Whatever your interest or expertise, we have a class which can benefit both you and your dog.

Please read the descriptions of all the classes we offer.

Classes are held in the club's training building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days Grounds, off Rt. 45 in Rock Springs, PA.  Click HERE for Directions and a Map.

Our instructors have years of experience training and teaching all breeds of dogs. They participate in a wide variety of canine sports, and actively promote responsible dog ownership.

The Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club encourages families and children to participate in class and in training their dog.

Obedience Classes

Our obedience classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall, one night a week for eight weeks, and are open to both mixed breed and purebred dogs. We emphasize general obedience and manners through positive motivation techniques. Instruction is on come, sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. Informational talks are given throughout the class on such topics as house training, common medical disorders, and common behavior problems.

The Kindergarten Puppy Training (KPT) class is designed for puppies under the age of 4 months at the start of the class. Emphasis is on learning early intervention to prevent bad habits (jumping, chewing etc.), beginning training, and socialization to other dogs, people, and unusual situations. 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Kindergarten / Puppy
8 weeks
Tuesdays, September 12 - October 31 7:15-8:15pm $80 Cindy Tier

 

The Beginners class is designed for dogs of all ages who have not had previous training, or need to review the basics. We will show you effective methods for dealing with typical dog training issues. Emphasis is on basic obedience - walking on a leash, sitting and downing on command, coming when called, etc. It is never too late to train your dog! 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Beginners
8 weeks
Mondays, September 11 - November 6
Skip October 9
6:00 - 7:00pm $80 Helen Smith
Beginners
8 weeks
Tuesdays, September 12 - November 7
Skip October 10
6:00-7:00pm $80 Diane Albright
Beginners
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 7:15 8:15pm $80 Andrea Minasian

 

The Intermediate / CGC Obedience is designed for individuals who have previously taken an obedience class such as Kindergarten or Beginners and would like to continue working on control, stays, basic obedience and practice toward the AKC Canine Good Citizenship certification test.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Intermediate / CGC
8 weeks
Wednesdays, September 12 - November 1 6:00 - 7:00pm $70 Roberta Horner


Rally Obedience is a class designed to familiarize individuals to the AKC "Rally" program which teams can use as a stepping stone between the Canine Good Citizen program and traditional Obedience. Teams negotiate a course consisting of stations that describe the exercise that must be performed.  The main emphasis is on having fun and developing teamwork.  For additional information you can visit the AKC's website

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Rally
8 weeks
Wednesdays, September 13 - November 1 7:15 - 8:15pm $70 Roberta Horner

 

AKC Novice Trick Dog is designed for any dogs that have completed KPT or Beginning class.  Take your training to the next level and build your bond with your dog by teaching a series of fun and exciting tricks.  Graduation will be testing for the new AKC Novice Trick Dog Title.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Judy Karakawa at 1-888-444-0906 option 4

Once you have contacted Judy, click HERE for Obedience Registration Form and mail to Judy Karakawa at 119 E. Blade Drive, Pa. Furnace, PA  16865.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Tricks
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 6:00 - 7:00pm $70 Andrea Minasian
Tricks
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 7:15 - 8:15pm $70 Andrea Minasian

 

SHOW OBEDIENCE WORKSHOP: This is a 'Drop In' format.
Each week the first hour will be devoted to specific obedience exercises, for example:
1. Heeling: basic Retrieves: Scent discrimination: Stays
2. Stand for exam and Moving stand: Retrieve over the high jump: Broad jump: Stays
3. Directed jumping: Broad jump: recalls: stays
4. Directed retrieve: signals: flat retrieve: stays
The second hour will be an open obedience training time, coordinated by the instructor.
Trainers may work for themselves, structure a run thru, or work with one another.

No need to pre-register.  Registration/payment taken at each workshop.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Show Obedience
Workshop
7 weeks
Tuesdays, September 12 - October 31
10:00am - 12:00pm $10/session Janet Lewis

  

Tracking is a sport where dogs are trained by bringing out their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. Dogs possess an extremely high level of scent capability and owners who do tracking with their dogs find joy in seeing the dogs at work using their innate scenting skills. Our Beginning Tracking class gets you started! The Intermediate Class is for dogs who are already doing turns.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Sandy Roth at 814-238-1822

Once you have contacted Sandy, click HERE for Tracking Registration Form and mail to Sandy Roth, 1201 Deerfield Drive, State College PA  16803.

Class Day & Date Time Fee Instructor
Beginner Tracking
6 weeks
Wednesdays, August 30 - October 4 6:00 - 7:00pm $60 Sandy Roth
Intermediate Tracking
4 weeks
Wednesdays, August 30 - September 20 7:00 - 8:00pm $40 Sandy Roth


 

Agility Classes

Agility classes are also offered on a regular basis. Dog agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog, through a series of obstacles, which include tunnels, jumps, see-saw, A-frame, dog-walk, tire jump and weave poles. Agility is an exciting fast-paced sport, which requires a confident dog that also knows how to come, sit, down and stay.

For safety reasons, we recommend that dogs be at least 12 months old before enrolling in an agility class beyond Agility Foundations.  Dogs less than 12 months old will not be able to participate in some class activities.

Agility Foundations: Open to dogs 4 months and up, as well as to those already competing.
Prerequisite: Previous Beginners Obedience or Kindergarten Puppy class or permission of the instructors.  This class will introduce your dog to the fun sport of agility and emphasize building a positive working relationship between dog and handler. The class will help develop agility skills including: attention (focus with distraction), impulse control, drive, recalls and sends, stays, positional cues, and behavior shaping on low and starter equipment.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Agility Foundations 1
8 weeks
Wednesdays, September 13 - November 1 6:00 - 7:00pm $100 Karen Bettlyon
&
Heidi Miller
Agility Foundations 2
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 7:45 - 8:45pm $100 Donna McGrath

 

Beginners Agility This class is open to dogs who have completed the Agility Foundations class or have the permission of the instructor. This class will build on the Agility Foundations class with the progression to more advanced obstacle skills and greater off-leash control.. 

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Beginners
8 weeks
Wednesdays, September 13 - November 1 10:30 - 12:00pm $100 Linda Arble
&
Nancy Miller
Beginners
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 6:00 - 7:30pm $100 Carol Crouch
&
Donna McGrath

 

Intermediate Agility is designed for individuals who have completed Beginning Agility and whose dogs are comfortable with the agility equipment. Emphasis will be on simple sequencing and introduction to basic handling techniques. 

Advanced Intermediate puts emphasis on reviewing and reinforcing skills learned in Intermediate for both handler and dogs.  Challenging sequences with the goal of moving to actual competition level.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Intermediate
8weeks
Mondays, September 11 - October 30 7:15 - 8:45pm $100 Sharon Hagerty
&
Janice Olsen
Intermediate
8 weeks
Wednesdays, September13 - November 1 9:00 - 10:30am $100 Linda Arble
Advanced
Intermediate
8 weeks
Thursdays, September 14 - November 2 4:15 - 5:45pm $100 Mel Eng

 

Weaves: Concentrating on weaving confidence and speed in general as well as in specific situations, as determined by the needs of those enrolled. Dogs should be able to perform 12 AKC-regulation weave poles.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Weaves
4 weeks
Wednesdays, September 13 - October 4 7:15 - 8:45pm $50 Tracey  Dooms

 

Distance Handling will build dog and handler skills in working successfully when distance separates them on the agility course, whether by choice or necessity. Prerequisite: Intermediate Agility or its equivalent. Dogs should be confidently sequencing obstacles without excessive coaching from the handler.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Distance Handling
4 weeks
Wednesdays, October 11, 25,
November 1 & 8
(Skip October 18)
7:15 - 8:45pm $50 Tracey Dooms

 

Crate Games class builds both motivation and self-control for dogs and puppies of all ages. Based on Susan Garrett’s DVD of the same name, Crate Games adds a strong foundation layer for future agility training and for being a well-behaved pet at home. No prerequisites, but participants will need a crate and the willingness to practice for a few minutes a day at home.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Crate Games
4 weeks
Tuesdays, September 19, 26,
October 10 & 17
(Skip October 3)
7:15 - 8:45pm $50 Tracey Dooms

 

Confident Contacts teaches proofing methods and drills to improve your dogs performance on contact obstacles.

To register or for more info. on this Class, Contact Linda Arble at 1-888-444-0906 option 3 or click HERE to email her.

Once you have contacted Linda, click HERE for Agility Registration Form and mail to Linda Arble at 138 Dove Ln, Centre Hall PA  16828.

Class Day & Dates Time Fee Instructor
Contacts
4 weeks
Thursdays, November 9, 16, 30, & December 7
Skip Date November 23
6:00 - 7:00pm $50 Donna McGrath

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