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 Instructor:
Shannon De Penning.  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.

Goals:
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
Class
Cover
Letter.

Read
General
Instructions
for the class.

Read
information
about
Housetraining

Fill out
Registration
Form
(HTML)

Or as a word
document-
Registration
form
Intermediate Obedience:

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
training.

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

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

We also offer 4 week Rally Obedience
Classes occasionally.  This class is a great
equivilant to an Intermediate class!  
Join us!
Email Julie to
have her
email a class
packet
Methods:
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, play 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.

When:
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.

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
.

THIS CLASS OFTEN SPLITS INTO TWO SESSIONS.  
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 sometimes offer puppy classes -Check the class schedule!
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, September 20, 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.