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.

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
Thursdays, June 15 - August 3 6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Andrea Minasian
Kindergarten / Puppy
7 weeks (70 minutes/per session)
Mondays, June 19 - July 31 7:30 - 8:40pm $80 Cindy Tier

 

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
Tuesdays, June 13 - August 1
Skip July 4 - make up TBD
6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Diane Albright
Beginners
8 weeks
Tuesdays, June 13 - August 1
Skip July 4 - make up TBD
7:15 - 8:15pm $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.

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
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 7:15 - 8:15pm $70 Roberta Horner


RECALLS AND WALKING: 1 hour a week for four weeks where we focus on two important skills for all dogs - Great Recalls and Polite Walking! This workshop is open to all dogs who have had at least one previous
obedience class

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
Recalls and Walking
4 weeks
Wednesdays, July 5 - July 26 6:30-7:30pm $40 Helen Smith
&
Amanda Jones

Rally Obedience is a class designed to familiarize individuals to the new AKC "Rally" program which teams can use as a stepping stone between the Canine Good Citizen program and traditional Obedience. Teams negotiate a course consisting of stations that describe the exercise that must be performed. Things like left turns, right turns, 270 turns, left about turns, call to front and finish left or right, are just a few of the exercises that teams will perform. The main emphasis is on having fun and developing teamwork.  For additional information you can visit the AKC's website

Rally Basics includes instructional help with how to 'doodle' with your dog to best navigate the course signs.

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
Rally Basics
8 weeks
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 6:00 - 7:00pm $70 Roberta Horner

 

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
7 weeks
Tuesdays, June 20 - August 1
skip July 4 - make up TBD
10:00am - 12:00pm $10/session Janet Lewis

  

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 also knows how to come, sit, down and stay.

For safety reasons, we recommend that dogs be at least 12 months old before enrolling in an agility class beyond Agility Foundations.  Dogs less than 12 months old will not be able to participate in some class activities.

Agility Foundations: Open to dogs 4 months and up, as well as to those already competing.
Prerequisite: Previous Beginners Obedience or Kindergarten Puppy class or permission of the instructors.  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, stays, positional cues, and behavior shaping on low and starter equipment.

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
8 weeks
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 9:00 - 10:30am $100 Linda Arble
Agility Foundations
8 weeks
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 6:00 - 7:00pm $100 Donna McGrath
Agility Foundations 2
8 weeks
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 7:15 - 8:15pm $100 Donna McGrath

 

Beginners Agility This class is open to dogs who have completed the Agility Foundations class or have the permission of the instructor. This class will build on the Agility Foundations class with the progression to more advanced obstacle skills and greater off-leash control.. 

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
Wednesdays, June 14 - August 2 10:30 - 12:00pm $100 Linda Arble
Beginners
8 weeks
Thursdays, June 15 - August 3 6:00 - 7:30pm $100 Karen Keller

 

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

Afvanced Intermediate puts emphasis on reviewing and reinforcing skills learned in Intermediate for both handler and dogs.

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
4 weeks
Thursdays, June 22 - July 13 9:00 - 10:30am $50 Linda Arble
Intermediate
8 weeks
Thursdays, June 15 - August 3 7:45 - 9:15pm $100 Sharon Hagerty
Advanced
Intermediate
7 weeks
Mondays, June 19 - July 31 6:00 - 7:30pm $87.50 Mel Eng

 

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

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
6 weeks
Mondays, June 19 - July 31
skip July 3
7:45 - 9:15pm $75 Tracey Dooms

 

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