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Class Schedule, Winter 2021

Registration for Winter classes is is CLOSED. Spring classes will begin in mid/late March. Look for the schedule in mid-February.

Dates

Opening dates:

  • Registration for Puppy, Pre-Basic & Basic opens  December 15
  • Registration for all other classes opens  December 15 for SOTC members, December 21 for everyone else


Classes begin:

  • Mostly the week of January 4


Cancellations:   

  • No evening classes on Monday January 11, Tuesday February 9, Monday March 8
  • No classes at all Thursday-Saturday February 18-20

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  • Flyball

    (not offered this time)

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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 6-8.

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. Students must bring proof of vaccination (2nd DAP) to the first class.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $124, SOTC members $72

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED |    PUPM6 Monday 6pm starting 1/4  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Janine Ramsden

    (For puppies born between ~8/17/20 & 10/12/20.  Class will not meet on 1/11.)
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  PUPSA3  |  Saturday 3pm starting 1/9  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Mary Yates
    (For puppies born between ~8/22/2020 & 10/17/2020.
    Class *may* need to be cancelled on Jan 23 & Feb 20.)
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  PUPM615 Monday 6:15pm starting ~3/15  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant TBA
    (For puppies born between ~10/26/20 & 12/21/20)

"Mini" 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 6-8.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above. Students must bring proof of vaccination (DAP and, if dog is old enough, rabies) to the first class.

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $72, SOTC members $36

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

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED | PREW6  |   Wednesday 6pm starting 1/6  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro

"Mini" 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 6-8.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age guidelines above. Students must bring proof of vaccination (DAP and rabies) to the first class.

MEETINGS:  4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $72, SOTC members $36

Non-member (public) price includes 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  |  BASSA12  |   Saturday 12 noon  starting 1/9  |  Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Janine Ramsden

Beyond Basic

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"Mini" Intermediate A / B

Continued work on basic obedience skills. Class will be tailored to the needs of the group. Limit 6-8.

PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  INTW7  |   Wednesday 7pm starting 1/6  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro


CGC

Not offered


Rally

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Rally students must crate their dogs 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 crate their dogs while they walk the course.

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 60 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  RAL1SA9   |  Saturday 9am starting 1/9  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett

Rally Intermediate/Advanced

Learning the Advanced signs.  Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:  Working knowledge of the Rally Novice exercises. Dogs need not be able to work off-lead. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 60 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  RAL2SA1030    |  Saturday 10:30am starting 1/9  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett

** Just added ** Rally Master Drop-ins

Courses with instruction.  Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:  Working knowledge of the Rally Master exercises. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

MEETINGS:   4 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  

  • RAL5M11    |  Saturday 11am starting 1/25  |  Instructor Pat John


Competition Obedience

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Body Awareness for Heeling

A mini-course designed to make your dog aware of his body in relation to yours.  Emphasis will be placed on getting your dog to find heel position on his own, enjoying the game of heeling and using the perch as both a tool and a game to get that muscle memory to work for both of you.  You will need to have a 6-foot leash for this class.  If your dog is not clicker or marker-word trained, we will cover the benefits of that as well. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Basic graduate or instructor permission. A 6-foot leash is required.

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  BAHF715  |  Friday 7:15pm starting 1/8  |  Co-instructors Sue Eaton & Kelly Mueller

** Just added **   Novice Ready

A class for dogs that need proofing for Novice or work on particular exercises that are weak.

PREREQUISITE:  Working knowledge of the Novice exercises

MEETINGS:    4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  NOV3TU130  |  Note time change  Tuesday 1pm  1:30pm starting 1/5  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, instructor TBA

Introduction to Open

A basic overview covering the fundamentals of the Open exercises. For teams that have earned (or are close to earning) their Novice title. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Novice title (CD/PCD) or working knowledge of the Novice exercises, or permission

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  OPN1F615  |  Friday 6:15pm starting 1/8  |  Co-instructors Sue Eaton & Kelley Mueller

Open/Utility

A combined class for the instructor's prior Open and Utility students. Limit 6.

PREREQUISITE:   Students must have basic skills in Open or Utility prior to sign-up.

MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:  Public $52, SOTC members $36

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED |  OUTM5   |  Monday 5pm starting 1/4  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke
    (Will NOT meet on 1/11, 1/25, 2/22, 3/8)

UDX Drop-ins

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

MEETINGS:   4 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  

  • ODITH730  |  Thursday 7:30pm starting 1/7   |  Co-instructors Mary Kobis & Stephanie Podejko

    FLYBALL

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    Not offered

    Scentwork

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    Scentwork Foundations

    For those who have never done Scentwork before or who need a refresher course. Open to SOTC members and non-member Basic graduates or by permission. No aggressive dogs!

    MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  SCT1TH545  |  Thursday 5:45pm starting 1/ |  Instructor Eva Fowler, assistant Terri Botsford

    Beginner Scentwork

    For those who have the basics of Scentwork and need more experience with different container and interior set-ups.

    MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

    •   REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  SCT2TH645  |  Thursday 6:45pm starting 1/ |  Instructor Eva Fowler, assistant Terri Botsford

    Agility

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    Agility Foundations

    Not offered

    Beginner Agility

    Not offered

    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:   4 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $68, SOTC members $48

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED   | AGL2M7  |  Monday 7pm starting 1/18 (note LATER start date)  |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Emily Hamilton

    Intermediate Agility

    Not offered


    ** NEW! ** Virtual Agility Sequences: Focus on Fundamentals

    A 6-week on-line class. Limit 6.

    Each week’s lesson will consist of a few drills (using 3 or 4 jumps and a tunnel) and one longer sequence (10-12 obstacles). Class will include an in-person Orientation consisting of two parts: one focusing on safe and efficient course building, the other (optional) focusing on the tech side: how to video, upload, post, use YouTube/Facebook, etc.).

    How it will work

    Registered students will get an invite to join a Facebook group set up for this class. Each week we will post course maps and videos of the drills and sequence. Students are then expected to schedule an Open Training session, set up the course, and video themselves running it. Students will then submit their videos to the Facebook group and will receive instructor feedback (verbal and visual, using Coach's Eye) a few days later. Students are encouraged to communicate through the Facebook group and to work together when feasible. Limited in-person instruction may also be available.

    What you will need

    • a video recording device (any tablet or smart phone will work)

    • a way to upload videos

    • a (free) YouTube account

    • a (free) Facebook account


    PREREQUISITE:  The drills and sequences are appropriate for SOTC Advanced Beginner students and beyond. Students should be able to perform most obstacles with some independence.

    MEETINGS:  In-person Orientation on 1/4/2021 at 7pm

    PRICE JUST REDUCED:  Public $102, $51 SOTC members $72 $36 (price includes coupons for 2 hours of Open Training per week of class)

    • VAS-2021WIN  |  Co-instructors Emily Hamilton, Ashleigh Reeve, Scott Reichinger

    2x2 Weaves (Intermediate)

    PREREQUISITE: For students whose dogs have some 2x2 training, up to students starting to compete in Novice.  Prior students or permission. Limit 5.

    MEETINGS:   4 meetings, 60 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $52, SOTC members $36

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGW2TU515  |   Tuesday 5:15pm starting 1/5  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo

    ** JUST ADDED ** Agility Mini-Clinics

    Three mini-clinics, topics and dates listed below. Limit 6 dogs per clinic. Students must be willing to help set up the course. E-mail Karen Vanderburgh to reserve a spot for a particular date. 

    PRICE:   Public $17, SOTC members $12 (per meeting, pay as you go). Bring payment (check or exact change) to class or click here to pay with a credit card.

    • Friday Jan 8th 4:30 – 6pm:  Proofing weaves. Dogs must be able to weave 6 poles (bring treats / toys / distractions).
    • Friday Jan 15th 4:30 – 6pm:  An agility course that will include some contacts
    • Friday Feb 5th 4:30 – 6pm:  A JWW course

    Novice/Open Agility

    Class time will be split between students continuing to prepare for Novice and those getting ready for Open. Limit 6.

    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:   4 meetings, 90 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $68, SOTC members $48

    • REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGL4TU645   |  Tuesday 6:45pm starting 1/5  | Co-instructors Becky Konst & Sandy Madaio

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