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Prerequisite: Beginners Class (with proof of passing)

Preparing for focusd and fun off-leash dog sports. Whether you want a focused dog for performance sports - like agility, rally or obedience - or you just want a dog that will stay focused on you even in a highly distracting environment, Distraction Action is a class for you!

The class will focus on building solid behaviors and focus in the face of increasing distractions. The curriculum will be tailored to participants' needs. Dogs will work up to off-leash behavior with increasing distraction levels.

Bring treats!

  • 6 weeks
  • Class sessions: one hour
  • Fee: $100
  • You MUST preregister and prepay for all classes.
2020 Class Schedule
Mon, Apr 27 – Jun 8, 6:00 PM
Tues, Oct 27 – Dec 1, 7:15 PM


Prerequisite: Completion of Intermediate Class

This class is designed for those getting ready to compete in AKC Beginner Novice.  All of the BN exercises, plus rules and show etiquette, how to find a show, and how to enter a show will be explained.

  • 6 weeks
  • Class Sessions: one hour
  • Fee: $100
  • You MUST preregister and prepay for all classes.

2020 Class Schedule
Mon, Sep 14 – Oct 19, 6:00 PM
Mon, Nov 2 – Dec 7, 7:15 PM

Competition classes are for dogs preparing for obedience. The classes will focus on skills needed for all levels of obedience competition from Novice through Utility.

  • 11 weeks
  • Class day: Thursday
  • Fee: $100 for non members
  • No preregistration for this class.

Class Information

5:30-6:15 Trainers training time


  • Open proofing for dogs working in Open
  • Novice proofing and dumbbell and jumping work for dogs who completed the Novice class last year.
  • Beginning Utility for dogs who have their Open title or are getting ready to show in Open.


  • Beginning Novice for dogs who have not begun Novice training, or joined the Novice class last year in September or later. Instructors Gale Osborne, Lori Martindale, and Denise Lumpkin
  • Utility proofing. Instructor Chris Eblen

2020 Class Schedule
Thur, Jan 2 - Mar 26 (excluding club meeting nights)

Specialty Classes:
  • You must preregister and pay thru PayPal to be guaranteed a spot in class, unless otherwise indicated. If you can’t pay on-line, please send a note to for other options.
  • On the first night of session please arrive 15 minutes prior to the class time you registered for.
  • Bring your dog, a buckle collar, leash (no retractable leads).
  • Bring soft treats
  • BRING PROOF of current DHLP/Parvo vaccinations, and current rabies certificate**These records are required by law and must be submitted each time you take a class, even if you have submitted them for a previous class.

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