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.
For puppies 4 to 9 months, our Puppy class gets the little ones socialized and introduced to the basic skills of how to walk nicely on a lead, come when called, sit, and lie down.
Basic Manners Class
Designed for dogs over the age of 9 months, in this class dogs learn what every good dog needs to know at home or in public, and how to be a good representative for your family. Exercises include how to walk nicely on a lead, sit, lie down, stay, come when called.
For dogs over the age 9 months, this class refines the exercises learned in the Basic Manners Class and adds distance. Also introduced are new concepts such as teaching your dog to wait at the door, go to its place, etc. Your dog must be able to successfully perform the exercises learned in the Basic Manners Class before enrolling in this class. The pre-requisites are:
- Walk on lead
- Lie Down
- Come when called
Advanced Beginner Class
This class reviews the basics of sit, down, stay, heel, come. You will also learn exercises that dogs must perform for at least one minute from a distance or with distractions. This class is preparation for further Obedience work including fun sports such as Rally Obedience. Your dog must be able to successfully perform the exercises in the Beginner Class before enrolling in the Advanced Class.
Other classes may be offered such as Canine Good Citizen, AKC Competition classes such as Beginner Novice, Novice, Open, Utility, Rally Obedience, etc. Pre-requisites may be required before admission to these classes. Please check the Class Schedule page for more information.