Class Information

All our training classes meet on Monday nights.

Our 8-week S.T.A.R.puppy class will get you and your new puppy off to a great start. You will work on beginning obedience and home skills. Based on the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy curriculum we provide you with weekly written homework. Puppies must be between 8-weeks and 5-months. Class size is limited to ensure you enjoy the best possible experience.

Session

Time

$110

$110

January 6

March 16

7:30pm

7:30pm

Length

8 weeks

8 weeks

Fees

Star Puppy Class

Beginner Class

A 10-week class held on Monday nights that follows the AKC guidelines for the Canine Good Citizen title.  It teaches basic obedience exercises for the 6-month or older dog (5-month if completed GABOC’s AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class), prepares them to take the CGC exam, and gets dogs and handlers ready for the Novice I class. This class teaches handlers the commands and corrections for basic obedience instruction. A graduation will be held on the day of the last class. There is an additional cost for the CGC test and is given at a different time after class is completed.

Session

Time

Length

Fees

6:45 pm

6:00 pm

January 6

February 17

10 weeks

10 weeks

$125

$125

Early Training

Member

First Dog

$5

Non-Member

$7

Early Training

Early training is from 2 to 5 pm.  Open ring time divided into 15 minute time slots.  You are allowed two time slots for the one fee. The current ring schedule is Ring 1: Rally run throughs from 2:00-3:00 pm, shared novice from 3:00-5:00 pm.  Ring 2 Open from 3:00-5:00 pm.  Ring 3 Utility from 3:00-5:00 .

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In Fees

2 to 5pm

Drop In

Drop In Training Fees (Nightly Cost)

Member

First Dog

Additional Dog

  Same Handler

$7

$2

Non-Member

Additional Dog

  Same Handler

$8

$3

Seniors 55 & over receive a $2.00 discount on the entire night’s training.

Novice I

No pre-registration is required; you only pay for the nights that you train. This class continues what you learned in the CGC Beginners class, but refines the techniques and introduces what is expected in the Novice ring at an obedience trial.  It explains proper collar selection and fit, leash selection, and the proper way to make a correction.  A short evaluation may be required for students that did not participate in the GABOC’s Beginners Class. This is to insure that all of the dogs are ready for the Novice I level.

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In

6pm

Drop In Fees

Novice II

This is our “Ring Ready” class, and gets dogs and handlers ready to enter AKC obedience trials to earn their Companion Dog title.  You will refine your handling skills, sharpen up each exercise, and tweak the “front and finish”.  You will learn what judges are looking for, what will cause you to lose points, and what you may be “non-qualified” for.  You will also learn how to find obedience trials to enter, and how to complete an AKC entry form.ect to a database.

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In Fees

6:45pmm

Drop In

Open I

This class teaches the individual Open exercises performed in the “Open” ring at an AKC trial.  We will work with handlers and dogs having problems with exercises.  

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In Fees

6:45pm

Drop In

Open II

This is our “Ring Ready” class.  It refines handling skills and gets dog/handler teams ready to enter AKC obedience trials to earn their Companion Dog eXcellent title.  You will sharpen up each exercise, and perfect the “front and finish”.  You will learn what Open judges are looking for, what will cause you to lose points, and what you may be “non-qualified” for.  The class helps dog/handler teams having trouble with any exercise.  Open run thrus are given when the team is ready.

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In Fees

7:30pm

Drop In

Utility

This class teaches the individual Utility exercises performed in the “Utility” ring at an AKC trial.  We will work with handlers and dogs having problems with exercises.  Advanced handlers can get a run-thru.

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In   Fees

8:15pm

Drop In

Rally/Runthroughs

 Our instructors set a course for novice to advanced.  Make sure you put your name on the white board near the ring to secure your spot in line.  Our instructors take time to advise and encourage you, helping to prepare you for your next Rally trial

Session

Time

Fees

Drop In

Drop In Fees

7:30 pm

Conformation

Our instructors provide valuable feed-back on how your dog is showing, moving and stacking.

You and your dog are moved both individually and as a group to give you a good feel for woking in the show ring

Session

Drop In

Time

Fees

Drop In Fees

8:15 pm

SPECIAL CLASSES

Draft and Cart

For Competition, Work and Fun. 

Session

TBD

Time

Length

6:00pm

4 weeks

Fees

$100

Therapy Dog Class

Our Therapy Dog Workshop will help you learn some tips and do's and don'ts of being a successful Therapy Dog Team.  By the end of the 4 weeks you will hopefully know if you and your dog will enjoy this Volunteer opportunity.  We won't be testing you but will help you choose which of the 3 National organizations will be a good fit for you and your dog.   Your dog must have basic manners as we are not focusing on teaching a Basic Obedience Class or Manners Class.  We will offer some Auditing spaces for people to attend without their dogs.  You can sign up for the Audit spaces on this page under the Heading Therapy Dog Class Audit.

Session

Time

Length

March 2-23

6:00pm

4 weeks

Fees

$100

Trick Dog Class

Learning tricks for your dog is fun and entertaining! It is a good way to create a bond with your dog. At the end of the class you can test for a Trick Dog AKC Title! 

Session

TBD

Time

Length

Fees

$100

6:00pm

4 weeks

Manners Class

A loosely formatted 6 week topical class specifically designed to address the challenges of living with your  furry, four-legged family member.  This class will help you with loose- leash walking, waiting patiently in a predetermined area, crate training and much more. We will also introduce some simple, fun tricks you can work on with your dog to keep him/her engaged with you.

Session

TBD

Time

Length

Fees

$100

6:00pm

6 weeks

CONTACT US

Chuck Holtzen at

gabocregistrar@gmail.com

REGISTRATION

Sign up now before the classes fill up. Online registration  & payment. 

 

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DuPage County Fairgrounds

2015 Manchester Rd

Wheaton, IL  60187

 

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