Registration for Virtual Training Now Open!

Winter 2021 Virtual Training Classes Begin February 27

KCFA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for two virtual training classes:  Virtual Basic Skills and Everyday Manners and the club’s first-ever virtual puppy class, Virtual Puppies 101.

Both classes will start on Saturday, February 27.  Each class will be six weeks in length and will cost $50.  Virtual Puppies 101, scheduled for 10 a.m., is limited to 12 students; Virtual Basic Skills and Everyday Manners, scheduled at 11:30 a.m., is limited to six students.  Participants in each class will receive a training booklet, a completion certificate, and a coupon toward a future KCFA training class.

Registration for both classes is open through Wednesday, February 17, and the classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

While COVID-19 safety measures prevent KCFA from offering an in-person puppy socialization experience, many people who have become new puppy parents are looking for guidance during those critical first months of their puppy’s life.  Virtual Puppies 101 is appropriate for puppies from 8 to 24 weeks of age and will include instruction on puppy nutrition, health, grooming, house-training, and safety.  Real-time demonstrations and individual feedback will help students teach their puppies basic commands using principles of positive reinforcement.  Each 45-minute class will also include a question-and-answer session.

Content for Virtual Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will mirror that of KCFA’s in-person class, covering Sit, Down, and Come, along with Loose Leash Walking, Stay, Leave It, and Polite Greeting.  This class is appropriate for dogs more than 24 weeks old.  The virtual format allows handlers and their dogs to learn in the familiarity and security of their own homes, using a mostly leash-free and hands-off approach to teach handlers how to teach their dogs to work for reinforcement.  Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills demonstrated and to receive individual coaching during each 60-minute class meeting.  Concepts and skills covered each week will be supplemented with selected materials and links to web-based resources provided by email.

Both classes will utilize the Zoom video conferencing application, which can be downloaded for free (further instructions will be emailed to class registrants).  To participate interactively with two-way video and audio communication, students will need access to an internet-connected device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) equipped with a camera and microphone.  Students who do not have a computer with a camera and microphone will still be able to learn and participate by watching each class meeting in real time and submitting questions using the chat function.

For more details about Virtual Puppies 101 and Virtual Basic Skills and Everyday Manners, visit our Training Course Descriptions page .  To register, download and complete the General Agreement and the Training Class Application from the Training Dates and Registration page. (Scroll down on that page to find the links to the forms.) No vaccination records will be required for these virtual classes.

Mail completed forms and the $50 class fee by Wednesday, February 17 to: Attn: Training Committee; The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, Inc. (KCFA); P.O. Box 205; Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

These classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay – sign up today!