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Class Descriptions & Progression

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Class Descriptions

Agility Training

  • Foundation 1 Agility Skills

    This class is the first introduction to agility. Skills taught will include: Targeting, Stays, Circle Work, Shadow Handling, Obstacles (Table, Tire, Tunnel), and Toy/Drive work.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous Foundation 1, Basic Shaping, and/or Shaping Foundations. Dogs should be at least 8 months of age to attend this class.

    Instructors: Kirsten, Peny, Claudia

  • Foundation 2 Agility Skills

    This class is a continuation of Foundation I, with concentration given to jumping skills and beginning handling. Skills taught will include: Stays, Circle Work, Shadow Handling, Jumping Skills, Obstacles, and Toy/Drive work. This class may be taken conc

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous Foundation I Agility Skills Class and permission of Claudia Bates. Dogs should be at least 10 months to 1 year of age to attend this class.

    Instructors: mary, Claudia, Kirsten

  • Foundation 3 Agility Skills

    This class is a continuation of Skills learned in Foundation I and II classes with concentration on contact work. Skills taught will include: Targeting/Board work, Stays, Contact End Behavior, Teeter, Weaves, and Toy/Drive work.

    Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Foundation I or II Agility Skills and written permission of Claudia Bates. This class may be taken concurrently with Foundation II Agility Skills. Dogs should be at least 10 months to 1 year of age to attend this class.

    Instructors: Kirsten, Claudia

  • Beginning Foundations

    This class will cover the skills needed to begin agility classes such as: cone work, shaping tricks and behaviors, interaction with props/equipment, toy work, stays, and recalls. This is a very fun class that can be taken in preparation for Foundation 1 or as a stand-alone fun class. This class is a prerequisite for Foundation 1 Agility Skills.

    Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten or orientation at A Click Above

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  • Foundation 1 Agility Skills

    This class will begin introduction to equipment and skills needed for agility training. Skills taught will include: targeting, cone work, stays, station work, board work, obstacles (table, tire, tunnel, as well as an introduction to the dog walk and a-frame), beginning jump work, tricks, warm-up routine, and toy/drive work.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous Foundation 1 or Beginning Foundation Agility as well as a previous pre-class orientation, and/or permission of Claudia Bates. Dogs should be at least 8 months of age to attend this class.

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  • Foundation 2 Agility Skills

    This class is a continuation of Foundation 1, with concentration given to jumping skills and beginning handling over jumps and tunnels as well as other skills. Skills taught will include: stays, beginning agility handling on short sequences, jumping skills on one jump, contact obstacle skills (mainly end behavior), and beginning weaves. This class may be taken concurrently with Foundation 3, with permission of Claudia Bates.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous Foundation 1 Agility Skills Class and/or permission of Claudia Bates. Dogs should be at least 10 months to 1 year of age to attend this class.

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  • Foundation 3 Agility Skills

    This class is a continuation of skills learned in Foundation 1 and 2 classes with concentration on contact work. Skills taught will include: targeting/board work, stays, contact end behavior, teeter, weaves, and full contact work.

    Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Foundation 2 Agility Skills. This class may be taken concurrently with Foundation 2 Agility Skills with permission of Claudia Bates. Dogs should be at least 10 months to 1 year of age to attend this class

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  • Handling 1

    Handling skills taught will be the similar to the skills taught in the Advanced Handling class, taught at an intermediate pace and level, using the tire, jumps, and tunnels to perfect handling moves. Skills taught will include front crosses, rear crosses, blind crosses, pinwheels, jump chutes and grids, serpentines, threadles,and counter rotations. This class should be paired with one of the Contacts and Weaves classes. Each class gets progressively more difficult and most need to be repeated at least once.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of ACA's Foundation 2 and 3 is required. Dogs must be able to work off-lead in the sequences.

    Instructors: Nancy, Claudia, Elsie, Diann

  • Handling 2

    Handling skills taught will be the similar to the skills taught in the Advanced Handling class, taught at an intermediate pace and level, using the tire, jumps, and tunnels to perfect handling moves. Skills taught will include front crosses, rear crosses, blind crosses, pinwheels, jump chutes and grids, serpentines, threadles,and counter rotations. This class should be paired with one of the Contacts and Weaves classes. Each class gets progressively more difficult and most need to be repeated at least once.

    Prerequisites: Students wanting to attend Handling 2 must successfully complete Handling 1 or have previously taken Handling 2.

    Instructors: Nancy, Claudia, Diann, Elsie

  • Handling 3

    Handling skills taught will be the similar to the skills taught in the Advanced Handling class, taught at an intermediate pace and level, using the tire, jumps, and tunnels to perfect handling moves. Skills taught will include front crosses, rear crosses, blind crosses, pinwheels, jump chutes and grids, serpentines, threadles,and counter rotations. This class should be paired with one of the Contacts and Weaves classes. Each class gets progressively more difficult and most need to be repeated at least once.

    Prerequisites: Students wanting to take Handling 3 must have successfully completed Handling 2 or have permission from Elsie Maylott.

    Instructors: Diann, Claudia, Elsie, Nancy

  • Contacts and Weaves

    Contact and weaving skills taught will be geared to advancing the dog on to one of the advanced classes. Specific attention will be given to fast and accurate contact work, using (primarily) the targeting method. Contact and weave stations and sequence exercises will be used. This class can and should be taken in conjunction with either Handling I or one of the Intermediate classes. Please note: while there will be instruction provided in this class, many sequences or stations will be set up for students to practice independently. ***Regarding the Thursday class, there will be individualized instruction on two obstacles each week on a rotational basis; the A-frame or Dogwalk and the Seesaw or Weaves. The other two obstacles will be available, if space permits, for students to work on their own.

    Prerequisites: Dogs must have taken Foundation III Agility Skills with ACA and/or have written permission from Claudia Bates.

    Instructors: mary, Diann, Nancy, Claudia, Elsie

  • Contacts and Handling

    This class is a combination of Contacts and Weaves and Handling I (see Handling I description). The session will be divided and specific weeks will be dedicated to contact work and others to handling skills. The specific ratio will be decided by the majority of class participants.

    Prerequisites: Dogs must have taken Beginner Agility with ACA, Contacts and Weaves at least once, and/or have permission from Claudia Bates.

    Instructors: Claudia, Elsie, Kirsten, Nancy

  • Teeter and Weaves

    This class will concentrate solely on perfecting the seesaw and weave poles. Attention will be given to footwork, handling, and entrance skills for the weave poles as well as proper and fast seesaw execution.

    Prerequisites: Dogs completion of at least one Contacts and Weaves class at ACA within the past year or permission of registrar, Claudia Bates.

    Instructors: Claudia, Nancy

  • Pre-Competition Handling

    This class is designed to get dogs ready to begin competing at the Novice/Starters level. Sequences, small courses, and full size courses will be done in this class to help the dog and handler team to fine tune the skills learned in Handling1, 2, and 3. The skills covered will be front crosses, rear crosses, lead out pushes/pivots, course work analysis, application of handling systems, and obstacle discrimination.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Handling 3 and or/previous attendance of Pre-Competition Handling as well as proficiency of dogwalk and A-frame, and the teeter, as well as some skill on weave poles.

    Instructors: Claudia, Elsie, Nancy

  • Handling with Video Analysis

    The concentration of this class will be to use video to improve handling and be able to better recognize errors in body position. The sequences will involve mostly jumps and tunnels but may also involve contacts and/or weaves. Each week one or two short courses will be run and videotaped. The videos will be posted online. LIMITED TO 8 DOGS

    Prerequisites: Permission of Elsie Maylott.

    Instructors: Elsie, Diann

  • Novice Competition Handling

    Geared toward the dog and handler teams currently competing at the Novice level or above in any agility venue. Focus will be on course analysis, memorization and strategy, obstacle discrimination, all types of crosses (and more...). LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all equipment including straight up weaves and full teeter. Dogs must be able to do weaves on THE RIGHT as well as on the left side. Dogs must have earned at least one leg in Novice AKC and/or USDAA Novice/Starters to participate in Novice Competition Handling.

    Instructors: Beth, Nancy, Carrie, Kristen, Elsie, Claudia

  • Advanced Competition Handling

    Geared toward the dog and handler teams currently competing at the Novice level or above in any agility venue. Focus will be on course analysis, memorization and strategy, obstacle discrimination, all types of crosses (and more...). Advanced Competition Handling will expand on the skills learned previously and further challenge students!

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all equipment including straight up weaves and full teeter. Dogs must be able to do weaves on THE RIGHT as well as on the left side. Dogs must have earned at least two OPEN and/or ADVANCED standard legs to register for the Advanced Competition Handling Class.

    Instructors: Nancy, Beth, Claudia, Kristen, Carrie

  • Masters Competition Handling

    Improve your handling skills while completing challenging sequences and short courses! Handlers will be taught strategies for handling upper level courses of all registries. The sequences will be very challenging. Handlers will be taught strategies for handling Masters and Excellent level courses. LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all the equipment including straight up weaves (on/off side) and teeter and completion of AKC, NADAC, or USDAA Open/Advanced standard titles as well as at least one Excellent Standard and/or Masters standard leg is required.

    Instructors: Carrie, Nancy, Elsie, Beth, Claudia

  • Hi-Octane Masters Competition Handling

    This is our most advanced class! Improve your handling skills while completing challenging sequences and short courses! Handlers will be taught strategies for handling upper level courses of all registries, as well as some international skills, and/or games skills and strategies. The sequences will be very challenging. Although this class will not be limited to international level courses, challenges will be presented to prepare handlers for the highest levels of competition. LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all the equipment including on/off side weaves and completion of AKC MACH and/or completion of the USDAA ADCH, or permission of Carrie Jones is required.

    Instructors: Carrie, Beth

  • Advanced 1 with Paulena Simpson

    Classes specifically designed to address handling issues that confront agility competitors. The classes will emphasize speed, accuracy, and course strategy. Dates of required titles are necessary for registration. LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all obstacles. Advanced I is limited to dogs who have earned an AKC NA and have earned one leg of Open Standard and/or USDAA AD (dates required).

    Instructors: Paulena

  • Advanced 2 with Paulena Simpson

    Classes specifically designed to address handling issues that confront agility competitors. The classes will emphasize speed, accuracy, and course strategy. Dates of required titles are necessary for registration. LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all obstacles. Advanced II is limited to dogs who have earned an AKC OA and at least one leg in Excellent A standard and/or a USDAA AAD. Dates of titles will be required for these classes.

    Instructors: Paulena

  • Advanced 3 with Paulena Simpson

    Classes specifically designed to address handling issues that confront agility competitors. The classes will emphasize speed, accuracy, and course strategy. Dates of required titles are necessary for registration. LIMITED TO 10 DOGS/CLASS.

    Prerequisites: Mastery of all obstacles. Advanced III will be limited to dogs that have earned at least 5 legs towards an MX or MXJ and/or have earned the USDAA MAD title. Dates of titles will be required for these classes.

    Instructors: Paulena

Obedience Training

  • Puppy Kindergarten

    Introducing puppies to social situations, owner education, and beginning obedience training for puppies 8 weeks of age to 10 months of age. This class also covers the skills needed to pass the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous A Click Above Intro, Puppy, and/or Basic class OR attending one of the orientation sessions given prior to the start of the session.

    Instructors: mary, Diann, Elsie

  • Basic Obedience

    Dogs are taught manners, sit, stay, down, recall, walking on lead, etc. This class is an excellent preparatory class for Intro to Clicker and Agility (required, actually), and/or for more advanced obedience classes. This class is for dogs over 10 months of age or dogs who have taken a previous ACA class.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous A Click Above Intro, Puppy, and/or Basic class OR attending one of the orientation sessions given prior to the start of the session.

    Instructors: mary, yuko, Nancy

  • Basic Shaping

    Continue foundation skills with our shaping class. Students will learn to shape simple and more complex behaviors using operant conditioning. Basic skills such as sit, down, stand, targeting, tricks and more will be fine tuned. This class is for anyone who wants to start a young dog off right or teach an old dog new tricks! The curriculum will be based on student requests and may include Canine Good Citizen practice for future test administration at ACA.

    Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten or orientation at A Click Above.

    Instructors: Diann, Elsie

  • Attention for Obedience with Karen Allen

    The attention class is for anyone who has attended a basic obedience class or ACA?s HFF class or higher. Focus will be on getting more attention primarily in heeling on and off lead, figure 8,recalls, fronts, finishes, and stays, including the stand stay for signals.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attended ACA's CGC and/or Basic class or Heeling, Fronts, and Finishes or have permission by Karen Allen (sunreach@verizon.net)

    Instructors: Karen

  • Pet Manners and Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

    Dogs are taught manners, sit, stay, down, recall, walking on lead, as well as all of the skills required to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. This class is designed to help owners to train their dog to become a well behaved member of the family and community. It can also be a stepping stone to more advanced obedience classes. This class is for dogs over 10 months of age or dogs who have taken a previous ACA class such as Puppy Kindergarten.

    Prerequisites: This class is for dogs over 10 months of age OR dogs who have taken a previous ACA class such as Puppy Kindergarten. Dog younger than 10 months of age who have attended A Click Above?s Puppy class and have instructor permission may register.

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  • Beginning Foundations

    This class will cover the skills needed to begin agility classes such as: cone work, shaping tricks and behaviors, interaction with props/equipment, toy work, stays, and recalls. This is a very fun class that can be taken in preparation for Foundation 1 or as a stand alone fun class.

    Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten or orientation at A Click Above.

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  • Pre-Novice Obedience

    This Obedience Class will be the next step from the Pet Manners/CGC Class.  Dogs will be taught the skills required to compete in the Beginner Novice class and the Pre Novice Class in AKC Obedience Competition. The skills taught will include but not be limited to the following: straight line and figure eight heeling , sit/stand for exam, recalls on the flat and over a jump, front and finish training, and stays.  

    Prerequisites: Dogs taking this class must have taken the ACA Pet Manners/CGC or Basic or have permission from the instructor. Dogs coming from classes taken somewhere else must be tested into the class.   You will need plenty of teats and toys to reward your dogs, a collar and a lead you will use to show. All the skills that have been learned in the Pet Manners Class /CGC will be to the next level in this class.

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  • Puppy Kindergarten

    Introducing puppies to social situations, owner education, and beginning obedience training for puppies 8 weeks of age to 10 months of age This class also covers the skills needed to pass the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous A Click Above Intro, Puppy, and/or Basic class OR attending one of the orientation sessions given prior to the start of the session.

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  • Pet Manners and Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

    Dogs are taught manners, sit, stay, down, recall, walking on lead, as well as all of the skills required to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. This class is designed to help owners to train their dog to become a well behaved member of the family and community. It can also be a stepping stone to more advanced obedience classes.

    Prerequisites: Attending a previous A Click Above Puppy, and/or Basic class OR attending one of the orientation sessions given prior to the start of the session. This class is for dogs over 10 months of age OR dogs who have taken a previous ACA class such as Puppy Kindergarten. Dog younger than 10 months of age who have attended A Click Above's Puppy class and have instructor permission may register.

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  • Pre-Novice Obedience

    This Obedience Class will be the next step from the Pet Manners/CGC Class. Dogs will be taught the skills required to compete in the Beginner Novice class and the Pre Novice Class in AKC Obedience Competition. The skills taught will include but not be limited to the following: straight line and figure eight heeling, sit/stand for exam, recalls on the flat and over a jump, front and finish training, and stays. You will need plenty of teats and toys to reward your dogs, a collar and a lead you will use to show. All the skills that have been learned in the Pet Manners Class /CGC will be to the next level in this class.

    Prerequisites: Dogs taking this class must have taken the ACA Pet Manners/CGC or Basic or have permission from the instructor. Dogs coming from classes taken somewhere else must be tested into the class.

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  • Missing Link for Obedience

    Dogs are taught skills needed to perform in the Novice Class as well as some fluencies for the Open and Utility Classes. This class will concentrate on teaching dogs to have better focus for the task at hand by motivating the dog in a positive way then rewarding the dog with what the dog really finds as a high reward. Covered in this class will be concentration on heeling, (taking it from controlled walking to actually attention and focus to what is needed to heel reliably) understanding all stays, as well as happy, focused, and structured recalls. Dogs will learn very fun retrieves and how to mark objects. Jumping exercises will be taught in a very fun and motivating manner (prelude to rally advanced and to utility). Dogs will be taught to use their noses in a fun way in doing nose games. When your dog comes thru this class they will be ready for the Novice Competition class. Skills learned in this class are essential for progression in our obedience program.

    Prerequisites: Dogs must be able to work next to each other without being reactive. Attendance of the CGC/Manners class or the Beginner Novice Class at ACA or have permission of the instructor, Karen Allen.

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  • Novice Obedience

    Competitive obedience class geared towards dogs and handlers working towards the Companion Dog title. Please note: Due to the nature of this class, each handler may register only one dog.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attended ACA's Pre-Novice Obedience with Karen Allen or have attended previous Novice Obedience classes with Karen Allen.

    Instructors: Karen

  • Open Obedience

    This class is designed to help handlers brush up on skills needed for competing in Open obedience classes. The class will include the following: retrieving exercises, all jumping exercises, and heeling exercises. Please note: Due to the nature of this class, each handler may register only one dog.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attained a UKC or AKC Companion Dog title (provide date legs were acquired on registration form) and must be able to retrieve a dumbbell or have written permission from Karen Allen.

    Instructors: Karen

  • Open and Utility Exercises with Karen Allen

    This class is designed to help handlers brush up on skills needed for competeing in both Open and Utility obedience classes. The class will include the following: retrieving exercises, all jumping exercises, and heeling exercises.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attained a UKC or AKC Companion Dog title (provide date legs were acquired on registration form) and must be able to retrieve a dumbbell or have written permission from Karen Allen.

    Instructors: Karen

  • Utility Skills with Karen Allen

    Competitive obedience class for dog and handler teams working towards the Utility Dog title. Three weeks will be spent on improving heeling, signals, articles, and the moving stand; three weeks will be spent on how to improve gloves, go outs, and directed jumping.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attained a UKC or AKC Companion Dog Excellent title (provide date legs were acquired on registration form) or have written permission from Karen Allen.

    Instructors: Karen

  • Utility from A to Z

    This class will start people in utility with starter exercises and build them up to advanced utility. All exercises will be covered teaching the first steps to the final steps. The first 3 weeks is geared to the foundation of utility and the last 3 is geared to more advanced work and proofing exercises.

    Prerequisites: Dogs must have an Open title or be retrieving, jumping, able to heel off lead or permission from the obedience instructor Karen Allen (sunreach@verizon.net) and owners must have all equipment necessary for utility training.

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  • Rally-O with Karen Allen

    Rally-O is the nickname given for Rally Obedience. The Rally style of Obedience has been adopted for this concept of Obedience training and competition because of the use of directional signs to guide the handler throughout the performance in a manner somewhat similar to Rally Car Racing. Karen will go over the Rally concept covering all the exercises in all three levels. She will cover handler-dog communication and teamwork as well as the requirements for a qualifying performance. Each week there will be a course set up for each handler to perform individually. There is some small jumping as well as an honor stay.

    Prerequisites: Dog/Handler teams must have attended ACA's Heeling, Fronts, and Finishes Class with Karen Allen, the Attention Class, and/or must have permission from Karen Allen.

    Instructors: Karen

  • Mini Workshops with Karen Allen

    (Contact Karen privately)

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