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Dogs on the Farm (Winter 2017)

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Canine Nose Work Instructor.

Please Note: An email to the instructor at is required to reserve your place in all classes. 

Basic Obedience

Learn the fundamentals of companion obedience and how to communicate with your best friend. Your dog will learn mouth manners (take it, leave it, get it, drop it), control behaviors (sit, down, stay) and safety behaviors (wait, recall). We’ll also work on polite leash walking and more, and add games and tricks to keep your dog engaged and learning. No pre-requisite – this is where your dog’s education starts!

Two Sessions (choose one) - 5 classes. Cost: $130.

  • Saturdays 11:00 a.m. 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 OR
  • Sundays 11:00 a.m. 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/20, 2/5

Introduction to K9 Nose Work 

The next fun activity for dogs is here on the Eastern Shore! Nose Work is a new activity and sport, based on detection dog training techniques. Help your dog rediscover his ability to follow scent to its source. Any dog can do it, regardless of training and social skills. Dogs are crated between runs, and work one at a time on boxes to develop consistent “hunt drive” and focus. Your dog will be introduced to container, interior and exterior searches, as well. No obedience prerequisite – NoseWork class is a “no obedience zone!” Five weeks, limit 6 dogs.

One Session - 5 classes. Saturdays 9:30 a.m. 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4. Cost: $130.

K9 Nose Work - Interiors

For dogs on any odor. We will be working on special challenges to interior searches, including corners, heights, and thresholds. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or by permission of the instructor. Limit 6 dogs. 

One Session - 5 classes. Sundays 11:00 a.m. 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/20, 2/5. Cost $130.

Intermediate Obedience 

Team up with your dog to fine-tune basic behaviors and learn new ones. Leash work includes heel, polite turns, and speed changes. Sit and down stays with distance, duration and distractions will challenge your dog’s focus – and impulse control. If you think your dog was paying attention before, then stand by to be amazed! This class moves quickly and requires work at home. Prerequisite: Basic Obedience, STAR Puppy or permission of instructor.

No sessions this season.

Reliable Recall

Does your dog come when you call, every time you call? If not, then this workshop is for you. A great way to brush up on basic skills that build a reliable recall, and learn games that support this life-saving behavior. Learn how to properly use a long-line to hone this skill. Your dog will also gain experience at recall in the most distracting environment of all - surrounded by other dogs! Basic Obedience required or permission of the instructor.

No sessions this season

Intro to Odor

Teach your dog to search for its first specific (non-food) scent and challenge your dog’s ability to drive to odor source. After basic exercises, your dog will be able to solve new scent problems, including container, interior, and exterior searches. This class prepares your dog for the Odor Recognition Test, competition, and our Nose Work Traveling Class. Pre-requisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work®

No sessions this season.

Beth Ann Sabo is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (NACSW), Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, and has been training dogs since 2006. The Barrier Islands Center has hosted the Dogs on the Farm program since 2010, contributing to a community of well-behaved dogs and informed owners. Find Eastern Shore Dogs on FB at