The following is a list of courses that LDSC is currently offering:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy & Evaluations – Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.

Manners – Course is for those owners who would like to see improvements in their dog’s behavior (manners) even in distracting environments. This class focuses on building a solid recall, walking on a loose leash, preventing jumping up on people, preventing harassment of visitors, Go-To-Place and very basic obedience. Field trips to local dog-friendly areas may be included as needed.

Beginner– Beginner Obedience will teach you how to train your dog to sit, stay, come, leave it, and walk on a loose leash as well as other Beginner level obedience skills. Dogs must be at least 6 months old when you register for this class.

Intermediate– In this class you will learn how to train your dog to Heel on Lead, Stand for Exam, Recall with Front and Finish as well as more advanced group exercises. This class is for dogs that have passed the Beginner Class or by evaluation of the class Instructor.

Novice I, Novice II & Advanced – These classes are a continuation of the skills learned in Intermediate class as well as introducing the use of a dumbbell. Additionally some of the skills learned in this class are used in Rally Obedience, Agility and Competitive Obedience. In the Advanced class the dogs are able to work off lead and at a distance from their handler. Each of these classes builds on the previous class so evaluation by the instructor is required.

Control Unleashed – This class is great for shy, reactive or excitable dogs that need improved focus and/or confidence. Emphasis is placed on the handler’s ability to identify certain behaviors in the dog and how to quickly refocus the dog’s attention.

Rally Obedience – Course is a type of competition in which the dog and handler demonstrate working as a team. Several different obedience skills are used as the team travels through a designated course. On this course they must go from one station to another following signs that tell them how to perform each station or how to travel from one station to another. The dog remains in heel position throughout the obstacle course as the team performs turns, circles, sits and downs, weaving through pylons or other obedience skills as required by the signs. Beginner Obedience class is required and Intermediate Obedience is preferred prior to this class.

Tricks – Tricks Class is a fun and rewarding class that will surely make your dog an entertainer! Learn the techniques to teach your dog almost any trick in a positive environment. Luring, capturing, shaping and adduction are a few of the methods we will use to teach these new behaviors. In addition to learning tricks, by the end of the course your dog will be eligible for a Trick Dog Title.

Outdoor Adventure  – Course teaches owners how to handle their dogs in real life, everyday situations. Field trips will include local pet friendly stores, restaurants, parks and downtown areas. Each visit will focus on manners important for a well behaved dog. Many handlers who plan to engage in performance sports, therapy dog work or any activity that requires the dog to be well behaved in public will benefit from this class. The last class will include the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation. Some walking is required but will generally be 1 mile or less. Class size is limited to 5 dogs. Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience or equivalent. Owners MUST be able to handle their dogs in public areas! Safety of the dog, handler, instructor and general public is vital to involvement in the Outdoor Adventure Class. The instructor reserves the right to deny participation of any team at any time if they feel the safety of the class is at risk.

AKC Canine Good Citizen & Evaluations – 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. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Classes are available but not required to receive this certification.