An interesting array of classes that allow you and your dog to bond, learn a new sport, show in the conformation ring, or just have fun while learning some new skills. Not all classes are given each session. Check the schedule online each session to see what's being given.

BREED HANDLING

Conformation is what most people think of as the traditional "dog show." While PCOTC focuses on training for companion dog sports, some of our member also show their dogs in conformation, and so we offer a breed handling class to help them prepare for the show ring. You can sign up for a full session, or pay a drop-in fee for occasional brush-up classes. This class is useful to show ring novices and experienced show handlers alike!

Conformation events concentrate on the distinctive features of purebred dogs and help to preserve these characteristics by providing a forum at which to evaluate breeding stock. Dogs are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their parent clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement.

RALLY-FrEe and CANINE MUSICAL FREESTYLE

Rally-FrEe is a unique sport combining trick behaviors of Canine Musical Freestyle with the format of Rally-Obedience. It emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills while encouraging creative and novel behaviors on a Rally-Obedience style course.

Musical Freestyle is fast becoming a mainstream canine performance sport that showcases the creativity and training skills of a dog-and-handler team in an entertaining performance choreographed to music.

Both Sports promote the use of positive-reinforcement training methods that strengthen teamwork and foster a reciprocal learning process between dog and handler.

  • Do you enjoy music and teaching your dog tricks and novel behaviors?
  • Do you strive for precision in obedience skills?
  • Do you want to strengthen the working relationship between you and your dog?
  • Are you looking for an enjoyable and supportive competitor experience?

Then give RFE Rally-FrEe or Canine Musical Freestyle a try!

DISC DOGGING

Your dogs do obedience and agility for you. We do Frisbee for them. Dogs smile when they chase a Frisbee. So learn how to do it! Learn how to throw safely and how not to frustrate your furry friend with that "skunky" toss. Turn your dog into a Frisbee monster.

Prerequisites: A dog that will chase or tug something, and a reasonably decent recall.

FLYBALL

Flyball is a fast-paced canine team sport, perfect for dogs that love tennis balls. Teams will have a basic introduction to the sport, including use of the flyball box and jumping a series of hurdles. Dogs must be reliable off-leash around other dogs and have a solid recall.