DTCCU Fall 2019

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

I have been training dogs for over 30 years.  I have had many breeds over the years, including Labradors, Pointers, and a Bouvier Des Flanders, but my first love is Italian Greyhounds.  I have trained dogs to the UD level but have not yet earned a UD title.  I love teaching beginning classes. I enjoy watch handlers and their dogs working together. I currently live with and train two Italian Greyhounds, a Whippet, and three little mixed breeds.

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.

Lola Heim

To be added.

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 4-H 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.

Novice/Open

Focuses on advanced exercises such as retrieving and jumping, while continuing to build on the foundations learned in Novice.

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/Utility


Focuses on advanced exercises such as retrieving and jumping, signals, and scent articles. Taught in two rings.

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

Rally TBD

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SHORT COURSES

Scent Work 2, Intro to Elements

Building on the games from the Intro to Scent Work class, this class introduces interior, exterior, container, vehicle and buried searches in a simple and fun way that isn't overwhelming to dogs or their people.

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

Prerequisite: Intro to Scent Work class

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.

OTHER COURSES

AGILITY CLASSES

Agility 1

This class follows the Agility Prep class. We continue to focus on obstacle skills, handling skills, and coming together as a team. Students will learn how to give timely commands and work on providing consistent body cues on short sequences. Handlers will also continue to train their dogs on individual obstacle performance.                                          

Agility 3                   

Agility 3 offers additional practice on longer and more complex sequences. Handlers will be working on refining their cues and learning how to work away from their dogs. The contacts will be raised to full height during this session, though some dogs may need assistance with the teeter.

Advanced Agility

Advanced handling skills, speed, and distance are emphasized in this sixth level agility class. Handlers will fine tune the steps they have already learned and improve communication with their dogs.  Both long sequences and some full course work are offered in this class.  Dogs should be fluent on all equipment, though may still need to work on weaves.

Competition Agility A

Competition Agility B

CONFORMATION CLASSES

Conformation

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(Updated June 4, 2019)