Dog Training Classes
Gentle Touch Pet Training

The following group dog training classes are currently offered at Gentle Touch Pet Training.
Click on “Day and Time” to Register. Click on class title for more detailed information.
All classes held at Gentle Touch Pet Training unless noted otherwise.

Basic Classes

Nose Work Classes

Agility Classes

Mental Management Classes

Mini-Seminars


 Basic Dog Training Classes

Puppy Preschool Class (6-weeks / $160)

Revolving Dog Training Classes – if space permits, you can join in weeks 1, 2 , 3 or 4 and then take the classes you missed in the next session.
The 1st class is a people-only (no dogs) 2-hour orientation. (You may view the orientation online (or DVD) if you join mid-session.

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Puppy Preschool is a 6-week class for puppies from 8 weeks to 18 weeks old.  Each class with puppies is 1-1/2 hours. It is held in a safe, indoor location with a separate potty yard for puppies only. The floor will be sanitized for your puppy’s safety. We will use “Clicker Training” which is a very gentle approach to shaping your dog’s behavior through positive reinforcement.  Using the positive and fun technique, you will learn how to begin teaching your dog basic foundation behaviors (such as sit, down, and come).

We’ll also discuss housetraining, handling techniques, puppy mouthing, and learn proactive problem solving techniques for chewing, jumping up, digging, etc. This is also a critical time period where you can easily socialize your dog with people and other dogs and teach bite inhibition.


Tuesdays
Oct 31 - Dec 5
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy

Mondays
Nov 20 - Dec 18
$120 - 5 Weeks
(Holiday Schedule)
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Tuesdays
Jan 2 - Feb 6
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy

Mondays
Jan 8 - Feb 12
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Mondays
Feb 19 - Mar 26
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instr: Teah

Tuesdays
Mar 6 - Apr 10
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy

Puppy Enrichment Class (5-weeks – plus online orientation) / $135)

Revolving Classes – if space permits, you can join in weeks 1, 2 , 3 or and then take the classes you missed in the next session.

As of  1-1-18, dogs attend 5 classes plus you need to watch the online Orientation prior to the first class attended.

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Finally, a class created specifically for the young adolescent dog (ages 4.5 months through 8 months)!  During this developmental stage most dogs will grow to close to adult size and yet are still working with the attention span of a youngster and are very easily distracted.  (Think of them as approximately 13 years old in human years!)  Many handlers can find this developmental stage frustrating as it relates to training.

This class is designed to continue your dog’s socialization, introduce your dog to new things that will help build confidence and also continue to build on the skills started in Puppy Preschool.  In addition, we will teach you exercises that will help your young dog learn self control. Learning self control will help your adolescent dog keep his or her arousal level down. Over-arousal contributes to an inability to focus and can be a precursor to aggressive behavior. Perhaps most importantly, this class will help build a foundation that will accelerate your dog’s continued learning as they mature.

Thursdays
Nov 16 - Jan 4
***CLASS FULL***
(No Class Nov 23 or Dec 28)
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Ivy
Thursdays
Jan 11 - Feb 8
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Ivy
Thursdays
Feb 15 - Mar 15
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Ivy

Elementary Clicker Training Class (6-weeks – plus online orientation) / $160)

Revolving Classes – if space permits, you can join in weeks 1, 2 , 3 or 4 and then take the classes you missed in the next session.

As of 1-1-18, dogs attend all six classes.  Please watch 1-1/2-hour orientation online prior to the first class attended.

More Info.
This is a perfect class for a dog of any age (as long as shots are finished). Elementary Clicker Class is a 6-week class in basic dog training (plus an online Orientation) which is held in a safe, indoor location. Some portions of the class may take place outside (weather permitting).

We will be training behaviors with positive reinforcement training and marking the desired behavior with clickers. We have realized over the years that the foundation of training is critical and is what sets the stage for teaching the specific behaviors we want. We will begin the class learning how to “connect” with our best friend. In addition, we’ll be teaching our dogs about self-control. Our training is not based on “making” the dog do something. It’s based on establishing an important relationship with the dog. Once we have a connection, then we’ll add in the basic behaviors we all would like with our dogs. This results in a very positive experience for you and your dog!

During this class, we will work on basic behaviors (such as sit, down, stay, walk on a leash and come). We will cover good manners cues (such as wait and leave-it) and some fun tricks (shake and spin). In addition we will discuss problem-solving techniques for dealing with typical dog behaviors that most people find a bit challenging (how to deal with jumping on people, barking, chewing, digging). In addition, we’ll show you techniques for helping your dog to be comfortable with handling (grooming, bathing, etc.). This is a very comprehensive class in basic dog training perfect for any adolescent or adult dog.

Mondays
Oct 30 - Dec 4
4:00 - 5:00 PM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Becky
Wednesdays
Nov 8 - Dec 13
3:30 - 4:30 PM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Teah
Thursdays
$145
Nov 16 - Jan 4
(No Class Nov 23)
(No Class Dec 28)
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instr: Becky
Mondays
$145
Dec 11 - Jan 29
(No class 12/25 & 1/1/18)
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Becky
Thursdays
Jan 11 - Feb 15
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instr: Carol
Wednesdays
Jan 17 - Feb 21
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Instr: Teah

Intermediate Clicker Class / CGC (6-weeks / $160)

Prerequisite:   You and your dog must have graduated from either the private or group Elementary Clicker Training Course (or equivalent).

Dogs attend all six classes.

More Info.
This 6-week course is designed to help you continue more advanced clicker training techniques, fine-tune your dog’s existing behaviors and provide an opportunity for an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation.  Now that you and your dog understand the basics of operant conditioning and your dog has become “clicker wise,” the real fun begins!  In this class we will:

  • Learn additional skills (such as heel, finish, informal retrieve and go-outs)
  • Work with “distraction” training
  • Learn about shaping behaviors
  • Learn about food delay and secondary reinforcers for getting more performance in the ring
  • Just for fun learn more tricks (such as wave, spin, play dead, etc.)
  • Review the 10 steps of the Canine Good Citizen Evaluation
  • Provide a CGC evaluation (at no additional charge) at the last session of class

For more information about the Canine Good Citizen Program, a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community, refer to CGC under Events tab on the AKC website at www.AKC.org.

Wednesdays
Nov 1 - Dec 6
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Instr: Ivy
Thursdays
$145
Dec 21 - Feb 1
(No Class 12/28)
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Ivy

Advanced CGC Class (6-weeks / $160)

Prerequisite:   You and your dog must have graduated from either the private or group Elementary Clicker Training Course (or equivalent).

Dogs attend all six classes.

More Info.
If you would like to earn the AKC CGCA title, your dog will need to have already earned a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title through AKC.  However, if you are not interested in the CGCA Title through AKC, you are more than welcome to take the class and teach all behaviors and have fun with your dog. The requirements are that your dog has passed a CGC test (if you want the AKC CGCA title), has some leash training, and is not dog-reactive or people-reactive.

This class is structured to help prepare you and your dog for advanced CGC evaluations.  While the emphasis will be on the Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA), this class can also prepare you to take your Urban Canine (CGCU) evaluation.  Four weeks will be spent on training.  Week five will be dedicated to CGCA evaluations at Gentle Touch Pet Training facility.  Week six will be off-site (downtown Arroyo Grande) and will be dedicated to CGCU evaluations.

We’ll work with teaching your dogs to have a polite response and control on leash in a crowd while people are visiting, eating, hiking with packs or carrying packages. Your CGC dog can learn to wait for you as you go through doorways, to be polite to other dogs on leash in their vicinity, and of course to have a nice ‘Recall’, ‘Leave-It’, and ‘Stay’ in a more natural and interesting environment than a classroom setting.

For more information, please go to the AKC web site at http://www.akc.org/ and look at the requirements for “AKC Community Canine”.

Thursdays
Nov 2 - Dec 14
(No Class 11/23)
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Ivy
Thursdays
Feb 8 - Mar 15
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Ivy

Feisty Fidos Class (6-weeks / $260)

Limited to 4-5 dogs per class.
Prerequisite : An initial evaluation of the dog prior to the class at our facility at no additional cost to the client.

More Info.
Gentle Touch Pet Training is now offering small group classes for dogs with aggressive behaviors. We call these classes Feisty Fido’s. Because I’ve worked with many individuals who have dogs with aggressive behaviors (whether with other dogs or with people); I have discovered that many clients would like additional help beyond the basic consultation and instructions. In my experience, I have discovered that people are often hesitant to practice the desensitization exercises on their own because they are concerned that they’ll do it wrong, or they haven’t been able to find any other persons with dogs with which to practice, or quite simply they are just embarrassed. We have also found a number of dogs that are really too reactive to do well in a normal, group classroom setting. I’m very pleased to have created a class for these clients where they and their dogs can learn in a safe, controlled setting.

In the Feisty Fido’s classes we concentrate on teaching handlers:

  • Tools: Learn about safe and humane management tools (such as head halters, no-pull harness, and martingale collars)
  • Body Language: Learn to recognize their dog’s body language so they can redirect their dog or remove him from the situation before aggressive reactions occur
  • Management: Learn how to manage their dog effectively in various situations
  • Self-Control: Learn how to teach their dog self-control so that the dog can bring his or her own arousal level down
  • Train Behaviors: Learn how to teach their dog basic behaviors that are helpful when dealing with aggressive reactions (leave-it, come, stay, attention, etc.)
  • Reframe Reactions: Learn how to reframe (with classical conditioning) their dog’s reaction to whatever is triggering them
  • Desensitize the Dog to Triggers: Learn how to perform systematic desensitization protocols that will slowly and very effectively change their dog’s reaction to triggers
  • Unexpected Dog Interactions: Handlers and dogs will learn how to help diffuse an unexpected interaction with an off-leash dog.
Wednesdays
Nov 1 - Dec 6
****CLASS FULL****
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Teah
Wednesdays
$250
Dec 13 - Jan 24
(No Class 12/27)
***CLASS FULL***
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Teah
Wednesdays
Jan 31 - Mar 7
***CLASS FULL***
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Teah
Wednesdays
Mar 14 - Apr 18
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Instr: Teah

Therapy Dog Class (7-weeks / $180)

Prerequisites for Therapy Dog Class:

  • Comfortable with people of ALL ages and gender!
  • Solid in basic obedience
  • Friendly & comfortable with other dogs
More Info.
Would you like to do therapy visits with your dog? Or more importantly would your dog like to do therapy visits with you? These classes will prepare the handler and dog for various therapy environments. We will train you and your dog in therapy skills and protocols and prepare you for the. What we can’t train is a therapy dog disposition, so your dog needs to naturally enjoy being around all kinds of different people and be comfortable with other dogs.

This seven-week class introduces and familiarizes the handler and dog to situations, activities and equipment found in therapeutic environments.  Week seven will include a visit to a facility with your dog.  We will strengthen existing behaviors as well as introduce new therapy specific cues.  Throughout the class we will cover therapy related topics such as Stress Signs, Certification and Serving Options.

This class is an excellent introduction into the world of therapy dogs and offers a great foundation for the next steps of becoming a certified therapy dog team.

The goal of this class is to give the handler and dog team the skill and confidence to go into a broad variety of therapy dog settings.  As well as be prepared for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Evaluation or any other therapy dog certification test.

This class has also been taken by existing therapy dog teams as a refresher and for continuing education.

Prerequisite : Your dog either has passed a CGC or would be able to.

Therapy Dog Class
Thursdays
Apr 12 - May 24, 2018
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Instr: Monika/Denise/Betty
Therapy Dog Class
Thursdays
Sep 6 - Oct 18, 2018
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Instr: Monika/Denise/Betty

Handler’s Choice Class (6-weeks / $160)

More Info.
In this 6-week class the instructor will help you reach some personal goals with your dog (within reason!). Prerequisite is that you’ve attended an Elementary Class. If you’ve already completed an Intermediate/CGC Class as well, you’ll be even better prepared to work on your own person “wish list.” Come to the first class with a list of 6-10 behaviors you’d like to work on over the next 6 weeks and we’ll help you with an individualized curriculum.

Think about what you’d like to work on. For instance:

  • Would you like to fine tune that loose leash walk?
  • How about a more reliable recall?
  • What about tricks – spin, bow, skateboarding, weaving your legs, ringing a bell?
  • How about working on your shaping skills to teach fun behaviors?
  • Need to work on building more duration? A longer stay for instance.
  • Need to learn how to work around distractions?
  • Do you have a pesky behavior issue such as barking, chewing or digging?

Prerequisite : Graduated from either the private or group Elementary Clicker Training Course (or equivalent).

TBA

Treibball Class (6-weeks / $160)

More Info.
This fun class is an introduction to the fairly new dog sport of Treibball (pronounced Try-ball) in a pressure-free and non-competitive environment. Have a herding dog but don’t have anything for him/her to herd? This urban herding sport is the perfect outlet to your dog’s herding drive without having any livestock around.

The dogs learn to herd large exercise balls into an area. It combines herding, obedience and focus in a way that is not only fun, but mentally and physically challenging. While learning Treibball, you and your dog will increase your capability to communicate and learn valuable skills that will help you during the game, and in everyday life. So bring some treats, enthusiasm, and plenty of excitement to our fun, new Treibball class!

Treibball 1
TBD
Instr: Becky
Treibball 2
TBD
Instr: Becky

AKC Trick Dog Class (4-weeks / $110, 5-weeks / $135)

AKC has a new series of titles for your dogs that like to learn new tricks! We will teach you how to begin training for all of the required tricks beginning with AKC Novice Trick Dog, to Intermediate Trick Dog and then we will move on to Advanced Trick Dog and the final title: AKC Trick Dog Performer.

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Come join us in the REAL FUN!! We are holding Trick Dog Classes at Gentle Touch Pet Training starting this Spring through the Summer!

AKC has a new series of titles for your dogs that like to learn new tricks! We will teach you how to begin training for all of the required tricks beginning with AKC Novice Trick Dog, to Intermediate Trick Dog and then we will move on to Advanced Tick Dog and the final title: AKC Trick Dog Performer.

Our CGC Evaluators are cleared to do the instruction and testing for all levels of AKC Trick Dog titles. Which means, as you complete the training for each level, we can do the evaluation/test right there in class, and you can send in your forms to AKC for new titles if you like! The requirement for the actual titles are listed online at www.akc.org (look up AKC Trick Dog).

AKC NOVICE TRICK DOG TITLE:

  1. Your dog needs to perform 5 of the required tricks for the evaluator, and has passed a CGC and it is on record at AKC.
  2. OR: Your dog performs the required 10 tricks in front of a CGC Evaluator

Some examples of the tricks on the list for Trick Dog Novice Level are:

  • Balance Beam,
  • Crawl, Fetch it & Give,
  • Find it,
  • Respond to hand signals for Sit, Down, or Come,
  • High Five, Jump Through Hoop or over low bar,
  • Kennel Up,
  • Kiss,
  • Paws Up,
  • Shake Hands,
  • Spin in Circle,
  • Touch Hand or Target.

AKC INTERMEDIATE TRICK DOG TITLE:

  1. Your dog needs to perform 10 of the required tricks for the evaluator
  2. These tricks come from the list of Intermediate Trick Dog list

Some examples of the tricks on the list for Trick Dog Intermediate Level are:

  • Balance Treat on nose or head,
  • Carry (a basket),
  • Catch,
  • Crawl,
  • Fetch it,
  • Go Find,
  • Go Place,
  • Leg Weave,
  • Push button on toy,
  • Roll Over,
  • Sit Pretty,
  • Shell Game,
  • Wave Good-Bye,
  • Wobble Board.

ADVANCED TRICK DOG TITLE:

  1. A total of 5 tricks are reuired to earn the Advanced Trick Dog Title.
  2. Must have the Novice and Intermediate Trick Dog Titles; CGC is not required.
  3. Tricks are from the list you will have in class, including no more than 2 Handler’s Choice tricks (optional)
 Some examples of the tricks on the list for Trick Dog Intermediate Level are:
  • Back up (walk backwards)
  • Balance treat on nose, flip to eat when told “OK”
  • Barrel (roll with 2 paws, or stand on with 4)
  • Bow (as in “Take a bow”)
  • Circle right, circle left
  • Cover your eyes
  • Cover-up with blanket

TRICK DOG PERFORMER TITLE

  1. A total of 10 Tricks from the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced titles are required to earn the Trick Dog Performer title. (Must have all 3 titles on record).
  2. The dog/handler must perform a Tricks routine that includes at least 2 Intermediate Tricks and 2 Advanced Tricks. The routine may have a story (e.g., “This is my dog Princess. Princess loves school-here’s what she does at school. She plays ball on the play ground, and then she takes a nap,” etc.)
  3. You make up any and all of the tricks to use in your ‘story’ as per these rules.
  4. The last class will be an opportunity to perform final routine and be evaluated by the instructor.

Join us to see what kind of  Trick Dog YOUR dog is!!

Novice
Thursdays
4-week class $100
Nov 2 - Nov 30
(No class Nov. 23)
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Ivy
Performance
Thursdays
5-week class $135
Jan 4 - Feb 1
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Ivy
Novice
Wednesdays
4-week class $110
Jan 10 - Jan 31
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Instr: Ivy
Intermediate
Wednesdays
5-week class $135
Feb 7 - Mar 7
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Instr: Ivy
Advanced
Wednesdays
4-week class $110
Mar 14 - Apr 4
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Instr: Ivy

Musical Canine Freestyle Class (6-weeks / $160)

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Introduction to Musical Canine Freestyle (Level 1)

Prerequisite : Puppy Preschool or Elementary Clicker Training. Clicker High and/or Tricks classes recommended although not required.

Musical Canine Freestyle is a choreographed musical program performed by handlers and their dogs. In simple terms, it’s dancing with dogs to music! It’s a fun sport for dogs and their people and the audiences love it! We incorporate basic obedience behaviors, rally-o and tricks along with other dimensions such as music, timing, costuming, routine development and showmanship to put together programs. These programs can be performed in the privacy of your own home, to compete for titles or just please a crowd. Musical Canine Freestyle beautifully demonstrates the joys and fun of bonding with your dog!

Class Summary:

  • Find your rhythm and the best music that will fit you and your doggie partner
  • Learn about attention and focus
  • Learn basic Musical Canine Freestyle moves
  • Learn how to take what your dog knows now and create a simple routine
  • Learn how you can turn walking your dog into dancing with your dog
  • Learn how to do group demonstrations

 

TBD

Conformation Clicker Class (Level 1 & 2 – 4 weeks / $100; Drop-In Class – $20 per Class)

More Info.
The Conformation Level 1 Class will start from the beginning, teaching you to train the behaviors your dog will need to show confidently in the Conformation Ring. Using fun games like “stand in the hoop,” “paw target a mat,” and “show me,” you and your dog will have a great time as you learn specific breed ring behaviors. We’ll work on the show stack, free stacking, gaiting, expression (looking enthusiastically at the judge), and being handled on the floor (or table if you have a small dog) by a “stranger”.

In the Conformation Handling 2 Class we will be practicing the skills of handling your dogs in the breed ring. We will work indoors and out as climate permits. We will also help you with one of the more difficult parts of showing in breed: The Show Photo! This is an upbeat fun class, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a jacket or skirt with a pocket for your bait.

In the Drop-In Conformation Handling Class you and your dog will work on ring craft, practicing every skill you will need to present your dog (and yourself) to your best advantage in the breed ring.

Click HERE for more information on the Conformation Handling Classes.

 

Drop-In Conformation
Handling Classes
Ongoing
Wednesdays
12:45 - 1:30 PM
Instr: Ivy

Rally Class (4-weeks / $110)

More Info.
This 4-week class will give you a great introduction to the sport of Rally. You will also learn what changes AKC has implemented recently to this sport. Rally is a fun, challenging sport that showcases the teamwork between dogs and their people and is a more relaxed competition than traditional obedience. Learn to be comfortable and practiced in the ring performing prescribed exercises. Rally is like a board game where the team walks to each station in a heel position and completes the exercise requested. Handlers are allowed to talk and/or use hand signals to show their dog what is expected at each station. Dogs seem to enjoy this game because they can be constantly cheered on and praised for their efforts. All the exercises learned in Rally are useful to make you and your dog better partners in everyday living. Some people just like to work with their dogs in learning these exercises towards a stronger bond and some want to go on to compete for Rally titles. Rally is a sport that is open to anyone who wants to achieve a higher level of training with their dog but have a lot of fun while doing it.

Thursdays
Feb 8 - Mar 1
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Carol

Rally FrEe Class (4-weeks / $110)

More Info.
Rally Freestyle Elements is a combination of Rally-O and Canine Musical Freestyle. It is a great sport for you and your dog to work together on skills, finding out what motivates you and your dog to enjoy competitions, as well as the various elements that make both Rally and Freestyle so unique.

You will learn the Rally FrEe signs, help you create new exciting moves as a team, and build on your training skills as you learn to execute the signs, all to your favorite music! This is a new and amazing sport that you and your dog will love, especially if you have ever tried Rally Obedience or Canine Musical Freestyle.

Ultimately, this will help you as a team, to show off your Rally skills as well as have the freedom to do some fun moves to keep your dog “in the game”. It is a titling sport created by Julie Flannery to help Freestylers become better at communicating clarity to their dogs, and perform dances with a bit more precision and flair. Come join in the FUN!!!


Thursdays
TBD
Instr: Ivy/Carol

Nose Work Classes

Introduction to Nose Work (6-weeks / $160)

More Info.
This is a 6-week class where we work with the beginning nose work exercises that are set up to motivate the dogs and encourage them to “find” a treat or toy. Of course, when they do find it, they are generously rewarded. The training begins with simple exercises where dogs search boxes for the treat or toy. Eventually, dogs start searching through different objects with different distractions and different elevations and become more confident and skilled at this sport.
Tuesdays
Oct 17 - Nov 21
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Instr: Ivy
Mondays
Oct 30 - Dec 4
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instr: Betty
Tuesdays
Jan 16 - Feb 20
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Instr: Ivy
Mondays
Feb 5 - Mar 12
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instr: Betty

Nose Work Level 2 – Intro to Odor (6-weeks / $160)

More Info.
This is a 6-week class where we introduce the dogs to finding a specific odor. We begin by teaching them so search for small cotton swabs soaked with an essential oil (sweet birch to start). Before long, the dogs are searching for just the odor understanding that finding the hidden odor will unlock the key to the primary reinforcer – food or toys! Soon dogs are searching with not just boxes, they are searching through different objects with different distractions and different elevations and becoming even more confident and skilled at this sport.
Tuesdays
Nov 28 - Jan 9
(No Class 12/26)
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Instr: Ivy
Mondays
Dec 11 - Jan 29
(No Class 12/25 or 1/1)
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instr: Betty
Tuesdays
Feb 27 - Apr 3
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Instr: Ivy
Mondays
Mar 19 - Apr 23
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Instr: Betty

Nose Work Level 3 – Continuing (6-classes / $160 – $10 discount for Continuing Students)

Purchase 6 classes and use anytime in following 3 months.
More Info.

This is an ongoing class. Clients may purchase a 6-week class card that can be used over a 12-week period. In this class, we continue teaching the dogs to search for odor. We build skills and confidence in the dog and help the handler to learn to trust their dog. Eventually, over time, dogs are doing interior, exterior and vehicle searches. Dogs will eventually be able to search for three specific odors (birch, anise, clove). Practice in this class will help prepare the dog/handler team for the Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and Nose Work Competition through the National Association of Canine Scent Work.
Mondays
Ongoing
10:30 -11:45 AM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Ongoing
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Ongoing
7:30 - 8:45 PM
Instr: Ivy
Loc: Atascadero
Specialty Pet
Supply
Tuesdays
Ongoing
11:00 - 12:15 PM
(CLASS FULL)
Instr: Darcy
Tuesdays
Ongoing
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Instr: Darcy
Tuesdays
Ongoing
6:30 - 7:45 PM
(CLASS FULL)
Instr: Darcy
Loc: Atascadero
Specialty Pet
Supply
Tuesdays
Ongoing
7:00 - 8:15 PM
Instr: Teah/Ivy
Wednesdays
Ongoing
11:00 - 12:15 PM
Instr: Ivy
Wednesdays
Ongoing
(CLASS FULL)
7:00 - 8:15 PM
Instr: Darcy
Thursdays
Ongoing
9:30 - 10:45 AM
(CLASS FULL)
Instr: Betty
Saturdays
Ongoing
9:00 - 10:15 AM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Teah
Saturdays
Ongoing
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Instr: Darcy

Agility Classes

Introduction to Agility (6-weeks / $160)

Prerequisite: None
More Info.

Preparing your young dog for agility by playing, teaching focus and becoming accustomed to the obstacles at lower heights. This will be a very motivating, fun class for people beginning in agility and beginner dogs or puppies. We’ll build on basic sits, downs, and stays so those don’t have to be perfect to join! Just be prepared to become an agility addict.
Thursdays
Nov 9 - Dec 21
(No Class Nov 23)
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Saturdays
Jan 6 - Feb 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instr: Darcy

Agility Level 1 – “Agility FUNdations” (6-weeks / $160 – $10 discount for Continuing Students)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Agility or equivalent.
More Info.

Come join us for a fast paced, fun introduction to the sport of agility. We will use clicker training and positive motivation to build your dog’s confidence and establish teamwork between handlers and their dogs. The basics of each type of obstacle will be covered as well as the fundamentals of handling.
Wednesdays
Nov 22 - Jan 3
(No Class 12/27)
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Nov 27 - Jan 15
(No Class 12/25, 1/1)
3:45 - 4:45 PM
Instr: Darcy
Thursdays
Dec 7 - Jan 18
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Instr: Darcy
Thursdays
Jan 4 - Feb 8
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Wednesdays
Jan 10 - Feb 14
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Jan 22 - Feb 26
3:45 - 4:45 PM
Instr: Darcy
Thursdays
Jan 25 - Mar 1
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Instr: Darcy

Agility Level 2- “Agility Obstacles” (6-weeks / $160 – $10 discount for Continuing Students)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agility Level 1 or instructor approval.
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This session provides an introduction to agility obstacles. You’ll be amazed by what your dog can do! We will work towards reliable obstacle performance supported by clear, consistent handling. Most clients take this class more than once!
Saturdays
Oct 28 - Dec 9
(No Class 11/25)
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Instr: Darcy
Thursdays
Nov 9 - Dec 21
(No Class 11/23)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Instr: Darcy

Agility Level 3 – “Putting It All Together” (6-weeks / $160 -$10 discount for Continuing Students)

Prerequisite: Dog reliably performs all obstacles.
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This session progresses from simple sequences to running full courses with skill and confidence. You’ll learn to read course maps and develop a personal team strategy, for competition or just for fun! Continuing students will focuses on coursework and handling skills for advanced teams. You’ll be provided with the opportunity to refine your handling and practice advanced level skills on some tricky courses.
Mondays
Oct 16 - Nov 27
(No Class 10/23-heat)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Nov 6 - Dec 11
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Darcy
Tuesdays
Oct 31 - Dec 5
(no class 10/23-heat)
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Dec 4 - Jan 22
(No Class 12/25, 1/1)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Instr: Darcy
Tuesdays
Dec 12 - Jan 23
(No class 12/26)
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Instr: Darcy
Mondays
Dec 18 - Feb 5
(No class 12/25, 1/1)
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Instr: Darcy

Mental Management Classes

The Mental Side of Competition and Training (6-weeks / $175)

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Learn the concepts and techniques to achieve consistent top performance taught to Olympic teams around the world from Certified Mental Management® Instructor Teah Anders.

Imagine looking forward to competitions knowing that you have the knowledge and tools to mentally perform at your best, on demand. This knowledge and skill will enrich many other areas of your life giving you an understanding of how to deal with pressure and reduce anxiety.

In sports and most competitive events, 5% of competitors do 95% of the winning. You will learn what top competitors are doing to consistently perform at their best. You will also learn the proven Mental Management® System™ developed by Olympic Gold Medalist Lanny Bassham. This system can be used to mentally focus and perform under pressure.

The Mental Side of Competition and Training Class
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Please email teah@gentlepets.com if you're interested in a class

Agility Mini-Seminars with Darcy Larken (2-hours / $50)

Agility Mini-Seminars are offered on various topics. The upcoming Agility Mini-Seminar will focus on “independent contacts”.

TBD