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Manhattan Kansas
Kennel Club

Training Classes

The kennel club offers multiple classes including super puppy class, basic obedience, novice and advanced rally obedience, and beginning and advanced agility. Other classes, such as advanced obedience and conformation, are offered periodically. One-on-one sessions are also offered on a case-by-case basis. MKKC courses are taught by club members with experience training dogs of various sizes and breeds.

Course participation requires Training Director and/or instructor consent.

S.T.A.R. / Super Puppy Class

Our S.T.A.R. / Super Puppy class is a seven-week class for puppies 10 weeks to under 6 months. The focus of the class is working on socialization and confidence building. It is a part of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program which works toward four objectives: 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 good citizenship.

Current instructors are Kay Cassella and Susan Keller.

Basic Obedience

Our basic obedience class is a seven-week long class for dogs over 5 months of age and older. This class teaches training techniques needed in order to have a well-behaved, well-mannered dog. Dogs learn to walk appropriately on a leash, sit, down, stay, come when called, politely meet new people and dogs, and much 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, Diana Farmer, Brianna Nipper, and Tiffany Oberdorf.

Beginning Agility

Beginning Agility is an eight-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 instructors are Susan Keller and Dale Bormann.

Intermediate Agility

This is an eight-week class designed for dogs that have completed the Beginning Agility class and have been introduced to all agility obstacles. This class introduces simple sequencing and serves as a great stepping-stone toward the Advanced Agility class.

Current instructors are Susan Keller and Dale Bormann.

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility is an eight-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 instructor is Susan Keller.

Novice and Advanced 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 L. (Bud) Kramer. The America Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) have adopted Rally as part of their performance events. For his work, AKC awarded Bud a posthumous lifetime Achievement Award for his development of Rally and Agility.

Current instructors are Susan Keller and Brianna Nipper.

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