Events

Events are offered throughout the year (depending on interest), and can be anything from Canine Good Citizen Classes with testing, Trick Dog Testing,  Virtual Rally testing, Virtual AKC ACT or Virtual AKC JUMPERS tests.  We may also highlight guest speakers for one particular aspect of dog training, such as Treibbal, Clicker training, Building a better Recall, or better Heeling, with your dog. For more information, please ask!

Have an idea for a class or seminar that you would like to teach? The new Family Dog Training center is the perfect place to start your own dog teaching career! You can test the waters with an idea for a class or seminar topic that you are interested in, in a dog-friendly, adaptable, and equipped dog training space. 

Please contact Val with your thoughts. 

Agility Run-Throughs

Multiple options of courses will be offered, and time on the floor will be reserved by jump heights. You will be able to run once or multiple times, or select segments of the course to practice as you wish. Dogs must remain behind ring gating or be otherwise contained when it is not their turn to run. You may register with more than one dog, or participate in more than one run-through. Class time will run until everyone is finished, or 9:00 pm. Run-throughs are $6 for the first run and $4 for each run after that per person/dog. Disruptive, uncontrollable dogs may be excused. 

Dates & times will be announced on our website and on the Family Dog Obedience Facebook page.

AKC Rally Run-Throughs

Two rings will run concurrently, with course offerings from Novice to Masters.

Dogs must remain behind ring gating or be otherwise contained when it is not their turn to run.

You may register with more than one dog, or participate in more than one run-through.

Run-throughs are $6 for the first run and $4 for each run after that per person/dog.

Rally Run-throughs will be offered monthly. Dates & times will be announced on our website and on the Family Dog Obedience Facebook page.

AKC ACT (Agility Course Test) Virtual Program – JUMPERS

Now available at Family Dog Obedience!

Interested in earning your ACT1J or ACT2J  title, but don’t have all the required equipment? Are you ready for the next step after ACT 1 or 2? Does your dog love jumps & weaves? Winter weather has made it impossible to practice, or earn these titles, but with the Virtual ACT Jumper option, now you can!

Family Dog Obedience is excited to participate in the AKC ACT JUMPERS Virtual Program by providing exhibitors with a climate controlled, rubber matted facility with all AKC regulation agility equipment to record your virtual ACT1J & ACT2J courses.  

Make your reservation now to record your jumpers agility runs at Family Dog Obedience. Our facility will be available and pre-set with AKC course #Act 1Jumpers Round E & F, and Act 2 Jumpers Round E & F. No course maps will be provided. Bring your dog, your phone/tablet for videoing, and a friend if you like, to help you out. 

Your facility fee of $30 includes a 20-minute session, which is ample time to run both rounds if you wish. You can have unlimited runs within that time period, but we cannot extend your session.

You are responsible for submitting your video to the AKC and sending in their required fees for your submission.  

Physical distancing protocols will be adhered to for the safety of all involved.  Our personnel will move/handle all agility equipment. Common areas will be cleaned frequently. MASKS must be worn while indoors, but may be lowered while you are running your dog.

No other dogs in the building while recording courses.

No crates to be brought in the building. Dogs will remain safely confined in vehicles or held by your friend during your walk-through.

You will be responsible for providing a fully functioning video device. Our personnel will record the run at your request, or you may have your helper accompany you and do the videoing.

If you do not complete what you feel is a successful run/video within the 20 minutes, you will have to rebook another session.   

For complete rules and information on how to submit your videos for evaluation visit this link: https://www.akc.org/sports/agility/act-program/act-virtual-program/

WHEN: Dates TBD

WHERE: Family Dog Obedience, 1698 N. Main St Ext, Butler PA, 16001

COST: Facility fee – $30.00 per 20 minute session

HOW TO SIGN UP: Appointments can be made by emailing Pam at ramarfarm@hotmail.com. First come, first serve. Please specify your JUMP HEIGHT, and if you have a preferred time slot, and we will do what we can for you.

At your appointment time, please enter through our front doors. You will exit out of our side/back door. Please potty your dog using our grassy area by the dumpster prior to entering. 

PREPAYMENT is required, and can be mailed to FDO, 1698 North Main St. Ext, Butler, PA 16001

Virtual ACT 1

AKC ACT (Agility Course Test) Virtual Program

Now available at Family Dog Obedience!

Interested in earning your ACT1 title, but don’t have all the required equipment? Are you worried about heat, humidity, rain, or wet grass? Is your neighborhood full of distractions like barking dogs, or lawn mowers?

Family Dog Obedience is excited to participate in the AKC ACT Virtual Program by providing exhibitors with a climate controlled, rubber matted facility with all AKC regulation agility equipment to record your virtual ACT1 courses.

Make your reservation now to record your ACT1 agility runs at Family Dog Obedience. Our facility will be available and pre-set with AKC course #AC1A and #AC1B. No course maps will be provided.

Bring your dog, your phone/tablet for videoing, and a friend if you like, to help you out.

Your facility fee includes a 20 minute session, which is ample time to run both rounds if you wish. You can have unlimited runs within that time period, but we cannot extend your session.

You have the option of running Round 1 & Round 2 in your session if you wish, in the time allowed.

You are responsible for submitting your video to the AKC and sending in their required fees for your submission.

Physical distancing protocols will be adhered to for the safety of all involved. Our personnel will move/handle all agility equipment. Common areas will be cleaned frequently. MASKS must be worn while indoors, but may be lowered while you are running your dog.

No crates to be brought in the building. Dogs will remain safely confined in vehicles or held by your friend during your walk-through.

You will be responsible for providing a fully functioning video device. Our personnel will record the run at your request, or you may have your helper accompany you and do the videoing.

If you do not complete what you feel is a successful run/video within the 20 minutes, you will have to rebook another session.

For complete rules and information on how to submit your videos for evaluation see visit this link: https://www.akc.org/…/act-program/act-virtual-program/ 

WHEN: Dates TBD

WHERE: Family Dog Obedience, 1698 N. Main St Ext, Butler PA, 16001

COST: Facility fee – $30.00 per 20 minute session

HOW TO SIGN UP: Appointments can be made by emailing Pam at ramarfarm@hotmail.com. First come, first serve. Please specify your JUMP HEIGHT, and if you have a preferred time slot, and we will do what we can for you.

At your appointment time, please enter through our front doors. You will exit out of our side/back door. Please potty your dog using our grassy area by the dumpster prior to entering. 

PREPAYMENT is required, and can be mailed to FDO, 1698 North Main St. Ext, Butler, PA 16001

Virtual ACT 2

AKC ACT (Agility Course Test) Virtual Program

Now available at Family Dog Obedience!

Interested in earning your ACT2 title, but don’t have all the required equipment? Are you worried about the weather, falling leaves, or slippery conditions? Is your neighborhood full of distractions like barking dogs, or leaf blowers?

Family Dog Obedience is excited to participate in the AKC ACT Virtual Program by providing exhibitors with a climate controlled, rubber matted facility with all AKC regulation agility equipment to record your virtual ACT2 courses.

Make your reservation now to record your ACT2 agility runs at Family Dog Obedience. Our facility will be available and pre-set with AKC courses ACT 2 SET D.

No course maps will be provided.

Bring your dog, your phone/tablet for videoing, and a friend if you like, to help you out.

Your facility fee includes a 20 minute session, which is ample time to run both rounds if you wish. You can have unlimited runs within that time period, but we cannot extend your session.

Facility fee – $30.00 per session

You have the option of running Round 1 & Round 2 in your session if you wish, in the time allowed.

You are responsible for submitting your video to the AKC and sending in their required fees for your submission.

Physical distancing protocols will be adhered to for the safety of all involved. Our personnel will move/handle all agility equipment. Common areas will be cleaned frequently. MASKS must be worn while indoors, but may be lowered while you are running your dog.

No other dogs in the building while recording courses.

No crates to be brought in the building. Dogs will remain safely confined in vehicles or held by your friend during your walk-through.

You will be responsible for providing a fully functioning video device. Our personnel will record the run at your request, or you may have your helper accompany you and do the videoing.

If you do not complete what you feel is a successful run/video within the 20 minutes, you will have to rebook another session.

For complete rules and information on how to submit your videos for evaluation see this link: https://www.akc.org/…/act-program/act-virtual-program/

WHEN: Dates TBD

WHERE: Family Dog Obedience, 1698 N Main St. Ext. Butler PA 16001

COST: Facility fee – $30.00 per 20 minute session

HOW TO SIGN UP:

Appointments can be made by emailing Pam at ramarfarm@hotmail.com. First come, first serve. Please specify your JUMP HEIGHT, and if you have a preferred time slot, and we will do what we can for you.

At your appointment time, please enter through our front doors. You will exit out of our side/back door. Please potty your dog using our grassy area by the dumpster prior to entering.

PREPAYMENT is required, and can be mailed to FDO, 1698 North Main St. Ext, Butler, PA 16001

Virtual Rally Titles– Novice, Intermediate, Advanced & Excellent

The AKC has declared that the Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, and Rally Excellent classes will be available to participate in virtual format, permanently.

FDO is prepared to offer you two of the five predesigned official Rally courses on one date, and then two different courses will be offered on another date, to allow you the chance to get your necessary runs in order to title at each level. Different levels will be offered at different times based on interest. 

You can view the courses from the AKC website, under Rally Virtual Courses. We will record your performance with your device, or you may bring a helper to record the performance. You will be responsible for submitting those recordings and proper fees to the AKC for a judge to review. 

You will have the option of running any or all of the courses. You can also repeat your course multiple times in the time allotted, to get the best performance recorded.

This is a great opportunity to continue your training and obtain a title in just 2 days, without having to buy or print all the necessary Rally cards, travel, or wait for hours to get your turn in the Rally ring. You can also take advantage of our climate-controlled conditions, without the distractions of neighbors, FEDEX, UPS, loose dogs, neighbors mowing grass, kids etc. 

Social distancing protocols will be strongly enforced for the safety of all. Common areas will be cleaned frequently. Masks are recommended to be worn indoors but may be lowered while you are navigating the course with your dog. No crates are to be brought into the building.

For more information please click on the link to the AKC Virtual Rally Program

WHEN: Dates TBD

WHERE: Family Dog Obedience, 1698 North Main St Ext Butler PA 16001

WHAT: Appointment spots are 20 minutes long – enough time to easily run through 2 Rally courses 

HOW MUCH: $20 Payment in advance (mailed or dropped off); $22 at the day of event

HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Misty to reserve a spot. Her email is titan2black@gmail.com

• Procedures for the event will be emailed to you when registration time is confirmed  •

Intro to Treadmill Class

Scheduled in small groups of 4 dogs, Introduction to Treadmill Class will cover some basic assessments of the type and temperament of each dog, and a step by step breakdown of the process. Time will be spent getting your dog acclimated to the various platforms and styles of treadmills, with the focus of the experience being an all positive one. Class size is chosen based on size/length of dog-2 large treadmills, and 2 small/medium treadmills are available. If you don’t have a treadmill at home, opportunities exist for you to continue to use our treadmills for a small fee.

REQUIREMENTS – It is recommended that your dog has attended Complete Puppy classes and/or Basic Manners classes with us in order to enroll. Dogs must be well-socialized and non-reactive to people or other dogs to participate.

Event date to be announced.

Café Class (aka Socialization Class)

The Café class is a semi-social event. It is designed to help dogs and owners practice “socialization.” Behaving in various social settings such as cafés, veterinarians offices, and other locations around people and other dogs, in a calm, and accepting manner is an important skill, and it needs to be practiced routinely. Activities include: teaching the dog how to go under a table/chair and lay quietly for short periods of time; how to stay in the “down” position while people, bikes, other dogs, and other distractions pass by; and most importantly, how to behave in the presence of food – without begging! Café class is one hour long, and will be offered periodically throughout the year. This is a great activity to help folks practice for the Therapy Dog test, (TDI) and also the Community Canine Test (CGCA).

REQUIREMENTS – Café class is open to dogs and puppies ages 3 months and up-however this is not an ENTRY level class. Dogs that are disruptive and unmanageable will be requested to schedule a private lesson. Students that sign up may bring a snack or beverage of their choice, but coffee and donuts will be provided.

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, these activities are not being scheduled at this time. We hope to be able to offer them again soon.

Trick Dog Testing

Family Dog Obedience students are encouraged to attend VERSATILITY class to practice their trick dog skills. Evaluators from FDO can do Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Trick Dog testing, either by in person appointments, or virtually by way of SKYPE, ZOOM, or FACETIME. If enough interest is noted, we can set up a day for testing in person. Please let us know what we can do for you. More information on the AKC website.

REQUIREMENTS – Students MUST provide all paperwork, and props as needed. 

Event date to be announced.

Trick Dog Testing Fees
$15 for first level of testing
$10 for each additional level of testing/same day

So You Want Your Dog to Become a Therapy Dog?

GREAT – You are invited to come to this event to learn more about the exciting opportunities to become a therapy dog team with your favorite furry friend. The session will introduce you to the important considerations and requirements of a therapy dog teams. Topics will include specifying the requirements of the dog and the handler for Pet Therapy, and hints on how to get started. The session will provide an overview of Pet Partners, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization that registers volunteer teams (human & pet) to provide animal-assisted interventions. The session will be presented by Yvonne Eaton-Stull a handler and therapist with 12 years of experience with registered therapy dogs and certified crisis response dogs and Debbi Hutchins, a handler and therapist with 10 years of experience working with registered therapy dogs. Both have experience working in a diversity of human service settings. Come join us for an informative and fun evening. Please, no dogs at this event.  

Presented by Pet Partners; Held at Family Dog Obedience training center (1698 North Main St. Ext., Butler, PA 16001)

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, these activities are not being scheduled at this time. We hope to be able to offer them again soon.

Bark ‘n Barter

Got unwanted or extra dog items lying around? Do you want to replace them with some CASH or trade them for something else? Or do you have a dog-related craft or item you’d like to market?

OR

Are you looking for good deals on dog training items, like Agility equipment, crates, books, or obedience equipment, Noseworks supplies, collars, leashes, dog videos or magazines, homemade dog treats, or (if we have a rescue group commit) maybe even meet your new best friend?

Family Dog Obedience & My Dogz LLC Activity center will be holding the area’s ONLY indoor dog-related item flea market! For more info, Valsk9@yahoo.com or 412-302-6736

Local vendors wanted! Rent a space, bring your own table and sell or trade your stuff! 10’ space for $10. Reserve your space early!

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, these activities are not being scheduled at this time. We hope to be able to offer them again soon.

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