More Sports & Fun

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Effective July 22, masks will be optional. However, any instructor may request students to wear a mask during class.

We welcome new students! Please be sure to review our Class Info and Policies. Thank you!

Sports Prep

Are you interested in pursuing a dog sport such as agility, disc dog, rally, competition obedience, or nose work / scent work? This class will prepare you for the teamwork involved and will cover: shaping, working off leash, building teamwork, preparing for the ring, controlling those impulses, and other topics. The primary focus will be to have your team working in an off-leash environment.

Prerequisite: Basic Canine manners or the equivalent.

Class Session Start - End Location
Sports Prep - Thursday 8:50am - Diane Battis March 7, 2024 - April 18, 2024 Area C1 Register

AKC Fit Dog Skills

During this fun fitness class for healthy dogs , you and your canine partner will learn how to safely do gentle conditioning stretches and perform basic moves that strengthen core and limb musculature and promote body awareness. Teams can work towards an AKC Level 1 Fit Dog certificate.

Prerequisite: Basic Canine manners or the equivalent.

Class Session Start - End Location
AKC Fit Dog Skills - Wednesday 2:00pm - Winnie Radolan March 6, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area C1 Register

Canine Freestyle

Ready to dance with your dog, or give it a try? This class is for dog and handler teams interested in the sport of Canine Freestyle. In addition to moves, content will address choreography, music selection, costumes, style and putting it all together. No experience required.
The Advanced Freestyle class welcomes all levels, with instructor approval. Contact Sally Silverman.
 
Class Session Start - End Location
Advanced Freestyle - Tuesday 11:15am - Sally Silverman March 5, 2024 - April 16, 2024 Area C1 Register
Freestyle - Monday 7:30pm - Sally Silverman March 4, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area B Register

Kicks and Tricks

This class will focus on interactive and moving tricks that will be a great start for freestyle or just for fun. Curriculum may include leg weaves, spins, backing around, bow, crossing paws, sitting pretty, and various positions relative to the handler. Students of all levels are welcome, and any moves that you already have will be progressed. Specific trick requests will be considered as well.
 

Tricks 101

How Tricky is your dog? Tricks 101 gives your dog the opportunity to learn dozens of fun and sometimes practical tricks. Why? Why not! Tricks are fun, engage your dog’s mind, and strengthen your relationship with your dog. In Tricks 101 you will learn how to teach a number of tricks, as well as acquire the skills to figure out how to shape desired behaviors. Those interested in earning a Trick Dog Performance Title will have the opportunity to work on the title throughout the session.

Class Session Start - End Location
Tricks 101 - Wednesday 2:30pm - Sally Silverman February 28, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register
Tricks 101 - Monday 6:15pm - Sally Silverman March 4, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area B Register

Rally Skills

Looking to continue building a lasting relationship with your dog while preparing for competition, just having fun, or building a bond before you try a more intense sport such as Agility or Flyball? This course may be just right for you. It’s also perfect for those retired or “sport” dogs who still want to be active.

This class is geared towards anyone with zero or some experience with Rally; it will teach the skills needed to perform the Rally signs while offering a chance to start and/or perfect with more coursework. Students who have prior Rally experience are also invited to this class; it will teach the Novice and Intermediate/Advanced level, tailoring it to each student in the class. The small-size of this class will allow the instructor to tailor the class to the skill level of the students.
 

Class Session Start - End Location
Rally Fun! - Thursday 7:15pm - Tina Fitzpatrick February 29, 2024 - April 18, 2024 Area C1 Class Full
Rally Fun! - Tuesday 10:15am - Tina Fitzpatrick February 27, 2024 - April 16, 2024 Area C1 Class Full
Novice Rally Skills - Tuesday 9:00am - Tina Fitzpatrick February 27, 2024 - April 16, 2024 Area C1 Class Full

Advanced Rally Skills

Advanced Rally Skills is offered to those students with a knowledge of Rally and who has worked with their dog in another Rally environment and is familiar with all of the Novice signs and has been at least introduced to the Advanced signs. This class is geared to those students who wish to hone their advanced skills while learning the Rally signs for the Excellent and even Master levels. Heeling techniques will also be covered in this course. The small-size of this class will allow the instructor to tailor the class to the skill level of the students. Off-lead skills will be emphasized.
 
Class Session Start - End Location
Advanced Rally Skills - Tuesday 7:00pm - Diane Battis March 12, 2024 - April 16, 2024 Area C1 Register
Advanced Rally Skills - Monday 12:15pm - Tina Fitzpatrick February 26, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area C1 Register
Excellent Rally Skills - Monday 11:00am - Tina Fitzpatrick February 26, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area C1 Class Full

Competition Obedience – the Novice Level

Using a positive training approach, this class will focus on competition obedience, the novice level for AKC and CDSP Obedience. The class incorporates a lot of game training techniques, making the experience fun for both the dog and handler! Aspects of the other obedience levels will be introduced including retrieving and directed targeting.

Prerequisite: Advanced Canine Manners or Sports Prep Class or the equivalent of either class.

Class Session Start - End Location
Competitive Obedience - The Novice Level - Thursday 11:15am - Diane Battis March 7, 2024 - April 18, 2024 Area C1 Register

Formal Obedience

The approach to this class will be to work categories rather than class levels. Basic categories include heeling, jumps, position changes (static and moving), stays, retrieve and others. If the category is stay, all stays from Novice to Utility will be started and information on how to proceed will be given so the handler can move at his own speed. Handling of all Novice exercises will be introduced during the category approach.

Prerequisites: Dogs should be at least 4 months old and have a handle on basic cues such as stand, down, sit and short stay. Basic Canine Manners is a recommended prerequisite class, but not required.

Register for the whole session or pay per class. Per class rate is $40 for members, $55 for non-members.

Disc Dog

Learn the art of chase, catch, retrieve, how to throw catchable passes, and tricky throws!
 
Class Session Start - End Location
Disc Dog - Wednesday 7:00pm - Janie Harris March 6, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register
Disc Dog - Wednesday 5:45pm - Janie Harris March 6, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register

Parkour

Parkour is urban agility for our canine partners. Dogs are introduced to the activities of jumping, balance, going under and around things and stretches the imagination to use everyday objects in different ways. Parkour can provide an outlet for busy dogs and build confidence for those in need. Your walks will never be the same again and you'll view the world as your obstacle.
 
Class Session Start - End Location
Advanced Parkour - Friday 7:15pm - CJ Hazell March 8, 2024 - April 19, 2024 Area B Class Full
Parkour - Friday 6:00pm - CJ Hazell March 8, 2024 - April 19, 2024 Area B Register
Advanced Parkour - Wednesday 12:45pm - CJ Hazell February 28, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register
Parkour - Wednesday 11:30am - CJ Hazell February 28, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register
Parkour - Wednesday 10:15am - CJ Hazell February 28, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area B Register

Mind Games

Learn games that exercise your dog’s mind. We all know that dogs need physical exercise but they also benefit from mental exercise. This class is for dogs that are always looking for something to do. It’s a great way to tire your dog out when you are tired or don't have much time because your dog gets to do most of the work. This class will include shaping games, creativity games, concept cues games, learning how to do behaviors at the same time (DOWN + COME= CRAWL), and finding games, which are great for when you’ve lost your keys again.

Class Session Start - End Location
Mind Games - Monday 4:45pm - CJ Hazell February 26, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area B Register

Therapy Dog Prep

Having a therapy dog can be very rewarding for both the handler and the dog while spreading some joy and happiness. This class is for anyone who wants to pursue therapy volunteering with their dog. It will follow the requirements of Therapy Dog International (TDI), taking the students through all aspects of the test and offering practical insight into the world of being a therapy team. Y2k9s offers the TDI test normally once or twice per year.

Prerequisites: Advanced Canine Manners or the equivalent.

Class Session Start - End Location
Therapy Dog Prep Part B - Tuesday 5:45pm - Diane Battis March 12, 2024 - April 16, 2024 Area C2 Class Full

Cooperative Care

Your dog can be an active participant in their own grooming and health care. In this class we will work with your dog to teach them how to present the part of their body you need to work with and to let you do basic health care without restraint. Some of the behaviors we will work on are presenting paws for nail care and using a scratch board in the meantime, presenting an open mouth for toothbrushing, taking a pill without having to hide it, holding their head still for ear or eye drops, and allowing physical examination for health care. You will also be able to work on individual health care or grooming issues you may have with your dog. Take the stress out of grooming and vet visits.

Conformation Handling

The goal of our ongoing Show Handling Class is to help you and your dog become a skilled, confident and happy team, ready to make a polished presentation to Conformation judges. Dog/handler teams practice either floor or table stacking for judges’ examination. Various gaiting patterns are executed so that you and your dog can move fluidly in whatever pattern you encounter. In addition, dogs get lots of experience being touched, existing comfortably with different breeds, and developing a relaxed and positive attitude. Individual guidance is offered in breed specific presentation as well as presenting your dog’s best assets to a judge, while downplaying minor imperfections. Class often includes grooming advice as well as trouble-shooting for dogs who have encountered show ring hiccups. We emphasize a positive experience for the dog/handler team.

Register for the whole session or pay per class. Per class rate is $27.50 for members, $36 for non-members.

Please email Winnie for more information or if you plan to drop in.

Class Session Start - End Location
Conformation Handling - Wednesday 7:45pm - Pat Foley & Winnie Radolan March 6, 2024 - April 17, 2024 Area C1 Class Full
Conformation Handling - Monday 11:30am - Pat Foley & Winnie Radolan March 4, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Area B Register