Mt. Pleasant Michigan Kennel Club
Classes
Have fun learning with your dog at the
Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club!


Download the Fall 2017 Class Flyer (Sept. 12 - Oct. 19)
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Current Classes offered


Puppy Obedience Class: Puppies from 3 to 6 months of age may enroll in the puppy class, provided that their vaccinations are complete.  Handlers teach puppies how to walk on leash,  sit, down-stay, etc.  Socialization with people and other pets is emphasized.  Additional information such as housebreaking, grooming, and nutrition is given in a lecture/demonstration situation.  This class meets for 6 weeks (no dogs the first night).  Fee $80:  meets Tuesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm:  Instructor – Doreen Messner.  Learn more by clicking here.


Beginning Obedience Class:  This class is for dogs 6 months of  age or older.  Handlers are taught basic obedience commands:  heel, sit-stay, down-stay, stand, and come. Additional problem-solving information is presented.  This class meets for 6 weeks (no dogs the first night).  Fee:  $80:  meets Tuesdays, 7:15-8:00 pm:  Instructor – Jim Solak.  Learn more by clicking here.


Performance Preparation Class:  This is a work session class for MPMKC members and their dogs who are preparing for performance events and would like to practice in a venue where there are other handlers and dogs.  Fee: $10/night for non-keyclub members:  meets Thursdays, 6:00-7:15 pm:  Instructor – Sherrie Start.


Notes: ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE MT. PLEASANT MICHIGAN KENNEL CLUB BUILDING.  PLEASE SEE DIRECTIONS.  MOST CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED.  FULL PAYMENT MUST BE MAILED WITH REGISTRATION.  Confirmation of classes will not be mailed.  If the class has filled by the time you register, you will be called.  If you do not hear from us, assume that you are registered for the class.  Proof of vaccinations (Rabies, DHL/PPv) will be required the first night of class.  In addition, Bordatella is highly recommended.

MAIL FORM AND SEND IT WITH YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO MPMKC (CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED) TO THE TEACHER OF THE CLASS FOR WHICH YOU ARE ENROLLING.  CHECKS MUST BE MADE OUT TO MPMKC, NOT THE TEACHER OF THE CLASS.
Full listing of Training Classes that are or have been available from MPMKC (in alphabetical order)

Agility Beginner ClassThis class is for dogs 12 months of age or older.  Dogs MUST respond to basic obedience commands (sit, down, come).  Handlers are taught basic handling techniques. Training in safety and off-leash control are emphasized while simple agility obstacles are introduced. Jumps will be introduced at a lowered height.  This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs and treats the first night). Limit 8 dogs and permission of instructor. 

Agility Intermediate ClassThis class is for dogs 12 months of age or older that have completed the Beginning Agility Class.  Dogs will be off leash outdoors and must have reasonable off-leash control and have been introduced to the obstacles and able to do most of them correctly.  Obstacles are taught at increased height and speed, and use of the teeter-totter will be completed. Training in advanced handling skills is emphasized.  This class meets for 6 weeks, and bitches in season are not permitted. (Bring dogs and treats the first night). Limit 8 dogs and permission of instructor.

Agility Advanced ClassDogs will be off leash outdoors and must have good off-leash control and be ready or near ready for competition.  We will be teaching more advanced handling skills and dog/handler teamwork.  Having completed an Intermediate Agility Class or equivalent and permission of the instructor is required.  This class meets for 6 weeks, and bitches in season are not permitted. (Bring dogs and treats the first night).  Enrollment is limited.

Canine Good Citizen ClassThose wishing to give their dogs extra training on good behavior at home or when away from home should sign up for this class.  Also, training for the CGC is the first step toward earning therapy certification if that is something you desire.  You must have completed a Beginner's Class to qualify for this class. You may contact the instructor if you question whether you qualify or not. A flat collar or harness on dogs please; no training collars of any type. This class meets for 6 weeks. (Bring dogs the first night.) 

Clicker Fun Class:  Based on training methods used with dolphins, clicker training is a fun, no pressure way to train your dog.  Whether your dog is young or old, your food- or toy-motivated friend will love clicker training.  In this class, you'll learn how to teach your pet to sit, stay, come, down, heel, and do some tricks.  Be prepared to have fun! This class meets for 7 weeks (no dogs the first night).

Conformation / Handling ClassThis class is for dogs that will be entered in the AKC breed ring. This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs the first night).  

Conformation Junior Showmanship ClassThis class is for young people, ages 10-17, who plan to show their dogs in 4-H and/or conformation events.  This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs the first night).

Freestyle – Dancing with Dogs: Have fun bonding with your dog while learning the basics to put together your own choreographed dog dancing routine. Use your new moves to add fun to therapy visits, entertain at school, or compete and earn titles in this exciting sport. Prerequisite: successful completion of two dog training classes or by instructor assessment & pre-approval. (Bring dogs the first night.)

Obedience Beginner ClassThis class is for dogs 6 months of age or older.  Handlers are taught basic obedience commands on leash:  heel, sit-stay, down-stay, stand, and come. Socialization with people and other pets is encouraged. Additional problem solving information is presented. This class meets for 6 weeks (no dogs the first night). 

Obedience Intermediate ClassThis class is for dogs 6 months of age or older that have had previous classes and plan to compete at obedience trials.  Handlers are expected to have control on leash with off-leash control preferred.  Basic or advanced understanding of obedience exercises is expected.   This class meets for 6 weeks (bring dogs the first night).

Obedience Advanced Class: This class is for dogs that have graduated from the Beginning Obedience.  Class and meets for 6 weeks (bring dogs the first night).

Obedience Competition ClassThis class is geared for the handler and dog intending to compete in the obedience ring working toward a CD title. Dogs must have succeeded in at least two Pre-Novice or Beginning Obedience Classes and will be shown competitively in obedience trials. Permission of the instructor is required for enrollment. This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs the first night). 

Obedience Advanced Competition Class:  This class is for dogs that have taken at least one Competition Obedience Class and will be shown competitively in obedience trails working toward the CDX and/or UD titles. Permission of the instructor is required for enrollment. This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs the first night). 

Puppy ClassPuppies from 3 to 6 months of age may enroll in the puppy class, provided that their vaccinations are complete.  Handlers teach puppies how to walk on leash, sit, down-stay, etc.  Socialization with people and other pets is emphasized. Additional information such as housebreaking, grooming, and nutrition is given in a lecture/demonstration situation.  This class meets for 6 weeks (no dogs the first night).

Rally: Rally is half way between formal obedience and agility. Its the quickest growing recognized AKC competitive sport. Come out and see what fun you can have with your 4-legged partner, while you build your companion’s skills or motivate your dog for higher levels in obedience or agility. Rally encourages talking with your dog as the team negotiates a course or practiced routines. (Bring dogs the first night)

Animal Assistance - Therapy Dog / CGC exercises & practice sessions: Therapy Dog International (TDI) and AKC Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) practice run through sessions. Dog should have some basic training and be controllable on a flat collar and leash before participation in these sessions.  (Bring dogs the first night)

Working Retriever Field Class
The goal of this class is to develop dog/handler teams that are capable of passing a Working Certificate test for their breed, and/or an AKC Junior Hunter test for retrievers.  The dogs will be worked in open field environments.  The pre-requisites for this class are a basic obedience class (or equivalent) and the ability to recall your dog from a distance, off-leash.  Skills learned will be retrieve to hand, introduction to guns and birds, double land retrieves, back-to-back single water retrieves and general problem solving.  This class meets for 6 weeks (Bring dogs, and meet at the MPMKC Building the first night).
Mt. Pleasant Michigan Kennel Club
Monday

No Classes


Tuesday

6:00 - 6:45pm
Puppy Obedience

7:00 - 7:45pm
Beginner Obedience
Wednesday

No Classes
Thursday


Performance Preparation Class
6:00pm
Friday

No Classes
Classes run for six weeks. The fee is $80.  Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club members are eligible for discounted classes!  Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

All classes are held at our indoor, heated, air-conditioned and fully matted facility located at:  7540 S. Mission, Mt. Pleasant, MI.  A map is available below.

To enroll, fill out the enrollment form on the flyer (available for download above) and mail it to the instructor of the class for which you are enrolling. Checks should be made out to MPMKC.  Flyers can also be found at the MPMKC building, most Mt. Pleasant veterinary offices, Soldans and Redbird pet supply. 

MOST CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED.  FULL PAYMENT MUST BE MAILED WITH REGISTRATION to the Instructor.  Confirmation of classes will not be mailed.  If the class has filled by the time you register, you will be called.  If you do not hear from us, assume that you are registered for the class.  Proof of vaccinations (Rabies, DHL/PPv) will be required the first night of class.  Bordetella is highly recommended.
Current Class Schedule:        Sept. 12 - Oct. 19
About the Mount Pleasant Kennel Club   Event Calendar   Community Involvement   Dog Training Classes   AKC Dog Show   Membership   Memorials   Frequently Asked Questions   Agility   Animal Assistance / Therapy Dogs   Breeding and Animal Rescue   Canine Good Citizen   Carting / Drafting   Conformation (showing dogs) and Junior Showmanship   Freestyle – Dancing with Dogs   Dog Obedience   Puppy training and socialization   Rally   Tale-Waggers™   Tracking and field trials