Currently Available Class Topics
Frequently Asked Questions
How old does my dog need to be?
Puppies as young as 12 weeks can attend the Sport Dog Foundations Class. We won't allow puppies to jump higher than is safe for them in the Advanced Rally and Open/Utility Obedience classes until age 18 months. There is officially no maximum age for a dog to start taking classes, but we recommend consulting with your veterinarian to determine if your dog is physically fit enough to start obedience and rally classes no matter what age.
do we have to compete?
Definitely not. Classes are geared towards achieving goals and for most people that means going to shows and obtaining titles but this is not a requirement for any DogJoy student.
is this a kid friendly class?
Rally Obedience would be a great choice for children ages 8 and up while Obedience would be more suitable for children over the age of 12. Children need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver over the age of 18 years.
what if my dog has a physical impairment?
Please consult your veterinarian to determine if this is an appropriate activity for your dog first. Written notice from your veterinarian for any exclusions/inclusions needs to be provided before beginning classes. Blind and lame dogs are not allowed to participate in agility classes.
what Obedience/rally venues do you compete in?
We have experience with AKC, ASCA, and UKC obedience and rally. While we understand the rules for other venues, we only have so many hours in the day and elect to focus on AKC primarily.
what equipment do I need?
In general, you need the following:
Well fitting collar (martingale style is recommended)
4 foot leash (not chain)
6 foot leash (not chain)
Plenty of soft and yummy treats
Toys and other motivators as applicable
Advanced level classes can require more equipment, but will be announced during class and class use equipment will be available while you figure out what works best for you and your dog.
DogJoy Obedience Classes are for the owner that wishes to add precision and motivation to their relationship with their pup. The progression of the classes leads to exciting opportunities in AKC Obedience such as the Canine Good Citizen title, the Beginner Novice Title, the Companion Dog title on up as far as you would like to go. Obedience is one of our absolute favorite dog sports to participate in; let us show you why!
Rally Obedience is a sport where the judge has set up a course of signs that ask you to perform certain movements at that time. All the signs strung together form a course for you and your partner to work through and the judge then scores it. Rally is a wonderful stand alone sport but also helps pairs gain experience showing and being in front of the judge without the direct interaction that you have in obedience.