Capitol Dog Training Club of Austin's Agility Training Program
September 2019 – CDTCA CLASS SCHEDULE
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Nose Work, Obedience, Rally, and Trick Classes:
The Dog House Drinkery & Dog Park
3800 County RD 175, Cedar Park, TX 78641
ADVANCED NOSE WORK CLASSES (6 weeks)
Starting Tuesday September 17th, 6:30-7:30
Tuesday September 17th, 7:30-8:30
CONTINUING NOSE WORK CLASSES (6 weeks)
Starting Thursday September 19th, 6:30-7:30
Thursday September 19th, 7:30-8:30
CDTCA Training Field
130 Woodland Trail, Leander, TX 78641
PRE-AGILITY CLASS (6 weeks)
Starting Thursday September 19th, 6:45-7:45
INTRO TO AGILITY SEQUENCING CLASS (6 weeks)
Starting Monday September 16th, 6:30-7:30
INTERMEDIATE AGILITY SEQUENCING (6 weeks)
Starting Monday September 16th, 7:45-8:45
ADVANCED SEQUENCING & COURSES (6 weeks)
Starting Wednesday September 18th, 6:45-7:45
Wednesday September 18th, 8:00-9:00
Thursday September 19th, 8:00-9:00
A sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent
& communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. It takes this
amazing working relationship & turns it into a fun game that any dog can play.
Searches are completed in a variety of environments, known as “Elements.”
Container: The target odor is concealed within a container
(such as a cardboard box or briefcase), and the dog must
indicate in which container the scent is hidden.
Interior: The target odor is concealed on or in an object in an indoor search area.
Exterior: The target odor is concealed on or in an object in an outdoor search area.
Buried: The target odor is concealed within a small container and
the buried underneath the ground.
Canine Good Citizen is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and many dog owners
choose CGC as their first step in training their dogs. It also provides a great foundation
for getting started in dog sports.
CGC Training & Testing
Accepting a Friendly Stranger, Sit Politely for Petting, Appearance and Grooming, Walking on a loose lead, Walking Through a Crowd, Sit & Down on Command & Stay in Place, Coming When Called, Reaction to Another Dog, Reaction to Distractions, & Supervised Separation.
Capitol Dog Training Club of Austin
Group Training Classes
Agility: Non-Competition Classes
Pre-Agility: Building the Foundation 6 weeks/ Ages 9+ months
Pre-Agility will provide various exercises and games to create the foundation for students and their dogs on building confidence working in a high energy environment, impulse control, beginner handler focus, and teaching the dogs about general body awareness. The basic principles learned will prepare students for successful advancement into agility classes. This class is suitable for beginners who are new to agility and for those who just want to work with their dogs in a controlled group setting.
Prerequisite: Basic obedience skills & gets along with other dogs – Class capacity 5 handler/dog teams
Intro to Agility: Obstacle Performance 6 weeks
Intro to Agility will provide the dogs and handlers with the guidance to correctly perform the various obstacles used in AKC agility and incorporate the foundation skills learned from the Pre-Agility: Building the Foundation class. Each obstacle will be taught in a controlled manner with an emphasis on safety. The obstacles will be set at lower heights to help the dogs build their confidence and skills. By the conclusion of the class, the dog and handler teams will have the knowledge and ability to confidently and safely perform the obstacles learned. Intro to Agility is a great way to bond with your four-legged best friend while having FUN!
Prerequisite: Pre- Agility: Building the Foundation
Intro to Sequencing 6 weeks
Intro to Sequencing will teach the handler and dog teams how to perform a short series of obstacles in succession using body cues, signals and directional commands. Teams will exercise their working knowledge learned from Intro to Agility to continue to build confidence and independence while gaining solid obstacle performance. Prerequisite: Intro to Agility
Sequencing II 6 weeks
Building on the concepts and exercises learned in Intro to Sequencing, Sequencing II will challenge students with longer obstacle sequences and more advanced handling techniques. Teams will be introduced to various maneuvers such as course directional changes, distance handling and speed (acceleration/deceleration) in preparation to run full courses.
Prerequisite: Intro to Sequencing
Agility: Competition Classes
Novice…TBD Open…TBD Excellent/Masters…TBD
Intro to Distance 6 weeks
This course will teach handlers the basic techniques to effectively direct their dogs to independently perform selected obstacles at a distance by using various motion and verbal queues. The class will also focus on contact and weave performance using increasing distances to build the dogs’ confidence to drive forward and to successfully work away from their handlers. The AKC distance game, FAST (Fifteen and Send Time), will be introduced with various strategies demonstrated and discussed based on the handlers’ goals. This class is a great start for those who want to begin learning distance as well improve contact and weave pole criteria and enhance their overall performance.
Prerequisite: Completed Novice Agility and the dog is competing at Open or Excellent/Masters level
K9 Nose Work Classes
Instructor: Michelle Munson, CPDT-KA, ANWI™
K9 Nose Work® was inspired by the training of scent detection canines and is open to all types of dogs. It is an excellent option for retired, injured, disabled or elderly dogs.No previous experience or training necessary—for dog or handler!
Intro to Nose Work 4 weeks
All dogs are born knowing how to use their noses, but now you’ll be in on the fun. In the Intro to K9 Nose Work®class you’ll learn how to build your dog’s hunting drive and focus that drive to find something specific. This class utilizes positive reinforcement of food or a toy and only one dog works at a time—making it a safe environment to help develop focus and confidence in timid, fearful or reactive dogs. For the more energetic dogs, the mental and physical exercise of searching and problem solving provides a great tool for burning off some of that extra energy.
Prerequisite: Well-mannered around other dogs
Intro to Odor 6 weeks
During this class we will transition dogs from hunting for primary (food or toys) to hunting for the first target odor, Birch. We will continue to build on your dogs’ natural hunt drive, while also expanding the search parameters to include vehicles and exteriors.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work™
Continuing Nose Work 6 weeks
In this class we will expand on your team’s exposure to new search scenarios. The purpose of the class will be to enhance your teams’ ability to work more complicated hides throughout each of the 4 elements: containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicles. Each class will be tailored to the needs of the participants.
Prerequisite: Intro to Odor
Rally & Obedience Classes
Novice Rally 6 weeks
This class will teach the AKC sport of Rally at a beginner level. Dog and handler teams will learn to maneuver through courses made up of a number of stations with instructional signs of varying exercises to be performed. The signs used in Rally will be introduced in detail and the teams will be taught to perform the various directionals such as turns, changes in pace, and heeling in order to successfully complete the courses. This class not only prepares the teams for competition in AKC’s Novice Rally but is also a great stepping stone for preparation in Obedience and Agility as well as building a sense of teamwork between the handlers and dogs.
Prerequisite: Basic Obedience Skills and Well-mannered Around Other Dogs