Whether you’re looking for a fun bonding experience with your best friend, to provide your super energetic dog with something to keep him busy, or to accumulate some nice prizes, titles and ribbons, we have the expert instruction to keep you and your dog smiling for years to come!
Extracurricular and Dog Sport Classes in Reno:
Class sizes are small, so PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – contact us to register for the class of your choice. School-aged children are more than welcome and may participate in training class, but must be accompanied by a parent, and be able to sit quietly and take instruction well. Looking for something but don’t see it? Just ask!
Intro to Nose Work
We are the only NACSW certified K9 Nose Work (R) classes Reno/Carson City/Tahoe area! Whether you’re looking to compete or looking for fun, we have the tools, knowledge, NACSW, and AKC support to get you where you want to be! Based on police K9 detection work, this challenging sport taps into your dogs natural ability to hunt and their love of food, toys and exercise. This sport will challenge even the most energetic dog! To learn more about this sport, visit the official K9 Nose Work web site: http://funnosework.com/ or the official AKC Scent Work page. This sport is open to well trained dog-reactive or fearful dogs, because only one dog is in a search area at a time. Dogs must, however, be OK with humans. It is also wonderful for retired competition dogs, injured, disabled, or elderly dogs who still need a job, or any dog who needs some extra brain exercise, as scent work is both exhausting and satisfying for the dog!
Prerequisites: None. Dogs will however need to be crate trained or able to wait in a vehicle unsupervised.
Tuition: $200 for the six week course. Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register!
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|Mon.||6:00 pm||Jan. 7||Jan. 21, Feb. 18||Feb. 25|
Vehicles and Exteriors (2nd level K9 Nose Work)
This course takes the sport out of the classroom and into the real world, introducing topics like wind, moisture, different ground types (ex. grass), covering large exterior search areas efficiently, buried hides, and vehicle searches.
Prerequisites: Completion of an Intro to K9 Nose Work class by us or another qualified instructor (just ask). Dogs will still need to be crate trained or able to wait in a vehicle unsupervised. Tuition: $200 for the six week course. Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register!
Introduction to Odor – Birch (3rd level K9 Nose Work)
This course puts the dogs on odor and takes them to complete odor obedience, in preparation for Advanced class. “Field trips” to new locations proof the dogs off of a variety of interior, vehicle, and exterior search environments. Handler’s mechanical and observational skills are emphasized, as is learning when and how to “Trust Your Dog!”
Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to K9 Nose Work, and Vehicles and Exteriors classes by us or another qualified instructor (just ask). Dogs will still need to be crate trained or able to wait in a vehicle unsupervised. Tuition: $200 for the six week course. Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register!
Advanced Nose Work – Trial Prep
A course taught at both AKC and NACSW trial level, from Novice/NW1 to Detective/Elite levels. Trialing your dog is not necessary to enjoy this class, but this course will give you the ability to do so if you wish.
Prerequisites: Ability to search all four elements for at least one target odor without boxes or other aids and unpaired in a variety of environments. Handler must be able to identify dog approaching source in a blind hide. Dogs will still need to be crate trained or able to wait in a vehicle unsupervised. Tuition: $200 for the six week course. Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register!
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|Saturdays||4:00pm||Open enrollment – join when you’re ready!|
Super Tricks! Class
Ever wondered how they train the dogs in the movies? We’ll teach you! One of the most exciting areas of dog training today, trick dog training is the perfect way to discover how smart, eager, and communicative your dog really is. The AKC now even offers a Trick Dog title, which you’ll earn on your last day of class!
Super side effects: increased responsiveness to you and a solid team relationship with your dog. Increased giggling may occur. If excessive silliness lasts for more than 4 hours, reward it, put it on cue, and earn a title for it.
Prerequisites: Basic Manners class or equivalent level of training. Dogs must be non-aggressive, healthy, and vaccinated.
Tuition: $135 for the 4 week course. (The AKC charges $20 per title application, but we do not charge for the test.) Preregistration is required. Contact us to register!
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AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Prep class
Achieve a higher level of training with your dog to grant you better access to things like hotels, vet clinics, and canine “jobs” like therapy dog work, and work toward your AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. Each CGC Prep class has a test scheduled shortly after the end of class. We also offer the 2nd level CGC test, Community Canine, upon request.
Prerequisite: Reality Romp class or equivalent level of training.
Tuition: $200 for the 6 week course, including the CGC test (regularly $25). Preregistration is required. Contact us to register!
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|Tues.||7:30pm||Sept. 25||None||Oct. 30||Sat. Nov. 3 at 9:30am|
Therapy Dog and Handler Certificate
Deepen the bond with your dog and bring joy to the people who may need it most by becoming a Therapy Dog team! This class will cover training tips and techniques, help you to understand how dogs think, give you a primer on canine body language, and help you to establish a reinforcement schedule for well-known behaviors in order to prepare you for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs test. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other Therapy Dog teams and to talk with an ATD Tester-Observer.
Prerequisites: None, however, it is recommended that dogs be over 1 year of age, and have had some formal training classes in the past. One requirement of therapy dog work is that dogs not interact with other dogs, so if your dog is overly friendly with other dogs, you might need some extra help with that. If you’re not sure, here’s a self-assessment survey that should help you.