NDTC offers classes designed for pet owners wishing to teach basic commands and manners to their pets, as well as those working toward competitive obedience titles. Our curriculum is designed and updated by our Training Director. Our instructors are volunteer club members who are typically experienced dog trainers, many of whom have put multiple obedience or other performance titles on their own dogs. All instructors have assisted more experienced trainers as part of their own training so that we can offer quality instruction using the latest, most effective methods.
New pet owners are encouraged to bring their puppies and young dogs to Puppy Kindergarten classes. During the formative period in a dog's life, exposure to different environments and experiences can be tremendously helpful in developing a stable, happy temperament. This class includes puppy socialization and help with common puppy problems like housebreaking and chewing.
Level 1 and Level 2 classes focus on basic control and manners, responsible pet ownership, and having fun with your dog. A team graduating from Level 2 can expect to pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. These classes address such skills as walking on a leash without pulling, sitting quietly to be examined at the veterinarian's office, coming when called, and accepting grooming and nail clipping. Students can also obtain some individualized problem-solving for common problems, such as jumping up on people, barking, and shyness. Perhaps the most important benefit of these classes is that they offer an opportunity for the pet and its owner to have fun together and bond. Many people enjoy these classes so much that they decide to continue on with more formal obedience lessons.
NDTC offers a series of classes designed for the serious competitor. This series covers Novice, Open, and Utility Obedience, as well as Rally Events.