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Class Description

Puppy Kindergarten

This class teaches your puppy behaviors you want before they learn bad habits . Desired behaviors are taught and rewarded.
Teach your puppy manners. Emphasis on socializing, come, sit, down and house breaking. There's also a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. This is of particular interest to people who have never before owned a dog or puppy. Class is taught by Kath Cook, an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. The class is geared to cover what you & your puppy need to take the AKC's S.T.A.R. Puppy test.
Need help with housebreaking? See my Puppy Housebreaking Flowchart. Download here .

AKC's S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

S.T.A.R. (stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility) Puppy gives you and your puppy goals, teaching the owner to be a responsible owner and teaching basic skills to your puppy. A test is given frequently (generally the week following the end of a class) to owners and puppies that meet the requirements.
Puppy must be under 1 year old.

STAR GrduatePuppy must have attended a minimum of 6 weeks of classes (Make up classes are available)

Classes must be taught by a Certified AKC CGC Evaluator.
The test is open to all Blue Ribbon students. The test includes "Owner Behaviors", "Puppy Behaviors", and a Pre-Canine Good Citizenship Test Behaviors

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Pat Wilson & "Schafer" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 3/3/10
Emma Horman & "Olivia" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 3/3/10
Karen Monteith & JDM'S Third Times a Charm of Tanglewood "Charm"  Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 3/8/10
Kayla Tomlin  & "Sammy"  Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 4/21/10

Glenda Flaugher  & Glen Acres What-A-Lady "Lady" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 7/13/10
Donna Helton  & "Goldie" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/30/10
Naomi Swanson & Seven HillsThis Ones for the Girls "Beau" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/30/10
Dawn Freeman  & Thorn's Twisted Sage "Sage" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/30/10
Diana Pertuset  & JDM"S Bulter's Shadow of Tanglewood  "Shadow"  Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/30/10

Naomi Swanson & Seven Hills Blues Powers "Steiger" Passe
d S.T.A.R. Puppy test 01/05/11

Madson Layton & "Bently" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 01/05/11
Aaron Morgan & "Dozer" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 01/25/11
Gina Smeriglio  & "Simone" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 01/25/11
Craig Burrus  & " Gunnar" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 01/25/11
Naomi Swanson & Seven Hills Mr. Sunshine "Sonny" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/23/11
Sandy Swearingen  & "Benson" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/23/2011
Nikki Branham & JDM'S Elli of Tanglewood"Elli" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/23/11
Derrick Davis & Alcka von Haus Lucht  "Allie" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 07/06/11
Ed Wessler  & JDM'S Willow of Tanglewood "Willow" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 07/06/11

Salli Swisher & One Sasie Cowgirl "Sasie" Passed S.T.A.R Puppy test on 12/13/11
Naomi Swanson & Seven Hills Double Espresso "Dex" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 12/13/11
Madison Layton & My Maserati "Motz" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 12/13/11
Mandy Malin & Tennessee Diesel Smoke "Diesel" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 12/13/11
Naomi Swanson & Bleibt Rev's Je Ne Sals Quoi of Seven Hills "Josie" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 03/21/12
Daniel Beasley & "Roxy" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 03/21/12
Kath Cook & Axel van Tiekerhook "Axel" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 04/16/12
Jennie Bard & "Pierson" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 04/17/12
Glenda Flaugher & Glen Acres Crown Jules "Jules"Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/26/12
Mike Cook & "Clay" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/26/12

Alexys Brown & Rocco Royal Brown "Rocco" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/26/12
Chris Torello and Jakob vom Kolenda "Jake" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 10/23/12
Debra Henneke and "Abigale" Passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 10/23/12
Dreama Davis and "Hollie Jae" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/28/12
Jennifer Iannitti & "Khloe" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 11/28/12
Amanda McQueary & "Lacy" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/26/13
Juquita Monteith & "Felony" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/26/13
Chris Perry & "Guinness" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 02/26/13
Dreama Davis & "Emmie" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy test 03/27/13
Kristin Clary & "Bones" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 03/27/13
Caitlyn Mahaffey & "Clover" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 04/30/13
Judy Hargrave & "Tampa" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 04/30/13
Joni Henning & Debubba vom Blaurasen "Bubba" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 05/29/13
George Louiso & "Tessie" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 05/29/13
Martha Enriquez & "Chester" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 05/29/13
Dreama Davis & "Auggie" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 06/18/13
Jack Bonecutter & "Sweet Pea" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on 08/21/13
Michael Carman & "Ruger" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/04/13
Sherry Louderback & Louderback's Heidi's Prize "Heidi" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/18/13
Judith Budnik & Vanilla Budnik "Vanilla" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 09/18/13
Amy Nicely & "Axle" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 10/24/13
Glenda Flaughrt & Glen Acres Bonnie Wee Bairn "Bonnie" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 10/24/13
Susie Steffensen & "Molly" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 10/24/13
Sierra Bachman & "Khaya" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 11/26/13
Sue Ellen Campbell & "Sylka" passed S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 03/26/14
John Pertuset & JDM's Shadow's Katina of Tanglewood "Kitty" passed the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 04/29/14
Brenda Layton & "Kasey" passd the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 04/29/14
Maureen Mullarky & "Harper" passed the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 08/12/14
Diana Dillmore & "Sydney" passed the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test 08/12/14

Tommy Smith & "Levi" passed the S.T.A.R Puppy Test 10/29/14
Dawn Freeman & Cassie von Adams Thorne "Cassie" passed S.T.A.R Puppy Test 12/02/14
Kristin Jones & Stargazer-Ashmead's Orion Rising "Rion" passed S.T.A.R Puppy Test 12/16/14
Kristin-Jones & Stargazer-Ashmead"s Sirius Glowing Brilliantly "Siri" passed S.T.A.R Puppy Test 12/16/14

S.T.A R. Puppy  Is a registered Trademark of the American Kennel Club

Pet Manners

Your adult dog is NOT too old to learn to be a well-mannered member of your family. I will  teach you to train your adult dog how to sit, down, stand,Classpix stay, come. Just as in Puppy Kindergarten, we train the older puppies, young adults, and mature adult dogs by molding behavior using reward and/or substituting behavior . Corrections may be necessary on some dogs due to pulling when walking with the owner or resolving other undesirable behaviors. Your dog may not know what you want. I teach you to communicate with your dog.

Problems with a dominant dog? Read this reprint of "Every Dog Needs a Number". Download here .

Teen Puppy

This class is an Advanced puppy class and is a continuation of what is taught in Puppy Kindergarten.  This class targets puppies too young to benefit from going on to the CGC Class, but are too advanced to re-take the Puppy Kindergarten Class. Ideally, your puppy has passed the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test.

Target age for puppies is 4 months to 12 months old.  Your puppy is a "Teenager".  Your Teenage Puppy may look big, but they are still mentally a puppy! 

This class features more complex heeling, longer stays and handlers leave their dogs. Continuing to train you how to control, be an alpha figure, to your puppy.

This class can be taken more than once.

Completing this class, and meeting all the requirments, your puppy will be a 

SUPER-STAR TEEN PUPPY©

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Requirements:

4 Test Items for Owners

    1. Puppy is under 12 months old. 
    2. Owner has a poop bag.
    3. Puppy has up to date shots.
      1. Puppy should have a Rabies shot
      2. Puppy should be on Heartworm preventative
      3. Owner brings a brush.

10 Test Items for Super-Star Teen Puppy©

    1. Puppy attends 6 classes.
    2. Puppy can enter ring politely (waits while owner enters).
    3. Puppy can sit politely when a person walks past (3’ away).
    4. Puppy can down politely when a person walks past (3’ away).
    5. Puppy can do a sit/stay on a recall 20’.
    6. Puppy comes on a recall (20’) and sits in front of owner.
    7. Puppy can do a recall through toys.
    8. Puppy can sit on command.
    9. Puppy can down on command.
    10. Puppy can down/stay for 1 minute. 

Super-Star Teen Puppy© by Blue Ribbon Dog Training Academy 2015

Better Pet Manners, Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

cgcThis class will help prepare you and your dog to earn a Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) certificate offered by the American Kennel Club. The test consists of 10 exercises including accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, walking on a loose leash, walking through a crowd, grooming, sit and down on command, reaction to another dog, coming when called, reaction to distraction and supervised separation. Taught by Kath Cook, an AKC Certified CGCEvaluator.

New message from AKC:  "The Canine Good Citizen? program is a noncompetitive activity that promotes responsible dog ownership. The number of Canine Good Citizens continued to increase, with more than 25,000 dogs taking the 10-step CGCtest in 2003. The program promotes awareness of responsible dog ownership as an alternative to breed-specific legislation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adopted CGC as part of the dog-training program at the National Detector Dog Center. The Boy Scouts of America added CGC to its dog-care merit badge requirements and used AKCmaterials in creating the section of the merit badge study guide that focuses on breed identification.

The state legislatures of New Hampshire and Washington passed resolutions endorsing CGC.

This Certification can now be added to your dog's name as a "title".alt

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Theresa Caroco & Sir Rileys Rising Star "Riley"  Passed CGC test 08/25/04
Theresa Carico & Cindy Loowhoo "Cindy"  Passed CGC test 10/12/05
Bonnie Olds-Carson & Princess Daisy Mae Belle "Daisy" Passed CGC test 10/12/05

Bonnie Olds-Carson & Duchess Anna of the Burg "Anna" Passed CGC test 10/12/05
Elizabeth Vandegrift & Dolly XXXVII "Dolly" Passed CGC test 10/12/05

Anna Vandegrift & Archibald "Archie" Passed CGC test 10/12/05
Diana Pertuset & JDM'S Rhett Bulter of Tanglewood "Rhett" Passed CGC test 03/13/10

Diana Pertuset & Serana vom Essweiler Tal "Scarlett" Passed CGC test 03/13/10
Dottie Bowman & Eagle Creek's JDM'S Cuddles of Tangelwood "Cuddles" Passed CGC test 03/13/10
Mike Cook & Arys von der Sportswaffen "Arys"  Passed CGC test 03/13/10
Jane Amiot & "Astara"  Passed CGC test 03/13/10

Sig Rippe & Renegade vom Imhoff"Renegade"  Passed CGC test 03/13/10
Ed Wessler & EJ's Beejay "Bee Jay" Passed CGC test 03/13/10

Barbara Haines (Handled by Linda Rike) & Legacy's Just One Look "Ethan"  Passed CGC test 03/13/10
Dottie Bowman & JDM'S Noosa Springs of Tanglewood "Penny" Passed CGC test 04/16/11
Karen Montheith & JDM'S Third Time's a Charm of Tanglewood "Charm" Passed CGC test 04/16/11
Marcia Harrison & Briwick's Crystal Light "Crystal" Passed CGC test 04/16/11
Jim Budnik & Budnick's Socks "Socks" Passed CGC test 04/16/11
Traci Miller &  "Macca" Passed CGC test 04/16/11
Aaron Morgan & Vom Wollmans Dozer "Dozer" Passed CGC test 07/14/11
John Pertuset & JDM'S Bulter's Shadow of Tanglewood "Shadow" Passed CGC test 07/14/11

Sidney Swisher & Miss Skittles "Skittles" Passed CGC test 07/14/11
Andrew Hammond & "Coco" Passed CGC test 07/14/11
Sandy Germann & "Chica" Passed CGC test 07/14/11

Autumn  Parcell & Autumn's Lovely Lilly "Lilly"  Passed CGC test 07/14/11
Yali Wright & Foxcroft Hiro the Hero Passed CGC test 07/14/11

Keith Landrum  & "Zulu" Passed CGC test on 03/25/12
Carol Sanberg & "Abby" Passed CGC test on 05/16/12
Theresa Eyles & "Mickey" Passed CGC test on 05/16/12
Karen Howell & Jedadiah Legacy of Adair Passed CGC Test on 09/26/12
Bob Kelso and "MiLady" Passed CGC Test on 11/14/12
Ellen Tom & "Red Red" passed CGC test on 12/05/12
Ellen Tom & Henry Buckles" passed CGC test on 12/05/12
Annette Flaugher & "Odie" passed CGC test on 01/23/13
Tracy Miller & Omorrows Hugantic Healer of Hearts "Hugo" passed CGC test on 03/06/13
Joni Henning & DeBubba vom Blaurden "Bubba" passed CGC test on 07/24/13
Judy Hargrave & "Tampa" pssed CGC test on 07/24/13
Steven Davis & "Gabby" passed CGC test on 07/24/13
Angela Miller & "Marley" passed CGC test on 07/24/13
Katie Cook & "Haley" passed CGC test on 07/24/13
Judy Hargrave & "C.J." passed CGC test on 09/04/13
Jack Bonecutter & "Sweet Pea" passed CGC teset on 09/11/13
John Sandberg & "Toby" passed CGC test on 09/11/13
Mandy Malin & Trigger Happy Country Boy "Trigger" passes CGC test on 02/05/14
Sierra Bachman & "Khaya" passed CGC test on 02/05/14 
Carolyn Causey & "Bryce" passed CGC test on 02/12/14
Valerie Richey & "Dunncann" passed CGC test on 02/12/14
Sharon Jordan & Merissa vom Wittenhaus "Tess" passed CGC test on 09/17/14
Juquita Monteith & Acquitted of a Felony "Felony" passed CGC test on 09/17/14

Canine Good Citizen is a Registered Trademark of the American Kennel Club

AKC CGCA.jpgAKC began offering the NEW Community Caninesm (Advanced CGC) beginning October 2013.

Andrew Hammond & "Coco" passed CGCA test on 02/12/14
Carole Goetzelmann & Vajert Balto "Balto" passes CGCA test on 02/12/14
Sierra Bachman & "Khaya" passed CGCA test on 02/12/14
Madny Malin & Trigger Happy Counrty Boy "Trigger" passed CGCA test on 02/12/14
Judy Hargrave & "C.J." passed CGCA test on 05/14/14
Judy Hargrave & "Tampa" passed CGCA test on 05/14/14
Mandy Malin & Tennessee Diesel Smoke passed CGCA test on 09/17/14

 

Competition Obedience

These classes are held for people wanting to compete with their dog or want to their pet to be a more obedient member of their family. If you want to have a dog that can compete for obedience titles and other obedience competitions, you will want to sign up for these classes. Some private instruction would be beneficial for competition obedience. It may take more than 1 class to achieve instruction at each level. Listed below are the different levels of competition classes and the exercises targeted. For specific titling criteria, check with the registry in which you wish to compete.

  • Feeby vom Mika-Ashmead doing Scent Articles Pre-Novice, & Novice -Heeling on and off-lead. Figure 8. Stand for Exam. Recalls and finishes. Also, group sit and down stays
  • Graduate Novice (AKC optional titling class) -Heel on lead and off-lead Figure 8. Drop on recall.  Dumbbell recall. Recall over high jump. Recall over broad jump.3 minute down with handler out of sight.
  • Open -Retrieving a dumbbell on flat and over high jump.  Drop on recall. Broad Jump.
  • Graduate Open (AKC optional titling class) - Utility class exercises
  • Utility - Signal exercise. Scent articles. Directed glove retrieve. Moving Stand. Directed jumping.
  • Versatility (AKC optional titling class) - 2 exercises from the Novice, Open, and Utility classes.

4-H Dog Obedience

Kids 8 and older enrolled in dog obedience as a 4-H project can attend classes. First time 4-H dog trainers attend the Pet Manners and Better Pet Manners classes.  After these fundimental skills are learned, they can attend the competition classes to prepare to show their dog. 4-H kids and their dogs are eligible to compete in different counties open 4-H dog shows and the State Fair Junior 4-H Dog Show.

Contact your county 4-H office to enroll in a 4-H Dog Obedience project.4H

 

Pre-Agility Obedience

This is offered as a class or as private instruction. Geared towardsWezelagiltiy1what your dog needs to do agility, including: dog's controlled movement on both sides of handler, watching handler's hands for direction, coming when called , sit/stay and down/stay (for starting line and "Pause Table" control).

Pictured here is Kath Cook and Bella vom Highland Haus, ("Wezel") competing in AKCAgility Trial (Novice Standard Preferred class).

Rally Obedience

Kath Cook and Gidget vom Mika-Ashmead doing AKC RallyThis is a new form of competition obedience. The dog and handler move through a course of signs, set up to direct movement through the course and  to execute or maneuver certain exercises. AKC, UKC, and APDToffers 3 levels.

AKC Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, and Rally Excellent.
APDT Level I, II, and III.
UKC RO1, RO2, RO3

Pictured here is Kath Cook and Gidget vom Mika-Ashmead showing at an AKCRally trial (Novice Rally class is done on leash).

Agility

gidget_flyingAgility is a fast paced dog sport. Teaching your dog to go over or through obstacles such bar jumps, tire jump, tunnels, teeter-totter, elevated dog walk, and weave poles. Dogs must learn to take direction from handler, to stay on course on safely navigate contact obstacles. This class is fun and can either be for fun or readying for CPE or AKCAgility competition.

Tracking

Twezeltdracking is a great sport that is putting the trust in your dog's natural ability to follow scent (tat we can't see or smell). We teach ground scenting (instead of air scenting). Dog learn to follow scent in straight lines, turns, finding and "indicating article" dropped, and changes in cover. This can help with search-and-rescue and tracking competitions.

Pictured here is Kath Cook and Wezel after earning an AKC TD (Tracking Dog title). Thanks Judges Billie French and Terri McGauley.