Southern Michigan Obedience Training Club
AKC STAR Puppy Class
Southern Michigan Obedience Training Club (SMOTC) offers this class for puppies purebred or mixed approximately 3 – 5 months of age. Help your new “Best Friend” develop the good habits it needs in order to become a valued member of your family. Socialization, introduction to obedience, and problem solving are covered in the classes. AKC STAR Puppy Certification is offered.
Minors are invited to attend with a registered adult. Please bring puppy with buckle collar, leash, healthy treats and shot records (required) to first class. For more information see:
Southern Michigan Obedience Training Club (SMOTC) offers this foundation Introduction to Obedience class for all dogs who are at least 6 months old. Learn to train your dog to heel (walk) on lead next to you, sit and down stay, come when called, stand – to become a more enjoyable member of the family, as well as encourage participation in obedience competition. This is a fast-moving class to teach you to teach your dog basic obedience. This class will require that you work with your dog 10-20 minutes a day during the duration of the classes for best results
DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG TO THE FIRST CLASS
You will need to bring these items the FIRST night of class:
1) Your completed Application for Training and Health Certificate; plus bring ALL shot records.
2) Bait /Lure (treat) bag or fanny pack with SOFT TREATS.
3) Have slip collar (a.k.a training collar), Martingale or prong/pinch collar with a 6 ft. leash. (leather leash recommended)
Minors over 12 years old are invited to train as long as a parent or guardian is registered for the class and stays during the class.
S.T.A.R. PUPPY Preschool Class
Introduction to Dog Obedience (INTRO)
Introduction to Dog Obedience 2 – Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
This fast-paced class is designed to help handlers and dogs master the skills necessary to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Award. The class is open to all dogs (pure bred and mixed alike). It is required that the dogs have previous exposure to classroom obedience training or have completed Intro to Dog Obedience (offered by SMOTC) prior to enrolling.

Vaccination records are required and must be presented the first night of class.

Students may participate in the evaluation on the last night of class. Only those that successfully meet the evaluation criteria will receive the distinctive Canine Good Citizen CGC Award from American Kennel Club. For details on the AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC Program go to:



These are excellent preparatory classes if you are considering competition in the AKC Obedience and/or Rally ring. First-time competitors as well as seasoned showmen are welcome to attend in preparation for earning AKC titles.
This class will help to prepare students and their dogs to take the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certification test to become a certified Therapy Dog team. The class will also address safety precautions for you and your dog, proper visiting techniques, getting around medical equipment, and more. For this class, your dog will need to work reliably and test on a flat buckle color or non-correcting harness (leash fastens on the dog’s back) with a 6-foot leather or nylon leash.
Dogs will need to be proficient and reliable in all basic obedience commands (heel, sit, down, leave it, stay and come). We highly recommend that students have taken 1 or more obedience classes prior to registering for this class.
Dogs must have reached or passed their first birthday on or before the last day of class to be evaluated and tested. There is an additional $5.00 test fee payable in class on the last night. Vaccination records are required and must be presented the first night of class.
Information about TDI can be found at:
Therapy Dog Classes and Evaluations
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LOCAL PHONE: 248-546-2727
Advanced Puppy
Advanced Novice Obedience
This class offers a transition from the Puppy Preschool and our Introduction to Dog Obedience classes. This a great class for those dogs who need a extra time before entering the Introduction to Dog Obedience class.
This "next step up" class focuses on sharper obedience work with an eye toward AKC Obedience competition in the Rally and Novice Rings. Off leash heeling is introduced, and fine-tuning other exercises such as the Competition Recall, Figure 8, Group Exercises, and Rally signage and performance are emphasized.

These are excellent preparatory classes if you are considering competition in the AKC Obedience and/or Rally ring. First-time competitors as well as seasoned showmen are welcome to attend in preparation for earning AKC titles.
http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/
http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/
http://www.TDI-dog.org