The Mountaineer Kennel Club offers obedience classes for both the family dog and for obedience competition. Our
methods are based on motivational learning theory and emphasize the relationship between the dog and his handler.
The classes are open to dogs from 10 weeks of age and are open to both pure breeds and mixed breeds. Proof
of vaccination is required for all dogs enrolled in class.
Classes meet for 50 minutes once a week for a total of six weeks. Classes are typically held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday evenings between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM and cost $95 per dog per six-week class session. Directions
to our training facility are located under "About Us" on our web site.
As class scedules become available, view the classes, dates, and times on our Current Class Schedule page.
Please note that not all classes are offered each session.
Obedience Coordinator if you have any questions.
Obedience Class Descriptions
The emphasis of this class is on socialization of the puppy, relationship building with the owner, and prevention of common
behavior problems. Pups from 12 to 20 weeks of age are taught to accept handling, take treats gently, develop a soft mouth
(stop puppy nipping), and build confidence in their greetings with both people and other dogs. We also offer the
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program for puppies in this class.
FUN-damentals for the Family Dog - Part 1
For dog/handler teams who have either no previous formal obedience training and/or have graduated from a puppy class.
Basic obedience exercises will be taught: attention to handler, walking on a loose leash, coming when called, sit, down, and stay.
Information on basic dog care is included, in addition to enrichment activities such as games to play with your dog. Dogs of all ages
Obedience Skills Practice
Basic obedience exercises are refined for reliability and consistency in creative real life settings. Prerequisite: Fundamentals or puppy.
Family Dog - Part 2
For dog/handler teams who have graduated from a FUN-damentals for the Family Dog class. This class will improve the reliability
of your dog's newly acquired manners in a fun, but challenging way. In Family Dog Part 2, we play obedience games, teach tricks, and
create distracting situations that will encourage your dog to focus on you. The objective of this class is to have the dog respond consistently
to cues from the handler in a variety of environments.. Prerequisite: Fundamentals or puppy.
Clicker training is a fun, fast, and effective way to teach dogs obedience behaviors, tricks, and just good doggy manners. This
class gives handlers the training tools needed to refine the basic obedience exercises (such as coming when called, stays, heeling on
a loose leash) in addition to teaching some simple (and not so simple) tricks. Prerequisite: Fundamentals or puppy.
CGC Prep Class (Canine Good Citizenship)
The ten exercises included in the AKC CGC test are taught and
polished in preparation for the dog/handler team to successfully earn their certification. The Mountaineer Kennel Club offers a CGC
certification test at the end of each class session. Prerequisite:
Fundamentals or puppy or instructor approval.
Competition Obedience Novice
For dog handler teams who are interested in competing in the sport of competitive AKC obedience. Teamwork between
the handler and dog is emphasized along with proper position and attention from the dog during the Novice exercises. The goal
of this class is to produce a dog happy in his work and to prepare the team with the fundamentals for the AKC Companion Dog title.
Beginning Rally/Rally Run-throughs
Beginning Rally: novice rally exercises are taught, loose leash heeling skills are emphasized and the rules of competition are reviewed.
Run-throughs: Nested rally courses are set up and critiques of the teams' performances are given.
Graduate Novice Obedience
For dog/handler teams who have achieved the CD title, have legs toward the CD title, or who can perform all the novice exercises
and wish to begin the Open exercises. Foundation work in retrieving and jumping is taught along with work on drop on recall, out of
sight sits and downs, and off-lead heeling. The goal of this class is to prepare the team with the fundamentals for the AKC CDX title or
the new Graduate Novice title.