Obedience Classes


Wednesday night classes: Beginner Obedience will be offered beginning September 30, 2020 and will run for six weeks.

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

Instructor: Bruce Hartsell

Schedule:  Wednesdays, 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need to complete a COVID waiver in order to attend class

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday,  September 23, 2020.

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

Fee:    $80 for GFKC member / $90 for non-member – one hour class

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 the instructor.   Checks must be received by Friday, January 10, 2020.  There will be a $50 returned check fee. 

Please send registration form to GFKC P.O. 602, Fredericksburg, Va 22404 to complete registration and note which class you are taking.  PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL BOTH THE REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. If paying by check, the registration form must accompany payment.

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

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

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.