Class and Event Descriptions

If you have any questions regarding these classes, training, or the training center, please contact ​ICCKCtraining@gmail.com.


These classes are scheduled based on requests and availability of instructors. All instructors in the club are volunteers, and as such, some classes are schedules more frequently than others.

Beginning Agility - ACT1

10 Students Maximum

Build a good agility foundation as well as a good working relationship with your dog. Instruction will focus on introducing agility obstacles to handler and dog, using training methods that are motivational and positive. Lessons will be based on the Agility Course Test 1 (ACT1). ACT1 is designed to introduce beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility and to show beginning sequencing and performance skills. Skills will be taught targeting an actual Agility Course Test trial to be held the last day of class, with the possibility of earning the ACT1 title that night. For more about the ACT program, visit http://www.akc.org/events/agility/act-program/ .


NOTE: The class will be held at 18002 Dean Lane, Nampa, Idaho – near Ustick and Can-Ada Road.

Basic Obedience

10 Students Maximum

This is an introductory class designed to teach owners to teach their dogs basic good manners. Instructors will focus on common commands such as sit, stay, come and down, plus walking on a loose lead. Postitive training methods are used. Skills learned in this class will help prepare owners and dogs for next level obedience classes, or other classes such as CGC and Rally Novice. No previous obedience training required.

Minimum dog age: 6 months ​

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

8 Student Maximum

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. Our class will teach you how to best communicate with your new puppy. We’ll provide a safe and structured opportunity for your dog to socialize appropriately with other dogs and people, answer your puppy-raising questions, and share gentle, effective ways to begin teaching practical, basic manners skills like walking on a leash and coming when called. We’ll even introduce you to an array of dog sports that you and your puppy may enjoy as you grow together as a team.

Even if you’ve raised puppies before, this is a great opportunity to work with your puppy in a safe and supportive environment and explore the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy program. You will have the option to take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds. Learn more about AKC S.T.A.R Puppy at https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-star-puppy/.

The class is for puppies that are 16 weeks by the first session of the class and under 12 months old by the final class. Enrollment is limited but classes are planned to be offered several times during the year.


* Please note: any time that your puppy comes in contact with other dogs, directly or indirectly, there is a risk of contracting canine -related disease. For the health of your puppy, we suggest regular vaccinations, as recommended and monitored by your veterinarian. Pick up after your puppy.

Canine Good Citizen - CGC

10 Student maximum

For dogs of all breeds or mixed breeds and ages older than 6 months on the date of the last class. Five weeks of classes geared toward passing the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test which will be given on week six by an AKC CGC evaluator. Specific Information on the CGC program and test may be found at www.akc.org/cgc. The goal of the class instructor is to cultivate a healthy working and personal relationship between you, your dog, and the general public. We will train both ends of the leash and work together as a group for everyone in the class to earn their CGC certificate. CGC Program skills should be a part of every dog’s basic education: include good manners and basic obedience training intended to shape your dog into a well-behaved member of the community.


No dogs which have exhibited signs of aggression toward people or other dogs will be admitted to the class. ​​​

Three Open Competition Obedience Classes - Novice, Open, and Utility

Are you interested in AKC Obedience yet don’t know how to begin? Have you started training your dog yet you aren’t sure how to progress? Are you having difficulty helping your dog understand any particular exercise (Rally, too)? Do you think you are ready to compete but need a little confidence in you and/or your dog in order to enter the ring? Have you been competing but your dog doesn’t do nearly as well in the ring as at home? Have you been competing and yet wonder where you and your dog are losing points? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is the class for you!

This will be an ongoing, drop-in type class, so no preregistration is required. Each week the class will be geared towards the needs of the students and dogs in attendance. We will work on whatever exercise YOU want to work on. Alice Peterson will be teaching the classes. She has taught private obedience lessons for 30 years and has earned many advanced Obedience and Rally titles on her Airedale Terriers and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Alice is an AKC Obedience and Rally judge and has been judging dog and handler teams for 16 years.

Rally - Novice

Beginning Rally Class (6 Student Maximum)

This class introduces the sport of Rally Obedience, intended for handlers or dogs new to the sport of Rally. Originally called “doodling”, rally exercises have been used for over 30 years by obedience enthusiasts to train a more attentive and responsive obedience dog. Rally as a separate AKC event has grown in popularity and helped create better dog-handler relationships. Handler/Dog teams should have at least the beginnings of a working relationship and some basic obedience skills (basic control on leash, sit, down, stay). The course will teach the basics skills to maneuver the Novice Rally signs, including newly added in Nov. 2017. Discussion of Rally Rules, tips for best performance and preparation to confidently begin Rally competition will also be covered.

​Minimum dog age 6 mo. & demonstrates basic control on leash. Enrollment is limited but classes are planned to be offered several times during the year.

Rally - Advanced/Excellent

Advanced and Excellent Rally Class (6 Student Maximum)

This class builds on the skills and signs learned in Rally Novice and is intended for competition Ralliers. Handler/Dog team should have established a working relationship, be comfortable with Novice Rally signs, and be familiar with the basic rules and procedures of Rally. Course content will include Advanced & Excellent signs updated to include 2017 additions. Tips & Tricks to enhance Rally performance and Helpful references for training & competition will also be covered. ​

Minimum dog age 6 month. Enrollment is limited but classes are planned to be offered several times during the year.

Tracking Starter Class

Level - Novice

This is an introductory class designed to teach owners to teach their dogs the basics of tracking. . Positive methods are used. Fundamentals of tracking, laying track, tracking equipment and AKC tracking will all be covered. This is a hands on, dog participation class. The class will be held outside, either in a park or at Eagle Island.

Dogs of all ages are welcome, puppies should have completed all their vaccines.

Trick Dog Class

​Level - Novice/Intermediate (10 Student Maximum)

This class will help you have fun with your dog and work toward novice or intermediate levels of AKC’s new “Trick Dog” titling program. Teaching dog tricks is enjoyable for owners, mentally stimulating for their dogs and can take place at any time or place that fits their lifestyle. The dogs in this class should have basic obedience skills and be able to chill out quietly in crates or on raised bed or mats when it is not their turn to train/play.

​Minimum dog age 6 months. Enrollment is limited but classes are planned to be offered several times during the year.

Introduction to Agility

This is a 6-week class designed to take pre-Novice dogs, some of whom have not seen any agility equipment before, and in a small (10 dogs or fewer) setting teach them the basics of agility--sit-stay at a start line, jumping jumps, running through tunnels, going over the A-Frame, and getting onto the pause table and waiting for 5 seconds. (The other agility equipment is beyond the scope of these 6 weeks.)

The skills learned in this class should allow a dog-handler team to complete the ACT I Pre-Novice.

Match and S​how-N-Go Descriptions

Obedience Match

This is a great opportunity to practice in our training center for upcoming trials. The match will be run like a trial. All AKC Obedience Levels are offered. This is not a rent-a-ring type match. Someone will act as judge putting you through the exercises, although you won’t be given a score. Food and toys are allowed. Gentle corrections only. No second run-throughs per class. Only collars allowed at an AKC trial are allowed.

Conformation Show-N-Go

Open to all purebred dogs - Puppies through finished Champions

This is a great opportunity to practice in our training center for upcoming conformation shows. This is a show-n-go, which means there will be no competition nor placements awarded. Each dog will be in the ring twice and will have two different people acting as judges. Due to limited space no grooming will be allowed in the Training Center, but it isn't necessary for this event.

Classes offered:

4 - 6 months on a table

4 - 6 months

6 - 18 months on a table

6 - 18 months

Adult on a table

Adult

Drop-in Practice Descriptions​​​​​

Open Conformation Practice

Conformation enthusiasts! Are you looking for a place to practice for upcoming shows?

Open Conformation Practice is a simple run-through; leader of Open Practice will act as "judge" and may be able to offer advice, if needed. Leaders are experienced in the Conformation show ring and rotate based on availability and schedule. Practice what you need to practice, with as many -- or few -- times in the ring that you need for your dog. This is a true drop-in, so come/leave early or come/leave late -- or stay for the whole hour.

​Pre-requisites: Some knowledge and experience in conformation ring preferred. Ability of handler to keep dog under control at all times in a positive manner. No dogs that have exhibited any aggression toward people or other dogs.

Bring your dog, leash and collar, any needed training items, waste bags, water for your pup as needed and a crate. Chairs are provided, but you may bring your own compact/folding chair as well.

​Offered every week unless schedule indicates. No reservations needed, come once or often! Pay at class.

You may come observe (without dog) to see if this is the right format for you. ​

Open Obedience Group Distraction Practice

​Are you doing fine with your training but are tired of either training alone or with the same small group of friends? Does your dog need distractions so it can perform better in the distracting environment of a dog show? Do you need to work on lifetime obedience skills? This practice is for you! It will be one hour of organized group heeling (obedience and rally), signals, recalls, retrieves, and sit/down stays. At the end of the hour you will know you got in a great practice to set your dog up for success in the ring.

Pre-requisites: Recommended for dogs who already have basic obedience -- loose leash heeling, turns, sits, down, stay, etc. and are comfortable working closely with others dog/handler teams. No dogs that have exhibited any aggression toward people or other dogs.

​Bring your dog, leash and collar, any needed training items, waste bags, water for your pup.

Offered every week unless schedule indicates. No reservations needed, come once or often! Pay at class.

You may come observe (without dog) to see if this is the right format for you. ​​

Open and Utility Obedience Practice

​Held immediatly following the Open Obedience Group Distraction Practice

This is a great opportunity to work on the individual exercises from the Open and Utility classes. You may practice up to three exercises each practice. Open: High Jump and Broad Jump. Utility: Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve and Directed Jumping.

Pre-requisites: Recommended for dogs who already have basic obedience -- loose leash heeling, turns, sits, down, stay, etc. and are comfortable working closely with others dog/handler teams. No dogs that have exhibited any aggression toward people or other dogs .

Bring your dog, leash and collar, any needed training items, waste bags, water for your pup as needed and a crate.

Offered every week unless schedule indicates. Come once or often! No registration needed. Pay at class.

Open Practice will occasionally be replaced by Matches. Matches will be announced on our website and training center calendar—to replace practice approximately 2 Saturdays every other month. Pre-registration for matches is requested.

You may come observe (without dog) to see if this is the right format for you.