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Registration for basic obedience classes (Puppy through Basic) opens: Monday August 12

Registration for all other classes opens: Monday August 12 for SOTC members, Friday August 16 for everyone else

Orientation for new students: Wednesday September 11, 7pm

Classes begin: generally, the week of September 16 (one agility class starts the previous week; a few classes start in October)

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Basic Obedience

(Puppy, Pre-Basic, Basic, CGC)

Pre-Competition Obedience

(Intermediate A/B)

Conformation

Flyball

Rally

Competition Obedience

Agility

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 on this page, 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!

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.

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

  • PUPTU630  |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 9/24  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Renee Louise
    (For puppies born between 5/7/19 & 7/2/19. Will meet 15 minutes early on 10/8. )
  • PUPW630a  |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 10/30  |  Instructor Kryssi D'Eredita, assistant Linda Fleisch
    (For puppies born between 6/12/19 & 8/7/19)

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 9/16  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Tim Faulkner

    (Will NOT meet on 11/11)

  • PRETU7  |  Tuesday 7pm starting 9/17  |  Instructor Sue Eaton, assistant Kelly Mueller
    (Limit 6. Will NOT meet on 10/8.)
  • NEW!  |  PRETU715  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant TBA (Will not meet on 10/8)
  • PREW1230  |  Wednesday 12:30pm starting 9/18  |  Instructor Peggy Metcalf, assistant Pam Hottois
  • SORRY, CANCELLED  |   PRETH6  |  Thursday 6pm starting 9/19  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Karen Durston

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

  • BASM715  |  Monday 7:15pm starting 9/16  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant TBA
    (Limit 6. Will NOT meet on 11/11.)
  • SORRY, CANCELLED  |  BASTU10  |  Tuesday 10am starting 9/17  |  Instructor Kryssi D’Eredita, assistant Linda Fleisch
  • BASTU8 |  Tuesday 8pm starting 9/17  |  Instructor Sue Eaton, assistant Michelle  Cappa
    (Limit 6. Will NOT meet on 10/8)
  • BASW6  |  Wednesday 6pm starting 9/18  |  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

  • CGCW615  |  Wednesday 6:15pm starting 10/9  |  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 9/18  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Debbie Waters

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 9/17  |  Instructor Sallie Lennox, assistant Kryssi D'Eredita

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 9/18  |  Instructor Bari Tassinaro, assistant Jennifer Taylor

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

  • SORRY, CANCELLED  |  FLY1  |  Date and time TBA  (probably October or November)   |  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, 90 minutes

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

  • RAL1W1030  |  Wednesday 10:30am starting 9/18  |  Instructor Peggy Metcalf, assistant Pam Hottois
  • SORRY, CANCELLED | RAL1TU7  |  Tuesday 7pm starting 10/1  |  Instructor Ann Marie Letto, assistant Pat Hoover
    (Will NOT meet on 10/8)

Rally Intermediate/Advanced

Rally Intermediate/Advanced courses with instruction. Limit 6.

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

MEETINGS:   5  meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $65, SOTC members $45 or 5 points

  • RAL2TH7  |  Thursday 7pm starting 10/3  |  Instructor Pat John, assistant  Pam Hottois 
    (Will NOT meet on 10/31, though the ring will be available that night for optional open-training practice)


Rally Novice/Intermediate/Advanced Course Practice

Nested courses will be set. Coaching will be provided, but the exercises will not be taught from scratch.  Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:  Working knowledge of the Novice and Advanced exercises

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

  • RAL3M130  |  Monday 1:30pm starting 10/7  |  Instructor Lisa Williams, assistant  Pat John


Perfecting Your Rally Skills

Each week, each student will pick a specific exercise to work on. Courses will then be set using the group's picks. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:  Dogs must be able to work off-lead

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

  • RAL4M3  |  Monday 3pm starting 10/7  |  Instructor Lisa Williams, assistant Dawn Watkins

Competition Obedience

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Young Dog Competition 1

This class is designed to introduce young dogs to the foundations of competitive obedience. The class focuses on making obedience fun and exciting, building drive and motivation. The primary objective is to develop teamwork, focus, flexibility and body awareness, and attention. The class will focus on foundations skills for heeling, signals, go-outs, recalls, dumbell work, etc. Limit 6.

     NOTE: This is the first class in a 3-class sequence. The sequence starts once a year, in the fall, with follow-on classes offered in the winter and spring sessions. Students enrolled in YDC1 will have priority for enrolling in YDC2 and YDC3.

PREREQUISITE:  SOTC members only. Dogs should be between 3 and 18 months of age.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:  SOTC members $72 or 8 points

  • YDC1M6  |  Monday 6pm starting 9/16  |  Co-instructors Kathy McCloskey & Donna Schmidt

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 9/16  |  Co-instructors Evelyn Brenzel & Sue Eaton
    (Will meet on 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4)

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 9/17  |  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 9/16  |  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

    • UTL2TU2 | Tuesday 2pm starting 9/17  | Instructor Janice LaFave, assistant Rachel Putnam


    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

    • UTL3M5  |  Monday 5pm starting 9/16  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Anne Kernan

    UDX Drop-ins

    A drop-in class focusing on proofing the Open and Utility exercises. Limit 4 dogs, first come, first served.

    MEETINGS:   5 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

    • ODITU730  |  Tuesday 7:30pm starting 10/15   |  Co-instructors Mary Kobis & Stephanie Podejko


    Advanced Heeling

    This class is for the student who wants the best possible heeling performance from his or her dog. 

    Are you having issues with forging or lagging and need a better way to explain to your dog what you really want from him? Do you want your dog to keep his head up and focused on you so that he doesn’t miss any of your cues to turn or change pace? Do you want to move to the next level after the “Heeling Grid” class? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then this class is for you! 

    This class will teach you how to magnetize your dog to your left leg, plus give you his full attention, first stationary and then in motion. You will use props to help your dog make correct choices. 

    Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:   Experience shaping with a clicker (or marker word). 

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

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

    • ADHTH6  |  Thursday 6pm starting  10/3  |  Instructor Nancy Frakes, assistant Dianne Mahar

    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, 60 minutes

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

    • NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION -- SORRY!

    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 4-5.

    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 or 9 points

    • AGJTH7  |  Thursday 7pm starting 9/12  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman, assistant TBA
      (Note EARLY start date. Will NOT meet on 9/26.)

    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

    • AGL1W6  |  Wednesday 6pm starting 9/18  |  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 9/16  |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Lindsay Reichlein

    Weaves: 2x2s and Beyond

    DESCRIPTION & PREREQUISITE:  Contact instructor. Limit 5.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

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

    • AGW1TU545  |  Tuesday 5:45 pm starting 9/17  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue Derienzo
      (For less experienced teams. Will NOT meet on 10/8)
    • AGW2TU630  |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 9/17  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue Derienzo
      (For more experienced teams. Will NOT meet on 10/8)

    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 or 9 points

    • AGL4TU730  |  Tuesday 7:30pm starting 9/17  | Co-instructors Sandy Madaio & Becky Konst
      (Will NOT meet on 10/8)

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