CLASS INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

One of our main goals is to offer affordable dog training classes to the public. We offer classes for puppies and dogs of all ages; this includes Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks, Canine Conditioning, and Therapy Dog.  We also offer advanced classes for the serious dog competitor and special seminars throughout the year. 

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Preparing for class is as important as the training itself. 

See below for details on what to bring to each type of training class, as well as some recipes for homemade dog treats guaranteed to get your fur baby's attention, especially our famous tuna fudge!

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VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

For the safety of all dogs and to meet our insurance requirements, your dog must be current on all vaccinations at least 10 days prior to attending classes, and have a clean bill of health.   Proof of vaccination must be provided on or before your first day of classes. You can upload shot records online at least two days before class begins through your online profile, email them at least two days before class begins, or bring paper copies to your first class.

Acceptable Proof 

  • Clean bill of health from your vet ensuring your pup is worm and parasite free, and healthy; AND

  • Invoices from your veterinarian documenting when shots were given; OR

  • Stickers on the vials with their lot numbers and expiration dates (if shots were given outside a clinic)


If your puppy's vaccinations are not yet up to the requirements, we encourage you to attend class without your pup until they are ready.  You will get valuable information, techniques, and strategies that you can learn and use at home. 

Questions? Email shotrecords@occdogtraining.org.

Vaccination Requirements for Puppies
Puppies must receive their 2nd set of puppy shots at least 10 days prior to coming to first class.

  • 6 weeks old: 1st set DA2PP

  • 9 weeks old: 2nd set DA2PP

  • 12 weeks old: Bordetella & DA2PP booster

  • 15 weeks old: Rabies, DA2PP-L Booster (must have rabies before 16 weeks old)

Vaccination Requirements for Adult Dogs
We require proof of the following annually for adult dogs:

 

  • Physical Exam by a licensed veterinarian

  • Rabies Vaccine

  • Bordetella Vaccine

  • DA2PP/Distemper Combo (either 5-in-1 or 7-in-1 combo)

PRICING

Most of our class bundles cost $90 for weekly, all-inclusive, one hour sessions, over the course of six weeks.

 

Regular Members get a $10 discount for consecutive class bundles. You will also receive a significant discount after completing your 5th class. You can normally expect to pay $55 per class for your 6th class and beyond!

ATTENDANCE POLICY

You must attend at least 4 out of the 6 classes to be eligible for class completion.  Instructors will log your attendance and distribute certificates upon completion of both the attendance requirement and end of course assessment.

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ATTIRE

Wear comfortable clothing and athletic-type non-skid shoes; no sandals, flip-flops, boots or high heels. Dog training is a physical activity that requires a lot of moving around, though we can offer suggestions for those who need a different approach.

 

If you don't have a treat bag, consider wearing loose-fitting pants with easy access pockets to store your treats; no zip-lock or plastic baggies please.

EQUIPMENT

  • Crate: A crate is required for all AGILITY classes. If dog is off leash and running the course, then all other dogs need to be in a crate.

  • Collar: buckle, martingale, or snap collar for puppy classes. For adult dog classes training collars may be recommended by the instructor. No harnesses or head collars unless recommended by your instructor.

  • Leash: 4-6 foot leash, preferably leather or cotton. No chain leashes. No flexible or retractable leashes may be used.

  • Treat Bag: Can be a commercially purchased treat bag of any style, a fanny pack, or even a workman's pocket apron

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FEEDING & TREATS

Class can be a stressful and confusing place for your dog, and high-value food is an excellent way to help them stay focused. Motivating with treats works best when your dog isn't full so if your dog is scheduled to have a meal before class, make it a small one. Your dog should be neither full nor hungry when you arrive for class. Bring several different types of soft treats broken into pea-sized bits. Treats should be something special that your dog only gets during training sessions, preferably with few or no chemicals added. Try several before the first class and see what your dog likes best. Popular choices include: Wellness Core (available at Petco and PetSmart), Grizzly Salmon treats, Dried Lamb Lung, or even freeze dried shrimp (cat treats).

 

We do not recommend kibble, biscuits, or anything crunchy or extra chewy that will take the dog too long to consume. In general, crunchy treats (or extra large treats) don't work well in class. We will familiarize you with the Club's reference material on treats during Orientation; and your instructor will give you some treat guidance in your first class.

THE FINE PRINT

  • No refunds will be given after the first night of class, although credit for a future class may be permitted.

  • Classes are progressive, so we strongly advise attending all classes. However, we know that other priorities can interfere. Please notify your instructor if you're going to miss a class to find out what will be covered.

  • Female dogs in heat are not allowed in the training building or on the agility field.

  • For everyone's safety, aggressive dogs (any dog that shows inappropriate challenge, threat, or contest to another dog or human) are not recommended for class situations. Handlers should work with the Training Director to determine alternatives.