienced handlers to work in the Trial Obedience ring environment. Class participants will work individually with an instructor on on-leash and off-leash exercises and in small groups with an instructor for Figure 8, Recall and stationary (stand, sit, down) exercises. Novice Ready for Ring is offered the second session (spring) every year and/or on demand thereafter if a group of 8 or 10 teams can be formed. The optimum class size is 8. A minimum class size of 4 and a maximum size of 10 may be accepted.
To enter the Ready for Ring class the handler should have an established Attention technique and be able to:
- Heel with the dog on loose leash and off-leash, do about turns, left and right turns, move at a normal, slow and fast pace with the dog on loose leash through the Figure 8 exercise. While handler and dog are heeling and given the command to halt, the dog will do an automatic sit in the heel position.
- Have the dog maintain a Stand-Stay off-leash, handler 6 feet from the dog and have an instructor, assistant instructor or a class participant examine the dog.
- Have the dog come when called off-leash with some degree of distraction from a distance of 30-40 ft.
- Have the dog maintain a Sit-Stay and Down-Stay off leash with a group of dogs in line for one minute and three minutes, respectively. Handlers will be in the ring facing their dog.
The exit expectation for Novice Ready for Ring is the completion of a qualifying AKC Novice routine and knows the ring procedure for the AKC® Novice Obedience class.
Open / Utility class is structured for dog and handler teams preparing for the upper levels of AKC (or comparable) obedience competition. Teams will be working at different levels on many exercises. Class content will vary according to the individual needs of each dog and handler.
Do you and your companion dog(s) need practice for competition in the Obedience ring? Obedience run-thrus are intended as a training aid for handlers and their dogs in AKC® Novice, Open, or Utility classes. No scoring will be done; however, the practice judge will make helpful suggestions on your performance if you wish.
Run-thrus are held the 2nd Friday of the month, excluding July, August
and December. Registration starts at 6:00 pm; enter any class you wish.
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