Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition
Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition

General Information

Activities With Your Dog

Training Classes

Volhard Dog Training and NutritionCanine Good Citizen Class (CGC)
(There are no pre-requisites for this class.)

Take your manners to the neighborhood. Show off your dog! This class is the beginning of all future training.  Whether you go on to obedience competition or simply want the trained dog that our insurance companies will recognize as insurable, we all start at level one. Stays and heeling, coming when called, getting along in the presence of other dogs, being mannerly in a crowded situation as well as other required CGC exercises, are the backbone of this class. Passing the CGC at the end of this class is the goal. You are the coach, your dog the player.  Whether you want to train your dog, participate in the CGC, or learn to teach the Volhard Motivational Method, this is the class for you and your dog.

Novice is for those experienced in the fundamentals of the sit,  down,  stand, stay, and on lead heeling, including changes of pace and direction.  It refines on lead heeling, and introduces the figure 8 and the transition to off lead heeling, attention, the front and the finish, distraction training, the high jump, and the broad jump. Teaching your dog to "think" is also introduced.  You and your dog can participate in this class, if your dog has had some off lead experience.

Rally – Do you enjoy the challenges and rewards of competition?  Do you want to learn the language of the Rally Signs?  This class will teach you how to participate successfully in Rally Obedience.

Open is for the dog with a solid understanding of the Novice exercises and who is reliable off lead. It includes the introduction to the Open exercises. Your dog need not know how to retrieve to participate in this class. To teach your dog how to retrieve, see Workshops.

Utility is for the dog with a solid understanding of the Open exercises and who retrieves reliably and is absolutely reliable off lead. It includes teaching, the signal exercise, and the stand in motion, scent discrimination, the directed retrieve, the go out and directed jumping.

Run thru’s at all levels – will be done on an individual basis during the week. 
There will be a sign up sheet at orientation

Agility  is for anyone who wants to learn this exciting and fun activity. 

The Workshops are designed for you to have fun with your dog - enjoy!  You will learn how to teach, train, problem solve, and motivate. 

Remote Training – a new approach.
Learn how to relax and have fun with your dog off leash, knowing that at all times you are in control. Remote training teaches everything you need on an every day basis.

Nose Fun - Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose giving them an incredible ability to smell (humans have a mere 5,000,000). This workshop helps you to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.  This is a fun workshop designed to build confidence, and burn off lots of mental and physical energy.

Retrieving teaches you, from the first introduction through testing, how to train your dog to retrieve reliably.  The workshop also addresses    motivation and problem solving.  Prerequisites – the equivalent of 8 weeks of training.

Health and Nutrition – If you want to learn how to feed your dog the diet he or she needs, then this is the workshop for you. Dogs are individuals, and have special needs.  Learn the best options for feeding your dog and how to avoid costly veterinary bills.

Individual Help – if you have a behavior or training problem, please let your instructor know right away so that he or she can help you while you are at Camp. Prerequisites – the willingness to ask!

Evening programs

- One of Camp’s favorite classes is teaching the dogs different tricks, from the
simple “roll over” to “jump through my arms”, and many more.

First Aid and more.

Note: To be offered, any class/workshop requires a minimum of 5 participants.


All About Dogs: A look at behavior from the dog’s point of view.
    • Understand the characteristics and behaviors unique to each dog so you can
      more successfully interact with your pet.

    • Find out why your dog does what he does using Volhard’s Canine Personalty Profile.   

More About Dogs: What you need to know about how dogs learn.
    • Different teaching models.
    • A “natural” approach to training.

Stress: how it influences learning and retention.
    • Recognizing the signs for your dog.
    • How to manage different kinds of stress.

Critical Periods: what happens as your puppy matures.
    • Keeping up with your puppy’s ability to learn.
    • What to avoid and why.

Influences on Learning: your dog is not stubborn or stupid.
    • Understanding how what comes with your dog affects learning.
    • Understanding how your dog’s environment
      affects learning.

But He Always Does it at Home: the practical application of distraction training.
    • Training in familiar locations without distractions.
    • Training in unfamiliar locations with distractions. 

Your Dog Is Not An Elephant: natural responses vs. trained behaviors.
    • Do dogs forget what they have been taught?

Your daily schedule is designed for maximum learning
for both you
and your dog.

Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition