Current TCDTC Classes & Registration

All classes 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted

Puppy

Practical advice on how to prevent or correct behavioral problems. For puppies 8 weeks to under 5 months.

Basic Obedience

For the owner who wants a well-behaved pet, one who will come when called, sit, stay, etc when YOU want them.

Utility
Obedience


Competition preparation for UTILITY A/B levels.
 

Conformation

Get your dog ready for the breed ring or refresh your champion.

Rally

Class is to help you learn how to compete in rally and have fun working on obedience skills at the same time.

Novice Obedience

Novice Obedience competition preparation. Gain greater obedience skills on/off leash.

Beginner Novice Obedience


This class focuses on the skills and exercises needed for the AKC Beginner Novice title. 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program

 

Testing preparation and evaluation to earn your dog the CGC Award. 

Advanced Obedience


Continuation of basic with emphasis on improving response to commands and reliability.

Group Heeling

(Members Only) – TCDTC Members training in group settings – work on honing skills and proofing for dogs.

1-Day Rally Seminar

A special one day Seminar class that teaches the concepts of Rally as an Obedience sport for you and your dog.

Please select one of the options below to register for classes. 

You will be given the option to pay by cash or check in person, or by PayPal online.

*$5 online processing fee will be added when paying with PayPal*

Puppy

For puppies 8 weeks to under 5 months. Don’t wait for problems to develop. Practical advice on how to prevent or correct general behavior problems. Excellent for the first time puppy owner or a refresher class for new puppies.

Equipment: 4’-6’ leash, buckle collar, favorite toy or treats.

**DO NOT BRING PUPPIES TO FIRST CLASS.**

Tuesdays at 5:45 – 6:45 pm

$100

Starts August 7, 2018 – (8 weeks)

Instructor: J. Nash

Class limit: 10 puppies 

Puppy Class is currently in Session.  Next class begins in October.  

Contact Secretary@tcdtc.com to be placed on a notification list for the next available session.

Basic Obedience

For dogs at least 5 months. Class is designed for the owner who wants a well-behaved pet, one who will come when called, sit, stay, etc. when YOU want them.

Equipment: 4’-6’ leash, buckle collar, favorite toy or treats.

CLASS 1 – Tuesdays at  6:30 – 7:30 PM

CLASS IS NOW FULL 

Starts: Tues, Sept 11 2018 (8 weeks)

$100 per student

*DO NOT *BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS for this instructor!

Instructor: A. Rysse

Class limit: 10 dogs

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CLASS 2 – Tuesdays at 7:30 -8:30 PM

CLASS IS NOW FULL

Starts: Tues, Sept 25, 2018 (8 weeks)

$100 per student

*DO NOT *BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS for this instructor!

Instructor: A. Rysse

Class limit: 10 dogs

Our current Basic Obedience Classes are filled. 

Contact Secretary@tcdtc.com to be placed on a notification list for the next available session.

Conformation

Get your dog ready for breed ring competition or refresh your champion. Drop-in session; $10 per visit (covers 2 dogs per handler per visit). This class is ongoing with no advanced registration needed**. Just Drop in and pay on-site. (NOTE: All other TCDTC classes require advance payment).

BRING DOGS TO EACH SESSION.

Up to 2 dogs per handler for visit fee.

For further information email classes@tcdtc.com, or call 989.790.5898

Thursdays at 7PM | $10 Drop-In Sessions

**NOTE: Only this class is pay-as-you-go on site! All other TCDTC classes require pre-payment and pre-registration.

Sessions resume on Thurs.,  Sept. 6, 2018

Instructors: Shon Kelley

The weekly Conformation training resumes on Sept. 6, 2018.

Payments are made for drop-in visits, per single weekly sessions.  

Utility Obedience

(Pre-requisite – Novice/Open, competition experience handler or permission of the instructor)

This class is for trainers at the CDX level. This class puts in the foundation work, which includes all phases of the Utility exercises. Scent discrimination, directed retrieving, and signal work. Also, the moving stand, go-outs and directed jumping. Class may be repeated.

BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS.

For further information email classes@tcdtc.com, or call 989.790.5898

Mondays at 6:30 PM

Class starts:  August 6, 2018 for 8 weeks

 $100 per student

Instructor: Linda Lemmer

Class Limit: 6 Dogs

The Utility Obedience class is currently in session. 

 

Advanced Basic Obedience

Email Secretary@tcdtc.com for information on a future session.

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For dogs who have had a TCDTC basic class or permission of the instructor. Focus is on continuation of basic with emphasis on improving response to commands and reliability. A lot of proofing with distractions to improve performance. 

Equipment: 4’-6’ leash, buckle collar, favorite toy or treats.

BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

MUST HAVE COMPLETED TCDTC BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS IN ORDER TO ENROLL.

Tuesdays at 8 PM, 1 hour

$100

Tentatively starts in September

**Please contact secretary@tcdtc.com for information**

Instructors: TBA

Class limit: TBA

Advanced Basic Obedience tentatively resumes in September.

Rally Obedience Class

Class is to help you learn how to compete in rally and have fun working on obedience skills at the same time. Classes will cover all three levels. Training assistance will be tailored to the needs of the students.

BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

Class begins Thurs., Sept. 13, 11 am-Noon

8 weeks

$100

Instructor: L. Winter
Class limit: 6 dogs

Group Heeling

(Members only)

TCDTC Members training in group settings with other club members &/or the weekly Advanced Basic Class group.

Members of TCDTC are welcome to work independently with other members or to join the weekly Advanced Basic Class to hone their skills and proofing for their dogs in a group setting. 

Tuesdays 8-9PM

Instructors: G.Leis

Wednesdays 6-7PM

Instructors: G.Leis

Novice Obedience

This class will focus on the skills and exercises needed for the AKC Novice Obedience title (heeling on leash, figure 8, sit for exam, sit-stay, and recall). 

BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS.

Pre-requisite: Basic Obedience Class or permission of instructor.

Class begins Wed., Sept 12, 6-7 p.m., 8 weeks.

$100

Instructor: L. Winter
Class limit: 8 students

Trick Dog AKC Title Prep -Inactive class

Email instructor Linda Lemmer at classes@tcdtc.com for information on a future session.

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Did you know that AKC now has titles for your dog doing tricks?

Can your dog shake hands, do high five, fetch, jump a bar, spin circles, speak on command, do paws up, touch, kiss your cheek, etc?

If your dog has an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title, then you only have to do 5 more tricks to earn an AKC Trick Dog Novice title (10 without the CGC title.)

Come have fun with your dog and possibly work towards an AKC Trick Title!

Bring your dog, a collar, a 6-foot leash and high-interest soft treats to all sessions. 

The hour-long, 3-week class will be followed by regulation AKC Trick Dog testing on Monday, Dec 4. Testing is wholly optional and requires a separate $15 fee.

Equipment: 6’ leash, collar, high interest soft treats to all classes.

BRING DOG TO FIRST CLASS

Mondays at 6:30 – 7:30 pm |  $40 | 3 weeks

This class has ended.  Email instructor Linda Lemmer at classes@tcdtc.com for information on a future session.

Instructor: L. Lemmer

Additional $15 for optional Testing

 (sign up in advance on-line, by mail, or at class)

 Contact Linda at classes@tcdtc.com for further information.

NOSE Work Skills – Inactive class

Email Linda Lemmer at classes@tcdtc.com for information on a future session.

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This class will help you start your dog in the new AKC title of nose work.  Learn how to teach your dog to smell out certain odors after your dog learns to look for it.  

The class will meet for 1 hour-long sessions over  6 weeks. The class is limited to 6 students.  $100 per dog.  

 

Equipment: 6’ leash, buckle collar or harness only, high interest soft treats, ability to crate your dog quietly.

BRING DOG TO FIRST CLASS

No classes available at this time.

Nose work class is not offered at this time.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program ® –  periodic class

 

Email Linda Lemmer at classes@tcdtc.com for information on a future session.

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Earning the CGC award will ensure that your dog is a well-respected member of your community. The Canine Good Citizen award is the one of the first AKC certificates your dog can own and CGC provides an excellent foundation for all other training.

Equipment: 6’ leash, buckle collar or harness

BRING DOG TO ALL SESSIONS

CGC Testing Preparation Class

6:30-8:30 PM (2 hrs)

$30 

Instructor: L. Lemmer

 

CGC Testing Night

6:30 PM

$15 

Instructor: L.Lemmer

 

CGC Preparation Class & Testing Night

$45 

 

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**Please Note: Test preparation class is highly recommended, but not required, for participation in CGC testing.**

There are no AKC Good Citizen Program classes available at this time.

Email classes@tcdtc.com for future session scheduling interest.

*PUPPY/BASIC CLASSES MUST HAVE AT LEAST THREE PUPPIES/DOGS TO HOLD THE CLASS*

**Remember to bring a PHOTOCOPY of your dog’s current vaccination record with you to the first class**

Classes fill quickly so register right away to insure a spot this session!

Classes are held indoors at the TCDTC Training Center (6285 Bay Rd, Suite 6, Saginaw, MI 48604)
Registration will continue up until the last Friday before classes start, or when classes are full. CLASSES FILL EARLY — Do Not Wait!!

Please read our Cancellation Policy here.

After that time you MUST contact the person on the form for further instructions.

Payment in full, along with the TCDTC registration form, is strongly recommended no later than 7-10 days PRIOR TO the first night of class. Class sizes are small, don’t miss your opportunity!

The Class Rules & Regulations are available for you to read here.

The Individual Hold Harmless Agreement is available here

You must agree to these rules in order to attend classes.

* Info will be posted on the events page when Therapy Dog training programs are available. *

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY

When Delta College is closed in the evenings due to snow emergencies, we will also be closed. You can also contact your instructor directly.

The registration form is electronically fillable. We recommend that you fill the form online, and submit it to us electronically. If you would prefer to print the page and mail it in with check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to “TCDTC” and mail the form to us 7 to 10 days PRIOR TO the first night of class.

Registration forms and payments should be received no later than 7 days prior to the start of classes. Popular classes can easily fill up 2 weeks before the first class – DON’T WAIT!

All TCDTC Class Descriptions

INTRO TO PUPPY (short course): For puppies from 8 weeks to 4 months old: basic socialization, information instruction on sit, down, stand, stay, walk on leash, and come when called. House training, nutrition, appropriate equipment, basic grooming and health care are also discussed.

PUPPY: For puppies 8 weeks to 4 months. Don’t wait for problems to develop. Practical advice on how to prevent or correct general behavior problems. Excellent for the first time puppy owner or a refresher class for new puppies. Equipment: 4’-6’ leash, buckle collar, favorite toy or treats. DO NOT BRING PUPPIES TO FIRST CLASS.

BRIDGE TO BASICS: For dogs that have completed a TCDTC puppy class within the last year or by permission of instructor. Class will continue and expand on what was learned in puppy class. Sit, down, stand, stays, attention work, manners and the beginning steps of leash work and heeling. Dogs will come with owner/handler to each class.

BASIC: For dogs at least 5 months. Class is designed for the owner who wants a well-behaved pet, one who will come when called, sit, stay, etc. when YOU want them. Equipment: 4’-6’ leash, buckle collar, favorite toy or treats. DO NOT BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED IN SCHEDULE ABOVE.

BRIDGE TO ADVANCED BASICS: (short course) For dogs who have completed a TCDTC Basics class, or permission of the instructor. Continuation of basic skills with proofing for reliability and distractions to improve response and performance..

ADVANCED BASIC: For dogs who have had a TCDTC basic class or permission of the instructor. Focus is on continuation of basic with emphasis on improving response to commands and reliability. A lot of proofing with distractions to improve performance. BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

BEGINNER NOVICE: Dogs must be able to do a sit stay and have had some basic training, or permission of instructor.

NOVICE OBEDIENCE: (Prerequisite: Basic/Advanced Basic Obedience, competition experience by handler (or permission of the instructor)

This class is a continuation and polishing of exercises taught in the lower level Basic & Advanced Basic Obedience classes. Dogs should already know heel, sit, stand, down, stay, and come on leash. Novice obedience teaches control off-leash and perfects what the dogs have already learned and owner/handler skills. This class puts in the foundation work so dogs and handlers will know enough that, WITH PRACTICE, they could enter an AKC Obedience trial and earn a Companion Dog (CD) title. It is not required to enter a show or competition to take the class. Class may be repeated if desired.

OPEN: For dogs that have been through TCDTC Advanced class or permission of instructor. Class will consist of the AKC Novice/Open exercises. Things that will be covered include: heeling (on/off lead), stand for exam, recalls (straight/drop), jumping (high/broad), and must have proper fitting dumbbell for retrieving. You will also need a long line/flexi lead.

CONFORMATION: Get your dog ready for the breed ring or refresh your champion. Drop-in Class; $10 per visit (Limit 2 dogs per handler per visit). Class is ongoing. BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

RALLY: Class is to help you learn how to compete in rally and have fun working on obedience skills at the same time. Classes will cover all three levels. Training assistance will be tailored to the needs of the students. BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE: A class designed to prepare dogs/handlers for the AKC novice, open, or utility ring. Other classes/venues can be covered depending on interest. BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE (combined): This class is designed to help those preparing for the obedience competition ring with their dog at any level:  Novice, Open or Utility. The instructor will assess your performance and individualize lessons for the help you need to succeed. BRING DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS.

H.A.M. (Handling/Attn/Motivation) WORKSHOP: 

This class will present human handlers with the theory and techniques of training, primarily through instructor lecture, rather than working with dogs in class.

Class will cover handling…in/out of ring, attention, and motivation (and more) with your dog. If dogs are brought to class (not required), all dogs must be crated unless working on handler footwork with leashed dogs. Any dogs on premises must be able to remain quiet in crates.  Please bring pen/paper to take notes.

TEACHING YOUR DOG TO RETRIEVE: Teach your dog how to retrieve a dumbbell for AKC open work, or just to get the newspaper for you. If you want your dog to retrieve something for you, this is the class for you!

TEACH YOUR DOG FUN TRICKS (short course): This is a class for those who would like to have some fun with the obedience lessons previously learned and bond a little tighter with their dog. It builds confidence in dog and handler in a relaxed setting as well as adding some new skills. The dogs should have basic obedience and be well mannered.

NOSE WORK SKILLS:  This class will teach your dog to identify scents as distinct markers and search for them specifically.  Class prepares for AKC Nose Work title. 

TRICK DOG AKC TITLE PREP & TESTING:   Did you know that AKC now has titles for your dog doing tricks? 

Can your dog shake hands, do high five, fetch, jump a bar, spin circles, speak on command, do paws up, touch, kiss your cheek, etc?

If your dog has an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title,

then you only have to do 5 more tricks to earn an AKC Trick Dog Novice title (10 without the CGC title.)

Come have fun with your dog and possibly work towards an AKC Trick Title!

The hour-long, 3-week class can be followed by regulation AKC Trick Dog testing. Testing is wholly optional and requires a separate fee.