|Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
No Dogs the First Night.
Pre-Register by filling out a
|Next 8 Week Beginner
Obedience Class Starts-
|Want to get started before that?
Come to a K-9 Basics Seminar
Next Basic Seminar -
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Basics is a great way to get a head start or get a comprehensive
overview of what you need to be working on if you can't come to
the 8 week class. This session will help you with all of the basic
issues that people generally struggle with during the initial period
after acquiring a new puppy or dog.
|Shadowland offers a range of obedience and agility
classes. We have been instructing obedience classes in
Oskaloosa since 1993. Over 100 students participate in
classes each year.
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 leadership, 'Marking' and
Rewarding Behavior the dog becomes secure in his place
in the home while building the human/canine bond. We
try to help the owner understand how their dog sees
things so that they can find better ways to communicate.
Thus, establishing a solid foundation for a life long
relationship. Helping to keep dogs in their homes forever
is one of our primary goals.
Julie McVay heads the Instruction of classes with Lead
Instructor: Shannon De Penning. Julie is an APTD
Member where she gets continuing education in training
methods and new techniques. We also have an
experienced core of Assistants who 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 8 week course designed to meet 4
primary goals by the end of the 8 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
concepts and rewards to help attain these goals. We include hand
signals as an additional fun way to train the down, sit, stand, recall
and heel commands. Leadership, rewards, behavior marking and
connected energy are emphasized as the foundation for building a
balanced relationship with your dog.
|For information about the classes, please access our online
information on the right of this page.
If you cannot access this information by internet, email us
and we can email or snail mail the information. You will
receive everything you need to know about class and a
registration form that needs to be completed and returned
to get signed up for class. You can return the form via email
|All dogs must be
up to date on
parasite free prior
to coming to class.
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Shadowland also offers an Intermediate Level Class
periodically. 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 $50.00.
Please email Julie to add your name to the email list for
notification about upcoming Intermediate Obedience Classes
and Agility sessions.
Next Session-Febraury 26th, 2014. This will
be a Combination class that includes a little
agility as well as some social time.
The class is a step by step, 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. Treats or toys are used to motivate
and reward the dog and are gradually tapered down in use as class progresses to proofing
the exercises. An appropriate balance of positive and negative reinforcement is used as we
progress through the class. 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 dog ignores a command.
Beginner sessions are held 4 times per year. Normally we have classes
beginning in January, March or April, June or July, 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. Puppies as young as
8 weeks can attend classes. (as long as they have
current vaccinations and deworming) A training lead
is included with class. Upon finishing the class, you
will recieve a certificate of completion.
Beginners Class is $100.00.
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!