Training

 

VHOC offers a wide variety of group classes in the evenings each week. Group classes are held at private locations throughout the San Fernando Valley. We currently offer group classes in Pre-Novice Agility, Intermediate/Master's Agility, Master's Agility SkillsPet Obedience, Beginning Competitive Obedience, Competitive Obedience, Rally, Foundation Nose Work & Team Skills Nose Work, and even Dance. Please check our Calendar and/or our Facebook Page for class cancellations and training site updates.

 
Agility - Beginning/Foundation

Curriculum:

This Beginning Agility Class will give you the basic techniques to teach your dog to jump, go through a tunnel, how to maneuver weave poles, and how to stay at the start line. Then learn how to navigate an agility course using front, rear and blind crosses. Teach your dog to work away from you while performing each obstacle.  Various drills will be offered as well as small courses to navigate. All dogs must be stable around other dogs and can work relatively well-off leash. 

When:

Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Location:

Held at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Class limits:

8 working teams per class; unlimited auditors. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Laurie Burnam

For more information, please contact Nancy at ngiltner623@gmail.com.

 

 
Agility - Novice

Curriculum:

This class is for novice level dogs.  Dogs must be familiar with all contact equipment and weaves. Dogs and handlers are working on short sequences learning all of the basic skills needed to compete. This class is currently full, but contact Nancy Giltner If interested, as status of class can change.

 

When:

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location:

Held at a private location in Reseda.

Class limits:

8 working teams per class; unlimited auditors. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Olga Chaiko

For more information, please contact Nancy at ngiltner623@gmail.com.

 

 
Agility - Intermediate & Master's

Curriculum:

This class is for dogs who are familiar with all equipment, and handlers with basic skills (front & rear crosses, etc.).  This class focus on more advanced skills, such as setting the line, cueing turns, weave entries, obstacle discriminations, and more.

 

When:

Mondays at 7:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. or Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Location:

Held at The Field in Northridge.

Class limits:

8 working teams per class; unlimited auditors. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Anne Graumann

For more information, please contact Nancy at ngiltner623@gmail.com.

 

Agility - All Level Competitive

Curriculum:

This class is for dogs and handlers who are competing at any level.
If you are looking for a class to work on your skills or learn more advanced skills, this is the class for you. Course work includes backsides, threadles, contacts and weaves.  

 

When:

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

Location:

Held at a private location in Reseda.

Class limits:

8 working teams per class.

 

Instructor:

Olga Chaiko

For more information, please contact Nancy at ngiltner623@gmail.com.

 
Agility - Master's Skills & Drills

Curriculum:

Advanced handling class for Excellent/Master level dogs.
This class will focus on shorter sequences focusing on particular skill sets.  Weaves, threadles, backsides, discrimination, and much more.  This class will prepare you for Premier and European courses!

 

When:

Mondays at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Location:

Held at a private location in Reseda.

Class limits:

8 working teams per class.

 

Instructor:

Olga Chaiko

For more information, please contact Nancy at ngiltner623@gmail.com.

 
Obedience - Pet Obedience & Manners

 

Curriculum:

This ongoing class (no start/stop dates) is designed for pet owners looking for instruction in basic obedience and manners or to obtain training for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Your dog learns to walk nicely on a leash, and meet and greet other dogs and people in a mannerly fashion. The class covers basic behaviors such as sit, down, stand, stay, come, using both voice and hand signals. It also offers a taste of typical competitive obedience exercises for students looking to further their training experience. For added fun for both dog and handler, some agility exercises are incorporated (tunnels, weave poles, and jumps); tricks are taught as well.

 

When:

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location:

Held at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Class Limits:

You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Laurie Burnam

For more information, contact Laurie at (818)882-0443 or bellaluna@pacbell.net.

 

 
Obedience - Beginning Competitive

Curriculum:

The class is for teams who are interested in learning the basics of Competitive Obedience. The goal is to establish a solid foundation of attention, engagement and enjoyment for the exercises needed to obtain a Companion Dog or Beginner Novice title in AKC Obedience. Patti will be teaching heeling, stands, recalls, fronts and finishes along with ring entries and ringside etiquette for new exhibitors. The class will provide appropriate guidance for individual teams with a balanced use of methods conducive to learning. 

*Teams should have successfully completed a basic obedience and manners class or equivalent.

 

When:

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Simi Valley.

Location:

Held at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Class Limits:

8 working teams per class. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Patti Rovtar

For more information, please contact Patti Rovtar at rovstar@dslextreme.com.

 
Obedience - Upper Level Competitive

Curriculum:

This class is designed for dog and handler teams who want to work towards their CD/CDX/UD titles. The first half of class is a group setting, focusing on attention heeling, fine tuning footwork and handling skills, figure 8's, stand/moving stand for exam, recalls, straight and drop, fronts/finishes, distractions, plus sits & downs. In the second half of class, students will work on Open and Utility exercises. All dogs should have a good, solid foundation, possibly obtained by completing the Beginning Competitive Obedience Class taught by Patti Rovtar.

 

When:

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (This class overlaps with Rally Obed.)

Location:

Held at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Class Limits:

You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Laurie Burnam

For more information, please contact Laurie at (818)882-0443 or bellaluna@pacbell.net.

 
Rally Obedience

 

Curriculum:

This six-week class is designed to familiarize students with the various levels of Rally Obedience. Some previous basic obedience is helpful, but not a prerequisite. In the first six weeks, students will learn the 42 Novice, 23 Intermediate/Advanced, 18 Excellent or 22 Master signs, depending on their level skills.

 

The Rally courses are designed so that students of all levels can be accommodated in the same class: beginning students learn the Novice signs while advanced students learn the Advanced/Excellent/Master signs. Each week, new signs are taught and added to the courses until all signs have been learned. Course run-throughs are available for returning students who have learned all of the signs and wish to practice and improve their rally skills.

 

When:

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (This class currently overlaps with Comp. Obed.)

Location:

Held at Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

Class Limits:

You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructors:

Laurie Burnam

For more information, please contact Laurie at (818)882-0443 or bellaluna@pacbell.net.  

 

 
Nose Work/Scent Work -
Foundation Development & Reinforcement 

Curriculum:

This class is a good choice for beginner or novice teams and is geared for the fundamentals of K9 Nose Work/Scent Work. Making the search the most fun “game” for the dog, developing the motivation to search, and developing basic problem-solving skills will be the focus. Dogs may be searching for food, pairing, or on odor in this class. Advanced teams are welcome to participate to revisit foundation skills as well! If you are new to Nose Work, sign up for this class for at least one term before you work your way to the Team Skill Building class.  


When: 

Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 

 

Location:

Held at various locations throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Class Limits:

8 working teams per class. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Michelle Doram, CNWI , AKC Scent Work Judge, USCSS CSD / Judge

For more information, contact Carole Hills at chills37@aol.com.

 

 

 
Nose Work/Scent Work - Team Skill Building

Curriculum:

This class is perfect for teams who have completed at least one term of Foundation Development & Reinforcement class, or for experienced teams with dogs already on odor. The Team Skill Building class will focus on essential learning for the dog such as establishing pattern skills, solving converging odor, elevated/inaccessible hides, as well as communication interpretation, leash handling, and strategy for the handlers. 


When: 

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 

 

Location:

Held at various locations throughout the San Fernando Valley.

 

Class Limits:

8 working teams per class. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Michelle Doram, CNWI , AKC Scent Work Judge, USCSS CSD / Judge

For more information, contact Carole Hills at chills37@aol.com.

 

 

 
Canine Freestyle - Dogs Can Dance

 

Curriculum:

Canine Freestyle is a dog sport that incorporates obedience, agility, rally, tricks and dance.  It’s unique in that it allows for creative interaction between the dog and handler.  It can be done for competition, demonstration, or just fun around the house. It’s a perfect training compliment to performance sports, plus an excellent “retirement” activity for those dogs who can no longer compete in more demanding athletics. 

Lessons will include the following topics:

 - Incorporating obedience and rally moves into a dance
 - Loco-motor moves – traveling with the dog
 - Axial moves – having the dog work around the handler
 - Transitions – moving the dog from side to side
 - Tricks & Props – when and how to incorporate them into a dance
 - Distance – creating and using distance between dog and handler

Pre-requisites:

​Basic obedience (heeling leashed or unleashed), ability to work around other dogs, food or toy motivated.


When: 

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Class Limits:

6 - 8 working teams per class. You do not have to be a member of VHOC to enroll in a class.

 

Instructor:

Monica Nolan

For more information, contact Monica Nolan at nolanmilano@gmail.com.

 

 

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