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Dogs on the Farm Fall 2017

The Dogs on the Farm program has welcomed dogs and their people to the Barrier Islands Center since 2010. 

Please contact Beth Ann at Eastern Shore Dog directly by email to reserve your place in dog classes.

Classes are also announced and described at under Events.

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!

Instructor: Michelle Surran. 5 weeks, 1 hour each week, $130, limit 8 dogs:

  • Session 1: Saturdays 11a: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7
  • Session 2: Wednesday evenings 630p: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18

Intermediate Obedience

Team up with your dog to fine-tune basic behaviors, learn new ones and build teamwork. 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. This class moves quickly and requires work at home. Prerequisite: Basic Obedience, STAR Puppy or permission of instructor. Minimum 4 dogs, no maximum.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. 3 weeks, $85.

  • Monday evenings 6p: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25

Advanced Obedience

Prepare and test for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test! We will work on the 10 behaviors required for the evaluation, and test the teams the last week. For more information about the CGC, see Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience or permission of instructor. Minimum 4 dogs, no maximum.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. 5 weeks, $130.

  • Monday evenings 6:00p - 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Intro to Scent Work/ K9 Nose Work

Join us to get started on your dog's nose work career! This introductory class conditions the search, challenges (and tires) your dog, and will create focus and confidence. Dogs are crated between runs, and have the search to themselves - so any dog will be comfortable in this class. No pre-requisite - nose work is a "no obedience zone." Your dog will thank you for it! Maximum 8 dogs.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. 5 weeks, $130.

  • Monday evenings 7:30p - 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9

Scent Work/K9 Nose Work - Introduction to Odor

Step up the game for your nose work dog – time to start working target odors! This class is also great for dogs who need more foundation in odor. Prerequisite – Intro to Scent Work/K9 Nose Work or permission of instructor. Maximum 8 dogs.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. 5 weeks, $130.

  • Monday evenings 7:00p - 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20