Our classes are designed to give owners 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.
With a solid foundation, you and your dog will be ready for anything! For Your K9 foundation classes combine expert training with gentle handing and positive motivational techniques in order to teach your dog the basics of obedience.
We work hard to understand each dog’s perspective and have built a welcoming learning community for handlers and dogs of all skill sets. Our foundation classes will give your team what it needs so that you can build habits and success and learn throughout your time together.
Puppy 1– for puppies from 8 weeks up to 5 months.
Basic Obedience – for dogs 5 months and older (unless you have graduated from our Puppy Class)
AKC Star Puppy
For Your K9 Agility classes offer a perfect way to have fun and exercise with your dog and forms wonderful bonds between handlers and their canine companions.
Long legs and lightning speeds are NOT prerequisites! Agility provides incredible mental and physical exercise for dogs of all ages and breeds. Our experienced instructors and community of learners will guide your team to success in and out of the ring. We require those beginning agility students to complete a basic obedience class and the pre agility class.
Pre-Agility – This required class will give you and your dog the skills needed to get started in agility.
Beginner – For dogs new to agility – focus of this class is get comfortable with the agility equipment. Prerequisite: Complete a basic obedience class .
Intermediate – Your dog should be able do full height equipmentt, have off leash control and be familiar with weave pole performance.
Advanced – If you are competing at higher levels in any venue
Agility Mini Classes – These classes work on specific agility skills for 3 weeks
Behavior Specialty Classes
When working with dogs, we look at the mind, body and spirit of the dog. Physical issues can affect behavior immensely. The emotional health of the dog is critical, certain training methods can affect an animal’s emotional health and their ability to handle stress of training or daily life. The mind, is the most fascinating place where everything happens. Visit our behavior specialty page for a list of upcoming classes.
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and desire to hunt, and our expert instructors will show you how to make the most of your canine companion’s natural abilities. Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people
Inspired by working detection dogs, For Your K9’s Nose Work classes are designed to utilize your dog’s urge to hunt and their love of toys and food to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. This fun search and scenting activity is great for dogs of all sizes and ages.
Barn Hunt & Rat Games:
Based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding barns and homes of vermin, Barn Hunt combines each dog’s natural desire to hunt with fantastic mental and physical exercise. For Your K9’s Barn Hunt classes, led by experienced instructors, will have your dog searching out live rats in a barn-like setting, straw-bales and all! Don’t worry, each rat is treated like a beloved pet here, and is secured in a safe place during class. This fun sport is great for dogs of all ages and breeds!
There are three main levels, or classes, of competition in Obedience: Novice, Open, and Utility. Dogs start in the Novice class and advance to Open, then Utility as they master the increasingly more difficult skills. There are many optional classes to choose from that provide exercises that are half-steps between these classes. Here’s a brief rundown of the core classes:
Novice: This class is for dogs that have been introduced to beginner novice and novice obedience exercises, but need more work perfecting them. This is a teaching class that will help solidify your heeling, sit/stand for exam, recall, fronts, finishes and stays. This class is for dogs that are not quite ready for the Show Ready Novice class with its distraction training and perfecting of the exercises. AKC Rules and Regulations will be reviewed for the Beginner Novice and Novice obedience classes.
Open: Dogs in this class need to perform all of the exercises off-leash. In addition to some of the exercises performed in Novice, retrieving and jumping exercises are included.
Once foundation classes are completed, your canine/handler team will be ready to take training to the next level! Whether looking for competition or just out to refine your canine companion’s skills at home, For Your K9 offers a wonderful community of advanced learning for dogs of all ages and breeds.