Classes

POTC offers a comprehensive training program for all levels of dogs. Training is offered in Puppy Class, Advanced Puppy Class, Household Manners, Basic Beginner Obedience as well as AKC and UKC Obedience and Agility.

Public Classes

Puppy

This course is designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start!  Emphasis is placed on responsible pet ownership including proper puppy care and safety concerns.  Building confidence, core skills, and basic commands are introduced.  Help is also given with house training, grooming, chewing issues & other household concerns.

Recommended dog age: 3 months (following all required puppy vaccinations – rabies not required if puppy is too young) to 6 months
Length: 6 weeks
Prerequisite: none

Manners /Canine Good Citizen

This course is designed for good manners at home and in the community.  This class teaches dogs not to jump up, come when called, walk on a loose lead, and to accept extensive handling and touching.  This class follows the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and UKC Socialized Pet Obedience Test guidelines. Extra time can be spent dealing with specific problems.

Recommended dog age: 6 months to 2 years
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: none

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test Preparation

This fast-paced class prepares the handler/dog team to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

Recommended dog age: 9 months and older
Length: 4 hours (see schedule)
Prerequisite: recommended Manners or Basic Obedience

Beginner Obedience  On Leash

This course is on leash class. A short time is spent refreshing core skills. This is formal obedience training, focusing on proper heeling and various directions, solid sit/down/stays, recalls and other obedience skills.

Recommended dog age: 1 year and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: none

Beginner Obedience  Off Leash

This course follows the same curriculum structure as the Beginner Obedience (above) but while the dog is off leash.  This training is the basis for competition in AKC and UKC Obedience and Rally classes.

Recommended dog age: 1 year and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience On Leash

Rally 

There is strong emphasis placed on heeling while navigating a course with signs which indicate different exercises.  Rally develops teamwork between an owner and their dog. This class is customized according to the needs of the students. It can incorporate any level of AKC, UKC, and WCR course set ups.

Recommended dog age: 1 year and older
Length: 6 weeks
Prerequisite: Recommended Beginner Obedience Off Leash

 Beginner Agility Class   *Preregistration Required!*

Agility is an energetic and popular sport for dog and handler. While in the ring, both will run full speed while performing over A-Frames, Dog Walks, See-Saws, Tunnels and Jumps. This is truly an exciting event for both participants and spectators.  Email webmaster@potcdogs.com for information and registry.

Recommended dog age: 1 year old
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience Off Leash

Intermediate Agility Class *Preregistration Required!*

This course is for the dog that has completed beginner agility. It builds on the skills previously taught.  The handler also learns teamwork, sequencing and handling skills.  Email webmaster@potcdogs.com for information and registry.

Recommended dog age: 1 year old
Length: 6 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Agility

Freestyle

K-9 Freestyle class involves teaching your dog cool tricks geared to their abilities, and performing them to various types of music. Dogs of all ages love this class because their owners are having fun, and they are learning something new. This class is a creative way to strengthen your bond with your dog.

Recommended dog age: 1 year old
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience (from any training facility)

Conformation

Dog shows, or “conformation” events concentrate on the distinctive features of purebred dogs. These shows give an opportunity to display each breed in their true form. POTC is offering classes for individuals interested in presenting their dogs at AKC or UKC conformation shows.

Recommended dog age:
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: none

Members Only Classes

Advanced Agility (Members Only)
Advanced Obedience (Members Only)
Advanced Rally (Members Only)
Flyball (Members Only)