May 30, 2015

Specialty Classes

This program includes an assortment of fun things for you and your dog to do together. We hope you’ll find just the thing that will make your dog’s tail wag in double time! Checkout the Class List, then jump to the bottom of this page for the Class Schedule.

 

Class List


Focus Practice Sessions

Description: Thesecrop single session classes may be just the ticket for you and your dog! The 30 minute session will work on that fundamental skill of focusing on you when new or interesting dogs are nearby. Many dogs become highly distracted by other dogs. It’s the number one thing that holds dogs back from being ready to participate in group classes and activities. Lack of focus is also one of the key issues that limits the potential of many Rally and Agility dogs.

We’ll limit the size of the group to 5 dogs, the blinds will be used where needed and we’ll work some awesome exercises. These sessions can be the ideal prep to get ready for your first group class. Or, use these sessions to supplement the work you are doing in your current group class. We anticipate different dogs showing up for each session, maximizing your ability to work on focus with a VARIETY of dogs in proximity.

Requirements: 

  • Dogs must either be currently attending another WAGD group class OR have instructor approval
  • Bring your dog’s FAVORITE treats!
  • NOTE: This class is NOT appropriate for highly reactive dogs. But, it can be a great first group class experience for teams who have worked through reactivity issues in private lessons.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • If you’re new to WAGD, review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment

Class Fee:

  • $20 for single session, 30 minutes
  • No make-ups are offered for missed classes.

 

Flyball (Ongoing)

Description: Flyball is a team relay race competition – four dogsFlyball pic and handlers on one team compete against four dogs and handlers on another team. The teams race each other on a 51-foot course with a start/finish line on one end, a Flyball box on the other end, and four hurdles in between. If your dog has drive and energy, and likes to play ball, Flyball could be the sport for you!

You and your dog will learn the fundamentals of Flyball training including building drive to a reward, a safe and efficient box turn, and proper striding over the jumps while ignoring distractions. And of course, you and your dog will work as a team and have fun together!

This is a mixed level class. Both beginner and intermediate teams will get just what they need. The instructor will adapt each run to the level of the dog.

Requirements:

  • Completion of Manners 1 or equivalent
  • Those who have trained elsewhere will need to complete a Class Readiness Evaluation
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee:

  • $88 for 4 consecutive classes of one hour each, pre-payment required. For your convenience, auto-pay is available for this class. You can purchase class packs in multiples of 4.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday nights at 8:30 – 9:30 PM. You can start anytime. Call to enroll. 972-677-7094

 

Rally-Free Foundation, 1, 2, 3

Description: Rally-Free is a fun, new dog activity that is growing fast. AndRally Free Class Pic for good reason; it’s a blast! Rally-Free (also known as Rally-FrEe and Rally Freestyle Elements) is a sport that is similar to Rally Obedience, but with an interesting twist. Tricks and other fun movements such as leg weaves, spins, and bows are mixed in. Its good exercise for mind and body for both you and your dog!

Rally-Free is a great combination of creativity and precision. This a fun activity for those new to dog sport OR for those Agility and Rally enthusiasts who want to add to their repertoire! There are even opportunities to compete and work toward titles. Our Rally-Free Foundation class will cover some of these behaviors:
  • Weave between legs
  • Figure 8 between legs
  • Turn on right and left side of handler
  • Circle handler
  • About turn left and right
  • Switch back, Change of direction
  • Spin left and right
  • Multi-positional heel work
  • Bow

Requirements: Successful completion of Manners 2

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each 50 minutes long
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

Schedule: Check out the class schedule at the bottom of this page

Therapy Dog Prep

Description: This class is a mix of lecture and training exercises. We’ll122426175-how-to-start-therapy-dog-training-632x475 focus on the skills needed to successfully participate in pet assisted therapy. Many of these skills build on the intermediate obedience skills, while others may be brand new to you and your dog. Exercises taught will include: polite greetings, approaching people using medical devices (wheelchair, cane, walker), challenging “leave its”, and exposure to scenarios typically encountered during therapy work. Information will also be presented on the numerous therapy organizations, how to become a registered therapy team and how to have a positive therapy experience that benefits you, your dog and the recipient.

Requirements:

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate or permission from instructor
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • If you’re new to WAGD, review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment

Class Fee:

  • $100 for 4 sessions, each 50 minutes long
  • Enrollment is for 4 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

Schedule: Check out the class schedule at the bottom of this page

 

Trick Dog – Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

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Have you heard of the new AKC Trick Dog program? You can now earn AKC titles right here at WAGD for training and demonstrating tricks. Each level of Trick Dog class will cover at least 12 of the tricks from that level’s Tricks Checklist. Each week you’ll get a chance to demonstrate the tricks your dog mastered. If you’ve demonstrated 10 of the tricks by the end of class, you’ll earn your official AKC Trick Dog title!

Checkout the AKC Trick Dog webpage to learn more about the awesome new program and to see the Tricks Checklist for each level. Training tricks is a GREAT way to hone your training skills, while building your dog’s enthusiasm for training at the same time!

Requirements:
Class Fee: $135 for six, 45-minute classes

Schedule: Check out the class schedule at the bottom of this page.

 

Canine Massage for the Pet Owner

Massage is good for your dog in so many ways! It aids in calming Animal-Massage-Therapy - Editedand relaxation, helps reduce injuries, improves circulation, aids in healing, supports psychological well being and improves the bond between you and your dog. These benefits are especially important for performance dogs and senior dogs. But, nearly ANY dog will benefit from regular massage. Charity will give a brief overview of what you need to know about basic anatomy and physiology. Then she’ll quickly move into the meat and potatoes of massage for our furry friends. She’ll teach you several different strokes, giving you the how/when/where on each one. You’ll also learn the to identify the cases when massage is not recommended. You’ll get in plenty of practice on your own dog with Charity right there to answer your questions.

Requirements:

    • Dogs must either be currently enrolled in another WAGD class or must pass a brief Class Readiness evaluation
    • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
    • If you’re new to WAGD, review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment

Workshop Fee:

  • $60 for the 90 minute working workshop (a maximum of one dog with two family members may attend for each enrollment). Fee includes a class guidebook.

Schedule: Check out the class schedule at the bottom of this page

 

Class Schedule