Dogs on a sit-stay in an Emerald Dog Obedience Club training classEmerald Dog Obedience Club dogs on a Sit-Stay

Training Classes...

EDOC offers a variety of classes. All Classes have limited Enrollment.

Obedience Classes

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Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten class is designed to start your puppy off on the right foot towards having good manners and being a happy family member. Puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old and have their shots up-to-date.

Large breed puppies up to 20 weeks and small breed puppies up to 1 year old can benefit from this class. Socialization with other people and dogs as well as learning some basic obedience are goals of this class. You will be introduced to techniques for teaching basic manners such as:

  • Sitting
  • Lying down
  • Coming when called
  • Walking on leash.

Other topics included will be housebreaking, grooming and nutrition.

Very young puppies are at risk of communicable diseases; please consult our veterinarian about your puppy's needs in this setting.


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

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Basic Obedience I

This class is for dogs 5 months of age and older who are beginning to learn how to behave at home and away. Lessons concentrate on walking on a loose leash, sitting and staying, down and coming when called.

Concerns such as jumping up and allowing others to safely handle the dog will also be discussed as well as addressing specific problems you may be having with your dog.

Basic Obedience I

Basic I starts you and your dog on the road to good behavior, working on obedience basics such as sit, down,come when called, walking nicely on a leash. Many problem solving tips will be included as well. No previous classes needed


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

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Basic II / CGC Preparation

This class is for dogs who successfully complete the Basic I class and want to continue improving skills. Continued practice in walking on a loose leash, coming when called, sit, down, stand and stay are the core skills of this class.

Dogs will practice leaving tempting distractions, stay with a friendly stranger while handler goes out of sight, become comfortable with another person handling his or her body as occurs with a vet or groomer.

This class culminates with the Canine Good Citizen test, which if passed earns the AKC title of CGC for Canine Good Citizen.

EDOC will offer an AKC Canine Good Citizen test on the 7th week of this class for those who would like to earn their CGC certificate.


Note: Maximum number of participants
ten (10) per class. Classes are seven (7) weeks

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Manners for Your Dog

This class will give you a foundation for training your dog in basic obedience skills such as sit, come and walking nicely on a leash. We will also deal with behaviors to help improve your relationship with your dog as well as address any specific problems or issues you might be having with your dog.

Class is for dogs 5 months or older.


Note: Maximum number of participants
ten (10) per class. Classes are four (4) weeks

Cost: $65.00

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Competition Obedience Classes

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Competition Obedience

Beginning Novice

The Beginner Novice class is new Optional Class. This class is designed to teach the dog and handler the skills needed to qualify for the AKC Beginning Novice (BN) title.

Dogs at or over 6 months of age work will work on the skills of heeling on leash, figure 8 on leash, Sit for Exam, Sit Stay and Recall.

BN is a bridge between those who have done only Rally and want to take some of those skills to another level of competition. It can also be a starting point for those who may want to continue to traditional obedience.


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

Instructors permission required

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Novice Competition

Nola and her dog Taff competing for their new Obedience title
The Novice competition class is designed to teach the dog and handler the skills needed to qualify for the AKC Companion Dog (CD) title.

Dogs at or over 6 months of age work on the skills of recall, heel on a loose leash and heeling off leash, stand for examination, sit and down stays.

The EDOC Novice class emphasizes teaching the dog focused attention and to work with joy and enthusiasm with the use of positive motivation (verbal praise, food, and toys). We consider the Novice Class the foundation for Open and Utility work.

This class is on going with dogs at various skill levels. Permission of the instructor is required to join this class.

Image on the Left: Taff, an Australian Shepherd is competing for her Novice Title

Note: Maximum number of participants eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks $95.00

Instructors permission required

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Open Competition

Nola's dog parker with his new CDX title.


The Open competition class continues the dog and handlers education toward qualifying for the AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title.

In addition to the skills needed for the Novice Class, the down on recall, retrieve on the flat and over the high jump and sits and downs with the handler out of sight plus broad jump, are taught.

This class is on going with dogs at various skill levels. Permission of the instructor is required to join this class.

Image on the Left: Parker, new CDX


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

Instructors permission required

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Utility Competition

The Utility competition class continues the dog and handlers education toward qualifying for the AKC Utility Dog (UD) title.

New skills added include signals, go-outs, directed jumping, directed retrieve and Scent Discrimination.

This class is on going with dogs at various skill levels. Permission of the instructor is required to join this class.


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

Instructors permission required

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Rally Foundations Class

Reggis, a French Bulldog competing in a Rally trial

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler move together through a course of 10-20 stations.  Each station has a sign indicating the obedience skill to be performed.  This class uses positive, reward-bases training and will teach you how to train your dog in new skills for this fun sport, building confidence and teamwork between you and your dog.  We will focus on attention building games as well as specific foundation skills needed for successful rally competition.

Note: This class is not course-based, but rather focuses on the foundation skills needed to execute signs.  It is ideal for teams just starting out in Rally, or for teams who haven't been as successful as they would like and for handlers who need a better understanding of foundation skills.


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class. Classes are six (6) weeks

Image on the Left: French Bulldog, Reggie competing in Rally

Rally Advanced

The Rally class prepares the dog and handler to compete in AKC Rally. There are three levels of titling, Rally Novice, Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent. Rally involves a course of designated stations. Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding the skill that is to be performed. The skills are heeling, sits, downs, brief stays, assorted variations of left, right, and about turns.

Scoring in Rally is not as rigorous as Obedience. The competition does stress teamwork between the dog and handler. Unlike Obedience, the handler may assist the dog with unlimited communication.

It is recommended dogs enrolling in this class have training in obedience skills; willingly responds to being asked to sit, down, stay and will walk with you on a loose leash.

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Booker, a Boxer owned by Charlene George winning the International All Breed Canine Association Conformation TrialBooker, a Boxer - owned by Charlene George

Conformation

EDOC's conformation class is open on a drop in basis on the day and time listed in the current class schedule.

This class is for handlers wanting to brush up on handling skills for the conformation show ring.

Conformation Handling Class

A drop-in class that helps those handlers who want to learn how to handle their dog in Conformation competition.

Class Date and Time: Ongoing - Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:00am
Instructor: Jan Bradfelt

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Parker and his handler competing in tha canine tracking trial.

Parker on the Third Corner

 

Tracking

EDOC’s tracking class is only offered in the fall and winter. There are 2 – 6 week sessions that prepares dogs and handlers for certification for the

EDOC 2016 -17 Tracking Class


Session 1

We will start the dogs on asphalt and build a scenting foundation based on hard surface tracking, short grass tracking and transitions from hard surface to grass. Corners will be in grass. Article indication will be a fun game.  The foundation should help the dog understand scent whether the team’s goal is to work toward a TD (Tracking Dog) or a TDU (Tracking Dog Urban) title or just see what your dog can do with his nose in a “search and rescue” type game. This is a basic course. No experience is necessary. Only a leash and collar are needed for your dog for the first lesson, although a harness is fine if you have it.  Bring a positive attitude and a willingness to be out in all kinds of weather! 

6 lessons.  
Class Limit - 6

Class Dates:

The fee is $100.

Session 2

We will move to a grass field and work on TD skills.  We’ll start with basics to get the dogs going in a new location. Each team will progress at their own pace and receive individual attention.  We will work on aging the track and building distance. We will work toward multiple corners from a strong start with a readable article indication at the end of the track.  Handlers will be coached in line handling and the basic tracking tenants of when to: 
a) stand still; 
b) move forward;
c) back up. 

Prerequisite:  Session 1 or previous experience.  

6 lessons.
Class Limit 6

Class Dates:

The fee is $100.


Recommended Reading prior to class any of the following

William Sander's "Enthusiastic Tracking.
Glen Johnson "Tracking Dog";
Sandy Ganz & Susan Boyd "Tracking from the Ground Up"
Judy Adler "The Audible Nose"

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K-9 Nose Work

K9 NOSE WORK - The newest dog sport engages dogs’ amazing sense of smell, their curiosity, and their natural desire to hunt.  K9 Nose Work encourages your dog's natural scenting ability by using their desire to hunt, initially for their favorite food or toys, and later for the scent of one of the three essential oils, birch, anise or clove.  It is an excellent confidence builder using a dog's most natural ability – his nose, in a correction free environment.

Each dog and handler team will work individually in the class. This affords each team the optimum training opportunity with minimal distractions and allows those dogs who don't do well in the typical multi‐dog class environment to participate in class.

Dogs can be any breed, age, size or experience.  These classes are great for both companion and performance dogs.  Those who want to compete will have that opportunity and those want to watch their dogs develop their natural skills will enjoy seeing their dogs burn both physical and mental energy, gain confidence and most of all, have fun.

You can learn more about this newest dog sport and about competing at the following websites:


WWW.K9NOSEWORK.COM
WWW.NACSW.NET

If you have any questions about these classes please feel free to call or email the Training Director.

Introduction to Nose Work Class (Intro to Nose Work)

This is the first in the series of K9 Nose Work classes.  This class will introduce the teams to the basic foundation skills of K9 Nose Work. The game of Nose Work starts with giving the dog the freedom to work alone to discover its treat in boxes and self-reward.  From there, we build the dog’s desire to hunt and their ability to solve problems in order to find their reward.  The dogs will be exposed to a variety of search environments and situations, building their strength in searching. 

Teams will participate in 2 to 3 sessions of Intro to Nose Work before moving on to Intro to Odor.  Each session will build on the foundation steps, and add varied search environments.  There are no prerequisites for an Intro to Nose Work class – just sign up and prepare to have fun!

Maximum number of participants – eight (8) per class.  Each session is six (6) weeks.

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Introduction to Odor Class (Intro to Odor)

This is the second in the K9 Nose Work series.  In this class, the dogs will transition from hunting for food or toys to hunting for the odor of birch.  Handlers will learn to recognize the changes in the dog’s behavior when catching the odor and upon finding the strongest source of the odor.  We will also build on the handler’s skills needed to support the dogs’ searches.  The teams will learn the parameters and some of the skills needed to pass an Odor Recognition test, which is a prerequisite to competition, and will be introduced to the four search elements involved in a Nose Work trial. 

Teams will participate in 2 to 3 sessions of Intro to Odor before moving on to Expansion of Odor Obedience. 

Prerequisite:  2 sessions of Intro to Nose Work or instructor approval.

Maximum number of participants – eight (8) per class.  Each session is six (6) weeks.

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Expansion of Odor Obedience (Odor Obed)

This is the third in the K9 Nose Work series taught at EDOC.  In these classes, the teams will continue to develop the skills required to successfully search larger and more difficult areas.  The dogs will build on the ability to find the odor and to communicate that to the handlers, while the handlers will build on their ability to recognize what the dogs are doing.  These classes will also include introduction of the anise and clove odors. 

The classes will cover preparation for competition, including the Odor Recognition Test (ORT), as well as the four search elements involved in a Nose Work 1 trial, i.e., container, interior, exterior and vehicle searches.  Teams will also learn about Nose Work Element Trials. 

Teams are encouraged to participate in 3 to 4 sessions of Odor Obed.  After that, teams who wish to compete are encouraged to seek additional training beyond EDOC (see below). Priority will be given to dogs that have not yet had 3 sessions of Odor Obed, and, secondly, to dogs that do not have their NW1 title.  Teams who do not wish to compete can continue to enroll in Odor Obed in order to provide their dogs with the fun of Nose Work in a class setting, if there is an available spot.

Prerequisite:  2 sessions of Intro to Odor or instructor approval.
Maximum number of participants – eight (8) per class.  Each session is six (6) weeks.

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Advanced Nose Work Class (Adv. NW)

Adv. NW is the fourth in the K9 Nose Work series, focused on the development of competition skills.  The dogs will be asked to solve new and more challenging search problems under the guidance of the instructor, including container distractors and inaccessible hides.  Handlers will work on improving their leash handling, supporting their dog when needed (and learning when it is needed), and developing a greater understanding of the factors that affect how scent moves.

Prerequisite: Competition level as set by the instructor
Maximum number of participants - eight (8) per class. Each session is six (6) weeks

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Specialty Class

Instructors may occasionally offer 4 to 6 week classes in Nose Work designed to work on either a specific Nose Work element or on a particular skill.  Watch the schedule for a description of a specialty class – it will contain the description of the class as well as any prerequisites and maximum participation.

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The Importance of Positive Training in Canine Performance Sports

Ever wondered why some trainers seem to get their dogs to learn performance sports (agility, rally, etch) at a magically fast rate,  while you have tried and had limited success?    

This four week class will help novice trainers learn the basic process of operant conditioning/training – including ways to get comfortable with the process,  simple strategies for starting the training process with your dog, how to determine when to "capture" and when to "shape" behaviors, and how to get help when you and your dog get stuck in the training process.

Four Week Class and a Prerequisite for "Foundations for Canine Performance Sports Class" 

 Cost: $65.00

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Foundations for Canine Performance Sports

Getting involved in Canine Sports (Obedience, Rally, Agility, Field) can be a life-long hobby and rewarding activity for you AND your dog; but without foundation skills, the training process can become tedious, frustrating, and sometimes stop your careers before they even get started.   

This session will focus on the basic skills that can make involvement in your sport of choice move along much more quickly!

Six Week Class.   (Must have attended "The Importance of Positive Training in Canine Performance Sports"

Cost: $95.00

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This class is for all dogs and handlers interested in training for the new AKC title of Trick Dog or anyone that just wants to learn some fun tricks with their dog.   If your dog has their CGC, then they are already partly there and only need to learn 5 more tricks to earn their Novice Trick Dog Title.  

Six Week Class. Each session is one hour

Cost: $95.00

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EDOC Class Schedule

All EDOC classes are $95 and are 6 weeks long unless otherwise noted in the class details.

Tuesday

Conformation Handling

Start Date: Ongoing
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Jan Bradfelt

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Competition Novice

Start Date: 9/5/2017
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Carmen Spencer

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Basic I Obedience

Start Date:  9/12/2017
Time:  6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Instructor:  Jill Jones

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Rally

Start Date:  9/12/2017
Time:  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor:  Jill Jones

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Wednesday

Open Obedience

Start Date:  9/13/2017
Time:  10:00 am
Instructor:  Sally Diess

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Utility Competition Obedience

Start Date:  9/13/2017
Time:  11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor:  Sally Diess

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Intro to Odor

Start Date:  8/16/2017
Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor:  Julia Back

Class size limit: 8
Prerequisite: Previous session of Intro to Odor or instructor approval

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Thursday

Expansion of Odor Obedience

Start Date:  9/21/2017
Time:  10:00 am - 11:30 am
Instructor:  Terry Wilson

Prerequisite: 2 sessions of Intro to Nose Work or instructor approval

Class size limit:  8 dogs

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Advanced Nose Work

Start Date:  9/7/2017
Time:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Instructor:  Kiddy Christie

Class size limit: 8
Prerequisite: Competition level as set by the instructor

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This Class is Full

Friday

Competition Novice

Start Date: 9/8/2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Carmen Spencer

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Saturday

Puppy Class

Start Date:  9/9/2017
Time:  9:30 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Paula Franklin

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Training Building

1000 Obie Street
Eugene, OR 97402

541-484-4661