(See below for Annual Schedule of Class Sessions)
Class Night Time Location
Basic Manners Wednesday 7:00 p.m. North Florida Fairgrounds
Basic Manners Wednesday 7:50 p.m. North Florida Fairgrounds
Manners & More Wednesday 7:50 p.m. North Florida Fairgrounds
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Wednesday 7:00 p.m. North Florida Fairgrounds
Novice Wednesday TBA North Florida Fairgrounds
Open Workshop Wednesday TBA North Florida Fairgrounds
Utility Workshop Wednesday TBA. North Florida Fairgrounds
Heeling Not Offered This Session North Florida Fairgrounds
HEELING CLASS: Prerequisite for the heeling class: dog must have completed Manners &
More. There are three openings remaining.
WORKSHOPS: The Open and Utility Workshops will be limited to four dogs each. There are
no instructors, and the cost is $60. In each workshop, time will be evenly distributed among
the dogs participating, and the handler will work on any exercises they would like to. Workshop
participants should help each other, as in a run through (putting out gloves, etc.), but are not
required to instruct. Since knowledge of the exercises is required, the handler must have
trained a dog in the workshop level in order to sign up.
To register for classes see below.
During the months of September through June, TDOC, through the City of Tallahassee and the
North Florida Fairgrounds, offers a series of training classes to the community. Classes are 7
weeks and are open to all dogs (purebred and mixed) three months of age or older. The goal
of these classes is to help owners teach their dogs simple commands (heel on leash, sit,
down, stay, stand, and come) and good manners. At the conclusion of the Manners & More
class most dogs are capable of passing the AKC approved Canine Good Citizenship
Puppy Class is for dogs under six months of age. The primary focus of puppy class is
socialization with strangers and other dogs. Puppies are introduced to the five basic
commands (sit, down, stay, come and stand) as well as health and hygiene, housebreaking
and basic grooming.
Basic Manners is for dogs over the age of six months. This is our most popular class. The
Basic Manners class is more structured than Puppy Class because the dogs are
developmentally more ready for structured lessons. In Basic Manners, owners and dogs work
on refining the basic commands as well as learning additional commands.
Manners and More requires that dogs must have completed the Basic Manners Class. The
concept of team work required for you and your dog to perform well together is introduced.
Items of the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) are reviewed in this
class. Successful completion of this class will prepare you for the Attention or Novice class
and will give you a dog that is more reliable.
Novice, Open and Utility classes are offered primarily for the individual who would like to train
their dog for obedience competition, however, we have some owners who desire to train their
dog to a higher level, but are not interested in obedience competition.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing. At the conclusion of the Manners & More class, the owner
and their dog should be ready to participate in the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. The CGC
Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed
atmosphere. The CGC Program has a 10 item test of basic good manners for dogs. All dogs
who pass the test are eligible to receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. For more
information on the CGC, see www.akc.org.
Rally Obedience is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been
designed by the rally judge. It provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen program to
obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers.
Date (Club Members and
Previous Session Students)
||January 3, 2018
||November 13, 2017
||November 20, 2017
||March 21, 2018
||January 29, 2018
||February 5, 2018
Annual Schedule of Class Sessions
TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS
Please call 562-4421 on or after your registration begin date above.
The Pre-registration date is for club members and students enrolled
in the previous class session. The Registration Date is for the general
public. Leave your name, telephone number, and the age and breed
of your dog. Your call will be returned by the TDOC registrar, who
will give you additional information on the classes and the registration
process. Classes are filled on a first come basis based on returned,
completed paperwork and payment.
Cost of Classes is $95.00. Due to the recent canine influenza
outbreak, classes are cancelled for the Fall 2017 session. For
all future classes, TDOC will require proof of vaccination for
the H3N2 virus along with the other required vaccinations .
This vaccination is a two step process. Two to four weeks
after the initial injection, a booster is given. Please allow time
for this to be completed before classes begin.