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Training Information - Obedience, Rally & Conformation Classes

All sessions run for six weeks and are held Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Locations vary so check your session carefully. Classes offered include conformation, puppy kindergarten, beginning, intermediate, novice, and rally obedience. Pre-registration is required for all obedience classes. Puppy and beginning obedience is $90 (includes leash & collar). All other obedience classes are $75 for the six week session, or as otherwise noted. Conformation classes are offered on a “drop in” basis, at $5 per class.

Classes are held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville unless otherwise specified.

Learning together with your dog


For more information or to enroll call Cathy Keeler (530) 622-6909, 6 pm - 9 pm. Please check back, as this information may be updated.

April 5 through May 10
7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Barns A, B, D
Puppy K, Beginning, Leash Manners, Beginning Rally

May 31 through June 28
7 p.m. at Shingle Springs Community Field
Puppy K, Beginning, Tricks, Canine Good Citizen

July 12 through August 16
7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Main Lawn
Puppy K, Beginning, Beginner 2, Intermediate Rally


Regular Classes

  • Puppy KindergartenPUPPY KINDERGARTEN is for dogs who are 11 weeks to 5 months old by the first day of the session. The goals of the class are to introduce fun basic training exercises that include: socialization, attention, sit, down, come, stay, walk on a loose leash. In addition, the class will cover bonding, tricks, introduction to some agility items and general manners.
  • LEASH MANNERS is for dogs over 4 months of age.  This class will cover basic leash walking/trail walking, greeting behaviors, social behavior, body language and sit/down on leash.  This is a 4 week class only. Come prepared to walk.
  • BEGINNING OBEDIENCE is for dogs 5 months and up. The goals of the class will emphasize: attention, basic obedience exercises sit, down, stay, come and introduction to heeling. Dogs must be controllable. All exercises are taught on lead.
  • BEGINNER 2 OBEDIENCE is for dogs who have some obedience training or with instructors approval. The dog should be able to heel on lead, sit, down and stay. The goals of the class are to further develop basic obedience skills: turns, timed sits, timed downs, recall, and change of pace heeling. The class may include all exercises that are on the AKC Canine Good Citizens Test (CGC). All exercises will be taught on lead.
  • INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE  is for dogs who have passed Beginner 2 or have a CGC or with Instructor approval. This class is for those who want to achieve more precision with their dogs.  The Beginner Novice competition exercises will be taught along with the goal of becoming a working “team.”  This is a class for people serious about working with their dogs with the possible goal of going into Obedience Competition.  Some tricks and more advanced fun will also be included!
  • BEGINNER NOVICE FOR COMPETITION is for dog/handler teams that wish to enter AKC Obedience trials and earn a Beginner Novice title or for people who just want to continue working after completion of the Intermediate class! Dog must have completed Beginning Obedience with HKC and be over nine months old. Dogs must know how to heel with attention, sit and down on command and have a steady “stay.” Dogs must have a CGC certificate from the AKC or have taken our CGC class and have Instructor approval.
  • ObedienceCOMPETITION OBEDIENCE is for dogs who have had Basic Obedience training.  The class emphasis is towards fine tuning dogs for obedience competition.  Skill for all classes of obedience, Novice and Open will be introduced. Dogs must work at the Beginner Novice level or with instructor approval.
  • BEGINNING RALLY is for dogs who have successfully taken Beginning/ Beginner 2 class. This class will introduce the Novice Rally signs and exercises.  All work is on lead.
  • NOVICE RALLY is for dogs who have passed or can pass the Beginner 2 or Beginning Rally, and/or with instructors approval. The goals of the class are to introduce beginning Rally exercises signs 1 thru 36. It will include instruction on how to execute the actual rally move described at each station and how to read a course map. Mini courses will be set up for actual practice. All exercises will be taught on lead.
  • ADVANCED & EXCELLENT RALLY is for dogs who have been in novice rally or with instructors approval. The class will be taught on and off lead. Goals of the class are to present Advanced Rally Exercises 101 thru 118 amd Excellent exercises 201 thru 211 plus 298 and 299.  Courses will be set up for actual practice on Advanced and Excellent courses.
CONFORMATION (Show)  Fee $5.  Please join us at 7:00PM on the Main Lawn at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Thursdays.

Obedience training is a fun activity for you and your dog but it requires practice time during the week as well as class attendance. If you are willing to practice we are ready to teach you!

Class size is limited. Our classes are usually filled and closed well before the first night of class.

Please note that the minimum age for a dog handler is 12 years. Well behaved children are welcome to accompany you to class but must remain outside the training area and be under control at all times for their own safety.

For more information or to enroll call Cathy Keeler (530) 622-6909