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Fall classes are under way, and registration is closed. The next session of classes will begin in mid-January. The schedule will be posted in early/mid-December.

Class Schedule Fall 2020

Find a class & register:

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

Read about Our COVID-Related Safety Precautions

Dates

Registration for basic obedience classes (Puppy, Pre-Basic, Basic) opens:  Friday August 21

Registration for all other classes opens:  Wednesday August 26 for SOTC members, Monday August 31 for everyone else

Orientation for new students: Video event, date to be announced

Classes begin: Mostly, the week of September 21

Cancellations:  No classes on Thursday 11/12 or Thursday 11/26 (Thanksgiving).  Decision about holding class the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be made on a class-by-class basis.

Communicating with Us

Confirmations, invoices, and other announcements about your registration will be e-mailed to the address you provide.

Text-message notifications not available. Sorry!

To ensure that our e-mails reach your inbox, not your spam folder, please:

  • Double-check that you have given us your correct e-mail address. Type carefully!

  • Add these addresses to your whitelist/approved-senders list: 

SOTCRegistrar@gmail.com
(for personal communications with the Registrar)

admin@sotc.info

(source of automated messages sent by the system)

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How to Register & Pay

Registration is done on-line, via links (highlighted class codes) embedded on this page. To register 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 create an account with us. This involves providing an e-mail address and jumping 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.

Need to change the contact info we have on file for you? Log in to your account, click the View profile link, then click Edit Profile.

For help logging in, click here.

Payment

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

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |   PUPM615 Monday 6:15pm starting 9/21  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Janine Ramsden 
    (For puppies born between ~5/4/20 & 6/29/20)

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.

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED | PREM730  |    Monday 7:30pm starting 9/21   |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant  TBA
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |   PRETU6  |   Tuesday 6pm starting 9/22  |  Instructor Judy McManus, assistant Ann Hardy
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |   PREW615  |   Wednesday 6:15pm starting 9/23  |  Instructor Sue Eaton, assistant Bari Tassinaro
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED | PRETH715  |   Thursday 7:15 pm starting 9/24  |  Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Jenna Hassett
    (Will NOT meet on 11/12)

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.

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |   | BASTU715  |  Tuesday 7:15pm starting 9/22  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Tim Faulkner
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED | BASW730  |  Wednesday 7:30pm starting 9/23  |  Instructor Kelly Mueller, assistant Larry Krieger
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED |  BASTH6  |  Thursday 6 pm starting 9/24  |  Instructor Kelly Mueller, assistant  Renee Louise
    (Will NOT meet on 11/12 or 11/16)

Beyond Basic

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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

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | INT1W715  |   Wednesday 7:15pm starting 9/23  |  Instructor Sue Eaton, 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

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | INT2TU615  | Tuesday 6:15pm starting 9/22  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Tim Faulkner

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

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | RAL1SA10   |  Saturday 10am starting 9/26  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett

Rally Advanced/Excellent

Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Dogs must be able to work off-lead. 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

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | RAL3W11    |  Wednesday 11am starting 9/23  |  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

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  NOV2M715 Monday 7:15pm starting 9/21  |  Co-instructors Evelyn Brenzel & Sue Eaton
    (Will NOT meet on 9/28, 10/26)

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

PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | OPN3M6   |  Monday 6pm starting  9/21 |  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:   6 meetings, 45 minutes (may be extended on a week-by-week/pay-as-you-go basis)

PRICE:  Public $78, SOTC members $54

  • UTL3M5   |  Monday 5pm starting 9/21  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke

NEW  UDX Drop-ins

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

MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

PRICE:   Public $13, SOTC members $9  (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

TO PAY:  Bring exact change or check payable to SOTC Inc., or click here to pay by credit card  

  • ODITH615  |  Thursday 6:15 starting 10/1   |  Co-instructors Mary Kobis & Stephanie Podejko

    FLYBALL

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    Beginner Flyball

    This class will teach the basics: retrieving a tennis ball; coming back with the ball; going over jumps to get the ball; doing a swimmers turn off the flyball box while catching; and doing all of this while running fast. Limit 6.

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

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

    • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | FLY1W6 |  Wednesday 6pm starting 9/23  |  Instructor Teri Botsford, assistant Emily Hamilton

    Agility

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    Agility classes limited to 6 dogs unless otherwise noted. 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

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |   AGL1W730  |  Wednesday 7:30pm starting 9/23  |  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

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGL2M630  |  Monday 6:30pm starting 9/21  |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Emily Hamilton

    NEW  Intermediate Agility

    Getting ready for the Novice ring! Developing confidence on obstacles and weaves. Starting to put things together: sequencing, handling techniques, what to do and where to do it, working through distractions.

    PREREQUISITE:   Successfully passing SOTC Advanced Beginner Agility or run-through. Off-lead control is required. Dogs should be confident jumping at full height, going through all "hoop" obstacles, negotiating full-height contacts with mild support, doing 6 weaves with mild support, doing a sequence of 5-8 obstacles.  Preference given to students repeating the class, or moving up from the prior class, at the recommendation of the instructor.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $102, SOTC members $72

    • AGL3SA945  |  Saturday 9:45am starting 9/19 or 9/26   |  Instructor Meg Donley, assistant Janine Ramsden

    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

    • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |   AGL4TU645   |  Tuesday 6:45pm starting 9/22  | Co-instructors Becky Konst & Sandy Madaio

    NEW  Agility Drop-ins: Team Agility Group

    Choose what you want to work on (weaves, 2X2’s, contacts, running a simple course), and get help and feedback from the group. Each student will have at least two 5-minute sessions in the ring per meeting. Limit 6.

    PREREQUISITE:  For members and current non-member agility students

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $13, SOTC members $9 (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

    TO PAY:  Bring exact change or check payable to SOTC Inc., or click here to pay by credit card  

    • TAGTH630  |  Thursday 6:30pm starting 9/24  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant TBA

    Jump Grid & Jumping Skills

    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

    • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING | AGJM10   |  Monday 10am starting 9/28  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman
      (Note later start date)

    Weaves: 2x2's

    For teams learning 2x2s or not weaving 6 poles with confidence. Limit 5.

    MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED   |  AGWTU515  |   Tuesday 5:15pm starting 9/22  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo

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