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Class Schedule (Summer 2019)

Dates & Procedures

Dates

  • Registration for basic obedience classes (Puppy through Basic + CGC) opens: Thursday May 16 (for everyone)
  • Registration for all other classes opens: Thursday May 16 for SOTC members, Monday May 20 for everyone else
  • Orientation for new students: Wednesday June 12, 7pm
  • Classes begin: week of June 17 (one Puppy class and two agility classes start earlier)

How to Register & Pay

Registration is done on-line via links 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 REGISTER button but do see the message Registration is closed,  registration for that class has not yet opened. Check the opening dates listed above, and try again later.

If you are not a member, the first time you register you will need to provide an email address and jump through a few hoops. 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.

If you are a member, you will need to be logged in for access to member pricing.

Payment may be done either on-line (by credit card) or off-line (by check/money order sent through the 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, select the INVOICE ME option once you get to the Review and confirm page. An invoice will be emailed to you. Payment must then be received within 7 days of registration. 
  • Please don't mail cash! If you wish to pay cash, contact the Registrar to arrange a time.
Contingencies. If your registration is contingent on (say) passing a run-through or class graduation that hasn't occurred yet,  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.

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Questions/problems? Click here to e-mail the Registrar (Mary Y.)


What's on the Schedule

Basic Obedience

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Puppy

The AKC STAR program (Socialization, Training, Activities, Responsibility), designed to encourage socialization, beginner obedience training, and responsible care for your new puppy. This is the puppy level of the Canine Good Citizen program. 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 8.

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

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

  • PUPW630b  |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 8/14  |  Instructor Kryssi D'Eredita, assistant Linda Fleisch
    (Note LATER start date. For puppies born between 3/27/19 & 5/22/19.)
  • PUPTU630  |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 7/9  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Janine Ramsden
    (For puppies born between 2/19/19 & 4/16/19. Will NOT meet on 8/13. )

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 8.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

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


    • PREM7  |   Monday 7pm starting 6/17  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Kelly Mueller

      (Will NOT meet on 7/8)

    • PRETU7 Tuesday 7pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Sue Eaton, assistant Kelly Mueller

      (Will NOT meet on 8/13)

    • PREW645  |   Wednesday 6:45pm starting 6/19  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Ashleigh Reeve

    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 8.

    PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above.

    MEETINGS:   9 meetings (including Graduation), 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    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 General Registrar for the discount code).  SOTC members may purchase supplies at additional cost.

    • BASM6  |  Monday 6pm starting 6/17  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Patty Warner
    • CANCELLED BASTU10  |  Tuesday 10am starting 6/18  |  Instructor Kryssi D’Eredita, assistant Linda Fleisch
    • BASW6  |  Wednesday 6pm starting 6/19  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro


    Canine Good Citizen

    Teaching you how to train your dog to be a Canine Good Citizen as defined by the AKC. At the last class meeting you will be able to take the AKC test for CGC certification. Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

    MEETINGS:   7 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $91, SOTC members $63 or 7 points

    • CGCTU6  |  Tuesday 6pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Judy McManus, assistant Ann Hardy

    Pre-Competition Obedience

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    Intermediate A

    Introduction to on-lead heeling, off-lead recalls, and stays; continued work on basic obedience skills. Limit 8.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

    MEETINGS:   9 meetings (including Graduation), 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    • INT1W7  |  Wednesday 7pm starting 6/19  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro


    Intermediate B

    Beginning off-lead heeling; continued work on recalls; refining and adding distractions to stays. Limit 8.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Intermediate A graduate or run-through

    MEETINGS:   9 meetings (including Graduation), 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    • INT2TU6  |  Tuesday 6pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Sallie Lennox, assistant Sandy Madaio

    Conformation

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    Conformation Drop-ins

    Training dog and handler for the conformation (breed) ring. Breed standards, conformation rules, grooming (dog and handler), etc. will also be covered. 

    PREREQUISITE:   None! Dogs should be at least 12 weeks of age and should have received age-appropriate vaccinations.

    MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $13, SOTC members $9 or 1 point (per drop-in, pay as you go)

    TO REGISTER:  To reserve a spot for a particular meeting and to confirm that class will be held, email the instructor via the link below

    • CDIW7  |  Wednesday 7pm starting 6/19  |  Instructor Debbie Waters, assistant TBA

    Flyball

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    Flyball is a relay sport, with 4 dogs running as a team. Because it is a team sport, students need to help set up, take down, and eventually box-load and hold another dog while their own dog is resting. DOGS ARE TO BE CRATED WHEN NOT WORKING (handlers may bring their own crate or use an SOTC guest crate). 

    NEW FORMAT!! Introduction to Flyball

    A workshop-type introduction to the sport. Terri will give you guidelines for working on some of the fundamentals at home. Once you've seen the kind of repetitive practice that's required and have decided that this is something you want to pursue,  you can attend the club's weekly Flyball League practice sessions to show Terri how it's going and get feedback from the team. Limit 10.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate, run-through, or permission of instructor. Handlers must have basic control of the dog. Dogs should be at least 1 year old. No people- or dog-aggression.

    MEETINGS:   1 meeting, 2 hours

    PRICE:   Public $26, SOTC members $18 or 2 points

    • FLY1TH7  |  Thursday 7pm, 8/1  |  Instructor Teri Botsford, assistant TBA

    Rally

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    Handlers must arrange for their dogs to be crated or held while they walk the course (handlers may bring their own crate or use an SOTC guest crate).

    Rally Novice

    An introduction for the first-time show person to all the Rally Novice signs. Students will learn how to walk a course and will work on heeling and sit/down/stand-stays. Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Intermediate A graduate or prior experience in Rally or competition obedience classes

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • RAL1W11  |  Wednesday 11am starting 6/19  |  Instructor Peggy Metcalf, assistant TBA

    Rally Excellent

    Rally Excellent courses with instruction.  Limit 7.

    PREREQUISITE:   For dogs with at least one leg in Rally Intermediate or higher, or permission of instructor.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:    Public $78,  SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • RAL5M330  |  Monday 3:30pm starting 6/17  |  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 or 6 points

    • NOV2M7  |  Monday 7pm starting 6/17  |  Co-instructors Evelyn Brenzel & Sue Eaton
      (Will meet on 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12)

    Beginner/Intermediate Open

    For dogs and/or handlers who have not had much experience with the Open exercises. Exercises will be taught from the beginning stages. Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:   Novice title (CD/PCD) or instructor permission

    MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    • OPN2TU6  |  Tuesday 6pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Wendy Longden, assistant Sue Eaton

    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:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    • OPN3M6  |  Monday 6pm starting 6/17  |  Co-instructors Kathy Helmke & Judy Harvey

    Intermediate Utility

    For handlers who understand the Utility exercises but whose dogs are still learning. Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:   Open title (CDX/PCDX) or instructor permission. Dogs must be able to retrieve.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • UTL1TU3 | Tuesday 3pm starting 6/25  | Instructor Janice LaFave, assistant TBA
      (Note LATER start date)


    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:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72 or 8 points

    • UTL2M5  |  Monday 5pm starting 6/17  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Anne Kernan

    Obedience Drop-ins

    A drop-in class focusing on UDX training. Limit 4 dogs, first come, first served.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $13, SOTC members $9 or 1 point (per drop-in, pay as you go)

    TO REGISTER:  To reserve a spot for a particular meeting and to confirm that class will be held, email the instructor via the link below

    • CANCELLED ODITU730  |  Tuesday 7:30pm starting 6/18   |  Co-instructors Mary Kobis & Stephanie Podejko
      (Will NOT meet on 8/13)


    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 (handlers may bring their own crate or use an SOTC guest crate).

    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.

    Agility Foundations

    Agility Foundations is a prerequisite for all future agility classes. The class will cover such aspects as teamwork, self-control, body control, and shaping, as well as several other agility foundation skills.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or instructor permission. Dogs should be at least 5 months old.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • AFNTH6  |  Thursday 6pm starting 6/13  |  Instructors Pam Hottois, Rachel Putnam, Renee Louise
      (Note EARLY start date. Will not meet on 7/4, 7/11.)

    The Jump Grid

    This class is for dogs over 12 months old who have never jumped or 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 4-6.

    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, 60 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • AGJW530  |  Wednesday 5:30pm starting 6/19  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman, assistants Deb DeVona & Ashleigh Reeve

    Conditioning for Agility

    Class will focus on ways to help condition your agility dog with the goal of hopefully preventing future injuries. Some basic agility equipment will be used but dogs don't have to be familiar with obstacles. Many principles & exercises will apply to other dog sports as well. Most work will be done on leash. Limit 8.

    PREREQUISITE: Dogs should be 6 months or older

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points

    • CANCELLED CFAW11  |  Wednesday 11am starting 6/12  |  Instructor Deb Eldredge DVM, assistant TBA
      (Note early start date)

    Beginner Agility

    Introduction to contact equipment, jump training, practicing lead-outs, and basic handling. Building drive while maintaining focus and control.

    PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Agility Foundations or equivalent class. Dogs should be at least 8 months old.

    MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $136, SOTC members $96 or 12 points

    • AGL1W630  |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 6/19  |  Co-instructors Heather Lane & Sue Taylor, 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

    MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $136, SOTC members $96 or 12 points

    • AGL2M6  |  Monday 6pm starting 6/17  |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Lindsay Reichlein
      (Will NOT meet on 7/8)

    Proofing & Polishing Weaves

    For dogs with some knowledge of weaving (not beginner dogs).

    Meetings:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54 or 6 points
    • AGWTU630  |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Karen Vanderburgh, assistant Sue Derienzo

    Intermediate Agility

    Will work on timing, what cross when, and handler/obstacle choices. Only one  dog will be working at a time, and all handlers will have equal time.

    PREREQUISITE:  Dogs jumping full height, 6 weaves with mild support, teeter and dogwalk full height, 5-8 sequence.  

    MEETINGS:  6 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $102, SOTC members $72 or 9 points


    • AGL3TU730  |  Tuesday 7:30pm starting 6/18  |  Instructor Sandy Madaio, assistant Becky Konst

    Agility Drop-ins, Novice to Masters

    Nested courses will be built, course maps will be provided. Run the courses or train as you wish. Please be prompt for setup. Limit 10 teams per class.

    PREREQUISITE: Must be able to safely navigate full-height equipment

    MEETINGS:  6 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $13, SOTC members $9 or 1 point (per drop-in, pay as you go)

    TO REGISTER:  To reserve a spot for a particular meeting and to confirm that class will be held, email the instructor via the link below.  Dates and topics to be announced.

    • ADITH730  |  Thursday 7:30pm starting 6/20  |  Instructor Andie Lee, assistant Pam Renock

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