Obedience Classes


Tier 1: Basic Training

Basic Training is the start of a well-trained dog. Using the clicker-training method, basic commands like “sit,” “come” and “down” are taught, in addition to skill development in loose leash walking, release, impulse control, come, going to a mat or place, body handling, and handler focus. This class may be repeated to build the dog’s skills before moving on to more advanced classes.

Dogs of any age can take Basic Training, but if your dog will be 10 months old or younger at the start of class, you may be interested in our Puppy Basic Training class. If your dog is under 20 weeks old, we recommend you start with our Puppy Socialization or Tweeners classes.

Handlers must be at least 12 years of age and have attended one of our Skills Evaluations before the start of class if less than 16 years of age. Please read our policy on children in class for more information.

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $90

Membership is required to take classes at TCOTC. Membership fees are $20 for a Single Membership and $30 for a Household Membership. If you are a new member, you will be prompted to choose a membership level upon enrolling for Basic Training.
Be sure to check our policies for children in class and allowed training equipment.

Please note: The first week of class is a mandatory orientation for humans only. It may be held at a different time than your normal class. Please see the class schedule for details.

Tier 2: Continuing Obedience Education

Students new to TCOTC who wish to sign up for any obedience class listed below are required to undergo a skill evaluation.

Oh So Adolescent!

Oh So Adolescent!

Learn skills to deal with those adolescent behaviors that can drive you crazy.

Household Manners

Household Manners

For those that want great manners in their home. Dogs learn impulse control, body handling, how to greet people politely at the door and more.

Public Manners

Public Manners

This class will help your dog develop skills to behave politely in the wider human world. In addition to Basic Training, dogs will learn to look at you when faced with distractions, off-leash attention, and to walk by other dogs while on leash.

Reliable Recall

Reliable Recall

Build focus skills and teach your dog to retreat from distractions, like human food and other dogs.

Tricks 1

Tricks 1

This class will help you teach your dog tricks that are useful at home and in public, such as sitting between your feet, putting toys in a box, waving a paw, balancing treats and more.

Tricks 2

Tricks 2

A continuation of Tricks 1, with potential to earn a title!

Loose Leash Walking

Loose Leash Walking

Teach your dog the art of walking (well) on a leash!

Brain Games

Brain Games

Have fun teaching your dog to think and solve puzzles.

Intermediate Obedience

Intermediate Obedience

Build on the foundation of Basic Training to develop attention walking, expanded sit and down behaviors, improving stays and more.

Impulse Control

Impulse Control

For dogs that lack self-control. This class is designed for dogs that immediately go after things they want! Teach your dog to leave and ignore distractions, as well as controlled play and more.

Sports Sampler

Sports Sampler

A six-week introduction to three different sports: Flyball, Agility and Nose Work.

Dog Obedience

Beyond Basic

Continue building the skills and behaviors taught in Basic Training.  Further work on loose leash walking, strengthening stays and recalls.  Reinforce mat training and impulse control.  This class is a great next step towards a polite, well-behaved dog!


Tier 3: Sports, Skills, and Competition

Students new to TCOTC who wish to sign up for any obedience class listed below are required to undergo a skill evaluation.

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

Beginning Rally

Beginning/Intermediate Rally

Beginning/Intermediate Rally classes offer both the dogs and handlers a fun and energizing experience. A rally course includes 10 ̶ 20 stations, depending on the level. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that are trained to behave at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.

Rally Competition

Ring Confidence

If you’re thinking about Obedience competition or are already competing, this class helps dogs and handlers work on increased confidence and/or focus. This class is geared toward obedience and rally work, but is applicable for agility as well.

Advanced Obedience

Advanced Obedience

Learn the beginning steps to competitive obedience. Introduction to the skills of heeling, finishes, retrieve, jumping, stand, and formal recalls to front.

Rally Advanced

Rally Advanced

Refine skills in executing signs and completing Novice level Rally courses.

Obedience Competition

Obedience Competition

Work on building, refining, and generalizing skills from Beginner Novice to Utility. The classes are customized to the needs of the students with individual attention from the instructor.

Rally Competition

Rally Competition

Rally Competition courses are designed to help dogs and their handlers refine and polish rally course skills for participation in AKC, UKC, or ASCA Rally-O competition.