We offer group training classes for both puppies and adult dogs in nose work and obedience at Polo West in Wellington, Florida. Advance registration is required.

A portion of the proceeds of class registration benefits Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Introduction To Nose Work

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Tap into your dog's natural hunting ability and introduce him to scent games using boxes, containers, and objects of all kinds. Learn to observe what your dog looks like when he is working and when to reward him for a job well done. One dog works at a time, so please bring a crate. Please choose this class if you have not tried nose work before.

Instructors: Marti Hohmann and Judy McPartland
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Polo West

Introduction To Odor

Introduction to Odor

Now that your dog has learned to hunt independently, teach him that certain odors are valuable. Hone your observational skills so that you will know what he looks like when he is in odor and on source.  Prepare to be amazed as he finds odor you can neither smell nor see! One dog works at a time, so please bring a crate. Choose this class if you have some nose work experience.

Instructors: Marti Hohmann and Judy McPartland
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 5, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Polo West

Continuing Nose Work

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Exercises, puzzles, and challenges to strengthen dog-handler skills and teamwork. This class will teach fundamental skills (odor obedience, corners, thresholds, ground and elevation hides, etc.). Suitable for graduates of Introduction to Odor and/or dogs introduced to birch elsewhere.

Instructors: Marti Hohmann and Judy McPartland
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 5, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Polo West

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Puzzles and challenges for dog-handler teamwork, search strategies, and problem solving. Focus will be on Exterior searches, with aspects of corners, elevations, multiple hides, converging odor, etc. Great for fun and suitable for teams preparing for all levels of competition.  Class will be held outdoors on varying surfaces, including a sand-surfaced arena.

Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 12, 2018 - no class on March 29
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Polo West (south end of arena)


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Get your youngster off to a great start with this fun, fast-moving combination of obedience, socialization, and confidence-building exercises.

Instructor: Brit Campbell

Dates: February 1, 2018 - March 8, 2018

Time: 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $99

Location: Polo West (arena)

Pay Attention: Obedience 1

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Instructor: Sean Kowlessar
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 5, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm
Cost: $115.00
Location: Polo West (arena)

Calm Down: Obedience 2


Your adolescent dog is smart, but may seem distracted and hyper around other dogs or, let's face it, even when he's not around other dogs. He needs exercise and impulse control practice, as well as the pleasure of working with you on fun obedience exercises every day. This class will help the two of you navigate his rowdy teenager period by strengthening his focus and teaching him to relax.

Dates: March 15, 2018 - April 26, 2018. No class on March 22.

Instructor: Susan Minix

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Cost: $125

Location: Polo West (arena)

Real Life Manners: Obedience 3

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Want to take your dog everywhere, even to shopping centers and other public places? Think he’ll hold a Down/Stay while you eat lunch or check out new clothes? Have a service dog in training that you’d like to work around other dogs? This class will ask your dog to walk calmly while you carry a cup of coffee, load in and out of vehicles, navigate unusual surfaces, ignore delicious food, sit politely for petting, and more.

Instructor: Susan Minix
Dates: March 1, 2018 -  April 12, 2018 - no class on March 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Polo West (arena)

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

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Prepare your dog to pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen exam, a ten-part test that checks your dog’s ability to sit calmly for petting, stay, come when called, behave around other dogs, and more.

Start Date: January 25, 2018

Time: 6 pm

Instructor: Susan Minix

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125

Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGC-A)

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Ready for the next level? The American Kennel Club’s advanced CGC ensures your dog’s nice manners in a community setting. Want to help him learn to work around people, other dogs, and environmental distractions? This class will get you there.

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