Class Registration FAQ
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We are at 2758 Garfield Avenue, Silver Spring MD, off of Brookville Rd. near Seminary and Georgia, just inside the beltway.
Have you checked the Available Classes page? We schedule most non-competition obedience classes quarterly, with the exception of Puppy Kindergarten. For Puppy, we try to start one per month, as instructors are available to teach. The best thing to do is to contact the Training Secretary and ask to be placed on the notification list for the next quarter for whichever class you are interested in. Then, once classes are scheduled, you will get an email notification and can sign up for class. Classes often fill rapidly, especially weekend or later weeknight classes, and registration is not complete until payment is made.
That varies somewhat depending on ring and instructor availability. For Basic Obedience, there will generally be one or two evening classes and one or two weekend classes (usually Saturday) per quarter. For Advanced Basic there will be one or two per quarter, also typically evening or perhaps Saturday. Classes such as Tricks, Rally and Conformation are offered, as there is sufficient demand, which is generally less than one per quarter. Please feel free to read our club newsletter, found from the website home page, and you will find current class schedules on the last 2 pages.
If you have previously trained dogs in competition classes, you are welcome to self-assess and start with Advanced Basic. We don’t generally recommend it otherwise, however, because if you are new to group classes, you might find that either you or your dog are a bit overwhelmed at first. Better to start at a level where you and your dog can be sure to be successful and calm.
The answer is: It depends! We recommend that you come and observe the group class environment to help make a decision. If still in doubt, ask the Training Secretary for a recommendation; an assessment from the Training Director might be called for or perhaps some private lessons first.
Our rules state that a child must be 13 years old to handle a dog in class. We might make an exception for a small, calm dog and a somewhat younger child. We might also, for the safety of the dog and child, decide that an adult must handle the dog if the dog is large and rambunctious. In any case, an adult must remain in the building during the child’s class. We do encourage including all family members to train the dog at home, so that consistency is more likely.
The most common needs we find in our student population are pulling on leash, not coming when called, jumping up on people, barking, chewing and other housebreaking issues. You will be doing the real work of training, but yes, we can help! We can help you to train your dog in the preferred behaviors.