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.

Family Dog Classes

Classes are offered as instructors become available.  Contact us if you have interest in a class not on the schedule.

Click on the links below for Class details and Registration forms

Puppy

Puppy class is designed to start your puppy off on the right foot towards having good manners and being a happy family member. 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 and walking on a leash. These skills will be taught using food based positive reinforcement. Other topics included will be housebreaking, grooming and nutrition.

Puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old and have their shots up-to-date as recommended by your Veterinarian. Large breed puppies up to 20 weeks and small breed puppies up to 1 year old can benefit from this class.

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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Life Skills for Dogs 4 Months and Older / 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.

In this class you will be introduced to techniques for teaching basic manners such as:

  • Wait at the door
  • Wait for Food Bowl
  • Come and leashing up Manners
  • Loose Leash Walking and Attention
  • Meet and Greet
  • Leave It
  • Stay
  • Settle
  • Give and take

This class will be taught using traditional training methods.


Note: Maximum number of participants
eight (8) per class.
Life Skills Classes are four (4) weeks
Basic Obedience I 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.

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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Positive Reinforcement Manners

Learn how to train your dog to perform the behaviors you want using positive reinforcement.  This class will cover the basics: sit, down, place (go to your bed or other spot), stay, come and more.  We'll start the process of loose-leash walking and cover some handling skills for basic husbandry.  We'll also work on some impulse-control exercises. This class is a great place to practice in a novel, high-distraction environment even if your dog already performs most of these skills at home.    This class will be taught using positive reinforcement only. 


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

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Clicker Trained Manners

With a focus on positive reinforcement techniques learn how to train your dog to perform the behaviors you want. This class will cover all the basics, sit, down, place (go to your bed or other spot), loose leash walking and more. We will also learn how to encourage relaxation, a calm state of mind and the ability to be handled. Starting the process of a solid recall will also be covered. This class is a great place to practice these skills in a novel, distraction filled setting even if your dog already knows most of these skills at home. Clicker/Marker basics will be covered as well as the power of training with food and play.


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

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Scent Work

Scent Work is a fun activity for you and your dog. All dogs are welcome, old dogs, young dogs, dogs with handicaps. You may train to enter trials to earn titles or train just to have fun with your dog.

Your dog will learn to locate odors and communicate to you that he has found it. Scent work does not require previous training, stimulates and mentally challenges your dog, it can be done anywhere and anytime, great activity for dogs that are not able to run around, great for handlers that may be mobility challenged, exciting to watch your dog use his natural abilities, builds your dog's confidence as they always succeed, minimal to no interaction with other dogs or people, no expensive equipment needed.

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

 

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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

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Rally Advanced

The Rally class prepares the dog and handler to compete in AKC Rally. There are levels of titling, Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent and Rally Master. 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.

Rally 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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Competition Obedience Classes

Click on the links below for Class details and Registration forms

Competition Obedience

Beginning Novice

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 after completing Basic II Classes.


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

 

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Novice Competition

Nola and her dog Taff competing for their new Obedience title
This class is for handler and dog teams that are looking to further their foundation skills and learn the needed exercises to compete at the novice obedience level in AKC.

The class will teach the complicated, but fun skills needed to have beautiful heeling by breaking the pattern down into the static components and the moving components. The class will teach teams how to create fast straight recalls, fronts and finishes. The class will work on the stationary exercises – stand for exam and sit / down stays.

The emphasis in teaching all the above skills will be trained by using positive reinforcement to capture the wanted dog behaviors through shaping or luring. Handler and dog teams will learn how to use toy and food rewards to mark the wanted behaviors, work on impulse control, and have fun with their dog. This is a 6 week class, but the above concepts due take many months to learn.

Prerequisites: Handler and dog teams must have good mat or crate behaviors, i.e. your dog can quietly wait for it’s turn in the building or if your dog is vocal – crating in the car between turns may be more appropriate.

This class will continue into exercises for the Open title. This class will be taught using traditional training methods.

Image on the Left: Taff, an Australian Shepherd

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

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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 command discrimination plus broad jump, are taught.

Dogs will be at various levels in the training of each exercise so instruction is tailored accordingly.

This class will be taught using traditional methods.

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.

Dogs will be at various levels in the training of each exercise so instruction is tailored accordingly. Permission of the instructor is required to join this class.

This class will be taught using traditional methods.


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.

Prerequisites: Dogs should willingly respond to being asked to sit, down, stay and will walk with you on a loose leash. Your dog needs to be comfortable around other dogs and people.


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 levels of titling, Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent and Rally Master. 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.

Rally 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 Handling Class

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.

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

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Training Foundations

A dog that likes training is easier to train. There are a lot ways to train a dog and this class will cover various motivational methods. We will use Clicker/Marker training to teach shaping,luring and capturing. We will learn how to apply clicker training to teach leash skills and how to incorporate play into our training to further motivate our dog to engage with us, giving us more rewards to choose from. The more tools in your toolbox the more options you will have to teach your dog the skills they need to live with us. Build the foundation for engagement in your dog!

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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 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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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" 

 

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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"

 

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Training Foundations

A dog that likes training is easier to train. There are a lot ways to train a dog and this class will cover various motivational methods. We will use Clicker/Marker training to teach shaping, luring and capturing. We will learn how to apply clicker training to teach leash skills and how to incorporate play into our training to further motivate our dog to engage with us, giving us more rewards to choose from. The more tools in your toolbox the more options you will have to teach your dog the skills they need to live with us. Build the foundation for engagement in your dog!

 

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Trick Dog Class

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

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AKC Scent Work

Scent Work is a fun activity for you and your dog. All dogs are welcome, old dogs, young dogs, dogs with handicaps. You may train to enter trials to earn titles or train just to have fun with your dog.

Your dog will learn to locate odors and communicate to you that he has found it. Scent work does not require previous training, stimulates and mentally challenges your dog, it can be done anywhere and anytime, great activity for dogs that are not able to run around, great for handlers that may be mobility challenged, exciting to watch your dog use his natural abilities, builds your dog's confidence as they always succeed, minimal to no interaction with other dogs or people, no expensive equipment needed.

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

 

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Pre Agility Class

This class will focus on beginning basic agility skills for both dogs and handlers, using a clicker to train the behaviors where appropriate. The skills in many cases are useful or adaptable for obedience and rally obedience. It would be good to consider this a survey course, as mastering the skills necessary for successful competition takes quite a bit longer than six weeks. Participants should bring a clicker, a hungry dog and more small-sized, high-value treats than they believe they could possibly use.

 

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EDOC Class Schedule

All EDOC classes are $100 and are 6 weeks long unless otherwise noted in the class details.
Classes are offered as instructors become available.  Contact us if you have interest in a class not on the schedule.

Classes will resume in the fall.
If interested in a class please fill out Contact Form indicating which class would be of interest.

 

Training Building

Unless otherwise noted training classes as held at:
1000 Obie Street
Eugene, OR 97402

541-484-4661