BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE
Westfork Dog Training offers basic dog obedience training classes in eight sessions, one hour each week for eight weeks.
In that eight week session the dog is trained to sit and stay, lie down and stay, stand and stay, come when called and walk at the handlers side when given the "heel" command. The first hour-long session is an "orientation to dog obedience training" session, where only the handler attends, without a dog. The second session covers the sit and stay, and at the end of the hour-long session the student dog will stay in the sitting position and allow his/her handler to walk completely around him/her without breaking from that position.
The entire course is geared toward working the dog on a totally loose leash by the completioon of the final session.
Naturally, some dogs respond to training much easier than others, and some handlers learn the basics of dog training much more quickly than others. Because of these facts, some dogs will progress more rapidly than others
INTERMEDIATE DOG OBEDIENCE
Prerequesite: Basic Obedience Training
The Intermediate Dog Obedience Training Class offered by Westfork Dog Training also consists of eight sessions. The
first three sessions consist of a review and a refresher of Basic Dog Obedience. The remaining classes introduce the
dog to working on-lead at distances longer than six feet and finally to working off-lead.
NOTE: Both the basic and intermediate classes are held in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Westfork Dog Training offers two or three-day tracking seminars for beginning or
advanced tracking dogs. The beginning tracking seminar is meant for "green" dogs,
those which have had no tracking training. The advanced seminar is meant for handler/dog teams which have had tracking training and are working toward an AKC Tracking degree or toward search and rescue work. For beginning dogs, this seminar will give the handler/dog team a foundation for tracking and will instruct the handler on methods to progress with the training. Both courses are helpful to those teams working toward an AKC degree, tracking for fun or for Search and Rescue training, but is not meant for Schutzhund training. The beginning class is limited to five dog teams and the advanced class is limited to six dog teams so that all participants can receive sufficient training in a two-day seminar.
SEMINARS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED:
BEGINNING TRACKING - None scheduled at this time
ADVANCED TRACKING - None scheduled at this time
Registration Fee for Each Seminar: $ 90.00 for a handler and dog
$ 40.00 without a dog
For more information contact Alan at: 772.201.5747
TRACKING AND SEARCHING SEMINAR
This is a two or three-day seminar during which K-9 teams will learn various aspects of locating persons by tracking or air scenting.
Although a small amount of time is spent in the classroom, the majority of this seminar is spent in the field. Dogs and handlers will learn various methods of searching, such as how to the available wind to their advantage. Handlers will also learn the basics of visually tracking a person and how to integrate visual tracking skills into the dog's tracking ability, focusing more on teamwork between the dog and handler.
NOTE: This is not a basic tracking course. Dogs attending this course must have had previous tracking training.
Cape Coral 2009 Seminar
Comments for our Cape Coral, Florida seminar attendees:
"Great class! Fun to see the dogs learn so quickly without bait or luring" - Eric Reese
"Everybody with a tracking dog should attend a class like this." - Martin Derks
"Very informative. I am hoping to have "Cory" in a testing/certification situation soon." - David Lusk
"Good attention to tightening up and trouble-shooting K-9's and handlers. Very patient trainer with immense knowledge."
- D.J. Beddow (Director - Southwest Florida Search and Rescue Unit)
BASIC TRACKING COURSE
This two-week course (80 hours) is designed for dogs which have had no previous tracking or air-scent searching training, although dogs with some tracking training can also attend. At the end of this 80-hour course the dog should be able to
follow a mile long track which has aged a minimum of 30 minutes or more in rural terrain.
For information on any of the Westfork Dog Training classes and seminars, call Westfork Dog Training at