Shadowland Obedience

Shadowland offers a range of obedience and agility classes.
We have been teaching classes professionally in Oskaloosa since 1993.  

Our Beginner Obedience classes have evolved over the years to develop a comprehensive
and challenging class that sets the owner and dog up for success each step of the way.  
Through positive reinforcement, 'Marking' and Rewarding Behavior the dog becomes secure
in his place in the home while building the human/canine bond.  Knowing what to do when
behavior issues occur allows owners to reinforce good behavior while fading undesirable
behavior.  Helping to keep dogs in their homes forever is one of our primary goals!

Julie McVay heads the Instruction of classes with Assistant Instructors: Shannon De Penning
and Vickie Gamble.  Julie is an APTD Member and continually enhances her education in
training methods and new training games and techniques. We also have an experienced core
of Assistants who sometimes help with classes or teach additional classes. Shadowland
Kennels is also home to
Shadowmyst Labradors. Shadowmyst Labradors compete in several
performance events including Obedience, Agility, Hunt Tests, Barn Hunt and Conformation.

Our Beginners class is an 7 week course designed to meet 4 primary goals by the end of
the 7 weeks. Walking on a loose lead (not pulling), coming when called, staying when told
to stay and leadership. These are the four basic tools an owner needs to have a well
behaved dog. Our class uses motivational, reward based concepts to help attain these goals.
Leadership, rewards, behavior marking and connected energy are emphasized as the
foundation for building a balanced relationship with your dog.
All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and
parasite free (have a negative fecal exam) prior to
coming to class.
Email for the most current
information packet!

Printable Word document
Registration form

Intermediate Obedience:

Shadowland also offers an Intermediate Level Class periodically.  This class is a
continuation of Beginners class and designed to get more control with your dog and
develop a working relationship beyond basics that includes teaching TRICKS,
impulse control and incorporating play. You must have graduated from beginners
and/or be able to pass a series of test exercises to go into Intermediate. Go to place,
finishes, off leash control, off leash stays and recalls are some of the exercises covered.  

This is a good class to attend if you are interested in competition obedience or just
improving your dogs on and off leash control as well as have a blast training.   We
highly recommend this for dogs that thrive on training and/or need a continuation of
routine training.

email Julie to add your name to the email list for notification about upcoming
Intermediate Obedience Classes and Agility sessions.  

Email to Join us!
The class is a step by step, positive, motivational approach and each week lays the
foundation for the next week's lesson. Progressions are easily accepted by dog and owner
since they are gradual and the owner can always go back a step if necessary.  Marker
words, food, play or toy rewards, games, praise and release are used to help the dog quickly
grasp new exercises.  Because exercises are broken into sequences and small steps, the dog
and handler are put in a position to succeed. Confidence, respect and trust grow mutually
between dog and handler each week as we emphasize the human/dog r
elationship. The end
result is a dog that respects, engages with and trusts his owner, understands the exercises
and an owner who knows what to do if the trained dog ignores a command.  
Class packet is given at first session and added to each week.  Dogs should come to class
on a snugly fit, flat buckle collar and a 6 ft leash.

Beginner sessions are held 3 times per year. Normally we have classes beginning in March
or April, June, and September
. Our usual schedule is Tuesday night classes.

Class Size, Ages and Cost:

Each Class size is limited to about 12. Puppies as young as 8 weeks can attend classes.
(as long as they have had a vet visit, current vaccinations and deworming)   Upon
finishing the class, you will receive a certificate of completion.
7 week Beginners Class is $150.00

We encourage owners to begin classes as soon as possible. Your dog is learning as soon as
you bring them home and it's always best to start the right way!

For class informational packet, including registration form, please access our information
on the right of this page.

If you cannot access this information by internet, call or
email us and we can email or snail
mail the information.

NOTE! Please take Covid 19 precautions.  Masks recommended but
not required while on the floor working.  Please do not attend if you
know you've been exposed or if you are sick.  Hand sanitize upon
entry/exit.  Limit guests to one person
or none.

Upcoming Beginners is FULL
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021.
7 PM the first week (no dogs) for the K9 Basics Seminar.
Split the following week into 2 sessions
6:30 PM & 8 PM on Tuesdays.
7 Week class-$150.00
Email Julie to get a
Beginners Class Registration Packet.

For those who did not get into this session, our next Beginners class
will start June 15th, 2021.  We may also plan some one night sessions
for those wishing to get started.  Please email Julie for more

Our K-9 Basics Seminar is the format for the first night of Beginners.
All the stuff you need to know to get started now!

K-9 Basics is a 2 hour demo, Power Point and lecture seminar.  No dogs this night.
Manners, Basic Concepts, Top 12 List and the first week of Class homework.
Begin the connection with your dog!  
Learn how to build a conditioned response to look at you when you say their name.  
Learn how to make them want to listen!  

Cost is $40.00 if you attend this night as a stand alone session.  (Space is limited due to Covid
19.) Otherwise, the K-9 Basics Seminar is included as the first night of Beginners.  Class Packet
Included either way.
Class Schedule 2021
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