Training Classes

There is still room in the 8pm beginner class, and also an 8pm advanced (rally/obedience working class).

The Fall 2018 session of Obedience and Conformation Handling classes are scheduled to begin on Tues Sept 11th.  

For Obedience classes only there is a mandatory registration and orientation night on the 11th followed by 6 weeks of training for you and your dog.  Please note that the orientation is for humans only!!  Pre-registration is required as class sizes are limited.  A registration email is being sent out, class will fill based on the return of the registration form sent out in the email.

Conformation training will run for the full seven weeks).  

Schedule will be posted once classes are confirmed.  Puppy, beginner and CGN are being offered this fall.  Rally will be offered offered if possible.  Class size limits will be enforced, register early.  A waiting list will be set up for classes marked as full, but no guarantee if a spot will become available.

Location: Brockville Memorial Centre, Magedoma Blvd

Cost:  Session is $90.00 for the 7 week session.
Membership in the club is not required in order to participate in classes.

For information and Class registration form please contact: (PLEASE NOTE CLASS REGISTRATION FORM IS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE, IT WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU.)

Ginny -


Please note that the classes will begin with a registration/orientation night on Sept 11th for the obedience classes.  With the exception of the Conformation Handling class, dogs are not to attend this first session.  The remaining six weeks will be instruction for dogs and handlers.  

 Time    Class Trainer(s)
 6 pm

   CGN/Intro to Rally - the main focus of the class is the Canine Good Neighbour exercises, however some intro to rally will also be taught.    Jenn Abbott/

 6 pm 

 Puppy Obedience - introductory class for puppies who are 10 wks - 4 mths at the start of class. Alexandra MacLellan/Sarah Duff
 7 pm
ONGOING - please contact for more info
 Show Handling - full seven weeks with your dogs on the mats Karen Nesbitt &
 Tracey Cornforth
 7 pm
  Beginner Obedience for dogs five months and over Ginny/Lorne Kerr
 8 pm 
dependant on enrolment
Rally/Focus class for dogs who have successfully attended previous classes.  Combo of Rally and mat work.  Contact for more info. Ginny
 8 pm

 Beginner Obedience for dogs five months and over Alexandra

Class descriptions are shown below.  

Please note not all classes are offered every session. Check schedule shown above. 

Pre-registration is required

  • Puppy Class – suitable for puppies 12 weeks to four months of age.  Minimum of first set of vaccinations are required, with age appropriate vaccinations being done as required. Puppies will learn basic manners, and be introduced to loose lead walking, sits, downs, recalls and stays – all at a level that is suitable for young puppy minds and bodies. Puppies and handlers will build a strong foundation which will enable them to continue in more advanced classes. Proper socialization, problem solving and tips for the new owner are also an important part of this class. 

  • Beginner Obedience – Introductory class for puppies 5 months and over and adult dogs. This introductory class will introduce your older puppy or adult dog to basic obedience commands and will assist the owner in building a better bond with their canine companion. Loose leash walking, introduction to heeling, sits, downs, stays and recalls form the core of this class. A strong foundation in the basics will allow graduates from this class to continue on to more advanced classes if they wish. Socialization techniques, problem avoidance and solving are also dealt with in this class. 

  • Beyond the Basics – We are excited to offer this class which encourages previous graduates from the Puppy and Beginner classes to continue with the lifetime education of their dog. Building on the core exercises learned in previous courses, this class will be a fun and exciting way to improve your dogs performance and attention with games and increased levels of fun and distraction. Come on out and give it a try… we know your dog will thank you for it!!!! 

  • Clicker ABCs - this class will be available for  dogs and handlers who have successfully completed at least the Beginner level of training.  It will introduce and focus on clicker training in all aspects of your dogs training and behaviour shaping.  Stay tuned for more information.

  • Intro to CKC Rally – open to dogs who have completed at least one level of training, this class introduces dogs and handlers to the sport of Rally Obedience. Signs 1-36 are taught and students will learn how to prepare their dogs for a CKC Rally Novice test. 

  • CKC Rally Trial Prep - all levels - Novice/Advanced/Excellent – continues on from the Intro class, preparing dogs and handlers to perform in Intermediate, Advanced and Excellent competitions. 

  • Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) and Intro to CKC Rally Combination Class – prepares dogs and handlers to not only perform all the exercises required to pass their CGN (Canine Good Neighour) tests, but to also become a welcomed partner in today's public. CKC Rally is also introduced.  Signs 1-36 are taught and students will learn how to prepare their dogs for a CKC Rally Novice Test.   This class isn't just about training, but touches on the fundamentals of acceptable social behaviour. This is a good class for grads from the basic levels to improve on their dogs performance in basic social settings. 

  • Trial Prep – CD and CDX – This is an intermediate or advanced level of class which takes the dogs beyond the basics, preparing them for off lead work, jumping and retrieving. Dogs and handlers will learn how to prepare their dogs for CKC Novice and Open level obedience competition. This class is also an excellent opportunity for the pet owner who wishes to continue with their dogs` education beyond the basic level. 

  • Show Handling – this class is for those handlers who wish to prepare their dogs for entry into Conformation competition. Show ring etiquette and handling, proper stacking and pacing of the dogs are taught. This class is an excellent opportunity to work your dogs in a show-like environment, to introduce your young dogs to the mats or just to get feedback on you and your dogs performance. 


All of our class instructors are committed and experienced members of the dog training community. Our methods reflect our values of respect and compassion for our dogs.  No harsh training methods are used, instead we promote a positive atmosphere for our dogs to learn in through the use of reward based training.  Our training team consists of individuals who train and compete in CKC events but who are also dog owners who understand the needs of the average pet owner in todays' society.      

  • Karen Nesbitt Karen grew up at the dog show and began her show career as a junior handler, showing her mom's pugs.  For the past thirteen years, she has bred and shown border terriers. She is always learning about different breeds and the subtle ways that handlers can bring out the best in their dogs.  Helping other exhibitors handle their dogs to their full potential is what makes our informal classes both satisfying and rewarding.
  • Tracy Cornforth - (bio coming) 

  • Jenn Abbott - Jenn grew up with lots of dogs in a dog show family.  Jenn shows and trials her Shelties and Belgians, and in her spare time is a CGN evaluator and is working on her Rally judge certification.

  • Ginny and Lorne Kerr - Ginny and Lorne first became involved in training and showing dogs in the early 1980's and have taught classes since the mid-80's.  They live with their shepherd, their collie and three terriers, and their herd of miniature horses, and continue to compete in performance events in the local area.

  • Jean and David Bruce - Jean and Dave have been involved in the showing and training of dogs since the 1970's and continue to trial their dogs in obedience, rally and agility with great success.  The moved to this area from SW Ontario where they ran a successful doggy daycare and training business for many years.  Jean has training in animal behaviour and uses it in her approach to training

  • Alexandra MacLellan - 

    Alexandra has a lifelong love of pets from her first family dog and birds to her own cats and dogs.  Her current giant has been a true labour of love for which she has an unending reservoir of patience.  Having been taught to respect animals and tend to their needs at a young age, Alexandra’s goal is to help animals have better lives with people.  Her retirement dream is to be a companion animal candy stripper in senior residences to bring joy to people who just can’t live without a fur body to hug.  

    Alex has trained her dogs in obedience and agility.  She has also trained her cats to walk outside on a harness and leash.  This was achieved with patience, consistency, and understanding of positive motivational training.  Her formal education in biology, animal welfare, behaviour, and grooming brings a complementary dimension to the well-established knowledge base of the TIKO training rings.