Shadowland Obedience

Shadowland offers a range of obedience and agility classes. We have been teaching classes
professionally 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.  Knowing what to do when behavior issues occur allows owners to reinforce good
behavior while fading undesirable behavior.  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 continues her 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 (have a negative fecal exam) prior to coming to class.
Read our

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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 $7

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!  
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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.

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 receive a certificate of
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 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.
Class Schedule 2017

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
7:00 PM 2 hour session the first night.
No Dogs the First Night.
00.00- 7 Week Session
You may attend the first night seminar only (without
) for $25.00/family.
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.

     Our K-9 Basics Seminar is the format for the first night of Beginners.

K-9 Basics is a 2 hour demo and lecture seminar.  No dogs this night.
All the stuff you need to know to get started now!
Biting, chewing, jumping, housetraining and the first week of Class homework.
Make a connection with your dog!  Learn how to build a conditioned response to look at you
when you say their name.
Learn how to make them want to listen!

Cost is $25.00 if you attend this night as a stand alone session.  Otherwise, it is included as
the first night of Beginners.  Class Packet Included.