The Dog Obedience Club of Lee County is located near the Fort Myers area. Founded in 1983, we are an AKC sanctioned, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making dogs better citizens through training. Whether you wish to compete in obedience or just want a well-behaved companion and best friend, we can help you train your dog. Our instructors have all raised and trained dogs from a variety of breeds and have achieved AKC Obedience titles on their dogs. They actively compete in AKC obedience, rally, agility, tracking and more.
You and your puppy will learn:
* Socialization with other dogs and people
* Controlled walking at your side
* Sit and Stay
* Down and Stay
* Come when called
* Stand and be still
Puppies are eager to learn, but have a short attention span. We will help teach you to work with that eagerness. As time permits will we will also address other problems such as crate training, housebreaking, chewing, digging, and all the other things puppies do!
You and your dog will learn:
* Socialization with other dogs and people
* Teaching Commands
* Timing for Praise / Reward or Correction
* Attention / Watch / Look
* Sit - * Down - * Stand - * Heel - * 'Leave it' and 'Drop it'
* Sit / Stay - * Down / Stay - * Stand / Stay - * Heel with Sit - * Heel with Right, Left, & About turns
* Sit / Stay - Leave your dog
* Down / Stay - Leave your dog
* Stand / Stay - Leave your dog
* Come with Sit in Front
* Sit / Stay - Recall
* Stand and be still
Canine Good Citizen (CGC): Class & Test
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
The American Kennel Club CGC is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Canine Good Citizen resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate. Insurance companies are starting to use CGC to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure, and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the complex have earned the Canine Good Citizen award.
This course includes both five (5) weeks of group training, conducted by an AKC certified CGC Evaluator, and the CGC Evaluation (test) on the sixth week. This program will increase your dog’s social skills, and make him a valuable asset to the community.
The CGC test includes:
1) Accepting a friendly stranger: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
2) Sitting Politely for Petting: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
3) Appearance and Grooming: The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
4) Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead): Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
5) Walking Through a Crowd: This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).
6) Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place: The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
7) Coming When Called: This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).
8) Reaction to Another Dog: This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.
9) Reaction to Distraction: The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
10) Supervised Separation: This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's all right").
Nose Work Class
So, you say, your dog needs a job. Well, Nose Work certainly fits the bill. We get the dogs to get excited trying to find the hidden food/odor and then they get rewarded again, for locating the hidden item. Nose Work is for all ages of dogs, from puppies to much older dogs. Our classes are fun and the dogs truly light up when they see boxes or obstacles on the floor. Would you believe that you can actually compete in Nose Work/Scent Work trials? Plus, get numerous titles on your dog also? How about giving it a try? Let the dog do all the work just by using his wonderful nose. New intro to Nose Work classes will start up in September after Labor Day. For more information, email Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org
AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow the scent of a person's scent. In tracking, the dog is in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. The handler plays a supporting role, including knowing how to help the dog that has overshot the corner, helping the dog over obstacles and keeping the line from tangling. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking are the hours spent outside, training and interacting with their dogs.
The Dog Obedience Club of Lee County offers monthly classes to show handlers how to track with their dogs. We meet at various locations to provide your dog with different scenting problems. Your dog will need a non-restrictive halter. Eventually you will need a 20 to 40 foot line, flags, flagging, inexpensive leather gloves, cloth articles and perhaps a GPS.
We normally meet the second Saturday of the month at 8:00 am, but that can vary depending on show schedules. Please send us an email (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending a future class.
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