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Class Schedule, Winter 2024

1/12/2024:  Winter classes are full/under way, and registration is CLOSED. 

Spring classes will start in early April (schedule to be posted in early March). To receive an email notification when the new schedule is posted, contact the Registrar. (Current students and waitlistees will be notified automatically.)

When Can You Register? 

It depends on who you are and what kind of class it is.  It's complicated, so pay attention! 

For SOTC instructors, registration opens on at 10am on 11/27 and runs through 11:59pm on 11/30 (all classes)

For other SOTC members, registration opens on 12/6 (all classes)

For non-member current students, registration opens on:

  • 12/7 for Puppy, Pre-Basic, & Basic (with permission code)
  • 12/12 for other classes (with permission code; limited availability)

    For non-member new students, registration opens on:

    • 12/12 for Puppy, Pre-Basic, & Basic (no permission code required)
    • Other classes are generally not available to new students, but you may check with the Registrar and request a permission code after 12/19 

      Need Help? Have Questions?

      Try these links first:

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      Still having trouble? Need a permission code?

      Email the Registrar

      What's on the Schedule?

      BASIC OBEDIENCE

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      Only one dog per household per Puppy, Pre-Basic, or Basic class. Owners with multiple dogs must enroll them in separate classes.

      Students in Puppy, Pre-Basic, and Basic must bring proof of the dog's age-appropriate vaccinations to the first class.


      Puppy

      For puppies that will be between 12 and 20 weeks of age on the first day. The class is based on the AKC STAR program, 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. Puppies must have received at least the 2nd DAP shot by the start of class. Limit 8.

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

      MEETINGS:   8 meetings, 45 minutes

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

      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  PUP-M7  |   Monday 7pm starting 1/15     |   Instructor Leah Pekarsky Smith, assistant Kryssi D'Eredita  
        (for puppies born between ~8/28/23 & 10/23/23)   


      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 6-8.

      PREREQUISITE:   None! Just follow 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, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  PRE-M8  |   Monday 8pm starting 1/15    |  Instructor Tim Faulkner,  assistant Amy Thorna
        • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED    PRE-TU6   |   Tuesday 6pm starting 1/9  (will not meet on 2/13)  |  Instructor Renee Louise, assistant  Danielle Knobel
        • REGISTRATION CLOSED  PRE-W630   |    Wednesday 6:30pm starting 1/10   |   Instructor Scott Schuhert, assistant Lynn Coates


            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 follow 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, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-M6   |   Monday 6pm starting 1/15   |   Instructor Kryssi D'Eredita, assistant Pat Hoover
              • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-TU615   |   Tuesday 6:15pm starting 1/9  (will not meet on 2/13)  |  Instructor  Leah Pekarsky Smith, assistant Kryssi D'Eredita
              • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-TU715  |  Tuesday 7:15pm starting 1/9  (will not meet on 2/13)  |  Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Lisa Garofalo
              • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  BAS-W530   |   Wednesday 5:30pm starting 1/10   |   Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro
              • REGISTRATION CLOSED  BAS-TH6   |   Thursday 6pm starting 1/4   (will not meet on 1/18, 2/1, 2/15)  |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Martina St. Leger

              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 permission

              MEETINGS: 8 meetings, 45 minutes

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

              • REGISTRATION CLOSED  INT-TH715   |   Thursday 7:15pm starting 1/4 (note early start date; will NOT meet on 1/18, 2/1, 2/15) |   Instructor Larry Krieger, assistant Martina St. Leger
              • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  |  INT-W630   |   Wednesday 6:30pm starting 1/10   |   Instructor Patty Warner, assistant Bari Tassinaro


              Canine Good Citizen (Prep Class with Test)

              Not offered this time


              Tricks

              Not offered this time

              FLYBALL

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              Beginner / Intermediate Flyball

              For beginners as well as those who have already taken a Flyball class with us.  Limit 6.

              PREREQUISITE:  Dogs must have basic obedience skills (sit, down, stay) and an off-leash recall. They must be food and/or toy motivated and be able to work around other off-leash dogs without concerns or signs of aggression. Both dog and handler must be physically able to play the game. Puppies as young as 6 months of age may attend class but will be limited in what they can do until their growth plates close (at about 1 year of age).

              MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

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

              • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  FLY2-W630  |   Wednesday 6:30pm starting 1/10  |  Instructor Jessie Burgess, assistant Gabby Casanova

                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:   6 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 with a credit card)

                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-TU7   |   Tuesday 7pm starting  1/9  (will not meet on 2/13)  |   Instructor Mary Walker, assistant Mary Kobis

                Freestyle

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                Foundations for Freestyle & Rally-FrEe

                Building precision and joy in heeling and learning the three transition behaviors of thru, around, and spin. Although the class will focus on the dance sports, it can benefit rally and obedience folks as well.  

                PREREQUISITE:  Dogs should be comfortable being in a class with other dogs and with being crated.  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

                • RFE-W630   |   Wednesday 6:30pm starting  1/10  |   Instructor Jamie Ohman, assistant Dawn Evans

                RALLY

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                Rally students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. Non-members may use a guest crate, if available, or bring their own crate each time and carry it out after class.


                Rally Novice 

                Not offered this time 


                Intro to Rally Skills 

                We will work on the skills needed to start competing in Rally. We will work on basics like heeling and stays in addition to learning the Novice signs and the Rally rules.

                PREREQUISITE: Dogs must be able to do sustained heeling and have reliable sit, down and stay. Dogs must be able to be crated during class.

                MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 60 minutes

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

                • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  RSK1-F215 | Friday 2:15pm starting 1/5 (will not meet on 1/19,  2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/8)  |  Instructor Judy McManus, assistant  Ann Hardy


                Rally Skills, Advanced Through Master

                Each class meeting will focus on a single skill, and students working on all the exercises (regardless of level) related to that skill.  For example, if working on the Excellent-level “backup 3 steps,” we will also work on the Master-level backup signs. We will work sequences, not full courses.

                PREREQUISITE: Must be working at or above Intermediate and must be able to work off lead. Dogs must be able to be crated during class.

                MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 60 minutes

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

                • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  RSK3-F1 | Friday 1pm  starting 1/5 (will NOT meet on 1/19,  2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/8)  | Instructor Judy McManus, assistant  Ann Hardy


                Rally Advanced

                Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

                PREREQUISITE: RN title or permission of instructor. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course. Dogs should be able to work offlead.

                MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

                • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  RAL3-TU6 | Tuesday 6pm starting 1/9 (will NOT meet on 2/13)  | Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Paul Vautrain


                Rally Excellent

                Courses with instruction. Limit 6.

                PREREQUISITE: RA title or permission of instructor. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course.

                MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 90 minutes for the Monday class, 60 minutes for the Tuesday class

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

                  • RAL4-M11 | Monday 11am starting 1/8 | Instructor Debbie Keith, assistant Jennifer Taylor
                  • CANCELLED  RAL4-TU715 | Tuesday 7:15pm starting 1/9 (will not meet on 2/13)  | Instructor Kathy Morse, assistant Paul Vautrain


                  Rally Master

                  Courses with instruction. Limit 6-8.

                  PREREQUISITE:   RE title; or RN and CD; or permission of instructor. Students must crate their dogs while they walk the course.

                  MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes for the Monday class

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

                  • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  RAL5-M1230  |  Monday 12:30pm starting 1/8   |   Instructor Debbie Keith, assistant Jennifer Taylor

                  COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

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                  Young Dog Competition 2

                  A continuation of the fall class. Limit 6.

                  NOTE: This is the 2nd 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.

                  PREREQUISITE: For those continuing from Young Dog 1 

                  MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 45 minutes

                  PRICE:  SOTC members $54 or 6 points

                  PLEASE! Do not sign up for this class unless you were enrolled in Young Dog 1 during the 2023 fall session.

                  • CLOSED  YDC2-TH6   |   Thursday 6pm starting 1/4 (will NOT meet on 2/1, 2/15)    |  Instructor Kathy McCloskey, assistant Marcia Martin


                    Foundation Skills for Open & Utility

                    This class will concentrate on the different skills necessary to build the Open and Utility exercises.  Skills will build upon one another.  Limit 8.

                    PREREQUISITE: Dogs in this class do not need to have an obedience title but should be thinking about doing advanced obedience with their dogs.

                    MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

                      • REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  OUS-TH12  |  Thursday 12 noon  starting 1/4 (will not meet on 2/1, 2/15)  |  Instructor Dottie Hamblin, assistant Toni Tuck


                      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 6-12 (will break into 2 classes if more than 6 register).

                      PREREQUISITE: Prior Novice class, BN/PN title, or 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

                      • NOV2-M7  |  Monday 7pm starting 1/15 (will not meet on  1/22, 2/26)  | Co-instructors Sue Eaton & Kelly Mueller


                      Advanced Novice

                      Work on better heeling and stays for teams that have completed SOTC's NOV2 class or have the majority of the skills needed for Beginner Novice / Novice.

                      MEETINGS:  6 meetings, 45 minutes

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

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  NOV3-TU1  |  Tuesday 1pm starting starting 1/9   | Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Toni Tuck


                      Obedience drop-ins, Beginner Novice & Novice Run-throughs 

                      Drop-in run-throughs for Beginner Novice and Novice.  Limit 10 teams per meeting.

                      MEETINGS: 4 meetings (1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8), 45 minutes. Beginner Novice at 7pm, followed by Novice.

                      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 with a credit card)

                      TO REGISTER: To reserve a spot for a particular meeting and to confirm that class will be held, text Nan at 315-345-7847.  Tell her your name and which class you want (or if you want both). You will need to sign up by 4pm the day before (Wednesday). 

                      •  ODI-TH7  |  Thursday 7pm starting 1/4  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Lisa McCormick


                      Intro to Open

                      An introduction to the Open exercises. Limit 6.

                      PREREQUISITE:

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

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

                      • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  OPN1-M5 | Monday 5pm starting starting 1/15  (will NOT meet on  1/22, 2/26)  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Kelly Mueller


                      Advanced Open / Intro to Utility

                      For those who have learned all the Open exercises and want to start training for Utility. 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

                      • OPN3-M6 | Monday 6pm starting 1/15 (will NOT meet on  1/22, 2/26)  |  Instructor Kathy Helmke, assistant Sue Eaton

                      SCENTWORK

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                      Scentwork classes are held offsite, at American High (the old A.V. Zogg Middle School), 800 4th St., Liverpool. Fees, including that for members paying with points, include a $25 site-rental charge.


                      Scentwork Foundations

                      For dogs that have no scentwork experience or need more basic experience in foundations. Limit 6.

                      What you will need

                      • Lots and lots of good treats
                      • A crate, if possible
                      • A harness if you have one (if not, a collar is fine to start with)
                      • Water and a bowl (dogs scent best when they are hydrated)

                      PREREQUISITE: None! But no aggressive dogs.

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

                      PRICE: SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTF-TH1 | Thursday 1pm starting 1/4  | Instructor Nat Lussier, assistant Amir Findling
                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTF-SA1a  |  Saturday 1pm starting 1/6  (Will not meet on 2/3, 2/17 )  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Lisa McCormick 
                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTF-SA1b  (overflow class)  |  Saturday 1pm starting 1/6  (Will not meet on 2/3, 2/17 )  |  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant Kelly Mueller 

                      Novice Scentwork Level 1

                      For those who have done minimal scent work but who aren’t ready to compete yet. Limit 6.

                      PREREQUISITE: SOTC Scentwork Foundations or permission 

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

                      PRICE: SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTN1-TH2   |  Thursday 2pm starting 1/4  | Instructor Nat Lussier, assistant Amir Findling


                      Novice Scentwork Level 2

                      For those who have the basics of scentwork and need more experience with different container and interior set-ups. Limit 6-8.

                      PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Novice Scentwork Level 1 or one leg earned at a Novice-level scentwork trial 

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

                      PRICE:  SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      • FULL, WAITLIST & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTN2-TU630  |  Tuesday 6:30pm starting 1/9  (will NOT meet on 2/13)  |  Instructor Becky O'Brien, assistant Amir Findling 


                      Advanced Scentwork Level 1

                      For those who have earned at least one Novice leg and are ready to do Advanced searches.

                      PREREQUISITE:  SOTC Novice Level 2 or at least one Novice leg

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

                      PRICE: SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  SCTA1-SA2  |  Saturday 2pm starting 1/6  (Will not meet on 2/3, 2/17 )  |  Instructor Nan Bonnell, assistant Lisa McCormick


                      Excellent Scentwork Level 1

                      For anyone who has earned at least two Advanced Legs and is interested in learning and practicing at the Excellent level. We will spend time talking about accessible versus inaccessible hides, multiple distractions, converging odor, eddying odor, and elevation hides (not greater than 48”) as well as introducing a new scent, Clove.

                      PREREQUISITE:  Teams must have earned at least two Advanced legs

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 45 minutes

                      PRICE: SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      • SCTX1-TU730  |  Tuesday 7:30pm starting 1/9 (will not meet on 2/13)  |  Instructor Terri Botsford, assistant Sue Eaton 


                      Inaccessible, Pooling & Converging Hides

                      In this class we will be targeting the idiosyncrasies of inaccessible, pooling and converging hides. Limit 6.

                      PREREQUISTE: This class is intended for dog/handler teams who are working at the Advanced level or beyond, and are capable of conducting a search for multiple hides.

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 75 minutes

                      PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the instructor's Fall 2023 class (Fun Games/Practice Hides Level 3) or permission

                      PRICE:  SOTC members $79 (or 6pts + $25), non-members $104

                      PLEASE! Do not sign up for this class unless EITHER (1) you were enrolled in the instructor's Fun Games Level 3 class during the 2023 fall session OR (2) you have the instructor's permission to enroll.

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED SCTIPC-TH3  |  Thursday 3pm starting 1/4  |  Instructor Jean Rand, assistants Janine Crane & Barb Reuter

                      AGILITY

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                      We are unable to accommodate any new non-member agility students at this time. We usually have a few openings in Agility Foundations each session for non-member current students (i.e. our Basic grads), but rarely anything beyond that for them or for students new to SOTC.  If you need recommendations for other agility training options, click HERE to email our Agility Inquiries contact.

                      Agility students must arrive on time so as to be available to help with equipment setup if required.

                      Dogs must be crated while students walk the course or move equipment. Students may use a guest crate or bring their own crate each time and carry it out after class.


                      Agility Foundations 1

                      This class will cover the foundation skills required for competition agility, such as teamwork, self-control, body control, and shaping. The class is appropriate for all handlers (experienced agility competitors as well as those new to the sport) and is required for inexperienced handlers. If you have never competed in agility, you must take Foundations before enrolling in any other agility class SOTC offers. Limit 6.

                      PREREQUISITE:  SOTC Basic graduate or permission

                      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

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

                      • REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  AFN1-W630   |   Wednesday 6:30pm  starting 1/10 |   Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Rick Pflueger


                      Agility Foundations 2

                      For students who have taken SOTC's Agility Foundations 1 but are not quite ready for Beginner Agility.

                      PREREQUISITE: SOTC Agility Foundations 1 or permission

                      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 75 minutes

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

                      • AFN2-F630   |   Friday 6:30pm starting  1/5  (will not meet on 1/19,  2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/8)  |   Instructor Janine Ramsden, assistant Jennifer Precourt


                      Beginner Agility

                      Introduction to contact equipment, jump training, practicing lead-outs, and basic handling. Building drive while maintaining focus and control.  Limit 6-8.

                      PREREQUISITE:   For students continuing from the instructors' Fall Beginner Agility class. Students who have not previously competed in agility must have taken SOTC Agility Foundations or an equivalent class elsewhere before enrolling in Beginner Agility. Dogs should be at least 8 months old. 

                      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 75 minutes

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

                      PLEASE! Do not sign up for this class unless you were enrolled in the same class during the 2023 fall session.

                      • REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED   AGL1-W5   |   Wednesday 5pm starting 1/10   |  Co-instructors Dottie Hamblin & Diane Eggleston, assistant Stacy Thompson


                      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

                      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

                      • FULL, WAITLIST FORMING  AGL2-M630   |   Monday 6:30pm starting 1/15   |   Co- instructors Scott Reichinger, Lindsey Blaine, & Amy Shaw


                      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.

                      MEETINGS: 6 meetings, 90 minutes

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

                      • AGL3-W2   |   Wednesday 2pm starting 1/10   |   Co-instructors Kris Hart & Jeri Fishack


                      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 video editing software) 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 points, non-members $52 (price includes 2 hours of Open Training; price for additional OT sessions is $5 for members, $10 for non-members)

                      • VAS (2024WIN)   |   Co-instructors Emily Hamilton Reynolds, Michele Maier & Scott Reichinger


                      Agility Handling for Young Dogs

                      For dogs that have completed an Agility  Foundations class but are not yet ready to trial.  This will be a handling class only (no contacts or weaves). We will work skills and do short sequences. This will include offering the jump, tunnel commitment, go on, front cross, blind cross, and rear crosses. The class will be adjusted to the skill level of the handler and dog team. Limit 5.

                      MEETINGS:   6 meetings, 60 minutes

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

                      • FULL, WAITLIST & REGISTRATION CLOSED  AGH-TU345   |   Tuesday 3:45pm starting 1/9  (will NOT meet on 1/23, 2/13)   |   Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo


                      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

                      • AGW-TU445   |   Tuesday 4:45pm starting 1/9  (will NOT meet on 1/23, 2/13)  |   Co-instructors Karen Vanderburgh & Sue DeRienzo


                      Parallel Games & Jump Grids for Sports

                      Distraction training while doing agility, obedience, rally, or flyball activities, etc. This is a combo class based on games from Leslie McDevitt (author of “Control Unleashed”) and the jump grids from Susan Salo.

                      Distraction will be provided by another dog working on the other side of ring gating.

                      You will learn pattern games you can do with your dog to keep them engaged with you through distractions in the environment. The use of remote reinforcement will also be covered.

                      The goal is that you can utilize what you learned in training and trial environments. A different foundation grid or jumping activity will be offered every week.

                      Depending on the level of the dogs in class we will build this up slowly for some and quicker for others.

                      Dogs must be 18 months and up to any age. They should have a recall, walk on a leash,  and must be good with other dogs in the ring at the same time. Limit 5 dog-and-handler teams.

                      MEETINGS:   4 meetings  (1/12,1/26, 2/9, 3/1), 90 minutes

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

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  AGJ-FR1030   |   Friday 10:30am starting 1/12    |   Instructor Linda Kaufman, assistant  Melanie Hoover


                      Agility Drop-ins, Novice to Masters

                      Nested courses will be built, course maps will be provided. Run the courses or train as you wish. Please be prompt for setup. Limit 10 teams per meeting.

                      MEETINGS:   5 meetings (11 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 7 March),  90 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 with a credit card)

                      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

                      • ADI-TH730   |   Thursday 7:30pm starting 1/11  (will NOT meet on 2/1, 2/15)   |   Instructor Andrea Lee, assistant Tom Weickert


                      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 1/9 (will NOT meet on 2/13)   |   Instructor Becky Konst, assistant Tom Canino


                      Novice / Open Agility

                      For teams doing Novice or Open work. We will work on all the elements of a course and the best way for you to handle them. We will make sure that you have a toolbox full of good skills to draw from. Perfect your front crosses , blinds, rears, serps, lead-outs, contacts, etc.

                      PREREQUISITE: Dogs must be able to do all contact equipment and weaves for participation in this class

                      6 meetings, 60 minutes

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

                      • AGL4-TH11   |   Thursday 11am starting 1/4  (will NOT meet on 2/1, 2/15)  |   Co-instructors Linda Aloi & Peggy Mooney


                      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 1/9 (will NOT meet on 2/13)   |   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

                      • FULL, REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED  AGL6-TH615   |   Thursday 6:15pm starting 1/4  (will NOT meet on 1/18,  2/1, 2/15)  |   Co-instructors Sandy Madaio & Diane Eggleston


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