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Basic Obedience, what it is:
Explain, explain, explain
Q. My puppy has not been to any obedience classes at all, and is under 6 months old. Can she start the Levels program?
A. Puppies less than 6 months of age should complete Puppy Kindergarten before entering the Levels program.
Q. My dog had basic obedience at another facility. How do we know what level she should start at?
A. We will test you dog to determine which level she is most suited for.
Q. What is the average length of time a dog and handler remain at one level?
A. Length of time at any one level averages 3-4 weeks, however, you have 4 months to complete the basic Levels Program (Level #1-#3), and 7 months to complete the advanced Levels program (Level #1-#4).
Q. If I sign up for the beginning course, and decide to continue, what can I do?
A. You may then purchase extra "blocks" of classes, or you may pay a per class price of $20.00 per class.
Q. What happens if I miss a class?
A. This is the great thing about our Levels program! You can miss class and never fall behind! You also have more than one night per week to catch a class, so you are not "locked" into one night a week. It's flexible and allows owners to take the time they need.
LEVELS SCHEDULE - ALL CLASSES HELD AT LUCKY DOG SOUTH
Friday, 6.30 pm - check the Course Page for Start Date
Whats Taught In Each Level
ORIENTATION: (must attend 1 week).
Stay in touch with website for sudden announcements. Sick dogs stay home. Go over rules fairly quickly. Lecture on LI/FR and NILIF and Serene Home Coming. Food/ Diet Treats/Bait bag. When using treats (Pavlov: Good = treats) Teach Name Recognition. Teach Find it/Dogs Name/Release
Level # 1: (average 4 weeks). Follow up on LI/FR Sit/Down/Stand w/Release (Scent Lure) (work towards straighting backs up) Watch Video Slot machine & Introducing other rewards - not giving away attention for free. Find it & Buffy Here w/Release Watch Me/ Release Watch Video Leave it (in hand) w/Release Watch VideoAND Watch Video Teach "OFF". Thresholds- requiring Wait w/Release Teach difference between: Left side, and 'strolls'.
Level # 2: (average 4 weeks). Review Sit/Down/Stand (hand-signals vs. verbal) Watch Video Find it/Buffy Here w/Sits (restrain recalls) Loose Leash Walking (LLW - strolls) Left Side /Release (Red light/green light). Watch Video Leave it's ( treats on the floor then trash, bone, bait bags on the floor) Teach Stays
Level # 3 (average 4 weeks). Sit/Down/Stand on Left side position. Holding position while person comes to say hi. Teach Stay (goal is to use body (bending/squatting/jumping)/leash as distraction). Leave it (dog to dog passing etc.). Watch Me's (bridge into leave it's). Drilling- Left Side (adding in automatic sits). Wait/Formal Recall (must do 'Tunnel Recall' test before getting into Level # 4) Downs on movement. Jack Pot rewards.
Level # 4 (average 4 weeks). Drilling -Hands free walking. Find it/Here w/sit's. (just for fun). Leave it's (dog to dog, close proximity). Hand shake greetings dog to dog. Stays w/ big distractions. Formal Recalls w/distractions.(discrimination recalls, star formation recalls, zipper recalls). Long distance Sit/Down/Stands. Placement areas. Formal vs. In-Formal recalls. Drop on Recalls (as safety exercise). Figure 8's. Field trips. Patrolling Lecture