Training Classes

New obedience classes begin the first Tuesday of each month.  Call Jane Huelsmyer at 217-434-8655 to be put on the waiting list for the following month.  The week before your class begins, you will receive an e-mail from your instructor with orientation information and the time of your class.  Classes are held at 6:00, 6:30, 7:15 and 7:45, with each class lasting approximately 30 minutes.

If possible, print the training application and bring it with you.  Also, proof of vaccinations for your dog is required.  You will also be asked to have an appropriate leash and collar.  This generally means a buckle collar or training collar and a straight lead.  We have leather leads and training collars available for purchase at class.   Flexi-leads and halters are not used in QKC training classes. Treats are also used in many classes to provide a positive training experience.  Soft treats such as Pupperoni are recommended.

Below is a list of class descriptions.  Additionally, please visit our Class Schedule page. We have regular classes Tuesday Evenings, Wednesday Evenings, Thursday Evenings and Saturday Daytime. For Saturday classes contact Susan East at 217-885-3647.

Class Descriptions

Puppy Class

For puppies 10 weeks and up. Puppies are socialized and taught to walk on lead, sit, lie down, stay, and come when called. Puppies gain confidence and coordination by negotiating a variety of obstacles. Puppy owners’ questions are answered during class.

Beginning Obedience

This class teaches owners how to train their dogs to be better companions and more mannerly neighbors.  Dogs learn to walk on a loose lead, come when called, heel with automatic sits, stand for examination, and learn to obey a sit-stay and down-stay command.Obedient Dog

Intermediate Obedience

This class provides further training for a dog to be a better pet or prepares the dog for AKC novice level competition in obedience and rally.  Dogs will learn to down while heeling, do a sit-stay, down-stay, and a recall off lead.  More intricate heeling patterns are introduced on this level.

Advanced Obedience

Dogs in this class will practice heeling off lead, jumping, retrieving and other advanced obedience and rally exercises for competition or for fun. Many of the moves taught are used in Advanced Rally, Open and Utility levels of Obedience.

Conformation

Each breed of dog has a standard of perfection regarding the breed characteristics.  Breeders and exhibitors show dogs they feel best represent this standard.  In Conformation classes, exhibitors are taught how to present their dog in the show ring. .Jumping the hurdle This includes practicing the proper gait to move the dog in the show ring, how to stack or position the dog to show off its best points to the judge, and baiting the dog with treats to show alert, attentive expression

Agility

The agility ring is called a doggy playground, and this exciting dog sport is fun for both dog and handler. In this course, the dog learns how to navigate the course obstacles safely, and the student learns how to handle their dog as they negotiate each obstacle.  As dog and student advance, they learn to navigate both short and full courses.  Many students in these classes choose to participate in QKC Agility Games and other sanctioned Agility Trials.

Dancing Dogs Performance Group

“Dancing With Dogs” is a dog sport that combines, music, choreography, training, movements and teamwork to create a joyful expression of the handler and dog bond through performances highlighting the dog’s unique talents and movement.  QKC’s classes follow the guidelines of the Musical Dog Sports Association (MDSA).  The group meets on Sunday afternoons.  Here, you will learn how to match music to your dog,  learn different standard moves,  and learn how to choreograph a simple routine.  Bring lots of small, yummy treats and get ready to rock!

Tricks

A fun experience that strengthens the owner/dog bond by learning parlor tricks such as wave, play dead, spins, touch, and jumping through a hoop.  Entertain your friends and family or just yourself & your dog!  Also, these tricks can be used as a stress reliever in obedience trials, loosening up before an agility run, or as part of a freestyle routine.  We will use a lot of treats, so bring treats that are small and easy to eat.   Prerequisite: Basic obedience and control of the dog.