Classes cancelled until further notice.

Obedience General Information

Obedience training classes are offered as a community service for the dog owner who wants a well-behaved companion, both in the home and out in public. Instruction is also offered for those who wish to do more advanced work with their dogs or compete in Obedience Trials.

Classes are held on Monday Evenings at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. When you register for a class, you will receive a schedule indicating the dates and location of your class. Participation in the Beginning Class is by advance reservation only. Class size is limited, and classes are usually filled. For more information and to request an enrollment form for an upcoming class, Email: Susan Cohen at

Phone: 831-272-2847

Please read the Obedience Etiquette before attending class Etiquette


Obedience Class Information

Puppy Development and Obedience Class
5:15 –6:00 PM

We are pleased to announce a new Puppy Development and Obedience Class for the 4 month to 8 month old puppy/young dog. This class will help you learn how to manage, understand, and effectively train your dog. Common problems and concerns will be discussed.


Attention Class

Beginner 6:15

Advanced 7:45 – 8:15

This class provides an introduction to formal attention. It is for the more than casual Obedience/Rally competitor and young dogs are welcome. Concepts of working attention are introduced through a series of games that build in complexity over time, to walk the dog and handler team through the three phases of learning a new behavior; show, reinforce, correct.


Canine Good Citizen Workshop

This is a 4 week workshop where we will be offering review and practice of the components of CGC testing. The CGC test is a prerequisite for people interested in having their dogs become Therapy Dogs. Completion of this title also counts toward the Novice Trick Dog title. Dates will be announced soon.


Trick Dog Workshop and Testing 6:15

We will be offering short workshops on dog tricks that are followed by testing for people interested in AKC Trick Dog titles. Dates will be announced soon.

Dogs need to have complete beginner obedience or puppy development.


The Beginning Obedience class will teach you how to train your dog to:

•Walk calmly by your side
•Stand quietly while being examined
•Stay in both the sit and down positions
•Come when called

 We also offer practical advice on common dog behavior problems, such as jumping, barking, digging.

The Beginning Class lasts for eight weeks, starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 7:15 pm each Monday. The cost of the entire series of lessons is $135. Class size is limited, space is reserved on a first come, first served basis. Your spot is not confirmed until your enrollment form and payment are received. Dogs must be at least six months old to enroll and must have current Rabies, Parvo and DHPP vaccinations.


Additional Classes offered are:

Intermediate I     5:00– 5:45 pm
Advanced           5:45 – 6:30 pm

Beginning          6:30 – 7:15 pm
Intermediate II    7:15 – 8:00 pm
Intermediate III   8:00 – 8:45 pm


These classes last for eight weeks

Puppy Development and Obedience: $135

Beginning Obedience: $135

Intermediate Obedience Levels 1 through 3: $135

A Companion Dog (CD) title or the equivalent and the ability to retrieve dependably are required for admission to the Advanced class.

Advanced Obedience: $105

Attention: $95.00

Trick Dog Workshop $85.00

Rally Practice: TBD

Beginning Rally Seminar: $45 (dates TBD)

CGC Workshop $45

CGC Test: $10 (limited to 7 dogs, sign up in advance)(dates TBD)

Conformation: $15 per class

Drop In
Drop-in privileges are only available to people who have completed
Intermediate 1 or higher. Students may "drop in" to Intermediate and
Advanced classes. The fee for the Intermediate class is $20 and the
Advanced class is $15, if space is available.

Conformation: $15 per class

Beginners   Basic obedience including heeling, sit, down stand, come and stay. All work is done on leash. This does not duplicate puppy classes
Intermediate   Continuation of the above skills. Introduction to off-leash work is included at the intermediate II level. intermediate III is for those planning to compete at the Novice level.
Advanced Open and Utility work. Dog must have a CD or the equivalent and be able to retrieve.

Additional requirements
Dog must be at least 4 months old. Handlers must be at least 14 years old. You will need a chain link slip collar just large enough to fit over your dog's head and a 6-foot leash made of leather. (No chain leashes.) Handlers should wear non-skid shoes. Please DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG before coming to class. Handlers are expected to clean up after their own dogs. Please potty your dog ONLY in the area provided, and do not allow male dogs to mark against fences, shrubbery or building.

To secure your place in class, your check must accompany your completed registration form. There will be a $25 service charge on all returned checks. You will be sent a confirmation a week or two prior to the start of class. For information contact Susan Cohen at

About the Instructors
Our Obedience training classes have been taught for over thirty years by Ms. Pluis Davern. Pluis is experienced in training all breeds of dogs. Most recently she is the Director of Training for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Ms. Davern is also a popular AKC dog show Judge and also trains pointing dogs, spaniels and retrievers for hunting and field trials. She was awarded the prestigious AKC Breeder of the Year Award in 2011.

Pam Strametz is an accomplished breeder and trainer. She teaches our Puppy Development Class. She has put titles on dogs in Obedience, Agility, Conformation, and Herding. She has earned 3 Obedience Trial Champions (OTCH) titles, and 5 Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) titles, on a variety of breeds.


Dale Root teaches our Conformation and Attention Classes. He is an accomplished breeder and trainer, has numerous Obedience titles, one OTCH dog, and numerous conformation Champions.


Downloadable registration form, but you must contact Susan Cohen at to confirm your reservation before submitting this form.