- Group Dog Obedience Training Classes
Teaching your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, come and down will not only make your life easier, but will also fulfill your dog's desire to learn and to please you. Training in a group setting also helps to socialize your dog to other dogs and people. An obedient, well-socialized dog is a pleasure to share your home with and is safe to have around children and others.
- Beginner Obedience Training
This group class teaches the essentials. You will learn: to heel (have your dog walk at your side with a loose leash without pulling), turns and stops; to have your dog sit, lay down and stand (for exam, like at the groomer's or the vet's); to do a heeling pattern with your dog and the figure eight exercise; most importantly, to get and keep your dog's attention and to have him come when called (the "recall" exercise).
- Pre-Novice Obedience Training
This group class builds on the skills learned in the beginner class. The dog and handler must demonstrate competence in the beginner exercises. Expect continued work on healing patterns with changes of pace and quarter turns, the recall on lead and introduction of long sits and downs.
- Novice Obedience Training
This group class builds on the skills learned in the pre-novice class. The dog and handler must demonstrate competence in the pre-novice exercises. Expect healing on and off lead and off lead recalls. This class will fine tune the long sit and down and the stand for exam. Practice will include "polite meet & greet" of other dogs and handlers.
Competition Novice Obedience Training
This group class builds on what is learned in the novice class. The focus is on the skills needed to enter AKC Obedience trials.
- Novice Plus Training - the Rally Class
This group class teaches the Novice Rally signs and practices a new course each week. This class is on lead. For the new AKC Rally Signs, click here.
- Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training
The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training with NDTC will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with. They respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.
- Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing
All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Click here for the CGC Testing Brochure. Now CGC is also an official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners who complete the CGC as a Title process may list the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name. Click here for the CGC Addendum to Registration Form. If your dog already has the CGC award, then you need the grandfathering form.
The CGC test is given by a certified evaluator on site at NDTC.
- Therapy Dog Training
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of
therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and schools, libraries, shelters, funeral homes or anywhere else therapy dogs are needed. Have you been looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Training your dog to become a therapy dog and taking him where he is needed is the way. Click here for more information on TDI. NDTC will help you enhance your dog's outstanding temperament and get him ready to be a Therapy Dog.
- Therapy Dog International (TDI) Testing
All dogs over the age of one who pass a test administered by a certified TDI evaluator can start "work" as therapy dogs, regardless of breed, size, or pedigree. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a
Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.). For a copy of the TDI testing brochure, click here.
The TDI test is given by a certified evaluator on site at NDTC.
Do you already have a Therapy Dog? The AKC wants to recognize your remarkable achievement with a title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dogs who have completed fifty therapy visits are eligible. For the AKC Therapy Dog title application, click here.
Welcome to the Nassau Dog Training Club!
Nassau Dog Training Club has been in existence since 1947. We are a member club of the American Kennel Club (AKC). We are a dedicated group of dog enthusiasts focused on training dogs and their people to be good canine citizens.
Our home base is Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Located in Franklin Square, we are conveniently located to serve your dog training needs in Garden City, Stewart Manor, New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Elmont and the surrounding areas of Queens and Suffolk County. Nassau Dog Training Club sponsors an obedience trial at the Long Island Cluster dog shows held at the Planting Fields Arboretum (Oyster Bay) every fall. Our instructors have many years of experience in dog training. The advantage of training with an obedience club is that you get the assistance and expertise of other club members as well as our teachers.
Classes are available in Beginner, Pre-Novice and Novice levels
(sessions lasts 8 weeks ... class duration is 1/2 hour each week).
Limit 10 dogs per class. Pure breed and mixed breed dogs are welcome!
Dogs do not need to be AKC registered to train with us.
See the Calendar page for details.
Why Dog Training is a Necessity
Whether you would like to teach your dog manners or show your dog in an AKC obedience trial, Nassau Dog Training Club can help. Your dog was not born with good manners. You need to teach your dog what you expect of him. We will teach you how to teach your dog. There is no need to holler at your misbehaving canine housemate or banishing him to the basement or the backyard to live his days in solitude. You do not need to hide him when company comes. Don’t threaten him with the pound! Put away the rolled up newspaper! Train your dog in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with us – Nassau Dog Training Club.
Do you want to get your paws wet in the exciting sport of AKC Obedience? Have you thought of showing your dog in Obedience but didn’t know where to start? Nassau Dog Training Club will teach you the basics and get you on the path to success.
Perhaps you wish you and your dog had a better relationship. Do you feel that you and he are not connecting? That you are just a meal ticket and a warm bed to him? Nassau Dog Training Club will help you improve your relationship.
The Basics of Obedience Training
All successful dog training starts with the basic philosophy that you reward good behavior, ignore naughty behavior and correct what you can't (or shouldn't) tolerate. Examples: your dog sits patiently as grandma comes in the house for a visit - that is good behavior. Your dog barks at grandma because she is paying attention to your children and not him - naughty behavior. Your dog almost knocks grandma over with his enthusiasm over seeing her - this can not be tolerated.
How do you reward your dog for good behavior? With whatever your dog loves. A treat, a toy or simply your praise in a high-pitched happy voice. Yes, dogs respond best to the same voice you already use on your kids to express delight.
Why am I going to ignore naughty behavior? Because, like kids, dogs usually misbehave because they are bored and want your attention. If your dog has to misbehave to get your attention, you're teaching him that works. Give him plenty of exercise and lots of safe toys to challenge him mentally and physically and we will help you train him to do the good behaviors that will get your attention.
How do I properly correct my dog when his behavior can't be ignored? Most importantly, NEVER HIT YOUR DOG! If your dog is doing something bad in front of you, get his attention to stop him. "Eh, eh!" Or give him a counter-command. If he is jumping on grandma and "Off" did not work, tell him to "sit" and REWARD him when he does. If you did not SEE the naughty behavior, even if no one could have done "it" but the dog, forget it. You've missed your chance.
Do not use your dog's name as part of the correction. Do not say, "Rover, no!" Your dog's name must only be associated with good things in his mind. You do not want your dog to ignore "Rover, come!" because he has learned his name has often been followed with a complaint by you.
"Sit, sit, sit" is not a command. Say a command once and if it does not get the desired behavior do not repeat the same command for at least 15 seconds. Either give a different command, one you know will get a desired behavior, or wait it out. Saying "sit, sit, sit" teaches your dog he doesn't have to listen to you the first two times.
And if you remember nothing else, remember this: REWARD and CORRECTION must be immediate. If you are housetraining your dog and he urinates outside, giving him a treat when he comes in rewards him for coming in, not for relieving himself outside. If you come home from work and see the garbage can in the kitchen has been knocked over, yelling at your dog when he comes over to greet him will teach him not to greet you.
You've taken your first Obedience class. What's next?
Training and socialization doesn’t stop with puppyhood; it’s something your dog needs throughout his life to keep his mind sharp and his body in good physical condition. Now that your dog has graduated from his first obedience class, what’s next? One of the best ways to keep you dog engaged mentally and physically for the rest of his life is getting started in AKC events. Let's train your dog to earn his Canine Good Citizen certificate. Let's work on the skills needed for Pet Therapy work. And let's not forget to consider AKC competition. Did you know that training your dog for competition actually deepens the canine-human bond you share? Plus it’s fun to meet lots of dog owners who love the same activities as you and your dog. The AKC offers a smorgasbord of canine activities that you and your dog will enjoy together. For more information on AKC competition, click here .
Getting Started in AKC Obedience
For information on how and why you should participate in AKC Obedience, the purpose of Obedience trials, eligibility, levels of competition and titles, you should check out the AKC site. It has it all explained with the first timer in mind. Click here.
AKC Rules and Regulations
Having trouble navigating the AKC's new site? The Rules are hiding under the CLUBS tab in "Manage a Club." Or you can simply click here!