The Obedience classes offered by VVDOC are listed below. Additional classes may be offered, based on student interest and instructor availability. Visit our Class Schedule page 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 gets the little ones socialized and introduced to the basic skills of walking nicely on a lead, coming when called, sitting, and lying down.
In this class, the dogs learn how basic manners including heel on lead, sit, lie down, stay, come when called, setting the ground work to becoming well-behaved canine citizens.
This 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.
This 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 Class.
The pre-requisites for this 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, circles)
- Automatic sit when stop
- Recall on a 6 foot lead, with a sit in front
The first level of Rally Obedience is Rally Novice. All exercises at this level are performed on lead. Your dog should already know how to heel on a loose leash, sit when you stop, sit and lie down on command, “finish” exercise from both sides, and recall (come when called).
Rally Advanced and Excellent levels require that you have completed the AKC Rally Novice (RN) title, or are working toward it.
Additional Rally information may be found at the “AKC Rally Obedience” link.
Other classes may be offered such as Canine Good Citizen, Introduction to Open, Open, Utility, etc. Pre-requisites may be required before admission to these classes. Please check the Class Schedule page for more information.