Skills Evaluations

Have you already done some training with your dog at another training school? Starting with beginner classes at TCOTC might not be appropriate for you. To begin training with us at upper levels, you will need to get a skills evaluation.

An obedience skills evaluation is a simple assessment tool to let the instructor place you in an appropriate class. You will be asked to heel your dog, use verbal commands, demonstrate any hand signals you use and talk about your dog’s current obedience work. We do not expect any dog or handler to be perfect so please relax and do your best so that we can place you in a class where you both will be comfortable and can continue to train to your own goals.

Evaluations are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

You must pre-register for either 6:30-7:30 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm.  The cost is $5 per dog.

Prong collars, choke chains, and e-collars (also known as shock collars) are not permitted when training at TCOTC.

Please familiarize yourself with our philosophy on positive training and allowed training equipment.

The skills required for testing out of Basic Training are:
1. Ability to Use Positive Reinforcement: Handler understands and uses the mark and reward method (generally a clicker) to teach their dog new behaviors. Extremely important for on-going success.
2. Sit: Dog responds to verbal cue in various locations by handler. Dog responds from a stand or down.
3. Down: Dog responds to verbal cue in various locations by handler. Dog responds from a stand or sit.
4. Loose Leash Walking: Dog walks with handler defined loose leash for 5 feet and can make left and right turns with handler. Dog will walk politely towards a minor distraction.
5. Recall: Dog turns to handler in response to their name and comes from 6 feet to touch hand of handler. Will come away from minor distractions.
6. Release: Dog responds by moving to release word. Dog maintains position for handler movement and remains in place for 1 minute total time with intermittent treats.
7. Impulse Control: Dog leaves food in handler palm or on floor while stationary.
8. Mat: Dog downs on mat and remains in position with handler moving at maximum distance of 6 feet.
9. Collar: Dog remains close to handler for collar handling. Dog backs up to collar pressure.
10. Grooming: Dog allows handler to touch or handle ears and feet.