DTCCU Fall 2018 

Class

Teacher Bio

PUPPY CLASSES

Puppy Kindergarten
Puppy socialization for pups 8-12 weeks to start. Introduces pups and owners to basic commands, loose leash walking, attention and exposes them to new people and things. Builds confidence and the owner/puppy bond.

Robin Haggard
 I have been training dogs for over 50 years and been breeding Alaskan Malamutes since 1963. I have taught Puppy Kindergarten at DTCCU for over 30 years.

Puppy Elementary
Puppy elementary is for puppies that are 5-7 months of age at the beginning of the session. This class  helps owners teach their puppies basic obedience such as sit, down, stay, walk nicely on a leash, and come when called. We will work on learning attention and basic manners such as allowing strangers to greet your puppy without him/her losing control. While helping your puppy learn you will create a relationship that you can build on throughout your lives together.            

Linda Glynn
I started training my own dogs in 1993 starting with a Great Pyrenees. I have owned several different types of dogs in addition to the Pyrenees including all americans, Labrador, Airedale Terriers, Basenjis, Chihuahua and Irish Setters giving me experience with a lot of different personalities. I am currently training an Irish Setter in Obedience and Rally obedience. 

BEGINNER CLASSES

Home Companion A
The entry-level class, designed to help students teach their dogs basic manners, such as sit, down, stay, come, and loose leash walking. Other lessons may be included, depending on how quickly the class progresses and interests of the students.

Stephanie Joos

Home Companion B 
The entry-level class, designed to help students teach their dogs basic manners, such as sit, down, stay, come, and loose leash walking. Other lessons may be included, depending on how quickly the class progresses and interests of the students.

Janice Kozak
I have been a member of DTCCU for approximately 14 years and taught obedience classes in Charleston, Illinois before joining DTCCU.  I started 29 years ago, with a pet store/puppy mill Bassett Hound puppy that my husband and I fell in love with.  She was the wrong dog, for the wrong reasons at the wrong time in our lives—and she taught me buckets about dog behavior and got me started on the journey I continue on today  with my obedience dog, a Golden Retriever named Summer.  My perspective on training has evolved over the past 29 years from correction training, to all positive training, and finally to a combination of positive reinforcement training as the primary motivation with timely and appropriate corrections once the dog has shown me that he understands the behavior I’m asking for.  I had the opportunity to take instructor training from Chris Bach, “The Third Way” as well as attend seminars to hear the wisdom and perspective of a number of excellent behaviorists and trainers, including Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D., Terry Ryan, Adele Yunck, and Connie Cleveland.   I make the effort to tailor my classes to the needs of my students and to provide useful information for you to use beyond the class.

Home Companion C
The entry-level class, designed to help students teach their dogs basic manners, such as sit, down, stay, come, and loose leash walking. Other lessons may be included, depending on how quickly the class progresses and interests of the students.

 Libbie Brandt
I have been teaching for DTCCU for approximately 20 years. I have owned and trained Labradors, Border collies, Jack Russell terriers, a Doberman, and a Rottweiler. I enjoy scrapbooking, being a grandma, eating popcorn, and teaching 4H dog obedience.

OBEDIENCE CLASSES

Sub-Novice
Sub Novice - work on refining basic obedience skills using positive reinforcement. Introduce props to help dogs understand what we are asking of them. Introduce AKC events and give a brief overview of "what is Beginning Novice, Agility and Rally". Students will have the ability to give each of these a test try toward the end of the session to help them decide where to go next with their canine partner.

Christel Powell
I started with my Gordon Setter Toby in Puppy Elementary 12 years ago and have been here ever since. He was my first performance dog and we have enjoyed the process of learning and expanding our abilities. We have titled in Obedience, Rally and Agility in several different venues. I was privileged to co-own his dam Star who is in the Gordon Setter Hall of Fame for her titles in Beauty (Conformation), Brains (Obedience) and Bird Sense (Hunting). I'm currently working with a younger Gordon who has helped me learn to deal with an insecure dog and fine tune skills to help her become more confident. She loves clicker training and shaping which has opened the door to an entire new level of training.

Beginner Novice
Class instruction prepares students to train their dogs in more formal development of controlled walking (heel), sit/stay and down/stay exercises, reliable recall including front and finish.  Variety and FUN is the foundation in skill building for handler and dog preparing for progressive courses in obedience and rally as well owners seeking additional training for the best behaved dog on the block.

Mary Davis 
I started dog training as a 4-H youth 40+ years ago and have had a lead in my hand and a dog by my side ever since. My performance event training, trialing, and titling includes obedience, rally, retriever hunt tests, and dock diving. I've also finished AKC conformation championships on several breeds including Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Pointer, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Australian Cattle Dog. My dogs have been featured in local theater and movie productions. My training philosophy:  "Never sacrifice the relationship for the ribbon."  Dogs are companions and members of our family first. The training and trialing adventures enhance their lives and mine, placing us in the company of amazing people and dogs.

Novice-Grad Novice-Open Trial Prep

Emphasis on ring readiness for those dog/handler teams ready for companion events. Proofing dogs and handlers in respective class elements including rules, handling skills, distractions, and attention as well as moving dogs between exercises, group exercises, entering/leaving ring under control.

Class syllabi dictated by the needs and goals of those registered.

Mary Davis
I started dog training as a 4-H youth 40+ years ago and have had a lead in my hand and a dog by my side ever since. My performance event training, trialing, and titling includes obedience, rally, retriever hunt tests, and dock diving. I've also finished AKC conformation championships on several breeds including Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Pointer, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Australian Cattle Dog. My dogs have been featured in local theater and movie productions. My training philosophy:  "Never sacrifice the relationship for the ribbon."  Dogs are companions and members of our family first. The training and trialing adventures enhance their lives and mine, placing us in the company of amazing people and dogs.

Janice Kozak
I have been a member of DTCCU for approximately 14 years and taught obedience classes in Charleston, Illinois before joining DTCCU.  I started 29 years ago, with a pet store/puppy mill Bassett Hound puppy that my husband and I fell in love with.  She was the wrong dog, for the wrong reasons at the wrong time in our lives—and she taught me buckets about dog behavior and got me started on the journey I continue on today  with my obedience dog, a Golden Retriever named Summer.  My perspective on training has evolved over the past 29 years from correction training, to all positive training, and finally to a combination of positive reinforcement training as the primary motivation with timely and appropriate corrections once the dog has shown me that he understands the behavior I’m asking for.  I had the opportunity to take instructor training from Chris Bach, “The Third Way” as well as attend seminars to hear the wisdom and perspective of a number of excellent behaviorists and trainers, including Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D., Terry Ryan, Adele Yunck, and Connie Cleveland.   I make the effort to tailor my classes to the needs of my students and to provide useful information for you to use beyond the class.

Open Concepts
we start each session determining what the students are wanting to learn. We cover everything from basic obedience skills to scent discrimination, hand signals and everything in between. The structure of the class is driven by the currently enrolled students.

Christel Powell
I started with my Gordon Setter Toby in Puppy Elementary 12 years ago and have been here ever since. He was my first performance dog and we have enjoyed the process of learning and expanding our abilities. We have titled in Obedience, Rally and Agility in several different venues. I was privileged to co-own his dam Star who is in the Gordon Setter Hall of Fame for her titles in Beauty (Conformation), Brains (Obedience) and Bird Sense (Hunting). I'm currently working with a younger Gordon who has helped me learn to deal with an insecure dog and fine tune skills to help her become more confident. She loves clicker training and shaping which has opened the door to an entire new level of training.

Utility
Focuses on advanced exercises such as scent discrimination, directed jumping, signals, and glove retrieves. Prerequisite: Novice-level training or permission of instructor.

Duane Walton

Duane has trained dogs for over 45 years. He is one of the founding members of the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana; has instructed many club obedience classes, from Home Companion through Utility; and has been a past Director of Training and President for the club. He has made an ongoing effort to stay informed concerning various training techniques and AKC rule changes. He has been fortunate to be able to work with some of the country’s leading trainers in dog sport both in obedience and field work. He has titled dogs in obedience and agility, trials, tracking tests, and retriever hunt tests, including HRC Hunt Tests (HR, HRCH), and AKC Tracking Tests (TD), Agility Trials (NA, NAJ), Obedience Trials (CD, CDX, UD, UDX), and Hunt Tests (JH, SH, MH). He has served as an AKC Hunt Test and Obedience Trial secretary and is an AKC approved Field Trial judge He currently has three Golden Retrievers and five Labrador Retrievers at home, all still currently working. Duane is a retired Elementary School Principal.

RALLY

Beginner-Novice Rally

This class is designed to provide an introduction to the sport of Rally Obedience. Students will learn how to read and execute the Novice and Intermediate signs and navigate courses. We’ll focus on learning how to train your dog to do the exercises, which will include work on heel as a position, attention, fronts, finishes, stand, etc. We’ll also revisit the Home Companion fundamentals of sit, down, and stay.

Prerequisite: CGC or permission of instructor.

Alicia Curtin
II was introduced to dog obedience training when I was about 5 years old, when I would accompany my father to classes for our Labrador. A few years later we used what he learned in class to put basic obedience on my Beagle. Then I spent many years learning about, riding, and eventually starting horses. In 2014 I got a new Labrador puppy, and enrolled in obedience classes with her. In 2015 I found my way to DTCCU and now I compete, and my dog has titles, in Retriever Hunt Tests, Obedience, and Rally. Field work is my passion, but I enjoy all aspects of training with my dog.

OTHER COURSES

Introduction to Scent Work

Scent Work is the latest craze, because it’s FUN!  It’s also a great confidence builder as it requires the dog to lead the way.  The goal of this course is to introduce dogs to birch odor using a series of games (we do NOT search for food or pair odor and food).  We’ll also touch on proper handling of odor, equipment and leash handling and the importance of odor obedience.  By the end of class, most teams who practice regularly between class should be ready for their NACSW Birch ORT or to begin in Novice AKC Scent Work Containers.

$5 supply fee.  Each student will receive a starter kit with Birch swabs.

Prerequisite: Dogs: any age welcome, but must be able to be crated quietly and must not be aggressive to dogs or humans.

Jenna Zeidler
I started in dog sports as a 4-Her when I was 11 years old, competing in obedience and showmanship with a Rat Terrier and a Doberman.  Since that time, I and a variety of dogs have earned titles in AKC and CDSP Obedience, AKC and WCRL Rally, AKC and UKI Agility, NACSW and AKC Scent sports, and WCFO and RFE Freestyle.  My training style is fun, based on positive reinforcement, shaping and respect for the emotional well being of all the humans and dogs involved.  Major influences on my training have come from Bob Bailey, Denise Fenzi, Susan Garrett, Amy Cook and Lucy Newton.

Foundation Games for Performance Dogs
Learn a variety of games to play with your dog that will provide a firm foundation for any dog sport.  Using the motivational style of Susan Garrett and Denise Fenzi, class will incorporate many of their techniques for building relationship, drive, focus and impulse control.  Dogs will learn to think and make choices, not just respond to handler commands.  Handlers will gain confidence in their dog’s ability to solve problems and demonstrate impulse control.  The games are fun for dogs of all ages, regardless of their current level of training.  Dogs must be at least 4 months old, know basic commands, and be comfortable in a crate.  In order to benefit from this class, you must have some previous training experience and plan to compete in a sport with your dog.

Deb DiPietro
’I've been training my own three dogs for almost 10 years, earning multiple titles in rally and obedience.  We also do nose work.  I started teaching classes at a club in Tennessee about seven years ago, including Beginner Novice, Novice, Utility, Ring Confidence, and Foundation Games for Performance Dogs.   My teaching style is primarily positive reinforcement, using food, toys, praise and play.  Teaching games to people and dogs is my specialty.

SHORT COURSES

CGC Urban

AKC Urban CGC should be administered in a place where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises, and distractions. This test is administered in the real world; it should not be simulated in a ring at a dog show.

The goal of AKC Urban CGC is to test the dog’s skills in an urban (city) setting.

Requirements:

To earn the AKC Urban CGC (CGCU) title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:

1. Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC. While the CGC and CGCU may be tested on the same day, the dog owner should request the CGC first. After receiving the CGC certificate, the CGCU can be applied for.

2. Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog’s number. Read more information on getting an AKC number.

Christel Powell
I started with my Gordon Setter Toby in Puppy Elementary 12 years ago and have been here ever since. He was my first performance dog and we have enjoyed the process of learning and expanding our abilities. We have titled in Obedience, Rally and Agility in several different venues. I was privileged to co-own his dam Star who is in the Gordon Setter Hall of Fame for her titles in Beauty (Conformation), Brains (Obedience) and Bird Sense (Hunting). I'm currently working with a younger Gordon who has helped me learn to deal with an insecure dog and fine tune skills to help her become more confident. She loves clicker training and shaping which has opened the door to an entire new level of training.

AGILITY CLASSES

Agility Prep      

                                           

Tracy Jobe

Susan Anderson

Sherry Cole

Agility 2                        

Suzi Johnson

Cindy Scheidemantel

Agility 4

Laurie Lobdell

Chris Mayer

Competition Agility A

Chris Mayer

Competition Agility B

Chris Mayer

Susan Anderson

CONFORMATION CLASSES

Conformation

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(Schedule updated June 7, 2018)