Obedience

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Obedience Classes

Scroll down to see available class dates, times & prices or check out all classes on our Class Calendar.

For questions on Obedience classes please email Rose at: rosetmiller@comcast.net

Our Puppy Kindergarten teaches puppy and human socialization. It is a six week class where you will discuss puppy problems such as potty training, biting, chewing, etc. Basic commands such as sit, down and stay are introduced. Puppies must be 7-16 weeks old.

Our Puppy Plus Class is a motivational bridge between Puppy Kindergarten and higher levels of learning. This is a six week class. You and your puppy will learn the foundations of enjoying walking on a leash together, coming when called, and basic obedience commands such as sit, down and stay. We add in confidence building exercises, dog tricks and you’ll receive continuing help for those lingering bad habits. Puppies must be between 16-24 weeks old.

Our Beginner Obedience Class is an eight week course that will teach you how to train your dog in basic obedience exercises such as sit, down, stand, stay, come, controlled walking, etc. using positive reinforcement techniques. It will also reinforce basic manners and behavioral problem prevention and touch on health care and grooming. Dogs must be at least 6 months old. Younger dogs with previous training may be considered.

Our Intermediate Obedience Class, also an eight week course, will reinforce and build upon the skills developed in the Beginner Class. You will learn how to teach your dog to heel, come when called, stay in a sit and down position, stand for examination and more. Dogs should have completed a basic obedience class and be at least 6 months of age.

Our Novice, Open, and Utility classes are ongoing sessions that are designed for those who wish to go on to show their dogs or just want to have more fun getting their dogs to fetch, jump hurdles and other exciting activities. Dogs should have completed a minimum of sixteen weeks of basic obedience classes.

Our Obedience Run-Throughs are your opportunity to “test” your dog as you get ready for upcoming shows.

Our Obedience Open Ring are held on Tuesday’s from 9AM to 2PM.  Be sure to check out our Class Calendar to be sure it is being held.   Two rings will be available for your training.  Ring time to be reserved in ½ hour increments. You may work one or more of your dogs.  The fee is $10 for ½ hour and $15 for 1 hour per handler.  Ring time must be reserved in advance by emailing Bonnie Swanson at bonnieswanson3813@outlook.com.

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Classes fill very quickly. To ensure a reservation in the class, be sure to submit your registration well in advance of the start date.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and is not complete until the registration form with full payment is received and the student has been notified via postcard or phone call that their registration has been accepted.

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Rose Miller

Director of Obedience

rosetmiller@comcast.net

Obedience Instructor

Rose has been training and showing dogs for over 40 years and has been teaching obedience for over 10 years. She also enjoys Agility, Lure Coursing and Rally.

Rose has put obedience titles on 10 dogs, 1 Irish Setter and 9 English Setters. She also shows and breeds English Setters.  Many of her dogs are champions and many of them have hunting titles on them.

Breed: English Setter

“I love to help my students get their dogs to be well-behaved canines. I enjoy seeing the dogs and handlers progress in their training and work as a team. Students are often amazed how much they can teach their dog.”  

 

Mary Anderson

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus, Beginner and Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Mary has been training dogs for 22 years competitively with over 38 of dog training

Competes in AKC and CKC Obedience; AKC, CKC and UKC Conformation; Agility and Herding

Breed: German Shepherd Dog

“I want to help the students train a well mannered dog that they are happy to love, live with and take out in public.”

 

Bonnie Swanson

Instructor of Obedience, Open and Utility

Has been training dogs in obedience for over 30 years

Has competed in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking, Lure Coursing, Hunting and Nosework

Breed: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Golden Retriever

“I want my students to gain knowledge, expertise, and confidence in the show ring.”

Joe Caviezel

Novice Obedience Instructor

Joe started training with his first dog in 1979

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Golden Retriever

“I would like the students to have fun training their dogs and that when they show their dogs they look like they are well prepared.”

Donna Bonnicksen

Novice Obedience Instructor

Donna has been involved in dog training for over 20 years

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer

“I hope you get the skill and desire to go on and compete with your dog from my classes.”

Anita Smits

Instructor of Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, and Rally Excellent

Anita has been training dogs for 20 years

Competes in Obedience and Rally

Breed: Airedale Terriers

“I hope my students develop a sense of teamwork with their dogs and gain a good foundation of knowledge of the three levels of Rally.”

 

Cathy Hoffman

Beginner Obedience Instructor

Cathy has been training dogs for over 40 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally and Agility

Breed: Wheaton Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, German Shepherd Dog

“My goal is for my students to have a well behaved dog that will stay with them for life and to know the joy of the relationship with their dog.”

Todd Anderson

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus, Beginner and Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Todd has been training dogs for 26 years

Competes in Conformation, Obedience and Agility at multiple levels

Breed: German Shepherd Dog

“I like to see my students get a sense of togetherness and teamwork with their canine companion and an education that exceeds their original goals.”

Terry Berg

Intermediate Obedience Instructor

Terry has been an instructor at BOTC for 8 yrs and has trained his own dogs for over 20 years.

Competes in AKC Obedience and has 2 dogs Utility Titled, 1 with a UDX Title.

Breed: German Shepherd Dog

“I want all of my students to achieve control and respect from their dogs that will enhance the relationship that they will share with their dogs and have fun learning.”

 

Kelly Erskine

Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Plus and Beginner Obedience Instructor

Kelly has been training dogs for 5 years

Competes in ASCA Conformation, Obedience and Rally

Breed: Australian Shepherd

“I want BOTC students to build a great relationship with their dog and have fun doing it!”

 

Tina Justen

Puppy Kindergarten,Puppy Plus & Agility Instructor

Has been training dogs for 4 years

Competes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing

Breed: Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

“I want my students to develop an understanding of how to communicate effectively with their puppies and the basic skills needed for a lifetime of learning.”