2019 First Quarter Training Schedule (Scroll down for complete details on each of these)

TDI (Therapy Dog International) practice sessions:  First Class Thursday, February 7, at 6 PM                         If 4 or more teams opt for testing, we will schedule testing at our facility.

Puppy Class:  First Class Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 PM (Handlers Only)  

                                 Requires proof of vaccinations and pre-registration

Beginner Pet Obedience:  First Class Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 PM (Handlers Only) (Full)

                                  Requires proof of vaccinations and pre-registration

                                         Next Session: Begins in late March (19th or 26th).  Register now!

Competition Skills - Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 PM starting January 8 drop in

Competition Foundations -1:  Wednesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  6 week class (Full)

Additional classes will be added when they are scheduled

Beginner Pet Obedience:  The Beginner Pet Obedience Class focuses on leash manners, recalls, stays and other “good citizen” behaviors. The cost is $60 ($30 for members).  The class runs for seven consecutive weeks on Tuesday nights at 6:00. (The first night is WITHOUT dogs.)  See below for registration and paperwork information.  This class prepares dogs for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

Puppy Class:  This class is for young dogs (12 weeks to one year) who need to learn basic manners. The cost is $60 ($30 for members).  The class runs for seven consecutive weeks on Tuesday nights at 6:00. (The first night is WITHOUT dogs.)  See below for registration and paperwork information.

Competition Foundations - 1:  This class is a structured, 6 week, course designed to teach and reinforce the basics of Obedience Competion.  Skills covered will be: Loose Leash walking with attention, It’s Yer Choice Game, Get-It Game, Pivot (bowl) work, Box Work, Position Changes in Heel (Sit, Down, Stand), Recall work- restrained.  Supplies needed: mat or box big enough for your dog to lay down with it’s body on the mat/box, soft treats, a hungry dog, a toy (preferably a tug toy) if your is toy motivated, a long line or flexi of at least

20 feet ( Linda and I have some that can be borrowed), a bowl for "bowl" work if you have one ( if you do not know what I am referring to, don't worry), and your enthusiasm for our sport.

All dogs pure-bred or mixed breed, 14 weeks or older with current vaccinations are eligible for classes.

* Member Benefit *
Half price on all classes and training sessions.

     Unless otherwise noted, classes are charged by session:  Members $5.00, Non-members $10.00.

Registration Form

To register for a class please complete our Class Registration form and have your vet complete our Health Certificate.

Current vaccinations required for all classes! A guardian of a minor should be present during class. Non-members and guests should contact our Training Director (Laura) before joining any open session like Tuesday mornings and keep their dog(s) on leash during training.
Please bring the forms to the first class or send both to:
                                  P.O. Box 973
                                  Waynesboro, VA 22980

The descriptions below are for reference only and may not be currently available.
Puppy Class
Running for 7 weeks - 
First week without dogs.
This class is for puppies between 12 weeks and 10 months of age. Cost for Non member $60.
Owners will discuss housebreaking, good puppy manners, and building a relationship with the puppy. Instruction will be provided on basic commands (sit, come, down, stay), as well as walking on a leash without pulling, tricks and puppy play.

Beginner Pet Obedience Class with Laura Thurman
Running for 7 weeks.
First week of Beginner Class is WITHOUT dogs!
Cost for Non members is $60 or $10 per session, $30 for members ($5/session).
This class will provide instruction on basic commands: sit, come, stay, down. Walking on a loose leash and tricks. The emphasis will be on helping the dog become a good family member.

Further Training: (These classes have not yet been scheduled for Winter 2019)
If you have completed a basic obedience class you may attend any of the following training sessions.
Non member fee is $10.00; member fee is $5.00 for instructor session, free without formal instructor.

Group Time & Classes
To be scheduled

Competition Obedience Class
with Linda  To Be Scheduled

The Competition Obedience Class The class will run for 8 weeks for one hour.  Cost is $40 for members, $80 for non-members.

Emphasis on heeling, polishing all novice exercises, training open exercises, and teaching your dog to work at a distance are a couple examples of what you can expect. 
Please email Linda if you are interested to help plan:

Rally Course Practice To Be Scheduled

A course will be set with mainly advanced signs. A participant can run the course in part or in whole. This is a “co-op” in that the emphasis is on other participants and observers offering critiques of each run. . The number of participants is limited, but anyone could audit.

Skill Sessions (Fee: $10 Non-Member; $5 Member)

We're planning on having various sets of focused training in the future again. Please email Laura what you would be interested in - training@commonwealthdogtraining.com

This will be geared toward beginning retrievers and how to teach the retrieve, so if you don't have a retrieve yet, this is for you! 
If you have a retrieve, but you are not happy with it, or it isn't reliable, we will also address those issues. 
Depending on the makeup of the class, we will try to also cover some additional advanced retrieving topics, but if not we can plan for another mini session once I have an idea of the needs.
Not only will you learn a variety of tricks themselves, but also freeshaping, or using a clicker.
Most of the time we're setting up a course including different levels. During the walk through we'll talk about each sign.


This evening is to get you and your dog ready to pass the CGC evaluation.

An introduction to therapy dog work and preparation to take the test.

K9 Fitness

Set up of various stations to work on conditioning your dog.
Group Practice Time ($5/free)
Anyone is welcome to come and work with their dogs independently.

Commonwealth Dog Obedience Training Club

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