Borderhauss Kennels teaches positive reinforcement training. We use lots of treats, toys, praise, and fun, but still have consistently high expectations.
We have a large venue to offer multiple dog activities and lessons. Our agility classes are indoors in a 4000 sq. ft. arena.
Since these are small classes you will have one-on-one guidance to give you a new approach to common behavior problems while learning dog sports.
Typical group classes are too large; there are many small details that help your dog learn to be more efficient and consistent.
If you are unsure which class is right for you, please feel free to call, email, or come out for an evaluation. These classes are designed to help you and your dog with whatever you need. We are flexible and tend to cater the classes toward your dog.
We have private lessons and only a few classes at this time. Please plan on arriving early to potty your pup before entering the training building. This is a no pee zone and we look forward to many, many years of pee free training. Thanks for your help.
Borderhauss Kennels Calendar Schedule
For those of you that live too far away or just can't make the schedule work, you can work from home with your dog. I have an option to purchase a video of the lessons. You will get a chance to ask questions, video yourself for feedback, and follow along from home. After purchasing, I will email you a password and a link to the video. Please check back as new videos will be added periodically.
Training Class Descriptions
(Class size is generally 3-7 dogs)
How to Train Positively
This class is one month long teaching the handler the very basics of positive dog
training (or any animal). You will learn about ‘clicker’ training, treating, marking,
shaping, luring, offering, etc. If you have never trained a dog before, or haven’t trained
in many years, this is a great way to start. It will focus on explaining the ‘how’ and
‘why’ while practicing simple skills that develop a happy and well-mannered companion.
This class will allow you to continue in any training direction. This class is without
your dog and each person will work with one of my dogs. This will help avoid
distractions and making mistakes with your dog. Each handler will get a chance to
practice with different ‘types’ of dogs. This is a great class to take before adopting your
new dog or puppy. (Limited to 4 people)
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program (Socialize, Training, Activity, Responsibility)
“The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog
owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an
incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies
through a basic training class. 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.” (akc.org)
Classes are 6 weeks long, taught by a S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator, and each student
must attend all classes to graduate. This is for any puppy under 1 year of age.
Graduating puppies will receive a certificate, a puppy raising guide, a monthly newsletter
with new training tips, and a discount into the Companion Animal Recovery Corporation.
Please bring paperwork to show appropriate veterinarian care and dog license for your
CGC – AKC Canine Good Citizen
“Welcome to the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Started in 1989,
the 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 will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club”
The CGC class is 6 weeks long for any dog over one year of age and will work on all ten
test requirements. The final class will include a short test with a CGC evaluator. If
passing, an AKC certificate and title will be awarded to your dog. This is an excellent positive first training step for any dog and especially therapy dogs. Any dog that would like to take the test without the class can register for test day only. The test includes these ten skills. Please bring paperwork to show appropriate veterinarian care and dog license for your county.
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming
- Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit and down on command and Staying in place
- Coming when called
- Reaction to another dog
- Reaction to distraction
- Supervised separation
CGCA – AKC Community Canine (advanced CGC)
“All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.” These are the skills tested:
- Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control
- Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation – does not pull while turning, fast and slow paced, and stop
- Walks on a loose leash through a crowd
- Dog walks past distraction of another dog 2 feet apart without pulling
- Sit-stay in small group of three other people and dogs
- Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag) to approach and pet
“leave it” Dog walks past food and follows owners command to “leave it”
- Down or sit stay – at a distance while owner picks something up
- Recall with distractions present
- Dog passes through doorway before or after owner under controls. Stay and wait or send nd wait.
Private Lessons – Herding
Private herding lessons are for herding dogs to begin or continue training with sheep. The lessons begin with instructor working the dog and lead into owner working the dog.
Private Lessons – Agility
Private agility lessons are designed for students new to Borderhauss Kennels and beginner dogs/handlers. If experienced, this is an evaluation to assure that each new student is enrolled in the class that best fits everyone’s needs. If a beginner student, this is a great place to begin without normal class distractions of other dogs. Each student will need these obedience and agility fundamentals before entering a group class.
- Name, Recall, Attention
- Heel sit on both sides
- Sit stay from heel on both sides
- Nose or foot targeting in heel position
- Targeting back feet on elevated surface (2O2O)
- Flexibility and circling
- Introduction/Exposure to all agility obstacles
Agility Steps 1-5
This is the first group class after private agility lessons for the beginner. This class is the designed to take all the beginning skills and add distractions of other dogs. Handlers will be introduced to beginning sequences and learning basic crosses and turns. (front cross, rear cross, blind cross, post turn) This class also focuses on basic manners while on the sidelines and off leash recalls. Continuing work on 2O2O or running contacts and weave training as usual.
Skills Needed: Dog should be able to perform all the basic skills from Private Lessons with or without distractions.
Handlers will learn to expand on the basic crosses. For example: front cross landing side vs. take off side. Dogs and handlers will be introduced to distance work and common sequences seen in trials. (Serpentines, threadles, pinwheels, 270’s, etc). Dogs and handlers will still work on contacts 2O2O, weaves and flatwork working toward proficiency. Dogs will also be taught proper jumping techniques to insure safety and work to full height. (full height is determined by each dog’s height)
Skills Needed: Handlers/Dogs should be able to perform basic crosses (front, rear, blind) Dogs have an understanding of weaving 6 poles and targeting 2O2O on all contacts although proficiency not required. Dog should be able to be well mannered on leash while other dogs are playing.
This group class is open to students that want to compete or are novice competitors. We focus on courses from Novice AKC, Level 1-3 CPE, and Starters USDAA courses. Courses will be set up, discussed, and practiced in whole or in part
learning different handling options for each dog team. Handlers will be introduced to more handling such as wraps, pulls, out, go and putting all that knowledge together to choose the appropriate handling for that team.
Skills Needed: Handlers should have an understanding of common sequences seen in courses like serpantines, threadles, pinwheels, 270’s, . Dogs/Handlers should be able to perform 6-12 weave poles unassisted, full contacts with ending target 2O2O on and be proficient on all other obstacles without assistance. Dogs will already be jumping full height and comfortable with common flatwork. Dogs need a basic understanding of distance work of ‘out’ and ‘go on’. Dog should be able to be well mannered on leash while other dogs are playing.
Advanced Competition Agility
This is the most advanced agility class where students are comfortable competing and working on more advanced handling skills such as backside jumps, lap turns, tandem turns, Jaako turns, Ketschker turns, etc. We will continue to build on all skills working for consistent handling and dogs and practice on tougher courses. This class is a fast moving class sometimes broken down to introduce new handling and sometimes full courses to practice applying that new knowledge with the old.
Skills Needed: Dogs proficient on all obstacles, targeting 2O2O or running contacts, full height jumps, work at a distance for short sequences, able to complete at least full Novice+ course, and be able to be well mannered off leash while other dogs are playing.