Choose Your Dog Training Needs
Dog Sports/Performance Prep
In addition to basic good manners (sit, down, heel, come, stay, wait), dogs in the this fast-paced class will be introduced to a variety of activities and play that will lead to solid foundation for a variety of dog sports. Exercises will include scent games, pre-agility games, age-appropriate tricks, tug/retrieve games, pre-competition obedience and Rally games, and proprioception activities – lots of fun things for your dog to learn and do to build confidence and focus with an emphasis on the precision and enthusiasm needed for performance sports.
S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
The S.T.A.R. Puppy class is for puppies up to one year of age; they do not need to be pure bred or registered with the AKC.
In the S.T.A.R. Puppy class, you will get information on topics such as house training, chewing, nipping, jumping, impulse control. You also will learn the most effective ways to teach the practical skills of sit, down, stay, walking on a loose leash, coming when called and more.
Dog Obedience (Good Manners - Competition)
From a young age, and long before they ever join your family, puppies and dogs already know how to sit, walk, run, lie down, eat, drink, sleep, pee, poop, pick up stuff. They also know how to jump, scratch, dig, bite, chew, bark, whine, and steal things off the kitchen table. What puppies and dogs don’t know is how they are supposed to behave in your daily family life and how to respond to the your commands; what owners need help with is getting their puppies and dogs to pay attention to them in a variety of circumstances and getting their dogs to behave with good manners in every situation.
Rally-O is a fun way to continue obedience training with your dog and put those good manners and skills to a new use. In Rally obedience, you will follow a course with your dog and have him perform the exercises pictured on the signs along the way. While many of the Rally-O exercises are taught in our Obedience Level 2 class, there are some new ones to learn as well, so we recommend our Intro to Rally class for people who are new to the sport and need to learn about it from the ground up. Work is done both on and off leash
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep and Evaluation
Are you and your dog ready for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen evaluation? Well, you will be after you attend our CGC Prep workshop. During the two-hour session you will learn, practice and review the exercises and skills needed so that you and your dog can successfully pass the CGC test.
Tricks for Kicks for Dogs
Tricks! For your dog, they are a great way to build confidence, to enhance proprioception awareness, to redirect behavior, and to make your dog think for having new things to learn; tricks also give you and your dog something to do together in the dead of winter or on a rainy day.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dog who can weave independently and speedily? If you are ready to teach your dog how to weave OR if you would you like to improve your dog’s weaving skills, then you will want to join our annual weave pole focus class, Weave Works.
Agility Skillz: Running A-Frame
Teams will be introduced to Rachel Sanders’ “Reliable Running A-Frames” method, using a PVC “box”, and should be able to transfer ground work behavior to the a-frame at the end of these first six lessons.
Agility Foundation Skillz
Without a solid foundation, dogs cannot excel at the sport of agility and, in fact, can become frightened or get hurt; without a solid foundation, handlers cannot excel either and, in fact, can feel uncoordinated and do little but confuse their dogs! There are five units in the foundation agility classes where you will work on activities that prepare you and your dog to do agility safely, confidently, and with clarity.
Agility Beginning to Master Levels
Once you have learned the basics of agility in our foundation classes – well, that’s just the beginning. For those who wish to continue doing agility with their dog, we offer several progressively advancing levels in which you can keep learning and move along at your own pace – for fun or for competition. Your choice!
Therapy Dog Classes
It’s so true that we often turn to our own canine pals to lift our spirits, keep us calm, comfort us, and provide companionship. Now imagine your highly trained pet doing this for someone else! If your dog is friendly and outgoing and enjoys the attention of all kinds of people, perhaps he is destined for a career as a therapy dog – to help calm a child waiting for surgery; to motivated a young person to read; to bring smiles to the faces of the elderly in a nursing home; to give bedside comfort to a hospice patient.
Micro Classes - Help For Problem Behaviors
So you’ve been working diligently with your dog, training him to have great manners. By most measures, you’ve raised a great companion. He sits and comes and stays. Yea! . . . But . . . It’s for the “buts” that we offer Micro Classes at Cloud Nine. And no prerequisites to participate!
Reactive Dog Workshop
Some of us have reactive dogs. They bark. They lunge. They jump. They snarl. They carry on and behave aggressively when they see other canines, garbage trucks, kids on bikes, strangers wearing sunglasses or baseball caps or any number of other things. So frustrating. So embarrassing. So not fun.
Can anything be done to reduce or eliminate the outbursts? The answer is yes, and that’s why we offer the Reactive Dog Workshop.
If you are headed to the show ring with your future canine breed champion, you most definitely will want to attend conformation handling classes at Cloud Nine. Our experienced instructor, Pat Champaign, will help you learn to handle and present your dog like a professional. Conformation classes are offered on a drop-in basis. Start at any time; preregistration is not required.
Intro To Scent Work
The Intro to Scent Work is a class where your dog will get to use his nose to find stuff – treats, a target odor, a tracking article. First your dog will learn the game of searching with enthusiasm and confidence by finding a delicious, smelly treat that’s hidden in an article (for tracking) and a box (for nose work). As the dog gets better about searching, the game will become more challenging and your dog will learn to solve a variety of search puzzles. In short order, the game will expand to bigger areas, indoors and outdoors, and you will teach your dog how to find a specific odor (birch to start). Students are guaranteed to have fun teaching their dogs the game of search and learning how to know when their dogs are saying “I found it!”
Intro to Canine Tracking
Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent. Not only is it fun and satisfying for the dog to do something that comes so naturally to him, but the ability to discriminate, detect and follow a scent is the foundation for the work dogs do in canine search and rescue, drug and disease detection, finding the correct scent article for Utility level obedience, alerting to seizures or changes in blood sugar levels, and much more.