Shadowland Obedience

Want to get started before that?
K-9 Basics Seminar Tuesday August 25th at 7:00 PM

Come to a K-9 Basics Seminar Next Basics is TBA. Cost is $25.00 or
is FREE with the pre-payment of  Beginners class.

Basics is demo and lecture.  No dogs.
All the stuff you need to know to get started now!
Biting, chewing, jumping, housetraining...
Make a connection with your dog!
Learn how to make them want to listen!

Shadowland offers a range of obedience and agility classes. We
have been instructing obedience classes in Oskaloosa since 1993.  

Our Beginner Obedience classes have evolved over the years to
develop a comprehensive and challenging class that sets the owner
and dog up for success each step of the way.  Through positive
reinforcement, 'Marking' and Rewarding Behavior the dog becomes
secure in his place in the home while building the human/canine
bond.  Helping to keep dogs in their homes forever is one of our
primary goals!

Julie McVay heads the Instruction of classes with Lead Instructors:
Shannon De Penning and Jeana Tacke. Julie is an APTD Member
and does continuing education in training methods and new
techniques. We also have an experienced core of Assistants who
sometimes help with classes or teach additional classes.
Shadowland Kennels is also home to
Shadowmyst Labradors.
Shadowmyst Labradors compete in several performance events
including Obedience, Agility, Hunt Tests and Conformation.

Our Beginners class is an 7 week course designed to meet 4
primary goals by the end of the 7 weeks. Walking on a loose lead (not
pulling), coming when called, staying when told to stay and
leadership. These are the four basic tools an owner needs to have a
well behaved dog. Our class uses many exercises, motivational, reward
based concepts to help attain these goals. Leadership, rewards,
behavior marking and connected energy are emphasized as the
foundation for building a balanced relationship with your dog.
For class informational packet, including registration form, please
access our information on the right of this page.

If you cannot access this information by internet, call or
email us and we can email or snail mail the information.
All dogs must be
up to date on
vaccinations and
parasite free prior
to coming to class.
Read our

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Intermediate Obedience:

Shadowland also offers an Intermediate Level Class
 This class is a continuation of Beginners class
and designed to get more control with your dog and develop
a working relationship beyond basics that includes teaching
TRICKS and incorporating play. You must have graduated
from beginners and/or be able to pass a series of test
exercises to go into Intermediate. Figure 8's, finishes, turns
in place, off leash stays and recalls are some of the exercises
covered. We also teach TRICKS in this class as a way to
reward and motivate the dog. This is a good class to attend
if you are interested in competition obedience or just
improving your dogs on and off leash control as well as have
a blast training.   We highly recommend this for dogs that
thrive on training and/or need a continuation of routine

This class is usually a 5 week session and the cost is $60.00.

email Julie to add your name to the email list for
notification about upcoming Intermediate Obedience Classes
and Agility sessions.  

We have a 4 week Rally Obedience Class
starting April 13th.  This class is a great
equivilant to an Intermediate class!  
Join us!
Email Julie to
have her email
a class packet
The class is a step by step, positive, motivational approach and each week lays the
foundation for the next week's lesson. Progressions are easily accepted by dog and
owner since they are gradual and the owner can always go back a step if necessary.  
Marker words, food or toy rewards, games, praise and release are used to help the
dog quickly grasp new exercises.  Because exercises are broken into sequences and
small steps, the dog and handler are put in a position to succeed. Confidence, respect
and trust grow mutually between dog and handler each week as we emphasize the
human/dog connection. The end result is a dog that respects and trusts his owner,
understands the exercises and an owner who knows what to do if the trained dog
ignores a command.  
Class packet is given at first session and added to each week.  Dogs should come to
class on a snugly fit, flat buckle collar and a 6 ft leash.

Beginner sessions are held 4 times per year. Normally we have classes
beginning in
January, March or April, June, and September. Our usual
schedule is Tuesday night classes.
For those of you who were
lucky enough to meet our
Shiloh, we'd like to let you
all know that Shiloh has
passed away and is waiting
for us at the Rainbow
Bridge. Shiloh was my
right hand in teaching
classes for over a decade.

Class Size, Ages and Cost:

Class size is limited to about 12-14. Puppies as young
as 8 weeks can attend classes. (as long as they have
had a vet visit, current vaccinations and deworming)   
Upon finishing the class, you will recieve a certificate
of completion.
Beginners Class is $100.00

One at 6:30 and one at 8:00.

We encourage owners to begin classes as soon as possible.
Your dog is learning as soon as you bring them home and it's
always best to start the right way!

Want to get started before the Beginners class with
your puppy?

We have a 4 Week PUPPY CLASS starting May 11th.
This fun, social class is a great way to give your puppy a head start
before coming to the Beginners class OR may be all you need to get
off on the right foot with your new puppy.  
Puppies must be under the age of 5 months at start of class.  (if you
have a very small breed, you may register up to 6 months of age.)

Please email Julie for registration and other information packet
about this class.
Next Beginner Obedience Class  
Class Schedule 2016

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
7:00 PM 2 hour session the first night.
No Dogs the First Night.
The Beginners class usually splits into two sessions, one at 6:30 and
one at 8:00 so please be prepared to go to one or the other depending
on the age of your dog.  Please read the Cover letter (right) for
important information about class.

Pre-Register by filling out a
Registration Form.
Interested in Private lessons?
Attention people who have signed up to be on my email list for
Agility and Intermediate Classes: I have lost all of my contacts
for this list and since they are sent BCC I cannot retrieve them
from an email.  If you would like to be notified of future
Intermediate or Agility Classes you will need to
email me with the
subject line "EMAIL LIST" to get back on that list.  I apolgize for
this but hope to rebuild this list asap. with your help.