The Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club classes are available to members
and non-members. Classes are designed to help the companion dog owner teach his/her dog, using
positive reinforcement, work toward a American Kennel Club Performance
Title. Performance competitions are open to both purebred and mixed-breed
dogs. Once registered, mixed-breed dogs will be able to compete in AKC
Performance Trials, such as Obedience, Rally and Agility. You may register
your mixed-breed dog at:
Performance classes require a 6' training lead of either leather, nylon or cotton. Instructors will discuss and recommend collar types either at your request or at their discretion. You will need small treats that your dog can swallow without chewing such as string cheese sliced into dime size pieces. Bring water for yourself and your dog. Other required items will be discussed in class.
The Puppy Kindergarten class will bring owners and their puppies together for the benefit of socialization with people and other puppies. The first few months of a puppy's life are the most important time for forming good relationships and habits that will affect the puppy throughout his life. This class will help owners learn to train in a positive, non-threatening manner so the puppy will gain confidence through learning. Problem behaviors and training methods will be discussed as well as introduction to performance training, i.e., Agility, Rally Obedience, Companion Dog Training.
This class focuses on the basic skills needed for Rally Competition. Each week will spotlight on a particular skill, for example, circles and pivots, turns, stop and sit, down and, walk around. A rally sequence/course will use a number of signs highlighting the week’s topic as well as more basic signs. Beginning teams can learn the basics of how to train the skill. Intermediate teams will get practice and improvement. Dogs that are competing will get an opportunity to go around a practice course in either practice mode or competition mode. Depending on the class’ needs. Additional skill drills and higher level signs will be available. Students will receive instruction on how the various AKC signs should be performed.
This class will start you on the competition path to an AKC Companion
Dog Title (CD), as well as teach you the basic methods of communication
effectively with your dog to help him become a Canine Good Citizen.
Week 1 (Bring a chair) - The instructor will talk on the following: Introduction to training techniques. The proper collars and leads. The learning process from the dog's perspective.
Week 2 - Teaching the "Sit Stay" and "Down Stay" and "Stand Stay".
Week 3 - Introduction to Clicker Training (bring a clicker to class, available at PetsMart or party stores).
Week 4 - Teaching the "Wait" and "Come".
Week 5 - Teaching the "Let's Go" and "Heel".
Week 6 - Review & Graduation
Canine agility is a fun and rewarding companion sport in which a handler directs his/her dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.
Beginner Agility - Introduction to the companion dog
sport of agility.
This 6 week class will include introduction to the course equipment, teach basic handling skills, and provide agility training techniques.
Upon completion of the 6 week class, handlers and dogs should:
Have a basic understanding of agility, and
Confidently be able to negotiate standard agility obstacles.
Handlers and dogs "run thru" the process that is done in the
conformation show ring. Instructors play "judge". Instructors
range from owner handlers of toy breeds to giant breeds. Instructors are
available to answer questions and to help aid the handlers in training
and handling techniques, if applicable. We encourage dogs socializing
with each other when appropriate, especially puppies.