Classes Offered

Agility

Agility Classes are a fun performance event and a great sport for handlers of all ages and dogs of all breeds.  Classes are offered for beginners and for more advanced handlers.  Classes are open to all breeds and mixed breeds.  Your dog must have a good sit stay and come before you can enter this class.

Obedience

Beginning Obedience class is for dogs that have not had training and are over five months of age or older. We teach basic Obedience (heeling, sit & down stay, recall with finish) in this class.  


Novice Class allows dogs to continue from the beginning class to be well behaved dogs anywhere you take them. We also work on showing your dog in obedience trails, this is fun for the owners and gives the dogs jobs to do to make them more rounded in everyday life.


Open/Utility is for more advanced training for showing your dog in obedience trails.

Puppy Class

Puppy Class is for puppies at least 12 weeks or less than five months old. We teach socialization skills which is necessary for stable adult dog. We will also discuss behavior modification to help with housebreaking, chewing problems, excessive barking, and much more.

Herding

The purpose of noncompetitive herding tests is to offer herding breed owners a standardized gauge by which a dog’s basic instinct and trainability are measured.


The purpose of the competitive herding trial program is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in the herding breeds and to demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred. Although herding trials are artificial simulations of pastoral or farm situations, they are standardized tests to measure and develop the characteristics of the herding breeds.


For more information contact Marian Pott; miramark9@comcast.net; 650-888-7445 or Happiness Country Kennels (925) 862-1900

Conformation

The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard. It’s also the reason why mixed breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are ineligible to compete in conformation.

Private Lessons

 

Private Lessons are available. These can be scheduled after consultation with Karen to determine what would best fit the need of the dog and the owner. Contact Karen for more information - hckennels@gmail.com or call (925) 862-1900.