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Manhattan Kansas
Kennel Club

Training Classes

The kennel club offers multiple classes a year including puppy class, basic obedience, beginning and advanced rally obedience, beginning agility, and advanced agility. Other classes, such as advanced obedience, canine freestyle and conformation, are offered periodically. MKKC courses are taught by club members with experience training dogs of various sizes and breeds.

Course participation requires instructor consent.

Puppy Classes

Our puppy class, a part of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, is a seven-week class for dogs under six months of age. The class works toward the four objectives of the program: Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. After accomplishing the 20 behaviors assessed on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test, the puppy and its owner are well on their way to successful canine citizenship.

Current Puppy Class instructors are Susan Keller, Kay Cassella, and Lou Claassen.

Basic Obedience

Our basic obedience class is an eight-week long class for dogs six months of age or older. This class teaches training techniques needed in order to have a well-behaved, well-mannered dog. Dogs learn to stay, come when called, politely meet new people and dogs and more. Included with our basic obedience class is an opportunity for your dog to become a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) by passing the CGC test at the end of the course.

Current instructors are Susan Keller, Lou Claassen, and Diana Farmer.

Advanced Obedience

Like the basic obedience class, the advanced obedience class culminates in the Canine Good Citizen Test. However, this course is designed for dogs and owners with previous training experience, such as those who have successfully completed the puppy class or the basic obedience class. The advanced obedience class is seven weeks long.

Canine Beginning Freestyle

Freestyle is a choreographed performance with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and its handler. In this seven-week course, handlers learn to use positive reinforcement to teach their dogs basic moves, to choose music, and to put together a routine. Participating dogs must have basic obedience training and good manners. 

Beginning Agility

Beginning Agility is a seven-week class for dogs at least six months of age with some obedience training. This class teaches the familiarization of obstacles used in AKC and UKC agility. By becoming familiar with and accomplishing the obstacles in the agility course, your dog builds confidence and focuses its energy as well as builds strong bonds with its owner.

Current Beginning Agility instructor is Dale Bormann.

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility is a seven-week class for dogs with training in beginning agility. This class builds on the confidence and knowledge obtained through basic agility while adding handling skills and working with obstacle sequences. As you and your dog become skilled on the agility course, you can explore competitive agility through local dog shows and events.

Current Advanced Agility instructors are Susan Keller and Lou Claassen.

Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience, or Rally-O as the dog sport is often called, is a relatively new competitive sport similar to Traditional Dog Obedience in basic skills, but differs in the format or the way in which required skills are performed.

Our Novice Rally Class consists of two parts. The first part, about 20 minutes of the 60-minute class period, is taught with all students working together with their dogs. This part concentrates on teaching the basic obedience skills and introducing the students to the 36 Novice Obedience exercises that are used in the design of the “Rally Exercise Course.” The second 40 minutes of the class period consists of putting those basic skills to use. Each student will individually work with his/her dog through a Rally course composed of 12 to 14 sequentially numbered Rally signs. The Rally signs have brief descriptions of the Rally exercises that the student and their dog are to perform. The Rally signs are arranged in a reasonable format creating a Rally exercise course. This is a fun way of teaching your dog the basic obedience exercises, such as: sitting, standing, lying down, heeling (walking with his handler through many patterns), and many other exercises to develop attention and response.

Our Advanced Rally class builds on the skills learned in the Novice class and prepares handlers for competition in the ring.

Rally Obedience was created by Charles (Bud) Kramer. The America Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) have adopted Rally as part of their performance events. Within a few years, Rally has spread throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States, and many of the large cities of Central and Southern America.

Current Rally instructors are Lou Claassen and Bud Kramer.

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