The Obedience classes offered by VVDOC are listed below. Additional classes may be offered, based on student interest and instructor availability. Click the Class Schedule button above for a list of classes in the upcoming session.
Our classes are six weeks long and are taught by our volunteer Club members who own and train their own dogs. We use buckle or slip collars. We do not use any harsh training methods. We allow food, toys, or whatever it takes to motivate your dog.
Puppy Class Puppy class gets the little ones socialized and introduced to the basic skills of walking nicely on a lead, coming when called, sitting, and lying down
Beginner Obedience Class In the Beginner Obedience class, the dogs learn how to heel on lead, sit, lie down, stay, come when called, and otherwise become well-behaved canine citizens.
Rally The first level of Rally is Rally Novice. All exercises at this level are performed on (lead) leash. Your dog should already know how to heel on a loose leash, sit when you stop, sit and lie down on command, “finish” (heel) exercise from both left and right sides, and recall (come when called).
The Rally Advanced and Excellent levels require that the dog and handler team has completed the AKC Rally Novice (RN) title or are working toward it.
Beginner Novice Obedience Class This Beginner Novice Obedience class is the interim step between Rally and Novice. Rally signs are used for a simple course pattern. Dogs and handlers will learn other exercises used in this AKC Competition class.
Novice Obedience This Novice Obedience class advances to off-lead heeling and will prepare dogs and handlers for competitive obedience work. Your dog must be able to perform the exercises learned in the Beginner Obedience Class.
The pre-requisites for the Novice Obedience class are:
1 minute sit/stay on a 6 foot lead
1 minute down/stay on a 6 foot lead
Heeling (including about turns, left and right turns,
Automatic sit when handler stops motion
Recall on a 6 foot lead, with a sit in front
Additional Classes Other classes such as Canine Good Citizen, Introduction to Open, Open, and Utility may be offered. Pre-requisites may be required before admission to these classes. Please check the Class Schedule page for more information.