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We offer both dog sports and pet dog training classes!

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101 – Dynamic Puppy

Dynamic Puppy is a 4-week class targeted towards puppies under 6 months of age but open to puppies younger than 1-year-old.  In this class, we focus on strengthening the special bond between puppy and owner along with creating a confident and friendly adult dog. Our goal is to have your puppy be excited about learning and working with you. We will introduce you to fun games and set up challenging obstacle courses to promote learning and socialization. We will also discuss potty training, nipping/biting, preventing separation anxiety, and other behavioral management strategies, to support you in your puppy-raising journey. This class is perfect when taken simultaneously with our puppy preschool party. Come and join the fun and bring any questions you have for our expert dog trainers.

102 – Learning Life

This course will cover Focus, attention, basic manners, cooperative care, stimulus control, shaping, drive building, toy play, decompression, and how to create a mentally stable working partner!!

Please note that this class is appropriate for dogs and handlers of all ages! While this class is EXTREMELY helpful to dogs of all ages puppies under 12M will be able to participate in AKC star puppy testing the final week of class

103 – Brilliant Basics: Manners & Basic Obedience

This 6 week class is perfect for the beginner dog owner or for experienced owners with a new addition! Learn how to communicate better with your dog, establish a mat behavior, walk on a loose leash, and more. Dogs and handlers of all ages are welcome! This class is a great opportunity to socialize your dog. Be ready to bring cookies and toys!

104 – Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

The Canine Good Citizen program was created by the AKC to promote responsible dog ownership and encourage the training of well mannered dogs. The test itself is a series of ten skills that focus on making you and your canine partner just that…good citizens. In this class we will broaden out those ten skills and emphasize on the good manners and well rounded principals that come with them. Obedience training will be our main focus as well as working on communication between dog and handler. CGC is a great relationship builder between you and your dog and open to all breeds and ages. At the end of the six weeks the CGC test will be conducted

105- Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)

Looking for something to do with your furry companion after you pass the AKC CGC test?

What about increasing your dog’s level of basic obedience and manners within the community by learning skills for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced title?

This too, is a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine (also known as CGCA) title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC. All the dog’s skills on the test are tested on leash.

The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.

Prerequisite: Must have passed the CGC test.

Advanced Sequencing

This agility class builds off our “Novice Handling class” to teach students longer sequences (8-15 obstacles) with increased difficultly. In this class teams will run sequences commonly seen in all levels of agility competition. Focus will be on learning the dog line, choosing the fastest path, and building obstacle commitment.

Agility & Dock: Try It class

In this class you and your dog will get to try our two most popular dog sports at DGF!

Teams will spend 2 weeks learning about Dog Agility before moving on to try 2 weeks of dock diving!

Agility Foundations

This foundation class covers all obstacle and handling skills needed for success in agility. Teams will learn fundamental games for proper jump performance, confident  contact behaviors, independent weave pole performance, and ring readiness.

This class is on-going so that you can join at anytime!

Agility Foundations 2

In this class we will continue building the foundation skills started in level one and start short sequences to build responsiveness, focus, and handling skills. This class is currently using a “group format” so that two dog/handler teams will be in the ring at once.

This class is suitable for  dogs who have completed Foundations 1 and are capable of doing short jump/tunnel sequences or have instructor approval.

Agility Foundations – Sensitive Dog

This class is for those just starting out in the sport of Agility who have sensitive, reactive, or fearful dogs. In this class teams will work one at a time in a safe and non-distracting envrioment to learn all about agility!

This foundation class covers all obstacle and handling skills needed for success in agility. Teams will learn fundamental games for proper jump performance, confident contact behaviors, independent weave pole performance, and ring readiness.

This class is suitable for puppies who are at least 6 months old or have instructor approval.

This class is on-going so that you can join at anytime!

Agility Practice Session

This “class” meets once a week and allows YOU to train without an instructor at Dog Gone Fun. Like a fun match, in this class, a course will be set up that you could run or you can use your time to train any skill.

This class is suitable for dogs who can safely preform all obstacles

AKC ATT – Prep Course!

“The AKC Temperament Test (ATT) was developed to bring focus and provide a meaningful evaluation to assess the temperament of our canine companions.

The ATT tests how a dog reacts to a variety of stimuli. Desirable traits are that the dog will be emotionally stable, inquisitive, cooperative, appropriately social for its breed, biddable and demonstrates the ability to recover from a startling situation in a reasonable amount of time.” – AKC website 

More information about the AKC ATT can be found at https://www.akc.org/akctemptest/ 

In this 4 week prep course Teams will Be exposed to a wide variety sights, sounds, and surfaces that appear in the AKC ATT test and the real world! This class is perfect for anyone wanting to earn the AKC ATT title, socialize their dog, and learn how to modify behavior though positive reinforcement!

Balls?! Squirrels?! Trees?! Oh my!

We will start off by going over the basic Focus principles. You will learn what factors effect focus, drive, and overall canine health! We will tackle focus problems that originate from over or under arousal, fear, stress, and training. Teams will address how to prevent common focus problems and build proper engagement!

Working participants will learn and play the focus games necessary to their team building! Once proper focus is established we will start adding the 3 D’s (distance, duration, and distraction) and building bombproof behaviors!

Blind Cross Mania

Blind crosses are a type of handling technique where the handler moves ahead of the dog to preform a side change. Blind crosses have many benefits to both ends of the leash.

Brilliant Backsides!

In this course teams will Learn all the steps for truly confident, independent backsides! Teams will cover shaping, adding the 3 DS, proofing, and how to start incorporating backsides into coursework!

Conformation Foundations

This class will focus on helping you and your beginner  dog or puppy prepare for the show ring. This class will be an opportunity to use positive reinforcement to teach and improve ring quirks and the overall presentation of your dog. Here you will find a positive environment to learn all about conformation!

Contacts & Weaves

In this class teams will work on building a solid understanding of the weaves and contacts. Once teams have a solid criteria we will add distractions, proofing, and commonly seen challenges in competition.

Contacts & Weaves – Monday 12pm

In this 9 week class teams will work on building a solid understanding of the weaves and contacts. Handlers will be able to work on either running contacts, stopped contacts, or both. Once teams have a solid criteria we will add distractions, proofing, and commonly seen challenges in competition.

Course Session

This “class” meets once a week and allows YOU to train without an instructor at Dog Gone Fun. Like a fun match, in this class, a course will be set up that you could run or you can use your time to train any skill.

This class is suitable for dogs who can safely preform all obstacles

DGF JR. HANDLER CLASS!!

This class is made specifically for kids under the age of 18 who want to train their dogs for the sport of dog agility. In this class, teams will learn how to work together, focus on easy tasks, and play lots of games while learning all about agility! You don’t need any prior experience or dog knowledge. Dogs of all breeds and ages are welcome.

This class is on-going so you can join at anytime!

Distance Handling & Skill building

Build Confidence and speed by teaching dogs when to work away from you! Learn the keys to easily ace FAST & gamblers courses, How to send while supporting the dogs natural line, and when/where/how to deliver reinforcement effectively.

Dock 101

In this class teams will work at their own pace to learn confident swimming skills and then learn to jump off the dock. This is a 6 week class suitable for all dogs from those who have never swam before to dogs looking for a bit more pool time!

Dock 102

This 6 week course is suitable for all dogs who are successfully going off the dock on their own. In this class teams will build confidence, drive, and work to improve their jumping distance.

Dock Diving – Air Retrieve

Air Retrieve teaches your dog how to fly. AR is a dock game in which the dog knocks off or catches a suspended bumper from increasing distance. Not only is AR another fun dock game, but it can help improve your overall distance and pop.

Dogs must be confidently jumping off the dock to join this class! 😀

Enrichment Palooza

In this 6 week course teams will learn games, activities, and puzzles that lead to a happy fully enriched dog! Enrichment training has been shown to have many mental and physical benefits for all dogs. From bouncy puppies, injured, reactive, fearful, overly excited, and aging dogs will all leave this class with a much better state of mind!

This class will have access to a private online form where they can post HW, Questions, and new enrichment ideas!

FAQ and Dog Gone Fun Guidelines

Welcome (or welcome back) to Dog Gone Fun!

Here are a few guidelines to help you get the most out of your activities at Dog Gone Fun!

1. You may want to bring a crate to contain your dog while he relaxes between exercises or while waiting his turn.

2. Bring a bowl/water and any clean up supplies you may need. We require and appreciate your cleaning up any excrement from your dog. Bring water for yourself as well.

3. Dogs must be on leash at all times. Please don’t allow your dogs to potty on the buildings, A/C units or the turf between the buildings.

4. In some classes, dogs work in rotations. Observing other dogs in your class and how the instructor responds to their training needs is a valuable part of the learning process and we encourage you to take advantage of these situations in addition to your own personal instruction.

5. If Dog Gone Fun cancels a class session, an additional session will be added to the end of the planned class dates. This happens occasionally when there are special events at the training center.

6. If you miss a class session talk to your instructor immediately about a possible make up class. Make up classes are limited to one incidence and based on availability. If there are extenuating circumstances, email Monica right away (Monica@DogGoneFunAgility.com).Make up classes are not guaranteed.

7. If your instructor moves you to another class session, please inform Monica via email (Monica@DogGoneFunAgility.com) that you made that change so that your class fees may be adjusted accordingly.

8. Invoices **
For Ongoing Classes (All levels of Agility, All levels of Dock, Scentwork and Treibball): After week 4 of a 6 week class, you will receive an invoice for the next session to hold your spot in the next class.
~If you are not continuing, simply let us know (via email Monica@DogGoneFunAgility.com) as soon as you receive the invoice so that we are aware your slot will be open and we may allow someone else to join the class. Once we are notified by you, we will remove the charges you were invoiced from your account. We assume you are continuing and agree to the pending charges unless YOU NOTIFY US.
~ If you are continuing, payment is due prior to the first week of the new session.

9. Payments **
Payments made to DGF are updated in batches, so no need to panic if you make a class payment and do not see it on your account immediately. Please allow 48 hours for your payment to show on your DGF account ledger.

10. At the conclusion of your class your instructor will offer suggestions of classes you may proceed to next and also other classes available to you. All classes offered are listed on the DGF website: www.doggonefunagility.com. If you have questions about classes, email Monica at Monica@DogGoneFunAgility.com. ** Requests for specific classes/times are always taken into consideration when planning the DGF calendar, so feedback from you is greatly appreciated.**

11. To keep up to date with new classes and events, consider joining the Dog Gone Fun Facebook group, DGF Updates!https://www.facebook.com/groups/DGFCLASSES or simply search DGF Updates!

12. If you need to contact Dog Gone Fun regarding ANY issues please email DGF owner Monica Lindquist: Monica@DogGoneFunAgility.com. This is the official mailbox for all communications, since messages on social media and private texts may go unseen. You may also call:936-827-1612 (no texts please). Please include your name, your dog’s name and the class(es) in question in all correspondence.

We are pleased you have chosen to join Dog Gone Fun!!

 

Farm Dog Prep

The Farm Dog Certification test is a relatively new AKC activity open to all breeds and ages of dogs. The test focuses on 12 exercises that are designed to assess the overall conduct of the dog on a farm setting. Some of these skills include acting calmly around livestock, exposure to strange terrain, and basic obedience commands around new sights, smells, and sounds.
Outside of preparing you and your dog to take the Farm Dog Certification test, this prep work will create handler focus and communication in a fun and unique setting!

Flying Frisbee! Foundations

Frisbee is an exceptional dog sport that builds not only teamwork, but independence and confidence in your dog at the same time. In this class we will explore the basics of throwing technique, tracking the disc, as well as recall and retrieve back to you. We will also go over the different disc games for you and your dogs to practice in class and at home. With a new insurgence of the sport recently we are excited to bring new life into this activity!

From Reactive to Proactive: Solutions for the Reactive Dog

In this class teams will learn how to proactively handle dogs who are reactive to other dogs or people. By training leash skills, focus games, relaxation protocols, and stimulus control games you will learn how to set your dog up for success in challenging situations.

FUN-dations – Agility For FUN!

Does your dog love running, jumping, and playing? Do you want something FUN to do with your dog? Have you heard about the exciting sport of dog agility but not sure if you want to compete? In our Fun-dations class we will learn all the basics of the sport and more while taking the competitive edge out of the game. This classes main focus is for you and your dog is to have the most fun possible without the stress of competition, but still learning basic obstacles and handling skills needed to succeed. This class is perfect for teams just looking to run for fun or those starting out with their dog, but it will also prepare you for an agility Foundations class if you decide to compete!

Healing Paws – Therapy Dog Class

Are you and your dog ready to be a therapy dog team?

Do you and your friendly pup want to make a difference, come see what this rewarding hobby is all about. Learn what it means to be a therapy dog team and what it takes to get certified.  This six week course will focus on educating handlers and familiarizing canines with different types of visitations and skills needed to excel in this venture.

International Handling

In this class teams will run full courses that are commonly seen in high level competition. In this class teams will focus most on reading lines and perfecting handling.

This course is suitable for teams who are competing at a masters level or who have instructor approval.

Intro to Dog Sports!

Have an active dog that would excelle at a sport or activity, but don’t know where to start? With so many different activities out there, it can be hard to decide which one (or more!) that’s a perfect fit for you both.

Our Intro to Dog Sports class is here to help you find what you and your dog love best! In this 4 week class you will learn the basics and foundations of a new sport each week (agility, dock diving, nose work, and tricks.) This class will promise to be an exciting and insightful way for you and your canine companion to learn and grow your partnership together, and try something new!!

Jr. Handler Master Handling

This on-going Agility class is made specifically for kids under the age of 18 who want to improve handling skills and teamwork in dog agility! In this class teams will run full courses that are commonly seen in high level competition. A strong focus will be on teaching the kids to read lines and perfect their handling.

This course is suitable for Junior Handler teams who are competing at a masters level or who have instructor approval.

Jumping Jelly Bean

This 8-week course covers all the elements REQUIRED for Fantastic jump skills. Perfect for green dogs looking to build proper jump skills from the start and dogs who need help on a element of jumping. The working teams will learn Canine fitness foundations, one jump skills and jump grid skills such as use of the target, Take off point, collection, dog and handler starting positions, problem solving ideas, proofing techniques, and adding handler motion.

NOTE: Dogs must be done growing, so either considered mature in age or growth plates confirmed closed. Handlers should have a good understanding of shaping.

Price working teams $250 Auditing $105

Master Handling

In this Master Handling for Agility class teams will run full courses that are commonly seen in the master and premier level of agility competition. In this class the students will learn how to read lines and perfecting handling to continuing improving in agility competitions!

This course is suitable for teams who are competing at a masters level or who have DGF instructor approval.

Need for SPEED?

Speed building class!!!

Do you ever wish your dog was faster? Want to be a team instead of a cheerleader? Does your Dog run fast in training only to slow down at competitions? Does your dog love Agility or do they see it as work? In this 6 week class teams will learn skills for building confidence, Drive, value for Jumps, independence, obstacle focus, and a variety of fun games to make them LOVE agility and get them sprinting around the course! This class is also perfect for dogs just starting sequencing or who need more distance, obstacle obstacle focus, and jump skills.

Novice Skill Building

In this on-going course teams will learn Jump commitment, value for the bars, driving lines, Front crosses, Blind crosses, rear crosses, pinwheels, 180s, Driving circles, forward and lateral sends, serps, forced fronts, backsides, and more!!

This is the perfect class for teams who need to learn Handling, dogs who need to build confidence, teams getting ready to show, and dogs who need jump commitment and value for the bar.

Pet Problem Solving

Whether you’re dealing with a dog that runs through doorways without waiting, being too excited when guests come over, or barking when friends come over- this may be the class for you! During this course, we will be covering what specific topic you and your pup may be having. Our methods are force free and positive based, giving you ample options to quell any unwanted behavior. Contact us for more information to see if this would be the right class for you!

Puppy Preschool Party!

Socializing your puppy is one of the most important things you can do to set them up for a successful life with you! In this class we will emphasize those interactions by exposing them to new sounds and surfaces! Teams will also learn basic manners skills and enrichment games. A large portion of the class will be spent socializing your puppy to new people and learning appropriate dog interactions by playing with other puppies in the class!

This class is appropriate for dogs eight weeks to six months old. No previous training is required. Come have FUN with your puppy! 

Radiant Rally Foundations

Rally – Novice foundations.
This class is for those just starting out in the sport of Rally. Rally is all about teamwork. You and your dog will navigate a course together, side-by-side, at a brisk pace. The course will have signs where you’ll perform different exercises which will include various turns and commands such as sit, down, stay, etc..
This is a fun upbeat sport that allows for unlimited communication from the handler to the dog. While touching isn’t allowed, you can use verbal commands, clap your hands, pat your legs and use hand signals to praise and encourage your dog so be sure to bring your “happy voices” and lots of treats!
Dogs should already be able to walk nicely on a loose leash, sit, down, and come.

Radiant Rally Foundations – Sensitive Dog Class

This class is for those just starting out in the sport of Rally who have sensitive, reactive, or fearful dogs. In this class teams will work one at a time. Rally is all about teamwork. You and your dog will navigate a course together, side-by-side, at a brisk pace. The course will have signs where you’ll perform different exercises which will include various turns and commands such as sit, down, stay, etc..
This is a fun upbeat sport that allows for unlimited communication from the handler to the dog. While touching isn’t allowed, you can use verbal commands, clap your hands, pat your legs and use hand signals to praise and encourage your dog so be sure to bring your “happy voices” and lots of treats!
Dogs should already be able to walk nicely on a loose leash, sit, down, and come.

Radiant Rally Round 2

This class is for those who already have the skills needed for Rally Novice or those who have already achieved their Rally Novice title and are looking to gain experience with AKC Rally intermediate signs.

Rally is all about teamwork. You and your dog will navigate a course together, side-by-side, at a brisk pace. The course will have signs where you’ll perform different exercises which will include various turns and commands such as sit, down, stay, etc.

This is a fun upbeat sport that allows for unlimited communication from the handler to the dog. Be sure to bring your “happy voices” and lots of treats!

Scent, Search, Find! Scent Work Foundations – 1.5 Hour Long

The sport of scent work is based on the work of professional detection dogs as dogs have a sense of smell that is up to 100,000 times better then ours! In sport scent work teams work together to find essential odors such as Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, and more. In this Foundations class students will learn how to properly handle odor, set hides for your dog, build value for odor, and play many fun original games!

Scent work is a great sport for reactive, fearful, aging dogs, and puppies! It is a natural enrichment activity that benefits all dogs emotional balance!!

Class includes a scent work kit to get you started!

Scent, Search, Find! Scent Work Foundations – 1 Hour Long

The sport of scent work is based on the work of professional detection dogs as dogs have a sense of smell that is up to 100,000 times better then ours! In sport scent work teams work together to find essential odors such as Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, and more. In this Foundations class students will learn how to properly handle odor, set hides for your dog, build value for odor, and play many fun original games!

Scent work is a great sport for reactive, fearful, aging dogs, and puppies! It is a natural enrichment activity that benefits all dogs emotional balance!!

Class includes a scent work kit to get you started! This class is One hour long and limited to 5 teams.

Scentwork Advanced

This class is for dogs and their handlers that have been previously introduced to odor and have noticeable behavior change (or indication) for target odors. Distractions and different types of hides will be introduced for your dog, focusing on working comfortably in locations to increase confidence for searches.

This class is open to teams that are wishing to trial and improve their skills, along with handlers that are looking to build the partnership with their dog through more advanced detection skills. 

Senior Dog Agility Class

This Agility class was made just for senior dogs who loved agility in their youth or who want to learn a cool new hobby! Safety is the top priority with this class. Dogs will play on our indoor turf arena with maximum cushion, Jump low bars or jump bumps, go through tunnels, and do short sequences. Keeping aging dogs active has many physical & psychological benefits and we are so excited to give them a safe indoor activity!

Super Foundations

Super Foundations is the perfect class for young dogs with Experienced Handlers who have big goals. This class will teach teams the skills required to compete at the highest levels of competition. Handlers must have previous experience.

Super Swimmers: Doggie Swim Class

If you want to teach your dog to swim this is the class for you! In this class dogs will learn to love the water will be in taught how to safely enter and exit the pool and proper swimming techniques. Handler‘s will learn water safety skills such as wind/where it is safe to let your dog swim, how to recognize and prevent water toxicity, and more. 

Dogs and Puppies of all ages are welcome in this class. Dogs do not need any previous water experience.

Please note: This is a swim class not a dock diving class. The dock will not be used.

Treibball 101

Treibball (‘try-ball’) is one of the newest activities in the dog sport circuit! Started in Germany, it has been deemed as simply “ball herding” or “dog soccer,” it has slowly made its way to the US and has been growing ever since. This sport is not exclusively for herding breeds, any breed can learn and are welcome to play. The premise overall being that the handler will stand behind a line, send their dog out to a group of blown up yoga balls, and through their commands the dog will use both direction and speed to bring a specific ball across a “goal” line (in a specific amount of time.)

In this class you and your dog will learn the foundations and stepping stones of Treibball. Teams will use a variety of training techniques such as shaping and target work, as well as learning to control a yoga ball over distances with their noses.  This sport proves both to be extremely satisfying and will challenge both you and your dog to learn new commands, distance work, independence, and teamwork!

Tricktastic! Trick class

It’s all about tricks! Tricks help to build a better relationship, instill confidence, build focus, relive stress, and serve as great party entertainment! In this 6 week course teams will learn a multitude of tricks and be tested tor the AKC trick dog titles.

AKC has 5 levels of Trick titles you can earn:

  • AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)
  • AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)
  • AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)
  • AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP)
  • AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)

Urban Rats

A fun class for dogs that love to use their nose! Urban Rats will focus on introduction to rats used during sports like Happy Ratters and Barn Hunt. This environment will mimic a lot of what you see in an urban setting, encouraging the dogs to find rats. We welcome beginners with dogs who have not been introduced to rats previously and handlers who may be interested to try “hunting” in a different setting. 

Our goals will include:

  • Basic handling skills 
  • Team building for dogs and their owner
  • Basic rules overview for sports that involve rats
  • Developing drive
  • Searching and response

What Cross Where?!

What Cross Where?!

Teams will focus on perfecting various turns and crosses in short sequences such as the front cross, rear cross , blind crosses, forced front, German turn, k-turn, lap turns and more! We will also discuss where each cross should and should not be used ??