Obedience Classes

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. Please contact the AKC at www.akc.org on how to register your mixed breed dog.

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   Wednesday, September 5, 2018

CLASS SIZE:  Limited to 10, so please sign up early!  

Obedience Training
Fee: $80 for GFKC members / $90 for non-member

Payment Details:
You can make payment for classes via the online payment page or mail check to:  GFKC, PO Box 602, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 – NO PAYMENT ACCEPTED AT CLASS.  Do not send check to instructor or pay instructor directly.  Checks must be received by September 5, 2018

Please send registration form to Bruce Hartsell: caninecoach@netzero.net to complete registration.  PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL BOTH THE REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.  

Duration: 1 hour classes each week for 6 weeks

Beginning September 8, 2018 for 6 weeks  thru October 13, 2018.     
Obedience/Advanced and Intermediate 11:00 am – 12 noon

Location: Colonial K-9 – 30 Big Springs Lane Stafford, Virginia, 22554 {Map & Directions}

Instructor: Bruce Hartsell

Our goal for GFKC Obedience classes is to teach the handler confidence. In rerturn the dog gains confidence and reverses unwanted behavior into positive.

Basic Obedience consists of exercises which deal with consistency, repetition and praise. This includes training for focus, body awareness and the basic commands of sit, down, stay, stand, walk nicely on a lead (heel) and recall.

Intermediate and Advanced Obedience deals with perfecting and developing the previous exercises with more emphasis on Distance, Difficulty and Duration and introducing the jumps, the moving down, scents, and dumbell retrieve.

At the end of all six week classes, the handler and dog may be, and encouraged to enter AKC (but no excluded to) trials and receive titles for Pre-Novice (PCD), Beginning Novice (BN), Companion Dog (CD) Open (CDX) and Utility Dog (UD).

Please bring:

  • A happy healthy dog
  • Water for dog and handler
  • Plenty of small treats and/or favorite toy
  • 4′ to 6′ lead plus snap,buckle or martingale collar. Short tap for agility
  • Use of metal choke or prong collar only with advice of instructor
  • Rabies certificate

Students are responsible for:

  • Having dog exercised and warmed up before class begins (this means come early)
  • Keep poop bags handy
  • Keeping dog on lead and under control at all times
  • Keeping dog’s nails as short as possible
  • Dog’s attention needs to stay on handler and not on other dogs
  • Dog may NOT relieve themselves on the training field or equipment
  • Dogs are not allowed on the field or equipment without instructor supervision
  • Dogs must be kept on leash or under verbal command at all times
  • Pets shall be flea and tick free (Preventive or spray is recommended}
  • No aggressive dogs or bitches in season allowed without consent of instructor or other classmates
  • Restroom facilities are available
  • Classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather (rain/snow) will be made up