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Old 08-08-2012, 11:48 AM
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I've heard pretty awesome things about A Great Dog Now - not so much the nosework aspect, but other classes. Maybe I'll email the trainer...

I believe the one in Cottage Grove is Active Dog Sports Training.
The trainer at AGDN owns at least one reactive dog, so she's pretty good about those things!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:18 PM
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What's your instructor like?
I've had a couple different instructors. The very first EVAR is very fun - makes jokes, is very personable, knowledgeable but without being overwhelming. He's awesome and pretty much what I aspire to be when I someday get to teach classes.

The woman we had for the second basic obed class was a lot different. VERY knowledgeable but with a far different presence. She's much quieter and kind of reserved but is always available for questions and advice. I was really intimidated by her at first but now that I've gotten to know her I really like her.

My agility teacher is distracted, loud, smart, awesome at fixing my handling, incredibly un-punctual, and can be kind of abrupt. I like her but I can see how people might be put off by her abruptness.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
It depends. I think puppy classes start around $100, the two classes that are required for more advanced are about $140, the advanced classes can get up to $200.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
I've taken (with varying dogs) the first two classes (basic obedience classes), a tricks class, a freestyle class, nosework, multiple agility classes, a loose leash walking class, an outdoor hiking class, and the CGC class.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Uh...everything I listed plus Rally-O. Lol

Do you like the classes?
Love them. I wasn't a huge fan of freestyle but that's more because of ME than the dogs. Tipper seemed to like it ok, but I don't like being in front of a bunch of people who assume that I can dance (I can't ftr).

What would you change?
Not much. I really wish we had more room but that's not a very realistic change. I do wish that the instructors were a little more stringent about handlers keeping their off leash dogs near them in the classroom. In the upper level classes most dogs are off leash but some people let their dogs wander and it drives me crazy.

What classes do you hope to take?
I really want to take Rally but haven't found a class that lines up with my schedule yet.

What do you like about taking group classes?
I enjoy seeing people work with their dogs. And there's a sense of camaraderie at the end of the group class that I think is really fun.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:06 PM
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I've heard pretty awesome things about A Great Dog Now - not so much the nosework aspect, but other classes. Maybe I'll email the trainer...
Jane is thoroughly awesome! We took a sports foundation class there a couple years ago. Lots of fun.


What's your instructor like?
Fun and motivating and encouraging. Knew how to make training fun for both owner and dog! She was also good at getting to know all the dogs and tailoring things to better fit each one.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
Something like $110 for 6 weeks but it kind of depends on the class.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
At the moment, nothing, because it's been hard with my schedule. But we've taken a couple levels of obedience and an agility class.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Puppy, obedience, therapy, "for fun" agility and tricks classes, shy/fearful/aggressive dog classes

Do you like the classes?
For sure! I took the obedience classes as just a boredom buster during the winter. Didn't think I'd gain anything - Juno already knew all her basic commands. But a huge emphasis in these classes was getting the dogs to know these commands in ALL SCENARIOS so we'd do lots of goofy stuff in class, and our homework would be focused on getting out and about in the world and practicing this stuff. So Juno (and I!) came away learning way more than I thought.

What would you change?
Can't think of anything

What classes do you hope to take?
I really want to take the outdoor advanced obedience class. But this place has multiple trainers, and even though they're probably all awesome, there's only one trainer I want to use.... so it always works out that she's either not teaching it, or she's teaching it and it just doesn't fit my schedule.

What do you like about taking group classes?
Everything! I love the distraction it provides, I love seeing how other people work with their dogs and being able to learn from the mistakes of others.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:13 PM
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What's your instructor like? Fantastic at problem solving. She's seen so much of everything, that she knows the minute signs of when to push a dog, when to lay off, she identifies the miniscule shoulder pull that caused the dog to miss the obstacle, etc. She's a registered agility judge with multiple agility champions, so she knows the sport backwards and forwards and has seen it trained all different ways. I completely trust her when she says she'd do xyz.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like? $185 for 7 weeks (1 hour classes). Classes are capped at 10 students in the low levels, and 8 in the higher ones.

What kinds of classes are you taking? Agility coursework

What kind of classes does the school offer? My instructor only does agility (and recently added flyball). There are other instructors who do obedience, rally, and cgc classes.

Do you like the classes? Yeah! Otherwise I wouldn't be paying $26 to run a course each week!

What would you change? So many logistical things. The instructor is amazing, and makes the best of what we have. The space really isn't big enough though, and the classes are too large. On a good night, I get to run a course 3x in that hour, because so much time is spent switching jump heights and other people running dogs. Unfortunately, that's the only way to make the operation viable in an area as expensive as DC. It's working though, from a business sense--there are wait lists for all the upper level classes (I am an assistant so I get "paid" by getting a guaranteed class slot...)

It's a day care during the day, so classes can't start until after 7 (when the daycare dogs go home). There are 3 classes a night, so the last one goes from 9:30-10:30. That's LATE. I usually don't get home until at least 11:30 on those nights after putting away equipment and driving home.

The owner of the company is looking into buying/renting an additional building somewhere so she can expand class offerings, which would alleviate a lot of issues.

What classes do you hope to take? I think this is where we are for the foreseeable future. We're just running courses each week!

What do you like about taking group classes? The camaraderie. It's really fun to go to trials and have a whole crew of people cheering for your dog.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:34 PM
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I work with two different trainers, so will do each... first the clicker lady:
What's your instructor like?
She's super calm and has a really good way of actually creating positive discourse with her students rather than just giving orders.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
$20/class for dropping into the six week long Reactive dog class with Scouty right now. $30/lesson for private foundational and/or Rally lessons with the girls, its not any extra to bring both. $20 for semi-private lessons with a friend.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
Reactive dog class with Scout and learning Rally privately (she doesn't offer a specific Rally course) with Lily.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Mostly agility stuff as she's an agility trainer, but some performance puppy classes, foundational pre-agility stuff, reactive dog class, and freestyle (that she teaches at another venue).

Do you like the classes?
Yep, its super fun!


What would you change?
I'd prefer the box work and parallel games to be more intensive/structure. Also I feel like we're barely hitting the tip of the CU iceberg in group class, though my perspective may be different since I've been using CU a long time and am taking the group class for the well group environment.

What classes do you hope to take?
I'd like to take a more advanced CU/BAT style class, but I doubt she'd add that sort of thing.

What do you like about taking group classes?
Actually my favorite part is the troubleshooting with other handler/dog pairs. I love watching and learning... someone would probably have fun being a trainer someday, ahem!
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:42 PM
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Okay so secondly is my TD/decoy that I work with.

What's your instructor like?
Really knowledgable and I consider him a friend. I have learned a LOT from him. He is really postive with the dogs and scary good at reading their body language and knowing exactly what they need.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
I'm kinda getting a special deal that I probably shouldn't spread around out of respect for others who work with him. I buy sessions in a package when I can which helps as well.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
We do bitework sessions that are basically puppy drive building tug sessions because thats what my rescue mutts are capable of.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Well its not a school, but he's got the experience to teach a variety of stuff from IPO, French Ring, OB, Tracking/SAR, puppy foundational games, etc.

Do you like the classes?
Highlight of our freaking week!


What would you change?
I wish I had a dog I could learn French Ringsport with. But life is what it is and I'm learning a lot even with my rescue mutts.

What classes do you hope to take?
See above.

What do you like about taking group classes?
I love seeing what other handler/dog teams are working on. I love meeting some dogs, especially the nicely bred working dogs like that Czech/WG working line GSD bitch. Playing with gator babies occasionally is also the bomb! I have learned SO MUCH from watching other teams do work of varying levels.

And also I think its hilarious that this trainer has two Malinois and the other trainer I work with has a Terv and a Groen. Fitting given what I like in dogs!
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:23 PM
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What's your instructor like?

Wonderful. Pretty casual with her students, which I know a few people who don't like. She's a friend as well as an instructor, so I like it. Incredible at working with "different" dogs - she's seen Meg through all her crazy stages, going all the way back to when she was rolling on her back in fear, straight up through her agility championship. Very motivating - her students wind up pushing each other to be better/faster/run harder!

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
$135/6 weeks, one hour classes.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
Right now, Performance Puppy, which has sort of morphed into Intermediate Agility as the dogs have grown up. I took Good Manners when I first got Gusto, and Meg and I lived in the Competition Agility class for years.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Good Manners, CGC, Rally, Competition Obedience, Tricks and Games, Agility, 'Prep School' (crate games, restrained recalls, control skills for sports), Treiball, Disc, Nosework, Control Unleashed, Outdoor Distractions, Therapy Dog Prep.

Do you like the classes?
They are the highlight of my week usually.

What would you change?
I really wish they had an outdoor agility field, and/or a bigger indoor space. Putting in a full course makes for a very tight course. But I can't complain about the facilities otherwise - great footing, top notch equipment. And we aren't stuck in a freezing barn all winter!

What classes do you hope to take?
Gusto adores Treiball, and if I had more money I'd put him in it. Maybe this winter when I'm more desperate for ways to tire him out.

What do you like about taking group classes?
The camaraderie more than anything else. People tend to be pretty loyal to the facility, so we all know each other by now. We all train and trial together, know each other's dogs, and can have a great time pushing each other to be better. I'd be way less interested in agility if I was doing privates.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:08 PM
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What's your instructor like?

Both are very knowledgeable. The older one is very well accomplished. I've learned a lot from her. The agility instructor is a new instructor but very good. She goes to lots of seminars and is always bringing back new advice.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?

$80 for 6 weeks per dog for agility. $15 for each rally class (drop in) per dog.


What kinds of classes are you taking?


Summer is finishing agility foundations this week. Mia is on some form of agility. Finishing round 3 of agility classes. They both have been doing rally but we stopped for a while because of medical bills (me) and want to get back into it. Mia also did a family dog class this year just for fun and a few treibball classes but I can't afford 6 classes right now.


What kind of classes does the school offer?


Agility mostly at the one place. Both offer rally. The other offers Family Dog classes, conformation handling, freestyle, treibball, obed, CGC/therapy dog, and then things like control unleashed and competition foundations.

Do you like the classes?

Yep. Especially agility class. Definitely best part of the week.

What would you change?

Not much to be honest. Wish the agility place had an indoor field so we weren't cancelled for 115 degree weather. This is the fourth agility school I've gone to (for the agility trainer) and so far I really like it the best.


What classes do you hope to take?


If I get a bigger dog, I'd love to do disc work and take a class for that. And herding classes.

What do you like about taking group classes?

Most everything (except idiot newbie owners). I LOVE watching the other dogs and seeing how all the dogs learn and develop. There's dogs in my classes with totally different challenges than I have with my dogs. It's very educational to see those things worked through. I also just love hanging around dog people! No one looks at you funny if you talk dogs all the time there.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:29 PM
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Well I'm only in agility right now, when I can make it around work. And drop-in agility but that's more free-form and there isn't really an instructor...it's more peer review lol. I've taken classes at something like 5 facilities in multiple state but that would be a really long post so I'll just go with our current class: competition agility.

What's your instructor like?

There are two, both long-time agility competitors and judges. Great eyes, great advice. Very frank which I like. You do something dumb you know it...you do something good you know it. No holds barred and yelling happens lol. Some people don't like that but I'd take it any day over a lack of advise or having to conjole the "constructive criticism" out of an instructor like I'd had to do in the past.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?

I'm a member so about $45/8 week class. I think it's $85 or so for nonmembers. Facilities aren't as expensive here and the clubs make most of their money from trials so the classes are as crazy-expensive.

What kinds of classes are you taking?

There's really only one Competition Agility masters level class and I have 3 dogs who should be in it (well Kim is sidelined right now but hopefully will be back soon) so I usually take Mira to Comp Ag since she benefits from it most and one of the others to drop-in, but will mix it up some weeks depending on what we need. Of if the next step down class is the same night and taught by someone I really like I'll enter one of the dogs in that class and bring whoever needs work running longer sequences to that class, since the Comp class is usually highly technical but shorter sequences. Different vibes.


What kind of classes does the school offer?


Agility (all levels), Obedience (all levels), Confo (all levels), Rally, Tracking, basic home companion type stuff. But it's pretty split...the agility people run their part, obedience theirs, etc.

Do you like the classes?

I love working with my dogs, agility, getting better at agility with my dogs, and agility people. The class brings all that together in one place.

What would you change?

Not much. Just wish work didn't keep me from going. We go to a different club through the winter since their indoor facility is nicer.


What classes do you hope to take?


Erm well over the years we've taken all sorts of classes and I imagine we'll continue to do so...I'm pretty well addicted to agility so that gets class priority...I tend to do most training on my own anyway.

What do you like about taking group classes?

Agility people rock Also when you get in a class with like-minded folks with different running styles it's really fun to see the different methods of handing a given sequence, how well they work (or don't!), how the dog responds, etc. Kicks learning into a higher gear especially when you stay engaged through the whole class. Back when Kim & Web were coming up it was also great for building the ability to work at agility through distractions but now my main takeaway is the feedback and the peer-competition and exposure to different ideas.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:13 PM
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What's your instructor like?
Awesome. I adore all of the instructors I take classes from, I wouldn't take their classes if I didn't. All of our classes are taught by very knowledgeable people that have the same training mindset as I do.

If you don't mind sharing, what are the prices like?
They vary, the 2x2 weaves class I teach is only $60, the masters agility class taught by Terry Smorch is $150.

What kinds of classes are you taking?
Just finished a crate games class geared towards start line stays with Zuma. Bouncing around different PK classes with Zinga to utilize the environment.

What kind of classes does the school offer?
Puppy k through advanced obedience. Several different levels of impulse control classes, nosework, competition obedience, trick classes, CGC.. and of course agility up the wazoo.

Do you like the classes?
Yes!

What would you change?
Not a whole lot. There are positives to each trainer and curriculum, I'm constantly learning new things or new ways to approach problems.

What classes do you hope to take?
I've pretty much taken every class. If I could teach any class it would be a clicker-focused tricks class that is in the works now!

What do you like about taking group classes?
I looove the environment and distractions group classes provide, even with my reactive dog.
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