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Obedience Classes are offered by the Champlain Dog Club.
For more information please contact us.

Classes for the general public are directed at the family dog. The emphasis is on good manners but we also ask people if they have special goals for their dog and adapt to these in the later classes. Most people want a dog that comes when called, walks in a controlled fashion on leash and can interact calmly in the presence of other people and dogs. Our foundation exercises are based on Chris Bach's games; Sit Maintain, Eye Contact and Walk Away. Through these the dog learns self-control, attention to his handler and a willingness to give up the environment for the handler.

Bonding with the dog is encouraged through Tellington Touch as well as the exercises that teach the dog to focus on the handler. Reinforcement is used to create positive associations and provide the dog with timely information. We use a Mark to tell the dog when he is right. He learns that his actions have consequences and how to use this knowledge to get reinforced. We explain how cue systems work and talk about the importance of having clear "on" and "off" switches for behaviours we wish to control. We discuss body language, both ours and the dog's, and how this can be used to develop mutual understanding.

Our goal is to have people better understand their dogs and learn positive ways to influence them making their lives together better.

Occasionally we also offer classes or clinics for members interested in acquiring titles in Obedience, Rally, Agility or Tracking.