Training for Sport
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We are a Premiere Facility with North American Diving Dogs and hold events regularly! We even occasionally host a Splash Dogs Event. We are proud to a be facility that serves the Amador, Calaveras, Folsom, Granite Bay, El Dorado, and Greater Sacramento/Stockton areas.
Dock Dog Diving is one of the fastest growing dog sports out there. Come join the fun here at our new Dock Dog Diving Facility. Whether you want to compete in UKC sanctioned events (hosted by Splashdogs), earn AKC Titles through North American Diving Dogs, or you just want an afternoon of fun, come check out this super new sport. Dock Dog Diving is about teaching your dog to jump as far and as high as he can into the pool.
One of the great things about dock Dog Diving is it is totally FUN! There is not much formal obedience required...just the desire to come have a blast! “It’s not rocket science, but it is” is a favorite saying around here. Most of our dogs just love to jump and jump for the sheer joy of it (okay, the pretty ribbons, you get during an event are pretty cool too!). You don’t have to be a big jumper to have fun…this sport is for all dogs!!! Beware, loss of voice has been known to occur after you are on the dock!!
If your dog has never jumped before, we require you to attend an Introduction to Dock Diving class. It’s awesome if your dog is already a competent swimmer in a pool (or at least a natural body of water, which is the easiest place for dogs to learn to swim)…but it is definitely not required. Some people repeat the intro class multiple times until their dog is reliably jumping. We also are adding an additional coached class Dock Diving 201 to help start you on the path for some confidence and technique. We also do private lessons in the pool if you can’t make the Intro class or are not comfortable around all the other dogs. Once your dog has passed the basic requirements of ramp safety, you are allowed to rent the pool to practice jumping or just swim your dog during the week (including weekends).
Pool Private Lessons
Pool Group Lessons
Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
Got Rats? Let's Find Em!
Barn Hunt is a cool new sport sweeping the nation and it's not just for terriers. Taken as an offshoot from the original AKC "Earth Dog" Competition, Barn Hunt was started to broaden the sport for all competitors and not be limited to just small terrier breeds.
This is a fun new sport where you and your canine partner search bales of straw looking for the live (well contained and protected) pet rats that are hidden. And no worries...no harm ever comes to the rats nor are they ever loose (thankfully for me!!!). This is a great way to use your dogs natural instincts in a working partnership and you can have fun and earn titles to boot!! .
Instructors for all classes: These classes are team taught with Cherie (from GCK9) and Nicole Maples of Smart Dawg University.
Ever think that your dog should have been a detection dog? "He just has the greatest nose!" Good news! Now, anyone can participate in detection work for fun through a great new sport called Nose Work! We can help you prepare your dog to obtain titles in this fast growing new sport. Even better news, this is one of the few areas that don't require that your dog be good around other dogs.
This sport was designed as something that could be done even with 'dog reactive' dogs. You will never face another dog during an actual nose work trial so everyone can participate! Interested in nose work? Come check it out. .
Sport Dog Foundations
In any dog sport, we are working to get the dog working in this mysterious thing called drive. If youre a dog sport person, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, I am talking about the dogs that you perceive as pesky and out of control, always chasing things…I just see drive and potential (okay, that’s oversimplification, but you get the point).
In order to maximize your ability to have productive obedience with this type of dog, we must first learn to interact in a productive way with your dog through play. Ever been bit by a dog while trying to play with them? Dog loves to chase the ball but doesn't bring it back? Dog loves to play keep away? The first step is to learn how YOUR DOG interprets your movements in play and how we can use that to engage them in productive play. Productive play means that you and your dog have a cohesive (non-confrontational) relationship over their toys. You and your dog will learn to interact to maximize your individual dogs drives for the play (tugs/balls, or even sometimes, food...whatever it is that works for your dog...but the focus is tugs/balls/personal body movements). For young dogs, we work on assessing prey drive, we work with you to develop it from the beginning. By your dog learning to love to engage in play with you, you have a really big tool in your training toolbox.
Second, once you have mastered the mechanical aspects of developing what we call Play Skillz, then it is time to start bringing your obedience into the play. Once your dog wants to play with you, then we can start having them "earn" the play. Why is this beneficial? As your dog is playing, they climb into that heightened arousal state...you know the one that they go to when they see the cat, or the mailman? By learning control in this state you can increase your obedience during all of these heightened arousal state. We focus on slowly building the stimulation for your dog, while your dog must still respond to you in order to get their toy; but they quickly find out that listening to you is what gets them their toy and positive interaction that can equal the drive release they get from say, chasing the cat. When you get control in this type of drive state, your obedience level gets stronger and stronger. This is also a great way to prepare for obedience during protection work for those people seeking to go on to protection type work. You will see us teaching our dogs about running around blinds for the toys, learning about transports, etc....in this class, but this class isn’t only for the Bite sport dog.
This class is super for any dog who is regularly highly aroused and you need to get control. Crazy barnhunter? This is for you…Crazy ball dog? This is for you. Crazy pet dog who loves to chase everything, ball, cats, etc..this is for you, Dock Diver having control issues on the dock? This is for you…or maybe you need to bring out the crazy a little bit to get some ground work in for dock diving…this, too, is directed to you!!
We work on individualizing everyone’s program. Prerequisite; Initial set of private lessons or instructor approval.
Prices: $30 one session; $125 for five sessions; $200 for 10 sessions.
Schutzhund / Ring Sport
IPO (formerly named Schutzhund) originated as a breed worthiness test in Germany. To this day, in Germany, in order to breed a litter of German Shepherds, the parents must have obtained an IPO title. However, it has evolved into a fun and competitive sport for the working dog. IPO is a three phase sport comprised of tracking, obedience, and protection. People can work to earn a title in the entire IPO sport, as originally designed, or they can title solely in tracking or obedience. This has opened up the doors to all kinds of dogs and handlers who would like to work towards a title in the sport, but not necessarily make the commitment to all three phases.
At GCK9, we can assist you in working towards these titles. We typically require a basic set of obedience classes with our instructors first, to get you started on the right paw. Then you go typically go to Sport Obedience Drop-In classes. It is in Sport Obedience Fundamentals where you will learn about stimulus, play, prey, control, and harmony with a powerful dog at your side (see that course for description). Once you’ve established all the obedience and control, then it is time to work with our helper. We are proud to be the host facility for Gold Country Working Dog Club, a full member club with the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. This is exciting for our community as up until now, we haven't had those options without driving 90 minutes-3 hours. If you are interested in attending on Saturday. Winter hours mean that obedience starts at 4pm; protection follows as soon as we are done with obedience. Cost is $30 for non-members to do both Obedience and Protection; If you only want to do Obedience, the Field Fee is only $10.00. Please check our website "Events" calendar for current time; you should RSVP before coming out as we occasionally work at an off-site location or cancel training in order to support our club members who are trialing!