Companion Dog School of Tulsa

Training you to train your dog since 1955

Welcome

Companion Dog School of Tulsa is a not-for-profit dog club operated solely by volunteers. We offer Puppy, Agility, Obedience, Conformation and Nosework classes.

Companion was established in 1955 and has helped countless number of Tulsa dog owners train their companions.

Puppies

We offer Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Agility classes to get your new family member off on the right paw.

Agility

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

Obedience

We offer basic and competitive obedience classes for all levels from loose leash walking to competitive heeling.

Nosework

The sport of Nosework is growing in popularity across the country. It was inspired by military and police working scent detection dogs.

Conformation

Conformation is where your dog is judged against the standard for the breed. Proper handling is key in showing off your dog's best qualities.

All dogs enrolled in Companion Dog School of Tulsa classes must be current on rabies vaccinations. 

Most of our class offerings have a prerequisite.  Please check under the “enrollment section” for each specific class to see what the requirements are prior to registering for a class and to make sure you meet the prerequisite.

Classes

We use proven training methods that are concise, logical, and easy to understand.

All breeds and mixed breeds are welcome. Training is conducted in accordance with the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club’s recognized standards and requirements.

Most classes are 8 to 9 weeks in length. We offer 4 class sessions per year. The schedule for the upcoming session is posted 2 to 3 weeks before the session begin.

Ask us about a discount for a rescue dog.

UPDATE: 

Summer Session 2022

  • Begins the week of June 26th
  • Schedule will be posted by end of May
  • Online Registration:  Monday, June 13, at noon
  • There will be support from noon to 2:00 pm at the facility for those requiring support to register.

Puppies

We offer Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Agility classes.

Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies ages 8 to 20 weeks old on the first day of class.  If puppy is older than 20 weeks, we recommend enrolling in Basic Manners.  Your puppy will be introduced to basic skills such as walking on a leash, coming when called, sitting, down, crate training and the stay.  Prerequisite:  Must be current on puppy vaccinations and a have a negative fecal test result.

Puppy Agility introduces a puppy to “puppy sized” equipment in a fun way.  This class is for puppies that are between 4 and 12 months of age on the first day of class.  This can also be the next step in training after completing Puppy Kindergarten or a basic puppy class.  If your puppy or dog is older than 12 months, we recommend enrolling in Agility 1.  Owners will learn to teach puppies fun things like mini agility obstacles, while reinforcing basic manners skills such as: sit, down, come, and walking on a loose leash.  Prerequisite:  Must be current on puppy vaccinations and a have a negative fecal test result.  Puppies must behave in a healthy social manner and NOT have aggression issues with other dogs.

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Agility

Agility is a popular competitive dog sport where a handler/owner directs their dog through an obstacle course within a certain time limit.  Dogs run off leash, with the handler using voice instruction, body language and training cues, while running the course.  Both UKC and AKC obstacles will be taught using the handling system of internationally acclaimed agility trainer, behaviorist and author Greg Derrett.  Your dog will climb on, walk/run over and run through different types of jumps, contacts, tunnels, swinging bridge, A-frame, dog walk, teeter and weave poles.  We offer 5 levels of Agility classes, Puppy Agility, Beginner’s & Advanced Weave Poles and Boxwork.

Puppy Agility introduces a puppy to “puppy sized” equipment in a fun way.  This class is for puppies that are between 4 and 12 months of age on the first day of class.  This can also be the next step in training after completing Puppy Kindergarten or a basic puppy class.  If your puppy or dog is older than 12 months, we recommend enrolling in Agility 1.  Owners will learn to teach puppies fun things like mini agility obstacles, while reinforcing basic manners skills such as: sit, down, come, and walking on a loose leash.  Prerequisite:  Must be current on puppy vaccinations and a have a negative fecal test result.  Puppies must behave in a healthy social manner and NOT have aggression issues with other dogs.

Agility 1 is the first introduction for students/handlers and their dog to agility and the equipment.  Dogs should know sit and down and be generally under control when off leash.  Your dog will be introduced to jumps and contact obstacles such as the Dog Walk, A-frame, Teeter, Box, Pause Table, Tunnels and Jumps.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Basic Manners or the equivalent basic obedience training or Puppy Agility. 

Agility 2 continues with skills training, where beginning agility foundation work left off.  You and your dog will learn all pieces of agility equipment.  Classes designed to improve handling skills, begin practicing short sequences and start working on full sized agility equipment. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Agility 1 or the equivalent agility training.  Dogs should have a stay and be able to work off leash.

Agility 3 is the start to running full course sequences and introduction to foundation skills for obstacle contacts.  Students/handlers should know the agility equipment and are comfortable working off leash with their dog.  This level will cover exercises to help you improve your handling with front and rear crosses, skills training for “marked” contact zones of A-Frame, Dog Walk and Teeter, short sequences of contact obstacles and running longer courses.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Agility 2 or the equivalent agility training.  Dogs should have completed Weave Pole class and can go through 6 poles most of the time.  Dogs do not have to be proficient on contact obstacles, but should have been introduced to all equipment.

Agility 4 lays groundwork for longer sequences and introduces a “walk through perspective” for the student/handler to recognize traps and challenges that are common in intermediate/advanced trial competitions.  This class will improve student/handler confidence and is ideal for those competing in agility trials, that know all agility equipment, and either have a title, or close to attaining one.  Practice will be running longer full course sequences of contact obstacles, jumps, weaves, table, tire and tunnels.  Focus is on teamwork skills to enhance the working relationship between you and your dog.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Agility 3 or the equivalent agility training.  Dog should be able to perform all equipment, solid performance of Teeter and weave 6 poles.  Preferably, dog should be able to consistently complete 9 to 12 weave poles.

Agility 4/5 is ideal to help improve consistency in the trial environment.  This class is great for those students currently competing in agility trials, have earned a title or close to attaining one, and could benefit from practicing courses to reinforce consistent performance.  Student/Handler teams should be proficient on all UKC equipment and might still need additional training on specific equipment for improved trial performance.  This class covers sequences that reinforce basic handling, but more complex handling techniques will be practiced.  Courses will include the use of jumps, obstacle contacts, tunnels and weave poles in practice sequences.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of either Agility 3, Agility 4 or the equivalent agility training.  Dog should be able perform all UKC equipment and weave 6 poles consistently, preferably weaving 9 to 12 poles.

Agility 5 is the most advanced agility training class at CDST.  This is an ideal ongoing weekly practice to use for “perfecting” handling methods used in Excellent/Master level competition.  Each session will include:  Instructor-led course analysis, combination of running full courses and working complex sequences.  Focus will be on advanced skills such as wraps, threadles, serpentines and distance work.  Also perfecting front, rear and blind crosses.  This class is for those teams that perform consistently, are confident on the equipment, and usually competing at intermediate or excellent competition levels.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Agility 4, Agility 4/5 or the equivalent agility training.  Dog must be able to perform all equipment with confidence and run full courses.  Dog should have earned agility title.

Agility Boxwork is done entirely using sequences of jumps to improve footwork, speed and coordination as your baseline for handling skills. This course is taught “drilling your skills” by using a series of jumps and technical skills.  No contact obstacles or weaves are used in class.   Jumping is a critical agility skill and you will practice Front Crosses, Rear Crosses, Post Turns, Wraps, 270 Jump sequences, and Threadles.  Student/handlers should have basic jumps down and able to work off leash.  Drills will be tailored to specific handling skills used in running agility courses.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Agility 2 or the equivalent agility training.  Dog should be able to work off leash and complete a sequence of 3 jumps or more.

 Agility Weave Poles 1&2 uses a combination of channel and in-line pole training methods to train your dog how to weave.  It’s “truly” amazing to watch the progress of your dog weaving after each weekly exercise is practiced.  Instruction begins with the basic foundations used in the channel method creating a wide path of vertical poles for your dog to run through.  Gradually the poles are brought closer together.  The in-line poles have plastic guides, connected to every other pole, making the weaving path very clear for the dog.  This is a proven method for your dog to mentally understand the concept of weaving.  And we have thousands of successful weave pole graduates to show for it!  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of ONE or more of the following classes:  Basic Manners or the equivalent basic obedience training, Puppy Agility or Agility 1.  Dogs should have a stay and be able to work off leash.

Agility Weave Poles 2×2 Method is a popular method developed by agility expert Susan Garrett.  This training makes it easy for dogs to develop speed and footwork at the same time they learn the weaving motion.  Your dog is first introduced to 2 weave poles.  Once dog is showing confidence from exercises from all approach angles, then a second set of 2 poles are added to the exercises.  The two sets are rotated and spaced to form a straight line of 4 poles for weaving practice.  More poles are added, and before you know it, your dog is weaving a full set of 12 weave poles!  Dogs who learn with the 2×2 approach are usually very proficient at finding the weave entry, the #1 problem for novice dogs.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of ONE or more of the following classes:  Basic Manners or the equivalent basic obedience training, Puppy Agility or Agility 1.  Dogs should have a stay and be able to work off leash.

Agility Weave Poles Advanced focuses on common problem areas such as missed weave entries, early exits and slow performances.  Weaving demands independent concentration and execution by your dog and requires the student/handler to send the dog into the weaves from different course positions, especially if competing in trials at advanced agility levels.  You will get the additional skills training you need to hit entries consistently.  Or maybe you just want to feel more confident about the weaves in general.  You will learn handling maneuvers for entering weave poles from either side, from the rear, from any angle and long distance sends.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Weave Poles 1&2 or Weave Poles 2×2 Method.  Dogs should be able to weave 6 weave poles.  This is not a class for dogs that don’t know how to weave.

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Obedience & Rally

We offer a progression of obedience classes from basic to competitive training.

Basic Manners teaches the beginning obedience skills necessary to help you train your dog become a well-behaved member of the family.  Skills taught:  walking on a loose leash, sitting, lie down, coming when called, and the stay.  Prerequisite:  Student should be able to walk dog on collar & leash.  Dog should be at least 5 months old on the first day of class.

Advanced Manners continues with obedience exercises and is the next level of training for your dog to learn after completing basic obedience class.  You will learn heeling, changes of pace, stand for exam, recalls with front sit and beginning competition requirements.  The student may choose an optional goal of working towards achieving the AKC Canine Good Citizen award.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Basic Manners or the equivalent basic obedience training.  Dogs entering this class should know the basics of sit,down, controlled on-leash walking, and beginning stays.

Obedience Novice is the next level of training after completing advanced basic obedience training and before you start competing in obedience trials.  You will perfect handling skills for stationary and moving heel position, recalls, figure eights and fronts.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Advanced Basic Manners or the equivalent advanced basic obedience training.

Competition 1/ Basic Rally is for those students and their dog(s), that have consistent obedience performance, and have an interest in learning about competition and advanced handling skills.  You will learn to work as a close-knit team with your dog.  Skills covered in class include:  introduction to off-leash work and basic exercises necessary for both Obedience and Rally Novice level competitions such as, stationary and moving heel position, recalls, fronts, finishes and figure eights.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Manners or the equivalent advanced obedience training.  Student/Handler should be able to perform basic obedience skills consistently.
 

Competition 2 is designed for students/handlers and their dog(s) to get ready to compete successfully in AKC and/or UKC Obedience & Rally competitions.  Your dog(s) should have consistent performance of heeling on leash, sit and stay in heel position.  In this course, you will learn better communications skills and how to work on perfecting your dog’s heeling and attention to the handler.  Training exercises include:  introduction to Advanced Rally requirements, off leash exercises, and discussions to strengthen your knowledge of the rules for competition. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Competition 1 or equivalent of advanced competition training.

Open is designed for the advanced obedience competitor, and if student/handler chooses, with the optional goal of achieving Open and/or Utility titles.  Student/Handler teams MUST be working at the Novice level (or higher) and able to work off lead.  This class is NOT for beginner dogs or handler teams.  You will practice skill requirements needed for preparation to compete at Open level competition.  Skills covered include:  Retrieve on flat, retrieve over jump, drop on call, broad jump and out of sight stays.  Prerequisite:  Student/Handler must have successful completion of Competition 2 or equivalent of advanced obedience /rally training or earned Obedience Novice Title.

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler completes a course consisting of various signs of obedience training maneuvers. Rally will prepare the dog and handler to advance to upper level obedience or agility

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What is the Canine Good Citizen Test?     The Canine Good Citizen test is an evaluation established by the American Kennel Club.  It is an evaluation for both a dog and his or her owner. Owners must be able to handle their dog well, while the dog must behave in an appropriate manner as he or she is tested in a variety of circumstances and environments. Those who pass the Canine Good Citizen Test earn a certificate showing they passed. Some dogs may even continue training to become therapy dogs.

What is the SPOT Test?      The United Kennel Club offers owners a chance to prove that their dog is a well-behaved asset to their community by completing a series of exercises that demonstrate these valuable and necessary skills. The SPOT program consists of 10 separate testing stations. These exercises are used to demonstrate that the dog is capable of exhibiting desired behaviors that the general public would expect to see in a well behaved dog. The dog will receive a rating at each station, varying from “Outstanding” to “Needs Practice”. 

Nosework

The sport of canine Nosework is growing in popularity across the country. It was inspired by military and police working scent detection dogs. The dogs search for the scented oils of birch, anise, clove, myrrh, and vetiver.

There are 5 levels and 4 element searches; container, vehicle, interior and exterior searches in the UKC program. AKC offers 4 levels and a buried search instead of vehicles.

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Conformation

Conformation at a dog show, is where registered purebred dogs are assessed and awarded a score on how closely the body shape meets the standard for that breed.  The dogs are not judged on skill or ability, but on their body structure and shape.

We offer beginner and advanced handling classes. These are drop-in classes. No need to register in advance.

Prerequisite:  Must be current on rabies vaccinations.

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Physical Street Address:
4411 South 91st East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74145

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 470133
Tulsa, OK 74147-0133

918-834-3566