Whatever your interest or expertise, we have a class which can benefit both you and your dog.

Please read the descriptions of all the classes we offer.

Classes are held in the club's training building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days Grounds, off Rt. 45 in Rock Springs, PA.  Click HERE for Directions and a Map.

Our instructors have years of experience training and teaching all breeds of dogs. They participate in a wide variety of canine sports, and actively promote responsible dog ownership.

The Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club encourages families and children to participate in class and in training their dog.

Registration Opens March 4th

Obedience Classes

Our obedience classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall, one night a week for eight weeks, and are open to both mixed breed and purebred dogs. We emphasize general obedience and manners through positive motivation techniques. Instruction is on come, sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. Informational talks are given throughout the class on such topics as house training, common medical disorders, and common behavior problems.

The Kindergarten Puppy Training (KPT) class is designed for puppies under the age of 4 months at the start of the class. Emphasis is on learning early intervention to prevent bad habits (jumping, chewing etc.), beginning training, and socialization to other dogs, people, and unusual situations. 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4. 

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Kindergarten / Puppy
8 weeks
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21 6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Cindy Tier

 

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program focuses on all the things every puppy and owner need to have a great start together.

STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy prepares pups to move on to Canine Good Citizen training. For example, in STAR, puppies must walk on a leash in a straight line. In CGC, the task becomes more advanced with dogs walking in a pattern that includes right and left turns and stops.

The skills in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes are practical and functional. Teaching puppies to tolerate grooming, handling, and basic exams of the ears, feet, and mouth will result in well-mannered puppies that veterinarians are happy to see.

Click HERE for more info about the STAR Puppy Program on the AKC Website.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4. 

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
STAR Puppy KPT
8 weeks
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 22 7:15 - 8:15pm $80 Andrea Minasian

 

The Beginners class is designed for dogs of all ages who have not had previous training, or need to review the basics. We will show you effective methods for dealing with typical dog training issues. Emphasis is on basic obedience - walking on a leash, sitting and downing on command, coming when called, etc. It is never too late to train your dog! 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4. 

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Beginners
8 weeks
Mondays, April 1 - May 20
7:45 - 8:45pm $80 Andrea Minasian
Beginners
8 weeks
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21 7:45 - 8:45pm $80 Carol Aulick

 

The Intermediate / CGC Obedience is designed for individuals who have previously taken an obedience class such as Kindergarten or Beginners and would like to continue working on control, stays, basic obedience and practice toward the AKC Canine Good Citizenship certification test.

Click HERE for more info about the CGC Program on the AKC Website.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4. 

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Intermediate / CGC
8 weeks
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21 6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Cynthia Rabbers

Competition Show Novice: Everything you wanted to know about preparing for an AKC obedience trial starting at the Beginning Novice class level. Fundamentals on teaching your dog heeling, recalls, stays, retrieving will be covered. Additionally, we will go over the rules, differences between the Novice classes, how to do the specific exercises, how to enter and what to expect at a trial.

Click HERE for more info about the Beginners Novice Title on the AKC Website.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Competition Show Novice
8 weeks
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 22 6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Roberta Horner

  

AKC Novice Trick Dog is designed for any dogs that have completed KPT or Beginning class.  Take your training to the next level and build your bond with your dog by teaching over 20 fun and exciting tricks.  Graduation will be testing for the new AKC Novice Trick Dog Title.

Click HERE for more info about the Trick Dog Title on the AKC Website.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4. 

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Tricks
Novice
8 weeks
Thursdays, April 4 -May 23 7:45 - 8:45pm $80 Andrea Minasian

 

Show Obedience Workshop: This is a 'Drop In' format.
Each week the first hour will be devoted to specific obedience exercises, for example:
1. Heeling: basic Retrieves: Scent discrimination: Stays
2. Stand for exam and Moving stand: Retrieve over the high jump: Broad jump: Stays
3. Directed jumping: Broad jump: recalls: stays
4. Directed retrieve: signals: flat retrieve: stays
The second hour will be an open obedience training time, coordinated by the instructor.
Trainers may work for themselves, structure a run thru, or work with one another.

No need to pre-register.  Registration/payment taken at each workshop.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Show Obedience
Workshop
8 weeks
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21
10:00am - 12:00pm $10
per dog
per session
Janet Lewis

  

Rescue 101

Rescue 101 consultations will address specific behavioral or training issues with dogs that have recently been adopted through either a shelter or a rescue group. Individual one on one sessions may be suggested by an instructor on a pay as you go basis.  For More Information - Email Us

 

Tracking Classes

Tracking is a sport where dogs are trained by bringing out their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. Dogs possess an extremely high level of scent capability and owners who do tracking with their dogs find joy in seeing the dogs at work using their innate scenting skills. Our Beginning Tracking class gets you started! The Tracking Workshop is for dogs who are at least doing turns.

Tracking Workshop - Any level that you and your dog are at.  We will help you build on that.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Sandy Roth at 814-238-1822. 

Once you have contacted Sandy, click HERE for Tracking Registration Form and mail to Sandy Roth, 1201 Deerfield Drive, State College PA  16803.

Class Day & Date Time Fee Instructor
Beginning
6 weeks
Wednesdays, April 17 - May 22 6:00 - 7:00pm $60 Sandy Roth
Tracking Workshop
6 weeks
Wednesdays, April 17 - May 22 7:00 - 8:00pm $60 Sandy Roth


Agility Classes

Agility classes are also offered on a regular basis. Dog agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog through a series of obstacles, which include tunnels, jumps, see-saw, A-frame, dog-walk, tire jump and weave poles. Agility is an exciting fast-paced sport, which requires a confident dog that can focus on its handler's instructions.

For the safety of growing puppies, dogs less than 12 month of age will not be able to participate in some activities in classes beyond Foundations Levels 1 and 2.

Below are our classes offered for the current term with general course descriptions. For more details on course content and goals for our core classes click HERE!

 

Agility Foundations Level 1: Open to dogs 4 months and up, as well as to those already competing.
This class will introduce your dog to the fun sport of agility and emphasize building a positive working relationship between dog and handler. The class will help develop agility skills including: attention (focus with distraction), impulse control, drive, recalls and sends, positional cues, and behavior shaping on low and starter equipment.

Agility Foundations Level 2: Mechanics of jumping will be introduced, along with progressive work on skills from Foundations Level 1.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Agility Foundations
Level 1
8 weeks
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 22 6:00 - 7:15pm $100 Heidi Miller
Agility Foundations
Level 2
8 weeks
Mondays, April 1 - May 20 7:45 - 9:00pm $100 Donna McGrath

 

Beginners Agility: This class will build on the skills learned in Agility Foundation Levels 1 and 2 with introduction to lowered full sized obstacles (A-frame/seesaw/dog-walk) and weave poles. 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Beginners
8 weeks
Mondays, April 1 - May 20 6:00 - 7:30pm $100 Karen Keller

 

Intermediate Agility is designed for dogs who have completed Beginning Agility and are comfortable with the agility equipment. Emphasis will be on simple sequencing and on basic handling techniques.

Advanced Intermediate puts emphasis on reviewing and reinforcing skills learned in Intermediate for both handler and dogs. Sequences will be more challenging with the goal of moving to actual competition level.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Intermediate
8 weeks
Mondays, April 1 - May 20 6:00 - 7:30pm $100 Tracey Dooms
Intermediate
6 weeks
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 22
Skip April 17 & May 15
10:45am - 12:15pm $75 Linda Arble
Advanced
Intermediate
6 weeks
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 22
Skip April 17 & May 15
9:00 - 10:30am $75 Linda Arble
Advanced
Intermediate
7 weeks
Thursdays, April 4 - May 23
Skip May 9
6:00 - 7:30pm $88 Mel Eng

 

Agility Handling is designed for individuals who have completed Intermediate Agility or its equivalent. Emphasis is on handling techniques and course strategy.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Agility Handling
7weeks
Thursdays, April 4 - May 23
Skip May 9
7:45 - 9:15pm $88 Karen Bettleyon

Above are our classes offered for the current term with general course descriptions.
For more details on course content and goals for our core classes click HERE!

Click HERE for a printable flyer!

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