We offer a variety of training classes at IRDTC which include, but are not limited to, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program class, Beginning Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Rally, Teacup Agility, Freestyle, and both the Canine Good Citizen (CGC)  and Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) classes and tests.  These classes are open to the general public as well as our members.  We also offer open floor time and open classes.   Classes are held at IRDTC's air conditioned/heated facility located at 1465 Clearmont St., N.E., Unit B, Palm Bay, FL 32905.

          There are TWO OPTIONS for registering for classes, either by printing a hard copy and sending it in with your payment, or by filling out the online, electronic version (found on the "Training Classes" page) and then bringing your payment with you when you arrive for the first class.  Either version can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate blue box above.

          If you do not complete an electronic form or mail in a printed form in advance, please e-mail or call the Training Director to let her know if you are planning to enroll in a class and will be bringing your registration, payment, and vaccination records with you the first day.  This allows the Training Director to know whether or not a class will have enough--or too many--students, and make the proper adjustments.

          If you have any problems with the registration form, or have any questions regarding classes, please contact Training Director Barbara Davis using the e-mail form at the bottom of this page or calling her at (407) 719-1219. 

           You can reserve the building for practice, but you must contact the Training Director and get approval.  Appropriate fees will apply.  Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Class Descriptions

AKC  S.T.A.R. Puppy Class:  (For puppies 8 to 18 weeks of age.)  Our first night will consist of orientation without puppies. Puppies MUST be on a vaccination protocol appropriate for their age; owners need to provide dated documentation showing same from their veterinarian. Our seven week class addresses critical periods of behavior, basic manners, socialization, puppy handling, confidence and trust building, bite inhibition, housebreaking, behavior issues, grooming, nutrition, and tricks.  Weekly handouts are provided covering various important topics.  Click here to read more about the Puppy S.T.A.R. Program in a brochure posted on the AKC Website.

Beginning Obedience:  (For dogs 4.5 months old or older)  This eight week class provides a basic introduction to obedience.  The class introduces heeling, recalls, walking on a loose leash, sit, down, and both sit-stays and down-stays.  Each exercise is designed to help pet owners have a well behaved pet and to encourage those owners that might want to move onto more advanced training.  Each lesson features a homework assignment to help owners practice at home.  Dogs that have started the AKC S.T.A.R. Program but were unable to complete the requirements in the Puppy Class may complete them in this class.

Intermediate Obedience:  Once a dog and handler team is proficient at the Beginning Obedience level, they may move into the Intermediate class, which includes lecture, Q&A, practice, and homework. This is a good class for those who are interested in taking the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test or in achieving advanced obedience titles. Dogs entering this class should already be able to walk on a loose leash, stay when told, and come when called. To graduate from this class, the dog must be able to heel with an About Turn, a Fast, and a Slow (without having to reinforce); do a Sit, Stand, and Down Stay off leash; and do a Recall with 2nd Degree Distractions. Lecture portions will concentrate on behavior issues, leadership skills, and signals your dog presents and how to read and react to them.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) testing:  The purpose of the CGC and/or CGCA testing is to ensure that your favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it has been trained to behave well in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.  This test and/or class is for all ages and for all dogs--pure bred or mixed breeds.  Once you have completed a Basic Level 2 class, CGC and/or a CGCA class, you have the opportunity to have your dog  tested.  Your dog must  complete and pass  the ten (10) American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC)  and/or Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) requirements. Once your dog passes these tests, you  will  receive a certificate and/or title from the American Kennel Club. The CGC and/or CGCA is now a recognized optional title for your dog.  Click here to read more about the Canine Good Citizen program on the AKC website.

Beginner Novice/Novice Competition:  This class will help prepare the already-trained dog for the Beginner Novice or Novice Competition, for those who choose to compete. Classwork will include "Rapid Recalls," "It's Yer Choice," and the use of platforms to aid in the proper positioning of dogs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning Obedience OR a passing score on the CGC test OR evidence of basic obedience skills (e.g., come when called, sit-stay for at least one minute).

Novice/Intro to Open Competition:  This class will help prepare the already-trained dog for the Novice or Open Competition, for those who choose to compete. It is intended for Novice dogs that already have at least one Novice leg and/or can heel off lead pretty well. We will introduce Open skills for those that wish to continue on to achieve their CDX title.

On-Going Competition Prep Classes:  These on-going open classes are for the handler and dog to prepare for the competition ring at a variety of levels, including Novice, Open, and Utility.  Class work includes proofing, foot work, and competition run-throughs.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning Obedience OR a passing score on the CGC test OR evidence of basic obedience skills (e.g., come when called, sit-stay for at least one minute).

Rally (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent, and Masters):  Rally is a sport combining traditional obedience with handler skills in a slightly less formal environment.  Dog and handler teams navigate a constantly changing course of numbered signs with the degree of overall difficulty increasing from Novice to Advanced to Excellent.  Rally goals include developing teamwork, enthusiasm for learning, and the fundamentals of all traditional obedience exercises.  The IRDTC classes focus on ensuring both the handler and the dog are having fun while gaining confidence in each other and developing skills as a team.  The key elements are ring etiquette, walking a course, understanding the exercises, appropriate and targeted rewards, raising performance expectations, and training for success. Novice and Advanced/Excellent students have separate classes in order to focus on individual skill levels.  Each six week session ends with a "run through" style class to simulate a real trial environment. Prerequisite: Dog and handler have either completed the Beginning Obedience Class OR passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test OR achieved the first leg of a Beginner Novice Title.

Teacup (Toy) Agility was created for small dogs (17" at the shoulder and under).  TDAA, the Teacup Dogs Agility Association (www.k9tdaa.com), is specifically tailored for the little guys, offering the same challenges that regular agility has for larger breeds, but with scaled down equipment.  IRDTC has the specialized, small-scale equipment used for this sport, with thick rubberized matting.  Best of all, the smaller equipment allows for classes to be held inside, in our air conditioning/heated building!  Dogs taking this class should already have some basic obedience skills, especially a good recall.  (Pre-requisite: a basic obedience class, the Foundation for Agility class--see below--or personal evaluation by instructor Jane Derr.)  If a session is already in progress, you may join the class at a reduced cost.  Please contact the Training Director (see below).

Junior Handling:  This class is for kids of all ages and adults who enjoy working with kids.  The class will cover a variety of skills, including those needed for Basic Obedience, Rally, and the Canine Good Citizen test.  Kids must be able to walk their dog under control and have their dog sit.  A parent or responsible adult must remain with each student during the class.

Conformation Handling:  Anyone at any level who is planning to show a dog in the conformation ring should definitely take advantage of this class. Beginners who have never been in the ring before will learn what to expect when they head off to that first show--how to enter the ring, how to move with their dog, how to keep the dog steady so the judge can examine it, how to get their dog into that perfect stack, what they should be doing while the judge is examining the other dogs, etc. Those who have already been showing dogs can get some extra practice, warm up before that next big show, give their dog experience in the ring, start a new dog on the conformation path, get help with a shy or timid dog, get a helpful critique of their handling and tips on ways to show their dog even better, learn about upcoming shows they can enter or maybe even some venues they haven't heard about before. This is a "Walk-In" class, paid by the week, but pre-registration is necessary when you first begin so the instructor knows you are planning to attend. Please complete an application (either print out the downloadable form or use the online version) and send it to the Training Director with other necessary paperwork attached.

AKC Novice Tricks: This is a six-week class with the end goal of achieving AKC Tricks Titles. All students must pre-register or contact the Training Director to hold your spot (use e-mail form below) as there will be a limit of six students in the class. Dogs must have completed a Basic Obedience or Manners Class and be good off leash and around other dogs at all times. Please, no prong or choke collars. Testing for Tricks Titles will be done as part of the class ($20 title fee is not included in the price of the class and will be charged extra, if you are interested). For more information about AKC Tricks Titles, click here: https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/.

Freestyle/RallyFree:  Canine Freestyle is a choreographed musical program performed by handlers and their dogs. The object of musical freestyle is to use music and intricate movements to showcase the teamwork between handler and dog. RallyFree is the perfect sport for those who are just beginning in freestyle, since it teaches a lot of the basic moves used to create a freestyle routine.  As the word "Rally" implies, it is similar to Rally Obedience in that a course is set up in the ring using signs that tell you what moves you and your dog are expected to do. Learn more about RallyFree here: RallyFree.com. Training techniques used throughout this class are completely force-free, utilizing positive motivational techniques that will help develop trust and friendship between you and your companion.  Basic obedience class is a prerequisite; having passed the CGC test is recommended (if not yet passed, then dog must be evaluated by the Training Director before being enrolled in class). You will need a clicker and soft treats for class. No prong or choke collars collars, please.

Registering for Classes

          Please be advised that we appreciate pre-registration for classes in order to prevent cancellations and/or delays due to lack of participants.  Click on the button at the top of the page to download the Class Registration form, fill it out, and mail it with your check and copies of vaccination records to the address below.

           If you cannot mail your form and payment in advance, please contact the training director, either by phone or e-mail, and let her know which class(es) you would like to take, then bring your completed registration packet to the first class meeting.

           If you have any problems or questions regarding the registration form or classes, or cannot mail your registration packet in advance, please contact Training Director Barbara Davis at (407) 719-1219 or by using the contact form below. 


Attn. Barbara Davis

Training Director

1465 Clearmont St. NE

Unit B
Palm Bay, FL 32905

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