GREENVILLE — The Greenville Area Dog Club winter session of obedience and conformation classes begin Jan. 5. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training.
The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49.
Obedience classes that begin Jan. 5 will include Puppy (12 weeks to five months), Beginner Obedience and Advanced Obedience for those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training. An introduction to Rally Obedience and Beginner Novice will be part of the Advanced class time.
“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, come and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience Training.
She also added that an intro to new classes to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Novice Rally Class is for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for these classes is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty.
Those wishing to enroll must preregister with Barb, 548-0338, or Becky, 337-0292, for the advanced class.
The goal of the class is to introduce students to a new form of Obedience which involves walking a course with your dog and performing the exercises as illustrated on numbered signs along the path of the course. This class also preps the team of dog and handler to enter and work towards a novice title in Rally of Beginner Novice if so interested.
The classes are designed to be building blocks in obedience. We start with puppy and continue to build upon that training through each of the later classes. However, if you missed the puppy class when your dog was a baby, you can still get great results with the dog starting with our Beginner classes
Registration for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 5 with orientation and classes to follow registration
Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and participants must bring a coy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder.
For information about obedience classes, and to register your intent to attend please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292.
Charlotte Wisener, Director of Agility is also announcing that dog agility classes will be offered on Thursday Evenings. The classes offered include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Advanced Agility. All agility classes will begin Jan. 7, 2016.
Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call 937-692-5580 or cell No. 937-459-9170.
Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as near the rear entrance. The entrance for dog classes is located on the north side of the building, near the rear.
Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class. Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized soft treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs.
All dogs must be leashed when entering the building.
Participants are also reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes.