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Class Schedule, Spring 2021

Registration for spring classes is CLOSED.  Summer classes will begin in mid/late June.  The summer schedule will be posted and registration will begin in mid/late May.

Dates

  • Registration for Puppy, Pre-Basic & Basic opens February 22 (for SOTC members as well as non-members)
  • Registration for all other classes opens  February 22 for SOTC members, March 1 for non-member current students, March  8 for non-member new students
  • New-student orientation (virtual meeting):

    Date to be announced

  • Classes begin: Mostly the week of March 22
  • No evening classes on Tuesday April 13, Monday  May 10, Tuesday June 8
  • Saturday classes cancelled on April 10, April 17

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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

  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  PUP-M615 Monday 6:15pm starting 3/22  |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Janine Ramsden
    (For puppies born between ~11/2/20 & 12/28/20)

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 6-8.

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:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  PRE-M730   |   Monday 7:30pm starting 3/22   |   Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Jenna Hassett |
    (Will NOT meet on 5/10)
  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   PRE-TU6   |   Tuesday 6pm starting 3/23   |   Instructor Judy McManus, assistant Ann Hardy
    (Will NOT meet on 4/13)
  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  PRE-W545   |   Wednesday 5:45pm starting 3/24   |   Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro
  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  PRE-TH715   |   Thursday 7:15pm starting 3/25   |   Instructor Renee Louise, assistant Sue Eaton

    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:  9 meetings (including Graduation), 45 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-TU715   |   Tuesday 7:15pm  starting 3/23  |  Instructor Tim Faulkner, assistant Ashleigh Reeve
      (Will NOT meet on 4/13)
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-W7   |   Wednesday 7pm starting 3/24   |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Jessica Carini
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-TH6   |   Thursday 6pm starting 3/25   |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Jenna Hassett

    Beyond Basic

    Intermediate (formerly known as 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  INT-W645  |   Wednesday 6:45pm starting 3/24  |  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 must bring their own crate and carry it out at end of class).

    Introduction to Rally Novice

    Not offered


    Rally Intermediate

    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:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

    PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

    • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  RAL2-SA9    |  Saturday 9am starting 3/27  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett
      (Will NOT meet on 4/10, 4/17)

      Rally Advanced/Excellent

      Taking the Advanced exercises off-leash, and learning the Excellent 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:   6 meetings, 75 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

      • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  RAL3-SA1030   |  Saturday 10:30am starting 3/27  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett
        (Will NOT meet on 4/10, 4/17)

      Rally Advanced/Excellent

      Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

      PREREQUISITE:Rally Novice title or permission. Dogs must be able to work off-lead. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 75 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

      • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  RAL4-W11   |  Wednesday 11am starting 3/24  |  Co-instructors Pat John & Dawn Watkins, assistant Debbie Keith
        (Will NOT meet on 4/7)

      Rally Master

      Courses with instruction.  Limit 6.

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

      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

      RAL5-M11    |  Monday 11am starting  3/22 |  Co-instructors Pat John & Lisa Williams

      Competition Obedience

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      Intro to Novice Obedience (formerly known as Intermediate B)

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

      PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Intermediate graduate or run-through

      MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

      • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  NOV1-TU7 |  Tuesday 7pm starting 3/23  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Carolyn Pover
        (Will NOT meet on 4/13)

      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

      • NOV2-M715  |   Monday 7:15pm starting 3/29  |  Co-instructors Sue Eaton & Kelly Mueller
        (Note LATER start date. Will NOT meet on  3/22, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24.)

      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:    6 meetings, 45 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

      • NOV3-TH545  |  Thursday 5:45pm starting 3/25  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Jean Rand

      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:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

      PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

      • OPN1-SA1  |  Saturday 1pm starting 3/27  |  Co-instructors Patty Warner & Sue Eaton
        (Will NOT meet on 4/10, 4/17)

      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

      • OPN3-M6   |  Monday 6pm starting  3/29 |  Instructor Kathy Helmke
        (Note LATER start date. Will NOT meet on  3/22, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24.)

      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

      • ENDANGERED, NO ENROLLMENTS YET  UTL2-M5   |  Monday 5pm starting 3/29  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke
        (Note LATER start date. Will NOT meet on  3/22, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24.)

      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  

      • UDX-TH7  |  Thursday 7pm starting 4/1  |  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:   8 meetings, 60 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

        • FLY1-W630 |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 3/24  |  Instructor Teri Botsford, assistant TBA

        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:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  SCT1-TH630  |  Thursday 6:30pm starting 3/25  |  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant Kelly Mueller

        Beginner Scentwork

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

        MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $104, SOTC members $72

        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  SCT2-TH730  |  Thursday 7:30pm starting 3/25  |  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant Janine Ramsden

        Agility

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        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

        • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  AFN-TU545   |   Tuesday 5:45pm starting 3/23   |   Instructor Sandy Madaio, assistants Janine Ramsden & Pam Renock
          (Will NOT meet on 4/13)

        Jumping Skills (Advanced)

        An advanced  class for students who have taken a previous Jump Grid class or whose dogs are actively jumping in classes or in competition. The class will include jump grids, one-jump exercises, and jump sequences with jumps and tunnels. Both agility and obedience jumping will be covered. Preference given to those who took the instructor's fall Jump Grid class. Limit 4.

        This class is not a foundation class for puppies or dogs just learning how to jump.

        MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $102, SOTC members $72

        • AGJ-TH1030    |  Thursday 10:30am starting 3/25  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman

        Proofing Weaves (Intermediate)

        PREREQUISITE: For students whose dogs can weave 6 or more poles, who need practice in short sequences and with distractions. Limit 5.

        MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  AGW3-TU515 |   Tuesday 5:15pm starting 3/23  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo
          (Will NOT meet on 4/13)

        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:   8 meetings, 90 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $136, SOTC members $96

        • FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGL2-M630  |  Monday 6:30pm starting 3/29 |  Instructor Scott Reichinger, assistants Ashleigh Reeve & Emily Hamilton
          (Note LATER start date. Will NOT meet on 5/10.)

        Intermediate Agility

        Not offered

        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 Monday 3/22 at 6:30pm

        INTRODUCTORY REDUCED PRICE: Public $51, SOTC members $36 (price includes 2 hours of Open Training per week of class)

        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  VAS-2021SPR  |  Co-instructors Emily Hamilton, Ashleigh Reeve, Scott Reichinger

        Novice Agility

        For students preparing for Novice. Limit 4.

        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, 60 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

        • FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGL4-TU645   |  Tuesday 6:45pm starting 3/23  | Instructor Becky Konst, assistant Tom Canino
          (Will NOT meet on 4/13)

        Open Agility

        For students preparing for Open. Limit 4.

        PREREQUISITE:   Novice agility titles or permission

        MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

        PRICE:   Public $78, SOTC members $54

        • FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED  |  AGL5-TU8   |  Tuesday 8pm starting 3/23  | Instructor Becky Konst, assistant Tom Canino
          (Will NOT meet on 4/13)

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