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Why Train at For Your K9?

We believe that dog training is a journey that is meant to be enjoyed and cherished. We emerge out of relationships with not only people but every species and are deeply intertwined with one another. The For Your K9 training philosophy is based on the unique Relationship Centered Training (RCT) developed by Suzanne Clothier. The RCT philosophy is to promote a relationship of harmony and mutual respect between humans and dogs.

For Your K9's skilled professional trainers use training methods that emphasize compassion, communication and an appreciation of the dog's perspective. Good communication and mutual respect are key for the success of any relationship. We strive to help people develop good communication skills to enhance the dog/human relationship while having fun learning new skills in a calm, relaxed environment.

Our wide variety of classes and activities are designed to enhance and develop the human/dog relationship experience. For Your K9 is there to help you enjoy every step of a life shared with dogs.

Training Classes

Our classes are designed to provide owners with a greater understanding of why dogs do what they do. This knowledge makes training fun and helps the handler and dog connect in a very special way. Our goal is to make training fun while learning! 

Foundation Classes:
New puppy or new dog in your house? Never been
in a training class? This is where to start!

View our Foundation Classes 

Dog Sport Classes:
Now you've gotten hooked on training and want to
have even more fun with your Best Friend!

Try our: 
 > Agility Classes -  (What is Agility?)
 > Barn Hunt - (What is Barn Hunt?)
 > Competition Obedience - (What is Competition Obedience?)
 > Nose Work - (What is Nose Work?)
 > Rally O - (What is Rally O?)

Specialty Classes:
You and your pup like to be the center of attention?
Check out tricks and Circus School classes!

Behavior Specialty Classes:
If your dog needs help dealing with his world. If seeing
other dogs and/or people are an issue, these classes are
created especially to help you! 

Quick links for additional info:

List of all classes - Alphabetical listing of all classes
Class calendar - Classes in calendar format
Register Online - Registration links for all classes
Refund and cancellation policies - If you need to cancel registration for a class
Missing a class - Policy about making up missed classes

What is:


Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.

Barn Hunt:

The Barn Hunt Association, LLC has created a sanctioned sport honoring the traditional role of dogs in ridding barns, homes, and properties of vermin. Barn Hunt opens this fun sport up to any dog, of any size, type, breed or mix that can fit through an 18″ wide through approximately 22″ high tunnel. In Barn Hunt, you can earn titles and placements at levels from Instinct through Master, and even Championships and beyond. Dogs must be registered with the BHA to enter sanctioned trials. The registration form can be linked to on the right or through the top menu.

Competition Obedience:

Competitive Obedience takes basic obedience skills (sit, stay, come, heel) to a more precise degree. The goal of competitive obedience is usually to compete in obedience trials and earn competition obedience titles. There are those who just like to work their skills to the level of precision required for trialing, but never enter a trial. Competitive obedience was, at one time, the only competition dog sport available. 
Nose Work: 

Nose Work is based on working detection dogs and starts with getting your dog excited about finding treats or their favorite toy hidden boxes. We then expand the game outside of boxes, using entire rooms, exterior areas, vehicles and other types of containers besides boxes. Dogs learn 'hunting' skills and build their confidence and independence as you learn teamwork and skill that will help you in competition.

Rally O: 

Rally Obedience is a fun and exciting team sport for pet dogs and their handlers in which teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different behaviors to perform, such as sit-down-sit, come, weave through cones, and send over a jump. You and your dog can participate from Puppy to Veteran level, whether disabled or well-bodied. Different from traditional obedience, in Rally you can talk to your dog and use food rewards.


Attendance and Refund Policies:

Refund Policy for Classes
If you choose to cancel your registration for a class, workshop, seminar, trial or special event, you must notify us in writing (e-mail, fax, letter). Cancellations received before 30 days of the first day of the event will receive a refund of 100% of the registration fee. Cancellations received after 30 days but before 15 days prior to the start of the event will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received 15 days or less before the first day of the event. This policy is without exception.

Class Absences

If a student misses a class, no refund will be issued and credit towards the next session will not be given. IF a class is missed, the student may make-up the class by attending another class within a month of missing a class that is at or below their current class level. The only exception will be injury to the dog or handler that causes two (2) or more consecutive absences, provided that For Your K9 was notified prior to the missed classes.
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