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


Competitive Obedience Foundation

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Description: This class is for those interested in entering the world of AKC Competitive Obedience. We will concentrate on the performance skills/requirements for the Beginner Novice (BN), Pre-Novice (PCD), and Companion Dog (CD) titles. The new AKC Obedience rules starting on May 1, 2018 will be discussed and clarified. It is important that dogs in this class possess a solid SIT, DOWN, and STAY in order to be successful and advance. Dogs must also be accepting of being touched by strangers and are not nervous or aggressive around other dogs.

Requirements:
  • Canine Good Citizen title or equivalent level of basic training
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • Review the WAGD Policies page prior to enrollment.

Class Fee: $150 for 6 weekly sessions, each 50 minutes

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

After enrollment, watch for a confirmation email with important details. Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated time. Make-up group classes are not available for missed classes.

Conformation Handling Sessions

Description: These single-session classes are structured for all levels of handlers and dogs/puppies.  This class Susie Williamson Bio Picwill help build your teamwork in the show ring, smooth handling techniques, proper gaiting speed, movement patterns, ring etiquette, and ring procedure. New handlers will feel welcome and experienced handlers will get plenty of tips and insight.

Instructor, Susie Williamson, teaches a fun, positive class where you can either learn the  ropes or polish up your conformation ring performance!

Class Fee:

  • These are purchased as single sessions.
  • $15 for each handler’s first dog, plus $10 for each additional dog for that same handler.

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

Dancing with Your Dog (Ongoing)

Description: You’ve seen it pretty much everywhere and now you and your dog have a chance to be part of it! That’s right, you and your dog can partner up for a fun dancing experience. This energetic, music filled class is for anyone who wants to spend some fun time with their furry friend.
In this class, tricks are choreographed to music and it all begins with some basics like heel work and simple tricks. Once the creativity gets flowing more complex movements can be developed. Positive reinforcement clicker training will be used for motivation and learning.
You and your dance partner will develop a unique bond. This is a great opportunity for all you closet dancers. Please join us for some real fun and learn some skills you can build on to create your own routines. There are no dancing skills required for You or your dog.
This class is taught by T.C. Cappel, a pro at musical dog sports, having taught such classes for years and having performed at numerous venues, including the State Fair of Texas.
Requirements:
  • Manners 2 (or equivalent level of training, with basic heeling, sit, down, recall)
  • Dogs cannot be reactive or aggression toward other dogs or people
  • Be ready to have some fun!

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: Wednesdays at 1 PM with TC Cappel at our Richardson location – please call 972-677-7094 to inquire about joining this class

Please review the Ongoing Class Agreement prior to enrolling in an Ongoing Class.

 

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.

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

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

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 and Ongoing

Description: squareHave 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:
  • Manners 1 (or equivalent) to get started in the first level, Trick Dog Novice
  • 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: $135 for six, 45-minute classes (Note: the ongoing level is on a different fee structure)

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

 

Worked up Waggy – Help for the Reactive Dog

Description:Barking on leash (2) This class is designed for dog-reactive dogs who are ready for a structured group class environment. This class creates opportunities to practice calm reactions to dog distractions in a class environment. Exercises build each team up at their own pace and teach how to adjust and set up the dogs to be successful. The group will also practice a wide range of obedience behaviors to challenge focus and impulse control. Students wanting to join other classes will also find these sessions perfect for preparing themselves for the challenges they’ll face in group training classes.

Requirement: WAGD Instructor Approval – Must first have at least one private lesson with a Senior Trainer to evaluate reactivity and teach appropriate protocol for handling.
Fee: Class Fee: Drop-in class $28 per class. $88 for each set of 4 consecutive class meetings, each one hour long.

  • $88 for each set of 4 consecutive class meetings, each one hour long
  • Review Ongoing Class Policies prior to enrolling

Schedule:Click here for upcoming classes

 

Class Schedule


 
Ongoing 

Ongoing Specialty Class Schedule