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Advanced K9 Scent Detection™

K9 Scent Detection™ Coaching for Competition.

For teams that are competing or will be soon. This class continues to prepare teams for competition while having fun building a stronger communication bond between dog and handler.  Each class is 1 and ½ hours long to allow sufficient time for each dog and handler team.
 
Cost for this class is $20 per class drop-in for current or past students.  New students may be admitted on a case by case basis.  New students will be $25 for first class and $20 per each class thereafter.


  • Time: Sunday 4:00 pm
  • Start date: September 8, 2019
  • Location: Topnotch K9 Marengo, IL


Prerequisite: Continuing K9 Scent Detection™, or instructor approval.

To Register email: kimberly@TopnotchK9.com

Other details regarding this class:

Advanced K9 Scent Detection™ is a class where we refine the handler dog teamwork.   We also continue to refine handler technique and search strategies. In this class we concentrate more on the search elements utilized in competition.  Student are coached to prepare for trial competition. We also cover the requirements for scent detection competition venues such as NACSW- K-9 Nose Work, UKC NoseWork, AKC and C-Wags Canine Scent Detective.



Introduction to K9 Scent Detection™

Introduction to K9 Scent Detection™ class!  Email: Kimberly@TopnotchK9.com if you are interested in our Intro class.  This is the only class in the area taught by a certified Police Explosives Detection K9 Trainer/Handler and multiple winner of the K9 Olympics.

Introduction to K9 Scent Detection™ is a fun class for all types of dogs, all energy levels, ages 6 months and older. This class is perfect for the shy/fearful/reactive dog. No prior training required. K9 Scent Detection™ is a FUN activity where your dog gets to use his natural, amazing ability to smell. You will learn how to read your dog’s body language while he is searching for the reward.

Each class is 1 and ½ hours long to allow sufficient time for each dog and handler team.

  • Start date: Monday, September 9, 2019
  • 6-week class session
  • Cost for the class is $150
  • Place: Topnotch K9 Marengo, IL
  • Time: Mondays at 5:00 pm


Contact: Kimberly@topnotchk9.com

Other details regarding this class:

Each dog takes his or her turn individually. So, if you have a dog that is dog reactive or aggressive, he or she can have fun without the worry about the presence of other dogs. All dogs will be crated, in your car away from the area where we are searching, until it is their turn. Please bring a crate to class (let us know if you do not have one).

Bring several different, high-value treats for your dog (if he is food motivated). Examples: are hot dogs, cheese, lunch meat, liver treats- something your dog does not usually receive. Usually a quart Ziploc bag full of treats will last through a class.

If your dog prefers toys to treats, bring several of his favorite toys. We have found that what your dog finds especially rewarding at home may not be so in the classroom.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (close-toed, flat heeled shoes).

No prong, choke collars or head control collars. This is a FUN class! A flat buckled collar with a nylon or leather leash (no prong or choke collars, no Flexi-leashes). If your dog is a puller and you have an easy-walk type of harness that is fine. We will switch the clip so it does not act as a restraint on your dog while searching.

This class does not require any skills on the dog or owners’ part. This is an obedience-free class. The dog is teaching us in this class and he gets to be a dog, have fun and do what comes naturally.

Lead instructor is a certified professional police canine handler and trainer.



Continuing K9 Scent Detection™

K9 Scent Detection™ for fun & Competition

For teams that have completed the Introduction to K9 Scent Detection™ and K9 Scent Detection™ Introduction to Odor classes and wish to move to the next level. This class prepares teams for competition while having fun building a stronger communication bond between dog and handler.  Each class is 1 and ½ hours long to allow sufficient time for each dog and handler team.
 

  • Start date: Monday, September 9, 2019
  • 6-week class session
  • Cost for the class is $150
  • Place: Topnotch K9 Marengo, IL
  • Time: Mondays at 7:00 pm
  • Location: Topnotch K9 Marengo, IL


Prerequisite for K9 Scent Detection™ Introduction to Odor, or instructor approval.

To Register email: kimberly@TopnotchK9.com

Other details regarding this class:

Continuing K9 Scent Detection™ is a class where we build upon the foundation laid in K9 Scent Detection™ Introduction to Odor. We also begin to refine handler technique and search strategies. In this class we concentrate more on the search elements utilized in competition.  Student are coached to prepare for trial competition. We also cover the requirements for scent detection competition venues such as NACSW- K-9 Nose Work, UKC NoseWork, AKC and C-Wags Canine Scent Detective.

 

Beginner Obedience Manners

This is an 7 week positive reinforcement class designed to help you train your dog to be a well mannered pet.  The first class is without dogs.  Training methods, equipment, nutrition, play and dog behavior will be discussed in the first class.

In this class you will teach your dog sit, down, come, loose leash walking, leave it, and drop it.   Canine Good Citizen test items will be introduced such as handling, greetings and supervised separation. Class size limited to 4 dogs.

Two Sessions will be offered for this class.


Session 1, is for dogs 6 months of age to 1 & 1/2 years old.


  • Start Date:  Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 7 week class session.
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Place:  Topnotch K9, Marengo, IL
  • Cost:  $130


Session 2, is for dogs 1 & 1/2 years old and older.


  • Start Date:  Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • 7 week class session.
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place:  Topnotch K9, Marengo, IL
  • Cost:  $130


To Register: email: kimberly@topnotchk9.com

****This first class is without dogs.****
This is an important class as we go over teaching methods, what to expect from class, dog behavior and other dog related issues. We also answer questions about behavior or problems.



American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Class

Canine Good Citizen class will teach your dog the skills he or she needs to be a Canine Good Citizen. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.  Our CGC class instructs pet owners in the skills necessary to pass the 10 step CGC test stressing responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs.

Prerequisite:  Beginner Obedience/Manners or instructor approval.


  • Start date:  Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • The class is 7 weeks- dogs DO come to the first class.
  • Time: TBD
  • Cost:  $130
  • Location: Topnotch K9 Marengo, IL


To Register: email: kimberly@topnotchk9.com

For those interested, the Canine Good Citizen Test will be offered at the end of the session.  Additional fees may apply.