Effective Obedience Training

Our philosophy is to provide training for the dog handler team in both obedience and agility, making the team successful and mutually joyful while being together.
Find out more about obedience training classes for dogs at Best Friends Obedience, Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky. Our group obedience, rally, and agility classes are taught in six-week sessions that meet once a week for about an hour. We want you to enjoy your time with your dog. After all, a trained dog is a free dog.

Achieving Your Goals

Everybody comes to class with different goals for their dogs. Our Level I classes provide a solid foundation, whether your goal is a well-mannered pet or ultimately an advanced obedience title. Just as the weekly classes build on one another, there are multiple levels of obedience classes that progress through more and more advanced levels of training.

Level I Classes

LEVEL ONE is the best place to start with your dog so you can learn how to improve your relationship and communicate with your best friend. All the basics are taught, from responses to your first command to how to work off leash and hand signals. We include basic house manners too, such as not jumping on guests or bolting through an open door to your home or yard.
This class also covers all the basic commands, such as sit, down, stand, and stay in all three positions, using verbal and hand signals. We work on heeling, which is a controlled walk with you dictating the speed without your dog pulling. The come command receives special attention, since that can be considered the most important command. [Level I II III registration form][Upload Registration Form]

Puppy Class:

Learn how to survive the puppyhood period. Proper socialization at this age is crucial. Start training on the right foot, since the puppies are learning from the start, teach them what it is you want them to know. This class is very important for people who have never owned a puppy before, or anyone with a new puppy who wants to start early training. Puppies are like sponges, you want to be sure they learn what you want them to know. [puppy registration form][Upload Registration Form]

Level II:

Further your training from basics to working around real distractions. Advanced training that will make owning a dog a real joy. A goal at this level is off leash control. After having laid a foundation, take your training to a new level, distractions and all. [Level I II III registration form] [Upload Registration Form]

Level III:

Train and prepare to show your dog to a Companion Dog title (CD.) Get comfortable with off leash work no matter what is going on around your dog. Learn the handling skills to better your own performance. Introduction to drive theory - Put your dog's Personality Profile to work for you by understanding how your dog thinks.
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Open/Utility Workshop:

A continual class that works on all levels of AKC obedience including Open and Utility. Perfect your handling skills for competition. Your goal in this class is an Open title (CDX) and a Utility Dog (UD.) This workshop goes year round and works on a punch card system. Come when you can, get your card punched, so you never miss out on a class if you can’t come every week. We have lots of fun every week, working on handling, retrieving, scent discrimination, jumping, etc.
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Rally Classes

Rally Class:

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler proceed at a brisk, but normal, pace through a course of designated stations. There should be a sense of teamwork with the dog under control within a 2-foot area at the handler's left side. Each station has a sign designating a particular skill that is to be performed by the team before proceeding to the next station.
Our Rally class is not an obedience training class but rather a "Learning about Rally" class, teaching you about the sport and teaching the signs used in the routines. All levels will be covered. We will take a few signs every week and practice them and then do a short course including those signs each week. On the last night there will be a more difficult course set up that will be run like a Rally Match.
To participate, the dog should already be trained to at least on-leash Novice obedience level. [ rally registration form][Upload Registration Form]

Dog Agility Classes (The Intro Class is Where to START!) see below

Agility Classes

As the sport of agility evolves, we have restructured our agility classes to include new techniques and allow more focus time for preparing you and your dog to meet the challenges seen on today's agility courses. Each class session is now four weeks and the intermediate levels now have two parts. We have added special focus classes for weaves, contacts, and jumping skills.

Weaves Training Class:

Part 1 - This class will introduce weaves to your dog. We use a combination of 2 by 2 method and channel weaves method. Your dog must be fully matured physically to work on inline weaves due to the stresses inline weaving puts on a dog's body. Instructor's recommendation is required for Weaves Part 2. [ weave contact jump abc training registration form][ Upload Registration Form]
Part 2 - Continue step-by-step weave training to learn how to build your dog's weaving skills to competition level. This class is a pre-requisite for Level III agility. [ weave contact jump abc training registration form][ Upload Registration Form]

Contacts Training Class:

This class will safely introduce the contact equipment (dogwalk, A-frame, teeter). There are different styles of contact performance. We use methods which promote a safe and reliable performance. This class is a pre-requisite for Level III agility.

Jump Training Class:

This class will help your dog learn/improve various jumping skills using Susan Salo’s method of jump grids. Because a dog can jump doesn’t mean that he knows how to jump. When a dog understands how to jump… path, distance, appropriate takeoff place, weight transfer, angle of elevation, and height, he will run more smoothly, efficiently, and decisively… and therefore, be faster and less prone to injury. You can check out Susan Salo at www.jumpdogs.com
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ABC Jumping Drills:

This class features sequences from Nancy Gyes' Alphabet Drills--jump sequences based on patterns from letters of the alphabet. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills or dog skills. [ weave contact jump abc training registration form][Upload Registration Form]

Level I Agility (Introduction): HERE IS WHERE YOU START!!!!!

This class is for dogs that are new to agility. Your dog is introduced to the agility obstacles safely and you will start to learn basic handling skills. Obstacles are taught individually using motivational methods, in a step-by-step approach which increases the challenge as the dog's confidence increases. You must have basic control of your dog on and off leash to participate. Basic obedience is necessary and a good working relationship with your dog is required. Wear shoes with good traction, and bring plenty of bite-sized treats, water, and a hungry dog! Instructor's recommendation is required to move on to the next Level. Agility Level I II III registration form][Upload Registration Form]

Level II Agility (Fundamentals):

The level after Intro is Level Two and is in two parts. This level continues your dog's agility education with more challenging obstacles and sequences. Focus on building a sound foundation of teamwork, motivation and obstacle performance that will serve you both well throughout your agility career.
Part 1 - Continue to progress your dog's obstacle skills towards competition. Flatwork, intro to new obstacles and jumping skills. To graduate from Level Two Part 1, your dog must have the instructors’ recommendation, must exhibit a great relationship with your dog during class. Now is a good time to also take the contacts and weaves classes.

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Part 2 - The second part of Level II. Continue to progress your dog's obstacle skills and your handling skills, towards competition. You will start to use the flatwork skills with the jumps in a sequence of obstacles. Continue to work on weaves and contacts in those classes as well. To graduate from Level Two Part 2 and move to Level Three, your dog must have the instructors’ recommendation, must have done the weaves class and the contacts class, and have a great working relationship with your dog during class. You should have been taught all equipment, but may not be proficient or at full heights yet.

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Level III Agility (Novice):

Part 1: You have the foundation, now increase your handling skills to competition level. Learn key handling skills, timing, including side changes. Continue building teamwork with longer and more challenging sequences. Contacts will be worked individually until your team is at full height. Short weave sequences will be available. Must have instructor's recommendation to move on to Agility Three Part 2.
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Part 2: This is a continuation of the previous level. At this level your dog must be able to perform all of the obstacles proficiently. Contacts and Weaves are incorporated into the handling skills. Discrimination and proofing are also taught. The class will work towards running full Novice competition courses. This is the class where it all comes together. To graduate from Novice, your dog must readily perform all the obstacles, including straight line weaves and must be able to complete a sequence of at least 10 obstacles as a team. Must have instructor's recommendation to move on to Competition Prep.

Agility Competition Preparation:

Put it all together so you and your dog can show in agility competitions. "Competition Prep" topics cover more advanced skills, including sequences seen in Open and Excellent/Masters levels of competition. In order to get the most from the class, your dog must be comfortable performing all the obstacles, remain with you in a distracting environment, and be capable of performing a qualifying run at the novice-level or higher. Learn how your handling affects your dog's performance. Work on distance and directional control. Learn to analyze different handling options and discover what works best for your dog. Learn about agility competitions, what to do on a course walkthrough, etc. Practice course run-throughs. Play agility games. [Agility Competition registration form][Upload Registration Form]
Contact us in Lexington, Kentucky, for more information about the different levels of obedience training.