Training Classes
2017 Training Locations
January - May -> Fairgrounds
June - December -> Silicon Valley Adult Ed
We offer a variety of classes for all levels of interest. Our puppy and beginner classes are great for socialization, manners and basic obedience. For those who wish to compete, we've got those hard to find high level obedience classes. And, for those looking to try something different, we offer nosework and other speciality classes. You may be asked to help move/set-up/take-down equipment.

Instructors/Times for session starting May 30
  • Just Starting Out
  • InstructorTime
    Puppycheck backfor next session
    BeginnerPenny Robinson7:00 PM
    Intermediate\CGCcheck back for next session
    Canine Good Citizen\Intro to Therapy DogVikki Boyd7:00 PM
  • Competition Orientated Classes
  • InstructorTime
    Rally Novice Wendy Silveira7:00 PM
    Rally Advanced\ExcellentWendy Silveira6:00 PM
    Novice\Show NoviceJorge Mendiola7:00 PM
    Open\Utility ObedienceJorge Mendiola6:00 PM
  • Ring Ready/Drop In Classes
  • InstructorTime
    Drop-In ConformationDick Symons6:30 & 7:20 PM
    Novice Ring ReadyDave Signorotti7:20 PM
    Open Ring ReadyDave Signorotti6:40 PM
    Utility Ring ReadyDave Signorotti6:00 PM
  • Specialty Classes
  • Trickscheck backfor next session
    Topics in NoseworkSue Pokart6:30 PM

  • Information
    Our Trainers
    Your First Class
    Occasional Class Attendance Policy
    Refund Policy

  • Puppy
    Socialization and introduction to training with exercises tailored to the younger dog. Basic grooming, health hints, house soiling, chewing, biting, barking, digging, etc.
    Included!
    S.T.A.R. Puppy

    SCDTC now offers the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program through our Puppy and Beginning classes. Puppies under the age of 12 months can participate. Participants will receive:
    For more information, see the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
    Trainer: Rachelle Miller
    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Your dog must be between 3 and 5 months at time of first class. Additionally, your dog must be current on all vaccinations to attend class. Please follow the recommendations of your vet regarding vaccinations. All puppy owners are required to either mail a copy of their dog's shots with their check or bring them to the class on the first night. Rabies vaccinations are not required for dogs under 6 months of age.
    Beginner
    The course begins to train you to train your dog. Basic obedience skills are introduced, including walking on a loose leash, attention, sit-stay, down-stay, stand-stay, and come when called. We also offer advice on potty training and other problems. Continued socialization with other dogs and people in a structured class situation.
    Develop a relationship with your dog. Learn Team Building, proper corrective measures, including when and how to reward your dog.

    This class is a foundational skills class. As a result, students are recommended to stay at this class level until the dog is able to accomplish the skills for this level.

    Trainer: Penny Robinson
    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements:
    Must be at least 5 months of age or older.
    Included!
    S.T.A.R. Puppy

    SCDTC now offers the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program through our Puppy and Beginning classes. Puppies under the age of 12 months can participate. Participants will receive:

    - AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal
    - A frameable certificate
    - AKC puppy handbook
    - Discount to enroll in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corporation
    - Ongoing monthly Email Newsletter

    For more information, see the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
    Intermediate\CGC
    This class is for students who wish to prepare their dog for the CGC required behaviors as well as for students who just want to advance their dog's obedience skills to a higher level, e.g., longer stays, duration attention, focused heeling, ignoring distractions, emergency stop and rock solid recall. Food rewards are used; however, students will learn how to wean off food rewards through the use of engagement and play.


    Trainer: Vikki Boyd
    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Completion of Beginner class or equivalent skill level.
    Novice / Show Novice
    A continuation of Novice training, this class prepares you and your dog for an American Kennel Club Degree, referred to as a CD (Companion Dog) title. This class is available to pet owners who want to polish their dogs manners and for pet owners who want to prepare their dogs for an Obedience title.

    This class is a foundational skills class. As a result, students are recommended to stay at this class level until the dog is able to accomplish the skills for this level.

    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Advanced Novice requires that the dog has completed at least one session of Novice and be under control off leash. This class is also for Handlers who are preparing for the CD title.
    Open Obedience

    This class is for anyone wanting to train for the Open Obedience Class.

    Heeling, Retrieving, Drop on Recall, Jumping and Group Exercises will be practiced in this class

    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Teams who are already proficient in Novice.
    Utility Obedience

    This class is for anyone wanting to train for the Utility Obedience Class.

    Scent Discrimination, Heeling, Directed Jumping, Moving Stand, Directed Retrieve will be practiced in this class. Please enquire if you are interested in this class.

    Rally Novice
    RALLY – AN INTRODUCTION
    Rally is intended as a stepping-stone to the more formal AKC obedience. For this reason students are not only allowed but encouraged to talk to their dogs as much as they like. This makes Rally a fun activity for dogs and handlers alike.

    Rally is divided into Novice, Advanced and Excellent; the latter two levels are done off-leash.

    Rally Novice At this introductory level students will master the 36 Rally Novice signs. The Rally Novice class requires that the dog has completed Novice Obedience, and can heel on leash, sit, down, front, finish to the left and right, as well as stay in the sit and down positions.

    In addition, students will learn how to effectively walk the Rally course. For this reason, students are required to bring a crate to class.

    New handlers will receive Rally Sign Descriptions. The classes are limited to 8 dogs. (Drop-ins are allowed only with Trainer's approval and if there is room.)

    Trainer: Wendy Silveira
    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Rally Novice requires that the dog has completed the Novice Obedience. In Rally, students will need to bring a crate because they have to walk and learn the course without the dog, so they need somewhere to put him until they are ready to walk the course with the dog.
    Rally Advanced/Excellent
    In the combined Rally Advanced/Excellent class, students will master the Advanced and Excellent Signs and consolidate their knowledge of the Novice signs.

    Rally Advanced/Excellent requires that the handler has successfully completed the Novice Rally Class. Students moving up from the Rally Novice class require the trainer’s approval. As in Rally Novice, students will need to bring a crate to allow for the walk through.

    New handlers will receive Rally Sign Descriptions. The classes are limited to 8 dogs. (Drop-ins are allowed only with Trainer's approval and if there is room.)
    Trainer: Wendy Silveira
    Cost: $100 per Session
    Requirements
    Rally Advanced requires that the dog has completed the Novice Rally Class. In Rally, students will need to bring a crate because they have to walk and learn the course without the dog, so they need somewhere to put him until they are ready to walk the course with the dog.
    Tricks

    This class is about doing more with your dog! Dog tricks are a rapidly growing of interest in the dog training community.  Tricks helps owners bond with their dog through positive reinforcement––there are no mistakes, only lots of laughs!  A trick is merely another name for a behavior.  Not only is roll-over or, bowing considered a trick, but also traditional obedience behaviors such as fetching, stay, go-outs, and heeling. Attention work will be strongly emphasized in this class––without attention, tricks cannot happen. 

    Please note that in order to progress each week there is homework for this class.
    Building Motivation in Your Dog to Perform Tricks
    Getting and Keeping Your Dogs Attention
    How to Use Markers Effectively to Get the Trick Behavior
    Beginning Retrieve “Fetch” For Advanced Tricks
    Luring and Shaping Into Trick Positions
    Why You Should “Be Silly For Your Dog!”

    Note: students are encouraged to bring their dogs to class on a regular collar, martingale or harness and will need a 6 foot leash.
    Trainer: Vikki Boyd
    Please enquire for class availability
    Cost: $130 per Session
    Pre-Requisites: No formal obedience is required; however, your dog should have good manners in a training environment.

    Note: This is a dropped leash class. Dogs cannot be reactive toward other dogs, or people.
    What To Bring to Class:

    1 Cup (More For Large Dogs) of Non-crumbly Treats Cut Into Pieces the Size of a Pencil Eraser
    Clicker
    Crate (optional)
    Please do not feed or exercise your dog before class. We need your dog hungry and rested. Tricks are very tiring for dogs and this is a food-based reward class.
    A flat (buckle) collar is recommended.

    Topics in Nosework
    Topics in Nosework is a multi-level class appropriate for beginning students and those familiar with Nosework. Skills are taught in a positive manner while you are having fun and learning how to work with your dog.

    Please bring to class a crate for your dog, lots of scrumptious treats, and a flat buckle collar/leash that is easy to put on and take off.

    The Topics in Nosework Class is for any student who wants to learn a fun game to play with their dog. Your dog should have a basic understanding of "odor". Additionally, it is important that your dog be at least five months of age and completed the appropriate vaccinations prior to joining this class.

    Trainer: Sue Pokart
    Cost: $130 per Session
    Drop-In Conformation
    Conformation classes prepare the handler and dog for the show ring. Here you will learn how to present the dog to the judge and how to gait the dog and how to show the dog off to its best advantage. I don't use and don't want the 'watch me' command in conformation - the dog should concentrate mostly on my hand when stacking and definitely be looking forward when gaiting. Because your time in the Conformation Ring is far less than that in the Obedience Ring, both you and your dog have less time to impress the judge. Conformation is not a highly structured ring event thus one has to be very alert to today's ring procedure and the needs of today's judge. Your dog must be ready to respond right now to whatever you want in order to present your dog to his/ her best based on your interpretation of the judge.

    There are over a hundred points that the instructor applies during this class as needed.
    Trainer: Dick Symons
    Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:30 and 7:20 pm (40 minute classes)
    Cost: $10 per class
    Requirements

    Conformation Drop in is an opportunity for handlers and their dogs to have a simulated ring experience. It is expected that you and your dog already know the basics of Conformation. For those handlers that aren't as experienced in Conformation, the 8 pm Drop in Class usually has fewer participants; you may select that class for more time with the instructor.
    The first and most important thing to bring to class is you - happy, enthusiastic, ready for fun. And then: dog, training collar (slip collar), 4 to 6 foot leather leash, soft treat (bait), DOG TOY (preferably on a rope/ string). Don't feed the dog within three hours of training. As time goes on, the collar, leash, and feeding time may change. The training classes should be fun for you and your dog - showing will be easy after that.

    Ring Ready Classes
    Ring Ready classes prepare the handler and dog for the competition obedience show ring.

    In this class you will have the opportunity to to practice a "trial like" competition obedience experience.

    In a trial like situation, students will have the opportunity to practice the exercises in each class. A "judge" will be available to provide feedback and offer training suggestions.
    Trainer and "Judge": Dave Signorotti
    Day & Time: Tuesdays
    6:00-6:40 pm (Utility)
    6:40-7:20 pm (Open)
    7:20-8:00 pm (Novice)
    Cost: $10 per week
    Requirements
    Novice, Open and Utility Ring Ready opportunities are for students who wish to practice a "trial like" experience. Students will have the opporunity to practice the exercises in each class. A judge will be available to provide feedback and offer training suggestions.
    Occasional Class Attendance Policy
    For most of our classes students may "drop in" from time to time. Here are a few factors to consider regarding "dropping in" to classes.

    1. Space must be available in the class.
    2. The instructor must approve your drop in.
    3. After receiving instrutor approval, you may need to go to the desk to pay for the class.

    Occasional Attendance Prices
    Card: $100. Cards may be used for Competition Orientated Classes.
    Competition Classes: $15 a class
    Drop in Conformation: $10 a class
    Specialty Classes: $25 a class
    Your First Class
    Your dog must be current on all vaccinations to attend class. Puppies require DHPP (distemper-parvo) vaccinations. Dogs over 6 months require rabies and DHPP. All new students must upload a copy of their dog's shot records or mail it with their payment.
    A signed Hold Harmless Agreement / Aggression Policy is required the first time you come to class. You must agree to this when you register online or include a signed copy with your payment.
    Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, non-slip shoes. You'll also want to bring lots of tasty, aromatic treats for your dog. Soft treats work best and they should be broken into small pieces the size of your pinky fingernail.
    When you arrive at the training center for the first time, please be sure to check in at the help desk. We have leashes and collars for sale at all classes and can fit the dogs for the correct size of collar.
    While on training grounds, please keep your dog leashed at all times unless specifically directed by your trainer to remove the leash.
    Be sure that you have read and understand our Code of Conduct.
    Refund Policy
    SCDTC does not offer refunds to students who miss classes, nor are we able to pro-rate students who join the session currently in progress.

    However, sometimes the unexpected happens. In the rare case that you are not able to attend the class session after you register, we may be able to move you to a future session.

    Please contact us for more details.