Obedience Classes


Novice Obedience

Prerequisite: Manners 2 , ability of dog to work safely off leash in close proximity to other dogs,  and approval of the instructor.

The focus of this course is to prepare handlers and their dogs for Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) competition at the Pre-Novice and Novice level. Building on the skills learned in Manners 1 and 2, handlers work with their dogs to improve their loose leash walking (heeling) skills. This is done through the use of games for improving reinforcement/reward zone (heel position), and by improving the dog’s rear end awareness and the handler’s shaping skills.  Building on the three static exercises of sit, down and stand taught in previous classes, dogs learn the formal long sit, and sit for exam found in CKC competition, and increase the duration and distance of these exercises. By now dogs who have taken Manners 1 and 2 will have a great recall. In this class the formal recall is taught.

Click here to find out how to register for Novice Obedience.

 

Advanced Obedience

Prerequisite: Novice Obedience, ability of the dog to work safely off-leash in close proximity to other dogs, and approval of the instructor.

The focus of this course is to prepare handlers and their dogs for Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) competition at the Novice Intermediate, Open, Advanced Open and Utility levels. This will be an individualized class, with participants working on different skills needed to be successful in advanced CKC obedience classes. The instructor-student ration will be low to allow for individualized attention.

Click here to find out how to register for Advanced Obedience.


How to Register

After reviewing the class descriptions above, click here for our class schedule and find the class you would like to attend and the time slot(s) when it is offered.

Contact us by email at cokcclasses@hotmail.com or by phone at 1-204-725-2009 and leave a message. Please indicate the name and time slot of the class you would like to attend as well as your name and contact information.


Other Information

  • Class fees for COKC Ordinary Members are $50.00 (including GST) per six-week session.  Class fees for COKC Associate Members and Non-members are $70.00 (including GST) per six-week session.
  • The maximum class size is 8 with an instructor to handler ratio of 1 to 4.  The minimum class size is 4 and a class may be cancelled if the minimum is not met.
  • Unvaccinated dogs are at greater risk to contract and spread disease.  To keep your dogs and the dogs of your fellow class members as safe as possible, please follow your veterinarian’s recommendations with regard to a comprehensive vaccination program.  Class participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or acceptable alternative (e.g. letter from veterinarian, titre results, etc).
  • COKC reserves the right to remove dogs from our classes if they exhibit aggression, extreme reactivity, or excessive barking.  All of these issues interfere with group classes and prevent others from learning.  COKC will offer referrals to other dog professionals to assist owners in dealing with dogs with extreme issues.