OUR CLASSES

    “… a well-behaved dog is a pleasure to own and creates a good impression wherever he or she goes.”

    “It is our responsibility as dog owners to do everything we can to make our dogs good citizens.”

    “Each dog is an ambassador for all dogs. So by your dog’s behaviour, dogdom is judged.”

    – NOSA dog trainer Irene Copus

    All of our classes are held Wednesday nights in the Bodine Family Hall at the Mary Winspear Community Centre in Sidney.

    • Three sessions are offered annually (Fall, Winter, Spring).
    • Each class is 45 minutes long, with a 15-minute break between classes to allow for class changeover, chats with instructors.  Not all classes described below are offered every session.
    • You must be 12 years or older to train at our club.

    Class Descriptions

    Puppy Class                                       Registration info
    $120 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For 3-6 month old puppies.
    • Nine-week class provides socialization, basic obedience (sit, down, come on command and walking on leash), grooming and general health care.

    Beginner’s Class                                 Registration info
    $120 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs 6 months of age or older that have not had previous formal training, other than Puppy class.
    • Nine-week class provides an introduction to the basic obedience commands (sit, down, stand and come on command; walking on leash; and sit, down and stand-stays).
    • Class is designed to make your dog welcome in the community.
    • Additional Novice Practice classes are often required to polish your teamwork and make your dog a well-mannered canine citizen or to ready the team for competition.

    Canine Good Neighbour Class    Registration info
    $100 fee per session. plus annual membership.  

    • A practical class for people who want a good pet, but are not interested in competitive obedience (trialing their dogs), or for those who want to prepare for a Canine Good Neighbour test.
    • Provides control, socialization and basic obedience.
    • For cross-bred and pure-bred dogs alike that have had at least one Beginner’s class (see Beginner’s description above.)
    • Upon completion of our CGN class, your dog should have the skills, and you should have the confidence, to enter a CGN test.
    • If your dog passes a CGN test, he will attain his CGN certificate (awarded by the Canadian Kennel Club) and is entitled to bear the letters “CGN” after its name.

    Novice Practice Class                     Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • for dogs that have completed a Beginner’s class.
    • reinforces the basic Novice exercises, as defined by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and as learned in Beginner’s.

    Advanced Practice Class              Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • for dogs that can do all the Novice exercises (Heel on & off leash, Figure Eight, Stand For Examination, Recall, and Long Sit and Long Down exercises), but who require refinement and increased precision.

    Trials Practice Class                       Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs that can do all the Novice exercises.
    • Focuses on the handler (footwork, body language, etc.), trial preparations and procedures, distraction training.

    Intermediate Class                           Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • for dogs that have at least 1 CD (Companion Dog) leg.
    • is an introduction to Open work (i.e., heeling off leash, retrieving, jumping, drop on recall, and long sits and downs with handlers out of the room).

    Open Class                                          Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs that have completed Intermediate and can do most Open exercises. They must have a reliable retrieve and dependable out-of-sight sits and downs.
    • Focuses on refining those exercises that require more work.

    Trials Open Class                             Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs ready to trial in Open.
    • Focuses on trialing, proofing, handler errors, refining and increasing precision.

    Beginner’s Utility Class                  Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs that have at least 1 CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) leg.
    • An introduction to the Utility exercises (scent articles, signals, directed jumping, glove and moving stand).

    Utility Class                                         Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs working well in Utility who are trialing or preparing to trial.
    • Focuses on refinement, precision, handler errors, distraction training and trial procedures.

    Rally-O Class                                   Registration info
    $100 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs that have completed at least a Beginner’s class.
    • Prepares you and your dog to compete in Rally-O Trials at the Rally Novice (RN) level. We also offer instruction in Rally Intermediate, Advanced and Excellent level.

     Scent Detection Working Group (Trial Prep)                                   Registration info
    $120 fee per session, plus annual membership.  

    • For dogs that are odour obedient* and dog/handler teams getting ready to trial.  This class is not suitable for Beginners.
    • Classes are 1plus hour long.  Each session is 9 weeks.
    • Odours used:  SDDA (Wintergreen, Pine & Thyme) and CKC (Wintergreen, Pine & Anise) are used depending upon student needs and upcoming trials.
    • Components:  Container & Interior searches only.  Often multiples of each
      *Odour obedience means the dog has the ability to search for, find and indicate to the handler where hides are located.

    Tricks Class (Do More With Your Dog Certified Instructor)   
    $150 fee per session, plus annual membership is required.  

    • Must have successfully completed a beginner’s class or equivalent and be a minimum of 8 months old.
    • Focuses on teaching tricks to earn Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert and Championship titles and to increase the bond you have with your dog.
    • Evaluation is on-going.
    • The Trick Dog Titles are earned through Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) and is will be recognized by CKC effective January 2020
    • There is an additional fee of $40 once a level is passed to submit and process your DMWYD title application.
    • For more information on DMWYD evaluations please contact us.

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