Champaign-Urbana's dog training center

Course Schedules

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We are offering a mix of in person and virtual classes. All in person classes are limited to 6 handler/dog teams.

Due to Covid-19 all in person classes (Home Companion, Puppy K & Puppy E, Beginning Novice) will be split into 2 consecutive 4-week sessions. Each 4 week session will cost $40 for members, $60 for non-members.

Please check class description for start date and times.

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Full – Clicker Retrieve – Online

Instructor is Jenna Zeidler. 5 week class meeting Mondays at 6:30pm. Starting September 21 – limited to 8 dogs

Any dog can retrieve! Using a clicker is a force-free way to motivate even the most reticent of retrievers. Learn the basics of using a clicker and how to apply it to the retrieve exercise. Applicable to obedience, rally, field work, tricks and owners that just want to play fetch with their dogs!  This class will meet via Zoom once a week where we will watch videos and discuss the progression of this step-by-step process. You will get weekly emails with complete instructions. We will also have a group Facebook chat where we can show our progress videos and support one another throughout the week. 

Rally Novice – Virtual Online

Instructor Christel Powell, Start date week of September 8.

5 week class. Part lecture (in advance) with video demonstrations followed by a live Zoom meeting. A private Facebook group will allow class participants to upload videos of their progress plus post any questions prior to the live meeting. Dogs should be able to walk on a loose leash and understand basic obedience skills. We will also work through the AKC Rally Novice Virtual courses toward the RN title. Rally Novice Courses will be available during week 5.

Rally Intermediate – Virtual Online

Instructor is Christel Powell, Start date week of October 12.

5 week class. Part lecture (in advance) with video demonstrations followed by a live Zoom meeting. A private Facebook group will allow class participants to upload videos of their progress plus post any questions prior to the live meeting. Dogs should be able to walk on a loose leash and understand basic obedience skills. We will also work through the AKC Rally Intermediate Virtual courses toward the RI title. Rally Intermidiate Courses will be available during week 5.

CGC / A (Community) class

Instructor is Christel Powell – Start date September 9

Take your CGC skills to the next level. Class will be taught outdoors at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. CGC / A test will be held during last class.

CGC / U (Urban) class

Instructor is Christel Powell – Start date October 7

Help your dog learn to navigate through busy urban areas. Class will be taught outdoors in downtown Urbana. CGC / U test will be held during last class.

Private Tracking Class

Instructor is Carol Ruthenberg.

Private Tracking Lessons. Limited number of private tracking lessons can be arranged with Carol Ruthenberg. Price is $30/lesson for members and $40/lesson for non-members. Individuals should contact Carol Ruthenberg. Carol will make arrangements to meet with individuals in areas around Monticello. Contact Carol at carolruthenberg@gmail.com

 Please be advised that the DTCCU has policies in place regarding aggressive dogs in classes. In general, dogs which present a distraction and/or threat to the rest of the class may be dismissed at the discretion of the instructor or Director of Training. We encourage the owners of such dogs to seek private lessons and work through the issues before returning to the class setting.

Instructors are required to report all unusual incidents, including but not limited to accidents on DTCCU property, aggressive dogs, and abusive treatment by trainers on club grounds, using the Incident Report form.

To access the policy and the report form, please see this link: Aggressive Dog Policy and Incident Report Form.