Classes

During the months of August through June, TDOC offers training classes to the community, either at the Sue McCollum Community Center at Lafayette Park or at the North Florida Fairgrounds.  Classes are six weeks and are open to all dogs (purebred or mixed) three months of age or older. The goal of these classes is to help owners better understand their dogs, and teach their dogs simple skills (walking on leash, sit, down, stay, stand, and come) and good manners.  Owners learn how to engage their dogs and keep them motivated.  At the conclusion of the Manners & More class, students are given the opportunity to take the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test .   

A line of six  dog handlers doing a down stay with their dogs
Classes Currently Offered beginning August 17, 2022

To Register For A Class

Please call 850-562-4421 on or after your registration date below.  The pre-registration date is for club members and students enrolled in the previous class session.  The registration date is for the general public.  Please leave your name, telephone number, and the age and breed of your dog.  Your call will be returned by the TDOC registrar, who will give you additional information about the classes and the registration process.  Classes are filled on a first-come basis based on receipt of completed paperwork and payment.      

Annual Schedule of Class Sessions

Cost of classes is $150.00. For all classes, TDOC will require proof of vaccination for the H3N2 virus along with the other required vaccinations.  

Class Descriptions

 

Puppy Class is for dogs under nine months of age and is part of the AKC Star Puppy program.  The primary focus of puppy class is socialization with strangers, other dogs and different situations.  Puppies are introduced to the basic skills (sit, down, stay, come and stand).  Topics such as health and hygiene, housebreaking, basic grooming, puppy behavior and how puppies learn will be covered.

Basic Manners is for dogs over the age of nine months.  This is the most popular class. The Basic Manners class is more structured than Puppy Class because the dogs are developmentally more ready for structured lessons.  In Basic Manners, owners and dogs work on refining basic skills and learning additional skills, while keeping their dogs happy and focused.  The Basic Manners class is a prerequisite to the Manners and More class.

In Manners and More, the concept of teamwork is emphasized.   Attention and focus skills are enhanced, and owners improve their timing and communication.  The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) elements are reviewed, and the CGC test is offered to all dogs and handler teams at the end of the class session.


The CGC Test is an American Kennel Club certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere.  The CGC Program has a 10 item test of basic good manners for dogs.  All dogs who pass the test are eligible to receive a title certificate from the American Kennel Club.  For more information on the CGC, see https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/ 

Tricks & More is a fun, new class where refinement of general skills is combined with learning tricks. Tricks are not just for motivation --  at the end of the class session, all  dog and handler teams will be offered the AKC Trick Dog Novice (TKN) test to earn a new trick title!  Class time will be divided between continued development of general skills and teamwork, and learning tricks.  Who should register?  1) Teams who have mastered Basic Manners skills who wish to continue additional training before the focus required for the Canine Good Citizen test, or 2) teams who have completed Manners & More and want to continue having fun together who may not yet be considering formal competition obedience.  The AKC Novice Trick checklist can be found here.


Novice, Open and Utility classes are offered for the individual who would like to train their dog for obedience competition.  Many students start the road to competition obedience or rally by taking a couple of basic level classes, then so appreciate the bond shared with their dogs that they move into competition level training!