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 4 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.

Conformation

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

OPEN
Obedience

Competition preparation for OPEN A/B levels. 

Advanced Obedience

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

Rally

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

Group Heeling

(Members Only)

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

Trick Dog AKC
Title Prep

A class to help prepare your dog to try and earn any or all of the varying levels of Trick Dog titles available through the AKC.

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 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.

Tuesdays at 5:45 – 6:45 pm |  $100

Starts October 10th – Nov 28th 2017 (8 weeks)

Instructors: McFarland/Nash

Class limit: 10 puppies

This class is currently in session and registration is now closed. Registration for January 2018 classes will begin in December.

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.

DO NOT BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED IN SCHEDULE.

Tuesdays at 7PM | $100

Starts August 8, 2017 and meets for 8 weeks

Instructors: G. Leis

Class limit: 10 dogs

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM | $100

Starts August 9, 2017 and meets for 8 weeks

Instructors: H. Roth

Class limit: 10 dogs

This class is currently in session and registration is now closed. Registration for January 2018 classes will begin in December.

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 with no advanced registration needed. Just Drop in and pay on site.

BRING DOGS TO EACH CLASS.

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

Thursdays at 7PM | $10 Drop-In Class

*No classes in July & August*

Instructors: Shon Kelley

This class is ongoing – Register at class.

OPEN Obedience

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.

BRING DOGS TO EACH CLASS.

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

Mondays at 6:30 PM | $100 Per Student

Starts January 8, 2018 and meets for 8 weeks

Instructors: Linda Lemmer

Class Limit: 6 Dogs

Registration for January 2018 classes will begin in December.

Advanced Obedience

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 8PM | $100

Starts August 8, 2017 and meets for 8 weeks

Instructors: G.Leis

Class limit: 10 dogs

Registration for January 2018 classes will begin in December.

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.

Mondays at 6:30PM | $100

Starts August 7, 2017 and meets for 8 weeks

Instructors: L. Lemmer

Class limit: 10 dogs

This class is currently in session and registration is now closed. Registration for January 2018 classes will begin in December.

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

Trick Dog AKC Title Prep


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

November 6-20th 2017

Instructor: Linda Lemmer

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Additional $15 for optional Testing on December 4th

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

 Contact Linda at classes@tcdtc.com for further information

*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.

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 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.

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: 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..

ADVANCE 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 perfects handling 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. From Novice to Advanced to Open, 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/Attention/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.

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.