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Registration for spring classes is CLOSED. Summer classes will begin in late June. The schedule will be posted  around mid-May.

Class Schedule, Spring 2022

(classes starting late March/early April, ending late May/early June)

When can you register?

For Puppy, Pre-Basic, or Basic, registration opens on:
  • February 24 for SOTC members

  • February 28 for non-member current students (with permission code available the previous week)

  • March 7 for non-member new students (no permission code required)

For any other class, registration opens on:

  • February 24 for SOTC members

  • March 7 for non-member current students (with permission code available the previous week)

  • March 14 for non-member new students (with permission code available that day)

Why is this so complicated?

Cancellations

No evening classes on General Membership meeting nights: Tuesday 4/12,  Monday  5/9, Tuesday 6/14

No classes at all (due to trials & other events):  Saturday 4/9;  Friday-Sunday 4/15-4/17; Friday 4/22; Thursday-Sunday 6/9-6/12

Decision about meeting over the long Memorial Day weekend will be left to individual instructors

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Basic Obedience

Only one dog per household per class. Owners with multiple dogs must enroll them in separate classes.

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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 program (Socialization, Training, Activities, Responsibility). The STAR program is the puppy level of the Canine Good Citizen program. To qualify for the STAR certificate, students must attend at least 6 of the scheduled class meetings.

PREREQUISITE:   None! Just see the age and vaccination guidelines above. Students must bring proof of puppy's vaccination (2nd DAP) to the first class.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   PUP-M7 Monday 7pm starting 4/4   (will not meet on 5/9; decision about meeting on 5/30 Memorial Day TBA
    |  Instructor Roberta Hennigan, assistant Janine Ramsden  
    |  (For puppies born between ~11/15/21 & 1/10/22)


Pre-Basic

For older puppies 5-14 months of age.  Appropriate both for those who have taken our Puppy class, and for 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. Students must bring proof of vaccination (DAP and, if dog is old enough, rabies) to the first class.

MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

  • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  PRE-M6   |   Monday 6pm starting 4/4   |   Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Tim Faulkner
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   PRE-TU6   |   Tuesday 6pm starting 4/5  (will not meet on 4/12)  |   Instructor Judy McManus, assistant Ann Hardy
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED    PRE-W7   |   Wednesday 7pm starting 4/6   |   Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Tom Weickert
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   PRE-TH7   |   Thursday 7pm starting 4/7   |   Instructor Kelly Mueller, 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.

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

    MEETINGS:  8 meetings, 45 minutes

    PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   BAS-TU12  |  Tuesday 12 noon starting 4/5  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Rachael Beattie
    • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   BAS-W530  |  Wednesday 5:30pm starting 4/6  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro
      • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   BAS-TH6   |   Thursday 6pm starting 4/7  |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Lynn Miller

        Beyond Basic

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        Intermediate

        Introduction to on-lead heeling, off-lead recalls, and stays; continued work on basic obedience skills. Limit 6-8.

        PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or run-through

        MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

        PRICE:  SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   INT-W630  |   Wednesday 6:30pm starting 4/6  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro
        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   INT-TH715  |  Thursday 7:15pm starting 4/7 |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant  Martina St. Leger


        Canine Good Citizen (Prep Class with Test)

        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:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

        PRICE:  SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78
        • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   CGC-SA1130  |   Saturday 11:30am starting 4/23 (note later start date)  |  Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Martina St. Leger

        Conformation

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        Conformation Drop-ins

        Drop in class for training dog and handler for the conformation (breed) ring.  If appropriate for class make-up, breed standards, conformation rules, grooming of dog and handler will be discussed.

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

        MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

        PRICE:   SOTC members $9 or 1 point, non-members $13 (per drop-in, pay as you go -- checks, exact change, or click here to pay on-line)

        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

        • CON-TH8  |  Thursday 8pm starting 4/7  |  Instructor Bari Tassinaro, assistant TBA

        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).

        Rally Novice

        An introduction to AKC Rally, with an emphasis on learning the signs and how to run a smooth and efficient course. Students will work their way through the Rally Novice signs and will learn to walk a course. Dogs will be leashed on course. Limit 6-8.

        PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Basic graduate or permission. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

        MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

        PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

        • RAL1-SA9    |  Saturday 9am 4/23 (note later start date)  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett


            Rally Advanced / Excellent

            Work on the Advanced/Excellent signs. Limit 6-8.

            PREREQUISITE:   Dogs should be able to work off-lead.  Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

            MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

            PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

            • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   RAL3-SA1015    |  Saturday 10:15am starting  4/23 (note later start date)  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Jenna Hassett

            Rally Excellent

            Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

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

            MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

            PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

            • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  RAL4-M9  |  Monday 9am starting  4/11  (will not meet on 5/2)  |  Instructor Debbie Keith, assistant Jean Rand


            Rally Master

            Courses with instruction.  Limit 6.

            PREREQUISITE:  Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. 

            MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

            PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

            • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  RAL5-M1030    |  Monday 10:30am starting  4/11 (will not meet on 5/2)   |  Instructor Pat John, assistant Jean Rand


            FREESTYLE

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            Rally-FrEe

            Rally-FrEe is a relatively new sport combining the course layout of rally and the creativity and musical aspects of canine freestyle. (More information available on the Rally Freestyle Elements website.) The sport was developed to help freestyle competitors fine-tune their foundation behaviors and to create a fun activity without the pressure of designing your own routine. Not to mention it's a great next step for dogs competing at high levels of rally or obedience.  Limit 6.

            PREREQUISITE: Dogs should be comfortable being in a class with other dogs and with being crated for occasional course walk throughs.  Handler focus and heeling or strong loose-leash walking skills required.

            MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

            PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

            •  RFR-TU7  |  Tuesday 7pm starting 4/5  (will not meet on 4/12)  |  Instructor Jamie Ohman, assistant TBA


            Introduction to Canine Freestyle

            Canine freestyle is essentially obedience behaviors and tricks performed to music.  This class will cover some of the basic movements required to build a freestyle routine including left- and right-side heeling, spins, weaves, and other tricks.  We will also cover the basics of creating a routine and everyone will get to perform a brief one by the end of the session. Limit 6.

            PREREQUISITE: Intermediate or permission. Students should be able to crate or have someone hold their dog during certain portions of the class.

            MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

            PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

            •  CFR-TU8  |  Tuesday 8pm starting 4/5  (will not meet on 4/12)  |  Instructor Jamie Ohman, assistant TBA

            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:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

            • FLY1-W630  |  Wednesday 6:30pm starting 4/6  |  Instructor Jessie Burgess, assistant Aydan Presley

            Competition Obedience

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            Young Dog Competition 3

            A continuation of the fall class. Limit 6.

            This is the final 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:  For those who took the fall class.

            MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

            PRICE:  SOTC members $54 or 6 points

            • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED   |  YDC3-TH6   |  Thursday 6pm starting 4/7  (will not meet on 5/5)  |  Co-instructors Kathy McCloskey & Donna Schmidt


              Intro to Novice Obedience

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

              PREREQUISITE:   SOTC Intermediate graduate or permission

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • NOV1-TU545 |  Tuesday 5:45pm starting 4/7  (will not meet on 4/12)  |  Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Carolyn Pover

              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:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   NOV2-M7  |  Monday 7pm starting 4/4  (will not meet on 4/25, 5/9, 5/23; decision about meeting on Memorial Day 5/30 TBA)  |  Co-instructors Sue Eaton & Kelly Mueller


              Open & Utility Foundations

              An ongoing class that will break down each of the Open and Utility exercises into the skills necessary to perform it. The skills will be taught before they are chained together into a full exercise. Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:  This class is appropriate for students who have never competed in Open/Utility or for those with green dogs.

              MEETINGS:  8 meetings, 90 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 8 points, non-members $104

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  OUF-M215  |  Monday 2:15pm starting 4/4   |  Instructor Dottie Hamblin


              Advanced Jump Grid

              Listed among the Agility classes HERE, but appropriate for students jumping their dogs in obedience as well.


              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

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  OPN3-M6   |  Monday 6pm starting  4/4   (will not meet on 4/25, 5/9, 5/23; decision about meeting on Memorial Day 5/30 TBA)  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Judy Harvey


              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

              PRICE:  SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • UTL2-M5   |  Monday 5pm starting 4/4   (will not meet on 4/25, 5/9, 5/23; decision about meeting on Memorial Day 5/30 TBA)  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Judy Harvey

              Scentwork

              Scentwork classes to be held offsite, at  Syracuse Studios (the old A.V. Zogg Middle School), 800 4th St., Liverpool. 

              We cannot admit non-member scentwork students at this time.

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              Introduction to Scentwork

              For those who have never done Scentwork before or who need a refresher.  At the end of the class there will be a basic Novice container test. Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:  None! But no aggressive dogs.

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $89 (or 6pts + $35)

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  SCT1-TH3  |  Thursday 3pm starting 4/7  Instructor Nat Lussier, assistant Jean Rand
              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  SCT1-TH630  |  Thursday 6:30pm starting 4/7  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant Anne Colgan


              Novice/Advanced Scentwork

              For those who have the basics of scentwork and need more experience with different container and interior set-ups. Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Introduction to Scentwork or one leg earned at a Novice-level scentwork trial.

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $89 (or 6pts + $35)

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   SCT2-TH4  |  Thursday 4pm starting 4/7  |  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant TBA
              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING   SCT2-TH730   |   Thursday 7:30pm starting 4/7 |  Instructor Karen Cummings, assistant Kevin Cummings

              Agility

              We cannot admit new non-member agility students at this time

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              Agility Foundations

              Not offered


              Beginner Agility 

              Introduction to contact equipment, jump training, practicing lead-outs, and basic handling. Building drive while maintaining focus and control.  Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:   Students who have not previously competed in agility must have taken SOTC Agility Foundations or an equivalent class elsewhere. Dogs should be at least 8 months old. 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:   SOTC members $96 or 12 points, non-members $136

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  AGL1-W5 |   Wednesday 5pm starting  4/6 |  Instructor Dottie Hamblin, assistants Janine Ramsden & Lisa McCormick


              Advanced Beginner Agility

              Building confidence on contact equipment, introduction of weave poles, developing dog and handler skills, beginning simple sequencing, and doing grid work. Limit 6.

              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:   SOTC members $96 or 12 points, non-members $136

              • FULL, WAITLIST CLOSED  |  AGL2-M630  |  Monday 6:30pm starting 4/4  (will not meet on 5/9; decision about meeting on Memorial Day 5/30 TBA) |  Co-instructors Scott Reichinger & Ashleigh Reeve, assistant Lindsey Blaine


              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.  Limit 6.

              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, 60 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • AGL3-TH745  |  Thursday 7:45pm starting 4/7   |  Instructor Meg Donley, assistant Jenna Hassett


              2x2 Weaves

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

              PREREQUISITE: Dogs must be at least 12 months of age

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  |  AGW-TU515  |  Tuesday 5:15pm starting 4/5 (will not meet on 4/12)  |  Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo


              Virtual Agility Sequences: Focus on Fundamentals

              A 6-week on-line class.

              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 students who have successfully completed SOTC's Advanced Beginner class (or beyond). Students should be able to perform most obstacles with some independence.

              MEETINGS:  In-person Orientation on a date to be announced

              PRICE:  SOTC members $36 or 4.5 points, non-members $51 (price includes 2 hours of Open Training; price for additional OT sessions is $5 for members, $10 for non-members)

              • VAS-2022SPR  |  Co-instructors Ashleigh Reeve & Scott Reichinger

              Verbals & Crosses

              Learning crosses and when to use verbals. Appropriate any level after beginner level.

              MEETINGS:  6 meetings, 60 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • AGV-TH450  |  Thursday 4:50pm starting  4/7    |  Co-instructors Jeri Fishack & Kris Hart 


              Advanced Jump Grid

              The jump grids teach a dog to adjust her/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 a weave pole grid and grids that include the triple jump, double, jump, tire and panel jump. Limit 4.

              PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. For handlers who have taken the jump grid class before with dogs over 12 months old or handlers with dogs over 12 months who are actively jumping their dogs in classes or trialing their dog in agility or obedience.

              MEETINGS:  4 meetings, 90 minutes

              PRICE:  SOTC members $48 or 6 points, non-members $68

              • AGJ-F1030  |  Friday 10:30am starting 4/29 (will meet 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, 6/3)  |  Instructor Linda Kaufman

               


              Novice Agility

              For students preparing for Novice. 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:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • AGL4-TU645   |  Tuesday 6:45pm starting 4/5  (will not meet on 4/12)  | Instructor Becky Konst, assistant Tom Canino


              Open Agility

              For students preparing for Open. Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:   Novice agility titles or permission

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

              PRICE:   SOTC members $54 or 6 points, non-members $78

              • AGL5-TU8   |  Tuesday 8pm starting 4/5  (will not meet on 4/12)  | Instructor Becky Konst, assistant Tom Canino


                Excellent / Masters Agility

                For students preparing for Excellent/Masters. Students are expected to help set up the course. Limit 6.

                PREREQUISITE:   Open agility titles or permission

                MEETINGS:  6 meetings, 75 minutes

                PRICE:   SOTC members $72 or 9 points, non-members $102

                • AGL6-TH615   |  Thursday 6:15pm starting 4/7   |  Co-instructors Sandy Madaio & Diane Eggleston

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