Course Descriptions

The KCFA offers a variety of fun and interactive classes. Each class is taught by an experienced instructor (sometimes with the help of an assistant, depending on class size) so you and your dog will get the individual attention you want and need.

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Puppy Kindergarten

This class is for puppies 2 to 5 months (8 to 20 weeks) of age.  Activities focus on socialization with puppies and people, building a foundation for successful basic obedience training.  Classes will include confidence-building exercises, social interaction, and the opportunity to learn and practice responses to basic commands.  A different discussion topic will be introduced each week and will include a question-and-answer time.  Puppies between 5 and 6 months may attend this class with instructor approval, or may be recommended for our Basic Skills/Everyday Manners class.
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Basic Skills / Everyday Manners

This class focuses on establishing a working relationship and rapport between dog and owner, laying the groundwork for future training.  Students will learn how to incorporate basic training into everyday life in a fun, positive way.  Skills covered will include:  loose leash walking, polite greetings, sit, down, stay, and come.  Common behavior issues will be addressed.  This class may be repeated.  Class size is limited and preregistration is required.

Continuing Basic

This class offers the opportunity for dog-and-handler teams to continue improving their basic skills for solid, reliable responses.  More advanced skills will be introduced, with a goal of meeting the requirements for AKC Beginner Novice competition and/or to prepare for Intermediate level training.  This class may be repeated.  Class size is limited and preregistration is required.

Intermediate Skills

This class is for students who want to strengthen the bond with their dog through positive training or are considering competition.  This class will focus on fine tuning handler skills to achieve reliable responses.  Off-leash work and low jumps may be introduced.  Dogs in this class must be able to work reliably in a group situation.  Successful completion of Basic Skills Criteria or Instructor approval required.  This class may be repeated.  Class size is limited and preregistration is required.

Advanced Skills

This class is for students who are training for competition in either traditional obedience or rally, or who wish to continue higher level training.  Exercises will focus on refining competition skills, both on and off leash.  Emphasis will be placed on precision in handler body language and footwork, and on the dog’s focus, attention, and reliable responses to commands.  Opportunities will be provided to practice specific competition exercises which may vary depending on the makeup of the class.  Instructor approval required.

Rally

This class is for students who want to learn the fun sport of Rally  as well as those who want to improve their skills for competition.  The class will introduce the team concept of Rally and will use AKC exercises, signs and rules.  Each class meeting will feature a core obedience skill and will review Rally exercises which focus on that skill. The skills and exercises reviewed over the course of the 7-week class session will become progressively more challenging.  By the end of the session, students interested in competition should be ready to prepare for trials.  Rally is offered outdoors during the late spring to early summer.

Carting

Carting is a fun activity for dogs of all sizes.  Even small dogs can pull a tiny wagon with a doll or stuffed animal or other “cargo.” Larger dogs can give wagon rides to kids, and some can even pull an adult. Carting dogs participate in parades, demos, school and nursing home programs.  Not all dogs are receptive to having a cart hooked up behind them.  If the instructor determines at the first class that the dog will not accept the cart, class fees will be refunded. This class will only be offered occasionally as a special workshop.