The Dog Training Club of Bermuda has provided dog-training classes to the public for nearly 50 years.

Our classes are taught by an all volunteer team of instructors. All of our trainers share a passion for teaching people to train their dogs using current and humane methods of training.

The Dog Training Club of Bermuda is pleased to have two Certified Professional Dog Trainers in Bermuda on its team:

Eileen Thorne CPDT-KA
Mara Zanfagna CPDT-KA

The club currently offers classes in Obedience and periodically in Agility.

AGILITY CLASSES

Agility is a highly arousing sport where dogs need to respond to cues from their handler at speed, off leash with the distraction of other people and dogs. Because of this, not all dogs are suited to participate in group agility classes. Dogs must be friendly to people and other dogs to participate.

FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR AGILITY

Foundation Skills for Agility will give you and your dog a foundation in the core skills necessary to begin training for any dog sport. The emphasis of this class is on skills which lead nicely into more advanced agility training.

This six-week class is typically offered two times each year, during the fall and spring sessions. Class size is limited to 10 dog and handler teams. Dogs must be friendly to people and other dogs.

Dogs who have completed Life Skills 1 or have permission from the instructor are eligible to enroll. There is no minimum age requirement for this class.

A wire or hard-sided (airline) crate is required for participation in this class. The DTC has several wire crates available for rent, and instructors will be available to assist you with your crate each week.

Topics covered include:

  • Crate games
  • Setting reinforcement (food and toy drive)
  • Intro to shaping behaviours
  • Clicker skills
  • Body awareness/strength and conditioning
  • Circle work
  • Advanced nose touch
  • Wraps
  • Basic jump grids

INTRODUCTION TO AGILITY

Introduction to Agility will start you and your dog off right, training on some of the equipment used in agility. Concepts from Foundation Skills for Agility will be expanded upon as you continue to build your working relationship with your dog.

This six-week class is typically offered once a year, during the winter session. Class size is limited based on the number of volunteer instructors available. Dogs must have completed Foundation Skills for Agility to enroll.

A wire or hard-sided (airline) crate is required for participation in this class. For dogs who are at the advanced stages of Crate Games, soft crates are permitted provided the dog is able to be contained properly. The DTC has several wire crates available for rent, and instructors will be available to assist you with your crate each week.

SEQUENCING

This is a six-week course for dogs who are currently competing or preparing to compete in agility.  We will set short courses using jumps, tunnels and weaves that will isolate different skills each week.

Topics covered could include: How to use motion to cue your dog, Sends, Crosses, Opening Sequences, Obstacle discrimination and more.

This class is limited to 10 dog/handler teams to allow everyone ample time to work each week.

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See the DTC Calendar for our class schedule, registration and pricing information for upcoming classes.

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