Information about OCC's Training Classes
In order for the OCC to continue to offer low-cost dog training as a Non-Profit Organization, we will require all people taking classes to either be full-members or to pay an annual $5 Student Membership fee. IRS requires all people participating in training with a Non-Profit Social Club to be members of the organization. This fee will be deducted from any membership dues if a Student Member decides to become a full member. Thank you for your understanding.
Training Classes will begin January 4, 2016. The Obedience Club of Chattanooga is offering seven sessions in 2016. Classes meet 1 day per week for 6 weeks. Class size is limited to no less than 3 and no more than 6 students. Additional classes will be added, if needed, to accommodate our students. Each session consists of a variety of classes. The cost of classes is as follows:
- Obedience classes for Regular OCC Members: $75.00
- Obedience classes for Student Members: $80.00
- Agility classes for Regular OCC Members: $80.00
- Agility classes for Student Members: $85.00
What class should I take?
For help deciding what class you and your dog should be in, take a look at our class descriptions and at the diagram of the progression of our training classes.
We do offer a $10 discount on consecutive classes taken with the same dog!
2016 Session Start Dates
- Session 1, January 4
- Session 2, February 22
- Session 3, April 11
- Session 4, May 23
- Session 5, July 18
- Session 6, September 5
- Session 7, October 24
YOU MUST GIVE OCC A COPY OF YOUR DOG'S CURRENT SHOT RECORDS. YOU CAN MAIL THEM TO: Susan Millican, OCC Training Director, 1622 Back Vally Rd., Trenton, GA 30752. OR, YOU CAN EMAIL THEM TO: Susan Millican.
- Better Beginning Babies
- This class is for puppies 8 weeks to 1 year. This class is aimed at building a bond between you and your puppy; laying a foundation for a confident and well-mannered dog; socializing your puppy to other people, places and dogs; introducing basic obedience commands; and solving problems.
- *AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
- This class is for puppies 5 months to 1 year. It is designed to get new puppy owners and their puppies off to a great start by socializing (S) your puppy with other puppies, by training (T) you how to best communicate with your puppy, by teaching you about the amount of exercise and activity (A) your puppy needs, and by teaching you how to be a responsible (R) puppy owner. *The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. After completing the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class and passing the 20-step AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test, you will receive from the AKC an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificate, an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal, a spot in the official AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records, and AKC Puppy Handbook, and a monthly email newsletter.
- Advanced Puppy Obedience
- Pre-requisite AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. This class is for puppies 6 months to 18 months. It is designed to teach leadership, basic obedience (sit, down, come, heel, and stay) and advanced social skills.
- Beginner Obedience I
- This class is for dogs 1 year and older. It introduces you and your dog to the basic obedience commands of sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and walking on a loose leash which make living with your dog easier. You will begin to learn leadership and social skills.
- Beginner Obedience II
- Pre-requisite Beginner Obedience I or Advanced Puppy Obedience. In this class we will continue to work on the relationship between you and your dog. We will also improve your dog's ability to sit, down, come, stay, heel on a loose leash, etc. We will begin to ask your dog to perform these behaviors under increasingly distracting circumstances. Dog-handler teams develop skills needed to progress to other classes such as CGC, Rally, Competition Obedience, and Agility.
- Beginner Novice Obedience/Rally
- Pre-requisite Beginner Obedience II. This class will teach you and your dog the skills they need to compete in the AKC Beginner Novice, Pre-Novice and Beginning Rally classes and obtain a title. All skills are on leash except the recall. Rally signs will be introduced and the basic skills that a handler/dog team need in order to compete successfully will be taught, if one wishes to do so. This class is also great for those who simply want to continue to build on the skills that they have learned in previous classes. This skills include loose leash heeling with sits and downs on command, long stays, turns, recalls and sitting for an exam.
- Intermediate Obedience
- Prerequisite Beginner I and IIThis class will teach you and your dog the skills needed to advance to AKC Novice Obedience and Rally Obedience and the skills needed to earn an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification. All skills are on leash except the recall. Rally signs will be introduced and the basic skills that a handler/dog team need in order to compete successfully will be taught, if one wishes to do so. The skills include: loose leash heeling through a crowd and with sits and downs on command, long stays, turns, recalls, sitting for petting, grooming or an exam, behaving politely around a stranger and another dog, and to be confident when facing distractions or being left with a trusted person. (Dog must be at least six months of age to be CGC tested. AKC charges $8 to register for the CGC certification after passing the test. OCC charges $10 for non members who are not in the Intermediate Obedience class.)
- Canine Good Citizen Prep Class
- Pre-requisite Intermediate Obedience. This class is for those who would like to earn an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification or title. This class is strictly designed to provide you the opportunity to work with your dog for two sessions on the test elements prior to taking the CGC Test during the third class. (Dog must be at least six months of age to be CGC tested. AKC charges $8 to register for the CGC certification after passing the test. OCC charges $10 for non members who are not in the Intermediate Obedience class.)
- Therapy Dog Class
- Pre-requisite Canine Good Citizen. This class prepares those dogs at least one year of age to be evaluated for certification as a therapy dog. This class will reinforce the skills gained from CGC and teach dog handler teams how to handle various situations they may face in medical facilities, nursing homes, schools, etc. (TDI charges $12 for the test and $40 to register after passing the test. The OCC charges $10 for non members who are not in the therapy dog class.)
- Rally Obedience
- Pre-requisite Intermediate Obedience This class continues to emphasize the enjoyment of teamwork and communication as dog and handler team learns more signs and practices more courses for fun or competition at all levels and is a link from CGC to obedience and agility. We will not only continue to work on heeling and basic Rally coursework but we will also learn the skills needed in order to successfully navigate more advanced Rally courses. Not only will your dogs continue to hone the skills they already know, but they will begin to learn more novel skills like some distance work and backing up on command.
- Agility I Foundations
- Pre-requisite: Must be 5 months AND have taken either BBB, AKC S.T.A.R., Beginner Obedience I, or Puppy Agility. The purpose of this class is to introduce handlers and dogs to basic agility skills and safety. The class structure will be based on shaping behaviors through the use of clicker training. Activities such as targeting, flat work skills, beginning work with two by two weaves, and contact work will be some of the activities offered in the class. Most work will be on lead, so dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of soft treats and a crate. Also may want to bring water/Gatorade/PowerAde and a portable fan for dog/puppy crates.
- Agility II Beginning
- Pre-requisite: Agility I Foundations The purpose of this class is to continue skills learned in Agility Foundation. Along with proofing targeting, contact and flat work skills, the teams will begin short sequences and handling drills. While some work will be on lead, most of the course work will be off lead, so owners must provide a crate for their dog. Dogs must be fitted with a flat buckle collar and a six-foot leash. No choke, pinch, gentle leaders or corrective harnesses will be allowed. Owners need to bring lots of soft treats and a crate. Also may want to bring water/Gatorade/PowerAde and a portable fan for dog/puppy crates. Teams should expect to repeat Agility 2 – Beginning.
- Competition Agility
- This is not a drop-in agility class; you must be registered. Pre-requisite: Dog/Handlers team will be evaluated.This class is designed for individuals who are currently doing trials and need to continue working on courses during the summer. Each week a different course will be set up. Individuals in other classes may attend with permission of class instructor.
- CanineFreestyle DogWork© is a performance activity for dog and human teams. Teams train movement behaviors technically, creatively and artistically. The objective is to illustrate the delight of working as a team and to participate with others in a friendly environment learning to craft DogWork Presentations. This beginning class will teach movement concepts and suggest ways for each team to build a movement vocabulary. Also taught will be basic choreography to begin crafting the DogWork Presentation. Dogs should already be able to heel, come and stay. Off-lead work is ideal, but on-lead is permissible. Handlers should wear close-toed shoes with backs and be prepared to get on the floor. Lots of high-value treats are a must. To see examples of teams performing in this sport visit http://www.canine-freestyle.org/.