Class Information

Location:
 
Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening either at 6:00 or 7:00 PM.  All classes are held at HVOC's training grounds which are completely fenced and lighted.  Classes are 8 weeks long and each class session runs 45 to 60 minutes.  The only exception is the first session of the Puppy Class and Beginner Level I.  These two classes have a two-hour orientation for the first class.  Please consult the schedule for exact start times for each class.  Register online using the Register page.

Confirmation of Registration:
 
Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you prior to the start of your class.  In the event the class is full or your application was received after the closing date, you will be given an opportunity to reschedule at a later date or your money will be refunded.

Does the Club give refunds?
 
Normally there are no refunds.  If your instructor feels that your dog is too aggressive for a group environment, you will be given a refund and recommendation for private instruction or behavior consultation.

How much does it cost?

  • Standard fee:  $85 per 7-week course.
  • Shelter or breed Rescue dogs:  $50 for first 7-week course only (proof of adoption from valid agency must be attached to check).  Discounts only apply to Puppy and Beginner 1 classes/ If paying by PayPal bring proof of adoption to orientation class.
  • Drop in Conformation & Obedience Ring Prep class fees:  $2 per class for non-members; free for members

Which class should I take?
 
Beginning Home Obedience: Puppy Class (3-5 months), or Beginner 1, II, and III.  These classes all emphasize communication, control, management, problem solving, and good manners.
 
Competition Obedience: If you are interested in competing in AKC or UKC licensed trials, we offer Novice, Open, Utility, and Rally classes to achieve Obedience and/or Rally titles.

Conformation Handling for the Show Ring:  For those handlers interested in show socialization and competition in AKC, UKC, ARBA, ASCA conformation shows.  Basic handling skills and protocols for the ring are taught by successful breeder/exhibitors, breeder/handlers, and breeder/judges.  The goal is to enable the dogs to earn points toward a championship.

 

Policy Regarding Children on Training Grounds
 
Due to the potential for injury, no children under 10 years of age can be on HVOC's training grounds without supervision and permission from the instructor of the class.  A parent is the primary trainer in class in the Puppy and Beginner 1 class.  If children do accompany a parent and get permission of the instructor, they must sit quietly by the fence and not be disruptive to other dogs and classes.

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