Any training questions may be sent to Amber Thomas at Araethomas@outlook.com or call 219-393-0201. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Please allow some time for call backs as all our instructors are volunteers.
Classes are filled on a first come first served basis. Application and payment must be received to hold your position in classes. Sign up nights are available for those that do not mail application/payment/shots in.
Mail Completed Form, Payment (please make checks payable to TCDTC) and proof of vaccinations to arrive BEFORE sign-up night.
Trail Creek dog Training Club P.O. Box 112 LaPorte, IN 46352
Session 5 Sign Up Night April 23, 2019 @ 5:30pm, Classes April 29 to June 7, 2019
Session 1 Sign Up Night August 13, 2019 @5:30
Session 2 Sign Up Night October 8, 2019 @ 5:30
Session 3 Sign Up Night January 2020
All dogs adopted from an animal shelter or rescue organization and
senior citizens (ages 65 and older) will receive a $10 discount for
the first class taken at TCDTC.
Agility- 10:00 AM $70
Dogs go through various obstacles like jumps, A-frame and tunnels. In the Beginning class obstacles are introduces safely and on lead. Developing confidence in the obstacles is the main concern. As the dogs advance, off lead and distance is encouraged.
Instructor, Joe Reese 219-363-4996
Rally Obedience - 5:30 PM $70
This class is for dogs and handlers that have the basic commands, Sit, Down, Heel, Come and are interested in pursuing the world of dog competitions. This is a great introductory sport that is new exhibitor friendly. Dog and handler work through a course of obstacle signs. Handlers are allowed to talk to there dogs through the course.
Instructor, Kim Smith 219-608-8719
Beginning Obedience- 6:00pm $80
For dogs 8 months of age and older. This class focuses in on teaching the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, come, heel. Additional items like greeting other people and not jumping are also taught. Class sizes will be limited to 4 participants in a 1/2 hour class. Handlers must be able to control their dogs, proper training equipment is required. This class is not for aggressive dogs.
Instructor, Amber Thomas - 219-393-0201
Puppy Class -NEW CLASS TIME STARTING MARCH 5 @ 7:00pm $70
This class is meant for puppies that are under 6 months of age. Puppies will begin learning basic commands such as sit, down and come but the primary purpose is to teach good socialization skills with other dogs and people. This early socialization prevents many issues that may arise as puppies grow.
Instructors, Lora Barlow
Puppy Plus Class - Time is to be determined after 5:00pm $70
This is a continuation of the puppy class for puppies that have taken a first puppy class but are not ready to advance into Beginning Obedience. Basic commands are continued as well as walking on leash and socialization skills.
Drop-In Obedience 9:00am ($5 per dog)
This is a drop in Competition Obedience class. We do run-thru's with concentration on specific problem areas each team may have. We do all levels; Novice, Open & Utility in all venues, AKC, UKC, CDSP, ASCA. This is not a formal class, but a small group of competitors at all levels that take turns and work together.
Anyone new should contact Dolly: call or text (219) 878-3499, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor, Dolly Torgesen 219-878-3499
Advance Obedience 5:30 pm
Must have taken Beginning obedience. Dogs will continue working on the same skills as well as new, such as Stand, Finish, Fronts, off leash work. Dogs in this class may be working on Beginners Novice/Novice level skills.
Instructor, Lori Swanson
Drop-In Conformation - 6:00 PM ($5 per dog)
If temperature is over 85 in LaPorte, this class will not be held.
Learn the basics or improve your skills at the drop in conformation class. This class teaches new handlers or current handlers all the skills needed to go through competitive conformation shows.
Instructor, Jan Boggio 269-207-1863
Distance Agility - 7:00 PM $70
This class may be taken by people who have trainer's approval. Advanced Agility is a prerequisite. This is a competition ready class.
Instructor, Joe Reese - 219-324-6009
Beginning Nosework 6:00 PM (Limit 4 Students)
Students please bring lots of small treats and a crate to each class.
Instructor, Connie Jankowski - 219-331-3512
Intermediate Agility - 5:30 PM $70
Beginning Agility is a prerequisite to this class. A continuation of the previous skills are developed with a goal of being off lead.
Kallie Bontrager - 574-876-5983
Beginning Agility - 7:00 PM $70
This class is great for dogs that know basic commands and need to burn off extra energy. Agility is a fun, fast pace, exiting event for dogs to be shown in. Dogs go through various obstacles like jumps, A-frame and tunnels. In the Beginning class obstacles are introduces safely and on lead. Developing confidence in the obstacles is the main concern.
Kallie Bontrager - 574-876-5983
2019 Sign Up Schedule
April 23 Class sign up
August 13 Class sign up
October 8 Class sign up
Frequently Asked Questions
What class do I enroll in?
The age guidelines are suggested in the class description. In general puppy classes are more socialization and beginning obedience is more discipline with no direct dog/dog socialization. Giant breed puppies that are 6 months old may go into beginning obedience with the understanding that they will not focus as well as an adult dog.
Do I need to send my application In?
If you want to be assured a spot in class then mailing your application, payment and shot records is encouraged. Sign up night is used to fill any remaining spots in class but may fill prior to that night.
My dog is slightly aggressive, can he come to class?
Our classes are group training that teaches you how to train your dog. If you are experiencing very specific issues with dog aggression or human aggression those are typically handled better with one on one individual training.
How do I know if i'm signed up?
If you supplied an email you will get confirmation of class sign up. Additionally checking this site for class rosters will show next class sign ups.
What do I need for class?
Training equipment includes a proper fitting collar that allows control of your dog, a 6' leash and lots of small treats. Additional equipment may be needed as classes progress or a change of equipment to allow for more control.
Therapy Dog/ CGC
Workshop & Test
UKC SPOT , AKC Trick Titles, and individual CGC also available.
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