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Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club, Inc.
Class Objectives and Goals  
To promote the idea that dogs can become "good citizens" within the community through training and  socialization and the strengthening of the human/dog bond.  To provide all levels of training for beginner, novice, or advanced owners of dogs.  To provide a variety of training activities and opportunities based on current trends and requests.  Training should always be a fun, positive experience, and chance for meaningful interaction between owner and dog.
Instructor Qualification 
All instructors are members of LCCOC.  All instructors are volunteers and receive no monetary compensation for their time.  Instructors have placed at least one obedience title on a dog through recognized competition trials.
Training Methods 
A variety of instruction methods are used with emphasis on positive training. Harsh and negative methods are discouraged. Homework and handouts are given.
Class Sizes    
Class sizes vary. Average beginner classes have 10-15 dogs.  Volunteer assistants help with larger groups.
Puppy Kindergarten
5 week course
•Qualification: puppies 4 months to 6 months in age who have completed all vaccinations.
•Objective: Education of the owner and beginning socialization for the puppy.
•Content: Information on basic commands, grooming, house training, veterinarian care, nutrition, safe      toys, and socialization activities.
Equipment Needed: Buckle collar and 6 foot leash.
Beginners Obedience Class
6 week course
•Qualification: Open to all dogs with proof of vaccinations. Puppy class not required to enter.
•Objective: Continued education of the owner and dog through training and socialization.
•Content: Basic handling techniques for the owner. Dog learns walking on a leash and commands of heel, sit, down, stay, and come.
Equipment Needed: Slip chain (choke) or pinch (prong) collar and 6 foot leash (leather preferred). Which collar is best for your dog can be discussed with the instructor.
Advanced Beginners Obedience Class
6 week course
•Qualification: Open to all dogs with proof of vaccinations who have completed beginner training. Dogs and owners coming from other programs will be assessed by the instructor.
•Objective: Continued education of the owner and dog through training and socialization.
•Content: Further development of basics commands and handling techniques.
Equipment Needed: Same as Beginner Class. Other equipment as suggested by the instructor.
Novice or Show Obedience Class
6 week course
•Qualification: Completion of Advanced Beginner Class and Probationary Membership in LCCOC. Dogs and owners coming from other programs will be assessed by the instructor.
•Objective: Continued education of the owner and dog who are planning to enter competition.
•Content: Increased emphasis on correct handling techniques by the owner and solid responses by the dog.
Equipment Needed: Additional equipment as suggested by the instructor.
Beginners Agility Class
For additional information on agility classes contact Polly Odom
Two 6 week courses divided into Part A, Part B.
•Qualification for Part A & B: Open to all dogs demonstrating advanced performance of basic obedience commands with emphasis on come and solid stays. Dogs must be under control when off-leash.
•Objective Part A: Foundation training for the owner and the dog in agility commands and obstacles.
•Objective Part B:  Continuance of obstacle recognition and performance, beginning of obstacle sequencing, and handler techniques.
•Content Part A & B: Emphasis on various obstacles and handling techniques for the owner and solid responses from the dog.
Agility for Fun Class
•Qualification:  Completion of Introduction to Agility Class Parts A & B or equivalent.
•Objective:  Continued training for the owner and the dog in agility commands and obstacles with the goal of strengthening the agility skills of dogs and handlers.  
•Content:  Obstacle sequencing and handler techniques.
Pre-Competition Agility Class
•Qualification:  Open to club members who completed the Introduction to Agility Class Parts A & B or equivalent.
•Qualification:  Completion of Introduction to Agility Class Parts A & B or equivalent.
•Objective:  Prepare for competition level agility skills.
•Content:  Learning to send/recall dog to obstacles from various distances and angles, obstacle discrimination, and advanced handler techniques.
Competition
On going course
•Qualification: Open to club members who have taken the Pre-Competition Class or equivalent and permission from Instructor. 
•Objective: Training for all levels of competition.
•Content: Distance work, advanced handler techniques, timing, and conditioning.
Other Training Opportunities