Focus and Foundations Class

By the end of this 7-8 week session, the handler will understand and practice methods for training basic behaviors including:

  • sit
  • down
  • come
  • stay
  • leave it
  • touch
  • wait
  • no/out
  • loose leash heeling.

The handler will understand how to train reliable focus while increasing distance, duration and distraction. The class instructors will help handlers to “speak dog” giving them a basic understanding of how dogs learn.

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.