The Nanaimo Kennel Club classes are held in the Centennial Building at Beban Park.
All our sessions run for 6 weeks and cost $75 per dog unless otherwise marked in the descriptions below
Discounts are available for NKC members and dogs recently adopted from the SPCA
For more information about classes please email email@example.com
The basics for your pet
Puppy Class (under 16 weeks )
Designed for puppies under 16 weeks of age at the beginning of the class.
The program focuses on teaching good social skills for your puppy, as well as addressing the concerns of a “new puppy parent” such as crate training, biting, chewing etc.
Classes will help you discover what type of temperament your puppy has, and the best methods to use to teach that puppy all the way into adulthood. Using positive reinforcement, we will show you how to start your puppy on the basic commands such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Walking on leash along with lots other useful information.
People taking this class want to have a well-mannered and obedient puppy/dog that will be welcome in most situations. By teaching and practicing basic commands (sit, down, recall, leash manners), dogs will learn essential household manners. Our weekly games help prepare you to deal with the most common issues that arise as part of dog ownership.
CGN - Canine Good Neighbour
This class stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs at home and in the community.
Teach your four legged companion to be a “good citizen” and then put your skills to the test by participating in a CKC Canine Good Neighbour Certificate Test!
Prerequisite: Dog knows the basic commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Walking on leash) but may fail under distraction
Conformation Show Handling
This class is for people that are new to showing dogs. The focus is on teaching the handler what is expected of him or her both in preparation for the show and in the ring. It is a basic beginners program. We teach you how to make your dog look the best it can be.
The Centennial Building is set up with rings for those handlers who wish to practice their skills. It is also an environment for young dogs that need show building exposure. Pretend judges are available to examine your dog in the standard fashion of a show.
Some classes to consider after the basics:
Rally is a program where dog and handler use directional signs to run through a numbered course. Rally goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing different movements with the normal sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling.
Rally requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanour. It is not simple or easy, but challenges handlers and dogs to perform in a partnership. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers may use extra signals and/or commands throughout their run to encourage their dogs. This feature, along with variability incorporated into course design and format, creates a fast-moving, continuous performance.
The NKC supports Rally-O trials under many different organizations: CKC, AIOC, CARO and UKC .
In this class students will learn all three levels of CKC signs Novice Advanced and Excellent- dogs do not have to be ready for the advanced and excellent levels to partake in the class
*** Dogs coming into the rally class should be able to sit, down, stand on command ( voice and or signal) and have a basic understanding of heel position.
Introduction to Nosework
Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to let dogs engage their natural scenting abilities in a fun and rewarding manner. As every dog owner is aware, canines have incredibly sensitive noses. They learn about the world through their sense of smell. K9 Nose Work, also called scent work, is a relatively new sport for pet dogs and their owners, and encourages dogs to use their natural hunting drive and unique talent for picking up scents and locating the source.
Rally FrEe Courses, Platforms and Pivots
The prerequisite is that you and your dog have taken at least the Beginner Rally FrEe course, and that you are excited to run full courses, along with practicing platform and pivot work on the side while others are running. Each dog/handler team should have 2-3 opportunities to run the course that is set out and will be able to practice with platforms and pivots on the side while others are on course.
Flyball - Intermediate
You need to have completed one Beginner Flyball Class to participate.
If your dog needs a fun job, if he likes to play with you and is well-mannered with other dogs, then we would love to meet you!
Put some play back in your dog’s life
Loves to retrieve is a bonus but not necessary
In order to participate in flyball it is important that your dog has had basic obedience training and is well-mannered in the presence of other dogs as flyball training requires the dogs to be off-leash and responsive to their owner. A major component of flyball is the ball retrieve , while at flyball tournaments that object must be a ball that will bounce during training classes we can use other objects provided they will fit in the box holes or would sit on the top of the box.
Find more information about the sport here: http://www.nanaimokennelclub.ca/disciplines/flyball/
Flyball - Advanced / Homework
This is for dogs who have taken previous flyball classes for more than 2 sessions in the past.
This class is run as a homework class where everyone is expected to help with setup and take down.
Flyball is a fast pace rally race of four dogs, four handlers and a boxloader.
High energy ball/toy motivated dogs of all size and breeds with basic obedience is required.
Good recall, non dog and human aggression is a must since the dogs will be in close proximity of each other and having other people handle and motivate them. Do be warned, this can be a highly addictive sport for you and your dog!
What to bring to class: comfortable clothes that can get dirty, running shoes, toys, small soft treats, flat collar, and leash.
And our competition classes:
Proof & Polish
Intended for novice handlers, who are interested in trialing, but need to prepare themselves and their dog/s for the ring experience, Proof and Polish is intended to maximize success and minimize stress. Building on what was learned in Foundation Skills for Obedience, we will use motivational games and other novel approaches to increase attention and drive, while problem solving and proofing for the ring.
Requirement: In order to participate in this class you must have completed Foundation Skills for Obedience or equivalent class or have competed at the Pre-Novice level with this dog.
Teaching and perfecting the exercises needed for Utility, the curriculum will be flexible depending on the needs of the students
Continuation on preparation for the Open ring and beyond.
Requirement: The dog has taken CDX and has a reliable retrieve