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Class Schedule Spring / SUMMER 2020

This schedule represents a partial resumption of our interrupted spring session, not a new class session.  There are very few openings overall, and none at all for new Basic and Pre-Basic students.

Fall classes will begin in mid-/late September. Start looking for the schedule around August 20.

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Spring classes that will NOT resume

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How to Register & Pay

If you have never taken a class with us before,  please review our General Info page, in particular the Class Policies section. 

Registration is done on-line, via links (highlighted class codes) embedded on this page. To go to the registration page for a particular class, click or tap the highlighted class code in the schedule below, then at the next page click the REGISTER button.

  • If you don't see a highlighted link for a class, or if a link takes you to a page without a REGISTER button and with a message saying Registration is closed,  it means registration for that class has not yet opened. Check the opening dates listed above, and try again later.

  • If the link takes you a page with a JOIN WAITLIST button (instead of a REGISTER button), it means the class is full.  We do sometimes get cancellations, so click JOIN WAITLIST  if you want to be notified of any last-minute openings.

Logging In

The first time you register for a class, you will need to provide an e-mail address and jump through a few hoops. You will also be assigned a password. From then on, whenever you want to register for a class, log in first using that same e-mail address and password.

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Payments

Payment may be done either on-line (by credit card) or off-line (by check/money order sent through U.S. mail).

  • To pay by credit card, select the PAY ONLINE option once you get to the Review and confirm page. Credit card payments are processed through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account).

  • To pay by check/money order, select the INVOICE ME option once you get to the Review and confirm page. An invoice will be e-mailed to you. Payment must then be received within 7 days.

Please don't mail cash! A $20 fee will be charged for returned (bounced) checks or credit-card chargebacks.

Contingencies

If your registration is contingent on (say) passing a run-through or class graduation that hasn't occurred yet, don't wait! Go ahead and register, but choose the INVOICE ME option (rather than PAY ONLINE), and tell the Registrar about the situation. Payment can wait until you have had the run-through or passed the graduation.

If you are not a member and the class you want has any kind of prerequisite, you'll need to obtain a registration code from the Registrar.

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Basic Obedience

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Puppy

For puppies that will be between 12 and 20 weeks of age on the first day. Puppies must have received at least the 2nd DAP shot by the start of class. Limit 6.

Our Puppy classes are based on the AKC STAR (Socialization, Training, Activities, Responsibility) program, designed to encourage socialization, beginner obedience training, and responsible care for puppies. The STAR program is the puppy level of the Canine Good Citizen program. For details about the AKC program, click here.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age and vaccination guidelines above.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72

  • PUPM6  |  CLOSED  |  Monday 6pm starting 7/20  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Patty Warner  | 
    For puppies born between ~3/2/20 & 4/27/20
    (Will NOT meet on 9/7 Labor Day)

Pre-Basic

For dogs 5-14 months of age who have taken our Puppy class, or those new to our program and too old for Puppy class. Designed for the older puppy to introduce basic obedience commands while recognizing the special needs of the younger dog. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72

Non-member (public) price includes training collar, 4-foot leash, and fanny pack. SOTC members may purchase supplies at additional cost.

  • PREM715  |     Monday 7:15pm starting 7/6   |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant  Jennifer Taylor
  • PRETU6  |    Tuesday 6pm starting 7/7  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Sue Eaton (Will POSSIBLY not meet on 8/11)
  • PREW615  |    Wednesday 6:15pm starting 7/8  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro
  • PRETH715  |    Thursday 7:15pm starting 7/9  |  Instructor Rachel Putnam, assistant Renee Louise
    (Class may be unable to meet on 7/23. To be determined after start of class.)

Basic

For those continuing from Pre-Basic or new to obedience with an older dog (14 months of age and up). Includes walking under control on leash and development of basic obedience commands, including come, sit, down and stay. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above.

MEETINGS:   9 meetings (including Graduation), 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72

Non-member (public) price includes training collar, 4-foot leash, and fanny pack. Non-members repeating the class with the same dog or continuing from Pre-Basic with the same dog may deduct $20 from the price (e-mail the Registrar for the discount code).  SOTC members may purchase supplies at additional cost.

  • BASTU715  |  Tuesday 7:15pm starting 7/7  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Tim Faulkner
    (Will possibly not meet on 8/11)
  • BASW730  |  Wednesday 7:30pm starting 7/8  |  Instructor Kelly Mueller, assistant Larry Krieger
  • BASTH6  |   Thursday 6pm starting 7/9  |  Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant  Jenna Hassett

Beyond Basic

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Canine Good Citizen Plus Tricks

Earn your CGC and Novice Trick Dog title! This class will teach you how to train your dog to be a Canine Good Citizen as defined by the AKC. We will also devote part of each class to working on and demonstrating tricks. At the last class meeting you will be able to take the test for CGC certification. If you pass the test and your dog can also perform five novice-level tricks, you will qualify for the TKN as well. For more information visit the AKC website (https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/). Limit 4.

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

MEETINGS:   7 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $91, SOTC members $63

  • CGCW6 FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  Wednesday 6pm starting 7/8  |  Instructor Judy McManus, assistant Ann Hardy

Intermediate A

Introduction to on-lead heeling, off-lead recalls, and stays; continued work on basic obedience skills. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

MEETINGS:   9 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

  • INT1W715  |  FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  Wednesday 7:15pm starting 7/8  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro

Intermediate B

Beginning off-lead heeling; continued work on recalls; refining and adding distractions to stays. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Intermediate A graduate or run-through

MEETINGS:   9 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

  • INT2TU615  | Tuesday 6:15pm starting 7/7  |  Co-instructors Sallie Lennox & Kathy Morse (Will possibly not meet on 8/11)

Rally

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Rally students must arrange for their dogs to be crated or held while they walk the course (non-members may bring their own crate and carry it out at end of class).

Introduction to Rally Novice

An introduction to Rally, with an emphasis on learning the signs and how to run a smooth and efficient course. Students will work their way through the Novice Rally signs and will learn to walk a course. Dogs will be leashed on course. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate.  Students must arrange for the dog to be crated or held while they walk the course.

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • RAL1SA10   |  Saturday 10am starting 7/11  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett

Rally Intermediate/Advanced

Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Rally Novice title. Students must arrange for the dog to be crated or held while they walk the course. 

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • RAL2W11    |  Wednesday 11am starting July 8  |  Instructor Pat John, assistant Pam Hottois

Competition Obedience

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Intermediate Novice

For those familiar with the Novice exercises but not ready for competition. This class will continue work on Novice skills, including the recent changes to the CD requirements. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Prior Novice class, BN/PN title, or instructor permission. Students must have Novice skills prior to sign-up.

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • NOV2M730 Monday 7:30pm starting 7/6  |  Co-instructors Evelyn Brenzel & Sue Eaton
    (Will NOT meet on 7/27)

Open Proofing & Polishing

For those who have learned all the Open exercises and are getting ready to show. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Working knowledge of all the Open exercises

MEETINGS:   3 meetings, 45 minutes (may be extended on a week-by-week/pay-as-you-go basis)

PRICE:   Public $39, SOTC members $27

  • OPN3M615   |  FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  Monday 6:15 pm starting  7/6 |  Instructor Kathy Helmke

Intermediate/ Advanced Utility

For dogs and handlers who understand and can perform the Utility exercises but need refinement. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Prior Utility class, CDX/PCDX, or instructor permission. Students must have Utility skills prior to sign-up.

MEETINGS:   3 meetings, 45 minutes (may be extended on a week-by-week/pay-as-you-go basis)

PRICE:  Public $39, SOTC members $27

UTL3M5   |  Monday 5pm starting 7/6  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke

Agility

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Agility classes limited to 6 dogs unless otherwise noted. Class times include equipment set-up and tear-down. Agility students are required to help set up and tear down. Failure to assist (without instructor permission) will result in ineligibility for next session’s agility classes.  DOGS ARE TO BE CRATED WHEN NOT WORKING (non-members may bring their own crate and carry it out at end of class).

Agility training takes time and practice. Six to eight weeks is not enough for most dogs to master the skills covered in a class. Most dog/handler teams will repeat a class before they move on.

Beginner Agility

Introduction to contact equipment, jump training, practicing lead-outs, and basic handling. Building drive while maintaining focus and control. Limit 6 (minimum 4).

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Agility Foundations or equivalent class. Dogs should be at least 8 months old.  Preference given to students repeating the class at the recommendation of the instructor.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $136, SOTC members $96

  • AGL1W630  | FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 7/8  |  Co-instructors Pam Renock & Lisa Hanley, assistant Emily Hamilton

Advanced Beginner Agility

Building confidence on contact equipment, introduction of weave poles, developing dog and handler skills, beginning simple sequencing, and doing grid work.

PREREQUISITE:   Successfully passing SOTC Beginner Agility or run-through.  Preference given to students repeating the class, or moving up from the prior class, at the recommendation of the instructor.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $136, SOTC members $96

  • AGL2M630  | FULL,  REGISTRATION CLOSED |  Monday 6:30pm starting 7/13  |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Emily Hamilton
    (Note later start date)

Novice Agility

For students ready (or nearly ready) to start trialing in AKC Novice, CPE level 1-2, or the comparable level in other venues. The class will involve negotiating Novice courses, trying out various handling techniques, building drive, progressing from 6 weave poles to 12, and proofing contacts and start lines.

PREREQUISITE:   Successfully passing SOTC Intermediate Agility or permission. Dogs must be able to perform full-height contacts, do 6 weave poles, and negotiate sequences of 8-10 obstacles.

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $102, SOTC members $72

  • AGL4TU630   |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 7/7  | Instructor Becky Konst, assistant TBA
    (Will possibly not meet on 8/11)

Jump Grid

For dogs who have never jumped as well as those who have been actively jumping. The jump heights are generally kept low but will be adjusted based on the height and age of the dog. The grids can be useful to train jumping skills for agility, obedience / rally and flyball. The jump grids teach a dog to adjust his stride to cover ground more efficiently, jump cleanly and find the perfect take-off spot. Several types of jump grids will be covered including foundation grids, stride grids and bend work.  Limit 4.

PREREQUISITE:   Dogs must be over 12 months old and must be able to wait in the ring with their handler around other dogs.

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $102, SOTC members $72

  • AGJM10   |  Monday 10am starting 7/13  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman

Weaves: 2x2's

For teams learning 2x2s or not weaving 6 poles with confidence. Limit 6.

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • AGWTU530  |  FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   |  Tuesday 5:30pm starting 7/7  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo

Classes That Will NOT Resume

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The following late-winter/spring classes have been cancelled and will not resume:

Basic obedience

  • Puppy Wed 6:30pm (Clemett/Durston)

  • Puppy, Tues 7pm (Hennigan/Louise)

  • Basic, Tues 10am (D'Eredita/Fleisch)

Conformation, Flyball, Rally

  • Conformation Drop-ins, Thurs 7pm (Waters/Tehon)

  • Beginner Flyball, Thurs 6:30pm (Botsford/Hamilton)

  • Rally Excellent/Master, Wed 1:30pm (Williams/Watkins)

Competition obedience

  • Young Dog 3, Mon 6pm (McCloskey/Schmidt)

  • Handler's Choice Novice/Beginner Novice  Tues 7pm (Bonnell/Watkins)

  • Beginner/Intermediate Open, Tues 6pm (Longden/Eaton)

  • Handler's Choice Open/Utility, Tues noon (Lafave/Jackson)

  • Advanced Heeling 3, Thur 6pm (Frakes)

  • UDX Drop-ins, Tues 7pm (Kobis/Podejko)

Agility

  • Intermediate Agility, Thurs 7:30pm (Hanley/Fleischmann)

  • Contacts All Methods/All Levels, Wed noon (Aloi/Hottois)

  • Solidifying Contacts & Weaves,  Tues 3:30pm (Mooney/Hart)

  • Agility Tuneup, Wed 4pm (Fishack/Hart)

  • Agility Drop-ins, Tues 10am (Fishack/Cizenski)

  • Masters Agility Handling, Tues 4:30pm (Fishack/DeRienzo)

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