Dog Days Training Association

Class Schedule

Course Descriptions

Dog Days Policies

All classes are taught using positive reinforcement and a clear understanding of how dogs learn (Operant Conditioning).
Focus is always on building a strong relationship based on leadership, trust, and cooperation.
Class sizes are small so everyone gets lots of individual attention.

Puppy Kindergarten

Objectives: Build a strong relationship with your new puppy based on trust and cooperation. Puppy classes are an indispensable foundation for the rest of your dog's life. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend into your family. Topics include:

NEW FORMAT: Your puppy may sign up any week if he or she is at least 8 weeks old and younger than 18 weeks! Sign up and attend 4 weeks of Puppy Kindergarten. Then decide whether to do a few more weeks of Puppy Kindergarten, move on to Beginner, or something else!

STAR Puppy Training

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.

The Benefits of Training
Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy info

Beginning Companion Obedience

Objectives: Build a strong relationship with your dog based on trust and cooperation. The dogs learn self control and good manners in a fun atmosphere. A clicker is used to enhance efficient communication between dog and owner. Skills include:

Prerequisites: Dogs should be at least 4 months old at the first class. Limited to 8.

Companion Dog 2

The objective of this class is to take what you learned in Companion 1 and add distractions for reliability and improved teamwork. We will help your dog learn to pay attention to you and take cues from you amid distractions. This class is based on the book by Denise Fenzi: "Beyond The Back Yard, Get Your Dog To Listen To You Anywhere". The tuition includes the book. By the end of the course, you should notice a marked improvement in your dog's ability to pay attention to you in more distracting situations.

Fundamental Skills for Obedience and Rally

This class is for students who plan on going on to compete in performance sports such as Rally, Competitive Obedience or Canine Freestyle. We will cover advanced skills such as beginning focused heeling, stays with distractions, fronts, finishes, body awareness and other fun skills. This is a great class for anyone who wants to get on the waiting list for the Competition or Rally Obedience classes at Dog Days.

Prerequisites: Companion Dog 2 or Consent of Instructor. Limited to 8.

Tellington TTouch Training Method Classes
The TTouch Training Method is a framework to look at the whole dog (body, brain, and emotions) and the relationship between dog and handler. In this class we explore the basic TTouch body touches, awareness aids, and groundwork exercises in order to promote awareness, balance and self-control in our dogs. If you've heard about TTouch and want to explore it, bring your curiosity and your dog to this class!

This class is for you if your dog

Focus is on building a strong relationship based on 2-way communication, trust, and cooperation. The class will address the individual needs of the attending dogs and people with a small class size to ensure individual attention.

Please bring a 6-foot, fixed length leash (double-ended is great) and a flat or limited slip collar. Head collars and harnesses are welcome. If you feel your dog needs to wear a different type of equipment, please discuss it with the instructor before signing up for the class.

Prerequisites: Beginning Companion Obedience or consent of the instructor

Canine Good Citizen Prep
Objectives: This class strengthens the dog-owner bond by increasing communication skill and practicing the behaviors required to pass the AKC's 10-step CGC test (given on the last week of class). The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program is open to all dogs regardless of breed (or mix) and is designed to educate and reward dogs to have good manners at home and in the community.

This is an intermediate level class. There are four weeks of practice on the CGC test elements with eht test given on week five. Your dog should be very prepared and almost ready to test before attending the class.

The CGC skills are:

Prerequisites: Dog should be very prepared with the required CGC skills before attending the class. This class is focused on polishing those skills in preparation for passing the CGC test which is given on week 5 of the class. Dogs must be be people and dog friendly and under control on leash.

Really Reliable Recall

RRR building a strong, reliable recall (COME!) regardless of distraction. This will be a positive, bonding experience for both dog and handler. Have fun 'playing recall' with your dog. Train while you play!

Prerequisite: Companion Dog 1 or consent of the instructor.
No reactive or aggressive dogs, as this will be a very active class.

Rally Obedience

Objectives: Learn to compete successfully in the newest sport offered by the AKC, APDT, UKC and ASCA.
Dog and handler work as a team to earn titles by performing a series of obedience-derived exercises on a course designed by the judge. Each team is judged on accuracy, precision and enjoyment as they perform the exercises individually. Classes are offered for all levels; Novice, Advanced and Excellent.
AKC rally info is here:


Description: Tuesday Night Tricks!

This class is an open format, open enrollment drop in class. Any trick you can think of that your dog is capable of performing is a possibility in this class.

Tricks are rapidly becoming a popular way of connecting with your dog on a different level than most other training because it is less stringent and more fun for both you and your dog. Learn techniques for eliciting behaviors, and the proper method for putting those behaviors on cue. Learn more about techniques like shaping, luring and capturing. Learn the proper use of a reward marker and how powerful they can be for fast learning of behaviors. This class is really about making you a better dog trainer and enhancing communication and relationship with your furry companion.

Depending on the number of students who show up on a given night determines the flow of the class, sometimes I have a technique to share, or I'll pick a trick that few students know, or a super easy trick you may not have thought of. Each class is unique, and offers you an opportunity to choose what you would like to learn.

I am also able to help you acquire trick titles for your dog through Do More With Your Dog if that is one of your goals.

There is no need to sign up for this class currently, feel free to show up at 6:45 Tuesday night. E-mail Chet with any questions. Performance group practice follows this class and gives people an opportunity to take what they have learned in tricks class and apply it to entertaining people with a choreographed performance and other fun stuff. This will be a group endeavor aside from the tricks class that you can be part of in exchange for performing public performances with the group. There is no cost for this practice time, but some level of commitment is required to be part of the group.

Tricks class is $15 per class, or $50 for 4 classes, classes need not be consecutive, come when you can. Perfect for people who have a hard time making weekly classes, or an inconsistent schedule.

Anyone who completes a Companion 1 class at Dog Days is eligible for one free tricks class, contact Chet for details.

Prerequisites: Dog must know how to sit, down, stay, come when called, and walk on a loose leash. Companion Dog 1 obedience class, or instructor approval.

Competition Obedience
Objectives: These classes prepare you and your dog to compete in AKC/UKC obedience trials. Dog and handler work as a team to earn titles by performing a series of obedience exercises. Each team is judged on accuracy, precision and enjoyment as they perform the exercises individually. Classes are offered for all levels; Novice, Open and Utility.

  • Heeling skills
  • Fronts and Finishes
  • Stays
  • Stand for Exam
  • Recall
Prerequisites: None for novice. Novice classes are limited to 8; Open/utility classes are limited to 6.

(Association of Pet Dog Trainers) combines elements from basic obedience training, competition obedience, free style dance and agility. Prepare for competition or just have fun learning new moves with your dog. You will learn how to teach your dog all the unique moves required to do well for rally (such as quick left pivots and sidesteps) and get comfortable with the signs so as to be able to perform a fast and smooth rally course.

Prerequisites: Novice Competition obedience. Your dog must know some heeling, fronts and finishes, and pay good attention to her handler around distractions.

Objectives: Dogs race each other, head to head, in relay teams of four. They learn to go over hurdles, do a safe and efficient turn on the flyball box, and retrieve the ball from the box, then return over the hurdles again, past the start/finish line. It doesn't matter if your dog is purebred or mixed, small or big. Your dog does need to be friendly to other dogs and humans, have a good recall, and be physically fit and healthy. Flyball is a fun way to bond with your dog!

Prerequisites: Flyball is not suitable for dogs with significant aggression toward or fear of dogs or humans, for dogs with serious sound phobias, for significantly overweight dogs, or for dogs with certain veterinary/ orthopedic issues (feel free to email instructor to see if your dog is a good candidate, even if you are not sure).

We request that you visit a practice prior to starting this class, so you can find out more about the steps that go into training a dog to race in this fun team sport.

Flyball classes offered by the Portland Tail Blazers Flyball Club:

Feeling Outnumbered? Living with a group of dogs is different than living with only one. There are certain challenges that come with living with a group of dogs.

Does your house seem chaotic? Do you dogs compete for your attention? Is there tension between your dogs?

This class emphasizes specific and practical exercises you can do to teach your dogs to be polite and patient rather than pushy and demanding, adding peace and control to your home.

Positive reinforcement is used in training these exercises and keeping the joy in owning more than one dog.

Students may bring 2 dogs to class, each dog must be accompanied by a human, unless prior approval of the instructor.

Exercises are taught in class and homework will be included each week. Students are expected to train these exercises at home, between classes, to be able to follow the progression of the class.

Prerequisite: Dogs need to have some basic training. No aggressive dogs.

K9 Nose Work

Have you heard of the new dog sport called "K9 Nose Work"? Paula Zickert will lead you through the maze of understanding what this new sport is all about and how to get your dog started. K9 Nose Work is based on the training that is done with dogs who do drug and bomb detection. The dogs learn to find a certain scent and get a huge reward for doing so. We will start off using food and/or toys to motivate your dog to find the rabbit (the scent) to get the reward. Almost all dogs love the game of hunting, it is a natural instinct for them. Whether you are interested in just having fun at home with your dog or want to build confidence, or to go on to competing this will be a fun class for you and your dog.

This is not dependent on any previous training, even if you have never had any other class your dog can come. We also welcome shy dogs and dog reactive dogs because all dogs are done one at a time. It is a great confidence builder for any dog.

Limited to 6 dog/handler teams

Prerequisites: none

Beginning Tracking Class
Objectives: Learn the fundamentals of AKC tracking. Learn how to teach your dog to track with a goal of an AKC TD (Tracking Dog) title. Dogs will learn to follow a track in a straight line and add corners in both directions. Handlers will learn the fundamentals of tracking, including scent makeup, effects of weather and various covers, and beginning line handling.

This class is held at Frenchman's Bar Riverfront Park near Vancouver, WA, and each class lasts 2-3 hours.

Limited to 4 dog/handler teams.

Prerequisites: none

Handling Class
Objectives: Get individual instruction on how to get the best from your dog in the conformation ring. This class is built around what each individual needed to work on rather then being a set week by week class. Limited to 6 dog/handler teams.

Prerequisites: none