PRE-SPORTS PUPPY FOUNDATION
(4 months to 8 months)
This class will offer your young puppy a valuable foundation for agility training. We provide a balance of play and control that is necessary to develop your relationship with your puppy. Motivational games and confidence building exercises will maximize your training sessions with a focused and enthusiastic partner. Class work includes: basic control skills, reliable recalls, attention building games, agility flatwork exercises, introduction to agility equipment, beginning low jump work, weave entries and contact training. The prevention of behavior problems are addressed along with building socialization skills with other dogs and people. This class will continue in consecutive sessions for these puppies until they are ready for agility foundation.
This class is seasonal and occasionally held on Wednesday at 7 PM when there are enough puppies to fill a class… 6 weeks $100 Puppies normally join the Basic Training and Intro. to Agility Class on Monday at 7 PM and receive the same instruction and qualify for the S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificate at the end of the class.
CERTIFICATION/TITLING OPPORTUNITIES AT MLF
IS YOUR PUPPY A STAR?
MLF is proud to offer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program to help get puppies and their owners off to a good start. This AKC program welcomes all puppies, purebred and mixed breeds, up to a year of age. The S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is available to you by participating in Basic Training and Introduction to Agility. Upon completion of six classes and passing the requirements, your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Certification. From AKC you will receive a Medal and be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. You will also receive a beautiful certificate, an AKC Puppy Handbook, a discount to enroll in the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corp. (a 24 hr. recovery service), and Your AKC, an on going monthly email newsletter that includes valuable training tips and up-to-date information that every dog owner needs to know. We are very excited about this wonderful incentive program that encourages responsible dog ownership and fosters the love and care in training that all puppies deserve.
CANINE GOOD CITIZENSHIP and COMMUNITY CANINE
MLF also offers an opportunity for your dog to be evaluated for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. The purpose of the CGC program is designed to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it has been trained to be well behaved in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs and people. Owners of dogs that pass all ten items of the CGC test may order an official CGC certificate from the American Kennel Club. The CGC is now a title you can earn from AKC after passing the test items. .
MLF DogSports is pleased to offer AKC’s newest titling opportunity for you and your dog. AKC Community Canine is the third and most advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen Program. The goal of the CGCA (Advanced CGC) title is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a show 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, at a training club, or in a local park.
To earn the CGCA title, the dog must 1) be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners and 2) already have a Canine Good Citizen award/title on record. All dogs, including mixed breeds, can earn the CGCA title after passing the ten test items and meeting the above requirements. The S.T.A.R. puppy and the CGC programs are taught and evaluated by Anita Easley, an AKC approved CGC evaluator.
More information about S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, and CGCA can be found at: http://www.akc.orgwww.akc.org