Pre-registration is required for all classes.
Payment must be made on or before orientation night.
Classes fill early!
Group classes give you the skills and information you need to train your dog. They also provide an excellent environment for socialization and working through distractions. We operate on the premise that dogs learn quicker and retain longer when they are rewarded for desired behaviors immediately and consistently.
Notes on discounts:
PDX LOVES Chattanooga's rescue groups! Bring your adoption certificate and receive a $10 discount toward any training class.
Returning students light up our lives. Remind us to discount any 6-week class by $10.
Hooked on training? Your fifth class and beyond are only $60!
Notes on orientation:
Orientation (people only, no dogs) is held the week before classes start on Tuesday evening. The doors open at 6:15pm in case you need to take care of shot records and/or payment. The presentation begins right at 6:45pm and lasts about an hour. We cover housekeeping, safety, motivation, equipment, and more, and some of our advanced dogs will do demonstrations showing off their skills to give you some ideas about which direction to take your own training program. Orientation is the same each session, so if you've already attended, there is no need to come again, although you are certainly welcome.
Head Start: for puppies 2-5 months old. This is where puppies learn to learn. We cover puppy basics including crate training, house breaking, grooming, teething, nutrition, exercise, equipment, and lots of socialization to build a great foundation for a confident, reliable dog. We also begin obedience work with sit, down, come, and walking on leash without pulling. Remember: what we learn first, we learn best, so it’s critical that puppies learn good manners right from the start. This is a revolving class, so it always begins next week! Instructors: Nancy Miller (medium and large breed group) and Tamara Herndon (small breed group)
S.T.A.R. Puppy: for puppies 5-10 months old. STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility, and this class covers aspects of each in order to provide both ends of the leash with the education necessary for a long and joyful life together. This class is a great foundation for Canine Good Citizen certifications. Instructors: Nancy Cambron
Manners Matter: designed especially for adolescent dogs 10-24 months old. Real-world application of cutting edge techniques. We use fun and games to improve your young dog’s self-control and understanding of how to make good choices. You will learn to teach your dog to sit, down, come, and stay, and troubleshoot common issues like pulling on leash, barking and jumping on people, charging through doors, nipping, and inappropriate chewing. Instructor: Julie Jones-Thornton
Basic Obedience: A well-mannered dog is a joy forever! This entry-level class is geared toward dogs over two years old. The goal is to develop your skills as a trainer while teaching your dog obedience fundamentals. We cover important and useful behaviors including sit, down, come, stay, heel, wait, leave it, proper greetings, and more. Instructor: Nancy Miller
Really Reliable Recall: 3-week focus course! Easy-to-follow steps to train your dog to come when it really counts, in an emergency. Learn how to build trust and ensure safety. Once trained, the recall works immediately in any situation, no matter what your dog is doing. He doesn’t think, he doesn’t decide, he just comes to you. Please note: schedule this class when you can attend all three weeks. For dogs of all ages. Instructor: Nancy Cambron
Canine Good Citizen: This is an intermediate-level class that prepares both ends of the leash to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification exams. Test items include polite greeting behavior with people & dogs, appearance & grooming, confidence during a short supervised separation from the handler, plus sit, down, come, and stay on command in highly distracting situations. Check in before registering as we hold CGC Advanced when we have enough pre-registrations. Instructor: Julie Jones-Thornton
Tricks and Techniques: Success early and often is key to building confidence and control. We use agility equipment, labyrinths, and other devices to make training easy and great fun. We’ll introduce your dog to different surfaces, improve loose leash walking by employing a variety of techniques, show you how to introduce distractions to clarify expectations and improve reliability, and use scent games for mental stimulation and making you more interesting and compelling to your dog. We integrate the foundation exercises sit, down, come, and stay in new and interesting ways, making this class a whole lot of fun for both ends of the leash. Instructor: Julie Jones-Thornton
Do More With Your Dog: This class is for all ages and levels. We will cover over 30 tricks in this class, including been “wipe your paws” and “put your toys away”. A solid sit and down are the only prerequisites. Students can test for all levels of Trick Dog titles. Class graduates will each earn a beautiful trick dog ribbon. Instructor: Anna Craig
Agility 1: This class is for dogs that are at least 9 months old, have a confident recall, and are able to be around other dogs in a high-energy situation without being aggressive. We will introduce ending contact behaviors, start line stays, jumping technique, flat work, table, tunnels, and weaves. Instructor: Nancy Cambron
Agility 2: This class is for dogs over one year old that can demonstrate a confident ending behavior and release command. The goal of this class is to teach the desired trial behavior for each agility obstacle used in AKC agility, including jumps, tunnels, contacts, and 6 weaves. Correct behaviors are learned and reinforced by back-chaining from the ending behavior. Instructor: Sally Moses
Agility 3: This class is designed to prepare dog/handler teams for AKC agility trials. Teams will learn how to perform sequences and basic handling skills, including leading out, crosses, pivots, and working up to full competition contact and jump height. Prerequisite is completion of Agility 1 and 2, and recommendation by a PDX instructor. Instructor: Bev Kriewald
Agility Handling: We drill basic handling moves and work handler distance. Classes are customized according to skills requested by students. This class is limited to 6 people, and a minimum of 3 is required in order to hold the class. Prerequisite is Agility 3, 4, and/or 5. Instructor: Nancy Cambron
Agility 4: This class is offered for teams currently competing in AKC Novice or Open classes, with an emphasis on handling skills necessary to successfully execute Novice and Open courses in a competitive agility trial. You will also learn about course analysis, scoring, and how to avoid common mistakes. Prerequisite is competency on all obstacles and common jump sequences plus 12 straight weaves and recommendation by a PDX instructor. Instructor: Bev Kriewald
Agility 5: This class is designed for teams who are currently competing at the Open, Excellent, or Master agility level. Advanced exercises are used to refine skills, build drive, increase distance, and strengthen teamwork. Students must be highly fluent on all obstacles, and be reliable off leash with a variety of distractions. Instructors: Bev Kriewald or Kathy McHugh
Rally Obedience Foundations: Rally Obedience is a competitive dog sport that features more than 50 individual exercises laid out on a course. It is a low-pressure way to have fun with your dog while improving skills, working as a team, and perhaps building toward the more rigorous formal obedience classes. Instructor: Nancy Miller
Please note: classes without at least 4 students will be cancelled.