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Please check class description for start date and times. All summer classes are $30 for members, $60 for non-members. No discounts or class cards for this shortened session.

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Agility AKC ACT 1

Instructors are Laurie Lobdell and Lauryn Garland. Class will held Tuesdays at 7pm starting on June 23.

Have you considered competing in Agility? Are you and your dog ready? AKC is offering a virtual Agility Course Test ACT 1 title. You can visit for more information. This agility course will be to help dogs and handlers earn the AKC ACT 1 Virtual title. We will be using the ACT 1 maps provided by AKC. Dogs must be confident on the A-frame (5ft height) and table. Handlers may choose any jump height for their dogs. Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair if you wish to sit inside. Social distancing will be required. If weather permits crating in your car is encourage.

Handler Scent Discrimination – Just the Sniffing Part – Online

Instructor is Jenna Zeidler. 5 week class meeting Wednesdays at 6pm. July 1 – July 29. Limit of 8 participants.

In this class, we will learn just the scent component of the Utility Scent Discrimination Exercise using Connie Cleveland’s cookie tin method. The retrieve is taught separately and added after the dog is solidly indicating handler scent among a group of similar items. (Retrieve not included in this class.) This class is appropriate for dogs of any age and dogs of any obedience level. It’s not just a Utility exercise, it’s also an AKC Advanced Level trick!

We will meet for class via Zoom once a week where we will watch videos and discuss that weeks steps. 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.

You will need some equipment but I am super frugal so I will provide ways to make all of it cheaply! To get started you will need 4 metal tins the same size and shape that are able to hold your metal / leather / wood objects (think Christmas cookie tins). In the second week, you will need 5 metal objects, 5 leather objects, and / or 5 wood objects. I will give you many options for these objects using things you probably have on hand. Later on we will make a cheap tie-down board, instructions provided.

FULLSummer Nosework 1: NW1 Trial Preparation CLASS FULL

Instructors are Davis and Marian Stone. Class meets Thursdays at 7pm, start date of June 18

This 4 week class will be held in person, largely outdoors at DTCCU, but will have some indoor and online homework components. Topics include startline routines, line handling, search strategies, distractors, and elevated / deep hides in container, vehicle, interior building and exterior building-searches. Facemasks will be required for all indoor work. Class limited to six dog-handler teams. Prerequisite: dogs must have passed an NACSW ORT or equivalent in at least one odor.

Rally Novice – Virtual Online

Instructor Christel Powell, Start date week of June 22.

4 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.

FULL – Manners Class CLASS FULL

Instructor is Janice Kozak, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Basic Manners $30 for members; $60 for non members. Limited to 6 participants.  Five weeks counting orientation. Orientation without dogs is Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 Class with dogs begins Wednesday, June 24, Classes at DTCCU
Primary focus of the class is on basic obedience skills with a focus on attention and stays. Will also cover other basic behaviors, problem solve, and discuss why dogs do what they do.

Full – Private Tracking Class CLASS FULL

Instructor is Carol Ruthenberg.

Private Tracking Lessons. Four Sessions. Max of 2 club members. $60. Carol will make arrangements to meet with individuals in areas around Monticello. The class is a beginning tracking class but is meant for dog/handler teams that want some help working through a problem or who have already completed one of the beginning tracking classes previously offered at the club.  

Full – Beginning Tracking CLASS FULL

Instructor is Marian Stone. Four Sessions. Max of 4 club members. $30.

Class meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. on June 16, 23, 30 and July 7 (might be moved to July 14). Location will vary. Class materials delivered through video “lectures” and in-person instruction. This class is for dogs that have no experience tracking. 

 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.