We offer 8 week training sessions several times throughout the year.  Our instructors are very experienced in training dogs as well as competing in the AKC canine competitions.  They will be just the ticket to help you learn how to train your dog.

We think that it's important for children to learn about the training and care of their dogs.  We welcome youngsters to participate but we do ask that all children under the age of 18 years be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

Often folks have more than one dog coming to class.  Each dog must have it's own handler.  There is no way for an individual to handle multiple dogs during a single training class.

Classes are open to dogs of all breeds and mixes.

Your dog does not have to be registered with the AKC to participate in any of our classes.  However, if you want to compete the AKC Obedience and Rally Trials, your dog must be registered with the AKC.  If you have a purebred dog that is not registered and/or does not have papers you can register with the AKC PAL (Purebred Alternative Listing) Program.  Learn more here: http://www.akc.org/register/purebred-alternative-listing/.  If your dog is a mixed-breed you can still register with the AKC through the Canine Partners Program.  Learn more by clicking here: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/canine-partners/.

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Doggy Manners (AKC Canine Good Citizen) will help prepare you and your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test which is offered (at no cost) at the end of the session.  Basic skills such as sit, down, heel, stay, stand, come, attention, and some basic social skills are covered in this class.  The lessons in this class will help you to teach your dog about being an obedient family member.  This class is not designed to help with reactive or aggressive dogs.  For help with that type of issue please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will direct you to other sources of help.

Class Description 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Website


 AKC STAR Puppy Program will prepare you and your puppy (who is at least 10 weeks old and is also less than a year old) for the STAR Puppy test given at the end of the session.  Basic skills such as sit, down and heel are taught along with socialization skills.

Class Description

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Website


 AKC Novice Obedience will prepare your dog to participate in the AKC Preferred Novice and AKC Beginner Novice and AKC Novice Obedience competitions. This is a great next step after successfully completing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test or the Doggy Manners class.

Class Description

AKC Obedience Website

 AKC Rally will prepare you and your dog to participate in the AKC Rally competitions at all levels (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Master).

Rally obedience training is a great way to build a strong foundation of teamwork between you and your dog and it is intended to be FUN! By participating in Rally, you will learn skills to help handle your dog in everyday situations and your dog will learn skills to behave at home, in public places, and around other dogs. 

Rally Class 1 for Novice levels
Rally Class 2 for Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Master levels

Class Description

AKC Rally Website 

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 Sundancer Training Method - Basic Obedience

This is an 8 week basic obedience class placing and praising your dog to teach them the desired behavior and reinforcing the training with distractions and corrections to proof your dog in any situation.  NO food allowed!

This class is designed for the owner that wants a dependable dog with the focus needed for advanced training.  This class is a good choice for those folks that would like to move directly into AKC Obedience.

Week 1 is with dogs and will include a lecture regarding the method and the expectations of the instructor, bring a chair and a mat or towel for your dog.  Weekly handouts will be provided and DAILY training sessions with your dog are a must!

All equipment is included, comprising of a proper fitting choke collar, tab, throw chain and 3 differently sized leashes.

*The fee for this class is $125 per session.



Fees are $75 per 8 week session. (Sundancer Training Method obedience is $125 per 8 week session)

To register for the next training session please download the application and mail it to us along with payment

Checks should be made out to GSDCSAZ, Inc. and mailed to 7794 N Paseo Monserrat Tucson, AZ  85704.


Training Class Refund Policy And Agreement

By registering for one of our training classes, you are committing to attend the classes offered for the 8 week session.  For your part, you are making a committment to your dog and to us that you will attend the classes and practice the lessons.  For our part, we agree to provide you instruction and guidance for each of the training classes.  We know that life happens and we try our best to accommodate that.  Our training instructors are volunteers, giving of their knowledge and experience so while we want to do our best to be fair to our students with regard to refunds, we also are cognizant that we need to have everyone be respectful of our instructors time.

Below is our policy on refunds:

  • Transfers to another class or refunds may be offered to any student immediately following the first class if they decide the class is not the right fit for them and their dog.
  • If a handler chooses to discontinue the course, (after week one) the handler will not receive the remaining handouts(lesson plans) and are not due any money as a refund.
  • If you or your dog becomes ill and you cannot begin or continue the class, we will allow you to apply your payment and join the next training session in the applicable week you missed.
  • We will not provide refunds for lack of attendance. If due to inclement weather or Marana Parks and Recreation decides to close the park we will not offer refunds for that training session; we will attempt to make up the time.
  • If after review by the instructors involved we decide we cannot offer appropriate training for you and your dog, we will offer you a full refund and provide references to local trainers and behaviorists.  
German Shepherd Dog Club of Southern Arizona, Inc. will not be responsible for loss, damage or injury to dogs, people or property caused by any dog brought to the training grounds. The handler/owner will be responsible for any and all loss, damage or injury caused by his/her dog(s) or children brought to the training grounds or other events sponsored by the Club.
Students under the age of sizteen years must have a parent or guardian in attendance during class.
There is a $35 charge for returned checks.
We offer AKC Star Puppy Classes! For puppies that are less than 6 months old and more than 10 weeks and have had all of the appropriate vaccinations. If you start them out on the right track when they are puppies it will be so much easier to help them become wonderful pets as they grow up.
We offer AKC Beginner Novice, Preferred Novice and Novice training courses. These courses will help students and their dogs prepare for competitioin in the AKC Companion Events.
This student is being helped by our Rally instructor as he works through one of the Novice Stations. We offer AKC Rally courses in Novice, Advanced and Excellent Levels
We offer AKC Rally Classes for Novice, Advanced and Excellent Levels. This student is working on the Novice Course.
This group of students is working on sits and downs during the Doggy Manners Class (AKC Canine Good Citizen Class).
Two groups of Doggy Manners (AKC Canine Good Citizen) working on their exercises. We offer CGC testing at the end of each session. We try to keep our training classes limited to 10 or 12 dogs per class.