Session: Winter 2018

Classes Start Week of: 1/7/48, End Week of: 2/11/18

Obedience/Rally classes will have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 unless otherwise noted.

This is a 6 week session for members and current class participants.


  • 9:30 AM – Intermediate Utility (Max.7) with Judy Saddlemire and Carol Keefe
  • 10:30 AM – Beginner/Intermediate Open (Max. 6) with Leon Hairie
  • 11:30 AM – Novice with Betty McGarry
  • 6:30 PM – Primary 1 with Barbara Snyder and Deb Middleton
  • 7:30 PM – Kindergarten Puppy Training (12) with Judy Saddlemire and Sue Brownell


  • 9:30 AM – Rally, Adv./Excellent (Max. 6) with Nancy F & Janice L
  • 10:30 AM – Advanced Open (Max. 6) self-taught
  • 6:30 PM – Secondary with Betty McGarry


  • 9:00 AM – Building Cleaning
  • 10:30 AM – Secondary with Barbara Snyder
  • 11:30 AM – Novice with Barbara Snyder
  • 7:00 PM – Rally Novice (Max. 6) with Mary Hussey

Signup & Registration

Class Descriptions

Puppy Kindergarten

For younger puppies under 4 months or younger at the start of class.


This class is for dogs new to training. They will learn where heel position is; to walk controllably on a leash; come when called, finish (return to heel position); stand for examination; sit and down stay. All work is done on leash. Handler and dog teams are in this class once and traditionally progress to Beginner Novice/Secondary class. Occasionally a team is proficient enough with class requirements to advance to Novice, which begins off leash work.


Secondary is a refresher of basic obedience skills for those handler/dogs who need additional help with basic requirements.  An instructor may choose to add some Beginner Novice items to their class.


Curriculum is more formalized work based on AKC routine for competition toward Companion Dog title (CD). Teams work on heeling patterns, both on and off leash; stand for exam, off leash recall and group stay exercises.


Curriculum works toward teaching the finished exercises begun in Graduate Novice which are required to complete the AKC routine for competition for Companion Dog Excellent title (CDX). All heeling is off leash; retrieving on the flat and over the high jump; completion of the broad jump; drop on recall; out of sight group exercises


Advanced skills taught based on AKC routine for competition toward Utility Dog (UD) title. Exacting work that incorporates signals for verbal cues, scent work and directed jumping.

Rally Novice

This class is for dogs that have taken a basic Obedience class such as Primary or Beginner Novice/Secondary and whose handlers have a basic understanding of exercises taught in those classes. The dogs should know how to heel, sit, down, come and stay. Rally is a team sport where the handler can communicate with the dog the entire time. The team learns to correctly perform Rally Novice exercises at ‘stations’ throughout a course marked with signs in cones. This course is intended to help prepare the team to compete in AKC Rally Novice competition for the Rally Novice title (RN).

Rally Advanced/Excellent

This class is for dogs that have been successful in Rally Novice. The dog and handler team will learn the AKC Advanced and Excellent signs and how to perform them properly. This course is meant to be done off-leash when competing, however may be done on leash while practicing. These courses may include one or two jumps. This class is intended to help prepare the dog and handler team to compete in AKC Rally Advanced (RA) and AKC Rally Excellent (RE) competitions.

Nested Rally

Nested rally participants must have completed a novice rally class.  Nested rally courses are designed for those training at all levels of rally (novice, advanced, excellent) to complete the same course.

Introduction to 2017 Rally changes

New Rally signs and rally class levels go into effect on 11/1/2017.  Join us with your dog in this mini session to review, practice and be prepared for just the new signs and requirements. This class is open to current members who are taking or have previously taken SDTC Rally classes.  All class participants will need a copy of the new signs and regulations.  New 2017 signs and regulations can be found either on the AKC web site ( and downloaded or there is an app which can be obtained for smart phones or use flip cards.  K9Rally is also a good web site to use for any Rally information.

Beginner Novice

This four week mini session is available to participants and members who are interested to further strengthen basic obedience skills and for those interested in an introduction to obedience competition.

Dumbbell Skills & Heeling with Attention

This class is for those members in the current or previous Novice and Open classes who are interested in developing or improving the skills necessary for successful dumbbell retrieving.

Additional classes offered periodically

Young Dog

May be offered depending on the dogs in this age bracket desiring training.

Nose Fun

Teach your dogs to use their noses to scent out hidden treats in a myriad of objects placed around the training area.


Curriculum based on AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and includes elements required to be able to pass the Therapy Dog International qualifications. Testing will be done by a certified TDI evaluator. Additional fees will be charged to meet requirements of TDI testing.

Four Week MINI Sessions

Mini sessions support specialized areas of training – retrieving, jumping, really reliable recall, shaping behaviors and level run thrus for example. All will be described fully on each schedule to help you choose what you might be interested in signing up for. Dogs/handlers may not advance into or from a 4-week mini session. Mini sessions are designed to reinforce existing skills.

New Club members will only be accepted into puppy class or other introductory specialized classes as outlined by the instructor.

All introduction type classes, specialty or fun classes will follow guidelines set by the instructor.