Class Descriptions

POTC offers a comprehensive training program for all levels of dogs. Note that some ages are recommended and others are required.  Since no two dogs are alike, the recommended age is simply a guideline.

Not all classes listed below are offered year round.

If you have questions about which class you should take with your dog, please contact our Director of Training at trainer@potcdogs.com

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: 10 weeks – 6 months (following all required puppy vaccination schedule – rabies not required if puppy is too young)
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $105

Manners

This entry level class is designed to help handlers train their dogs to develop good manners at home and in the community.  It is recommended as a follow-up for those just completing puppy class or ANY dog who has never had group training.  Successful completion of this course is required before advancing to the Obedience 1 Class.  Manners More Info…

Recommended dog age: 6 months and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $105

Obedience 1

This class is the foundation on which all advanced training builds and reinforces skills learned in Manners Class with emphasis on greater duration, distance and distraction. Building a strong bond with your dog as well more attention to handler skills is a primary focus. Successful completion of this course is required before advancing to the Obedience 2 Class. Obedience 1 More Info…

Required dog age: 6 months and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Dog must have successfully completed Manners Class OR dog must show proficiency in each manners class skill (focus, loose leash walking, sit, sit stay, down, come (recall), door/threshold manners, canine social skills, human social skills).
Cost: $105

Obedience 2

This class is the foundation on which all advanced training builds and reinforces skills learned in Obedience 1 with emphasis on greater duration, distance and  distraction. Building a strong bond with your dog as well more attention to  handler skills is a primary focus. Successful completion of this course is required before progressing to advanced level classes.  Obedience 2 more info

Required Dog Age: 6 months and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Dog must have successfully completed Obedience 1 OR dog must
show proficiency in each Obedience 1 class skill (focus, loose leash heeling, sit or stand for exam, down stay, recall with sit in front, sit stay from 15 feet).
Cost $105

Rally

There is strong emphasis placed on heel position 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 WCRL course set ups.

Recommended dog age: 1 year and older
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Recommended Obedience
Cost: $105

Beginner Agility Class

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.

Required dog age: 1 year old
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience & Pre-registration Required!
Cost: $105

Intermediate Agility Class

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.

Required dog age: 1 year old
Length: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: Beginner Agility & Pre-registration Required!
Cost: $105

Freestyle*

*Members Only Class

K9 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 in a relaxed environment. This class is a creative way to strengthen your bond with your dog. Each week highlights an area of freestyle and demos and help for those new to freestyle.

Recommended dog age: 1 year old
Length: drop in
Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience (from any training facility) and Tricks is helpful

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: 3 months and older
Length: drop in
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $10 per class