Dog Obedience

PuppyThe City of Ferguson offers a variety of dog obedience classes for all ages and skill levels of your pet. For more information on these or future classes, please see our current brochure.

Instructors / Location
Our instructors feel strongly that training your dog will strengthen the bond between you, and help make your dog an upstanding animal in the community. Audrey Edwards has been teaching dog obedience for 26 years and has been with Ferguson since 1990. Audrey is a member of the North County Obedience Training Club and the Owner Handler’s Club. She is also the president of the Mixed Breed Dogs Club.

Kathy Schreck has taught seven years of dog obedience classes. She has won eight titles by showing her mixed breed dogs. All classes are held at the remodeled JW Annex, which is located in the January Wabash Memorial Park behind the Bandshell and next to the playground.

Additional Information
For all dog obedience classes owners will need to bring records of dog’s up-to-date shot records which include rabies, DHPP, and bordetella (kennel cough). Also please bring soft dog treats and a leash to each class.

Puppy Preschool
Get your puppy off on the right paw with classes that encourage good behavior while helping you establish a strong bond with your new arrival. This class is for puppies six weeks to five months old and 45 pounds or less. Key topics include: introduction to simple cues (sit, come, and stay), basic manners, socialization with people and other dogs, and tips on puppy health, grooming, and nutrition.

Additional Class Information
  • Instructor: Audrey Edwards
  • Date: Wednesday, March 27 through May 15
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Class Length: Eight weeks
  • Fee: $49 for residents, $54 for non-residents
For more information or to sign up, please contact the Ferguson Parks and Recreation Office.

Beginner Dog Obedience
This class covers commands such as heel, sit, down, stay, and come. The class also offers an introduction to agility and socialization with other dogs and people. Open to mixed or pure bred dogs five months and up.

Additional Class Information
  • Instructors: Audrey Edwards(Wednesday and Friday) and Kathy Schreck (Thursday)
  • Date:Thursday, March 28 through May 16; Friday, March 29 through May 17
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (Thursday); 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Friday)
  • Class Length: Eight weeks
  • Fee: $49 for residents, $54 for non-residents
Advance / Beginner Dog Obedience
This class is for dogs and owners who have completed a beginner level obedience class but are still hesitant to jump right into the advanced class. Many of the beginner training tips are reviewed with new basic advanced commands as well.

Additional Class Information
  • Instructor: Audrey Edwards
  • Date: Friday, March 29 through May 17
  • Time: 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Class Length: Eight weeks
  • Fee: $49 for residents, $54 for non-residents
Advanced Dog Obedience
This class expands on all beginner level instruction with further development for your dog to learn behaviors involving distance, duration and distractions. Also learn rally, competition obedience, and off-lead training. Dogs and owners will be introduced to multiple levels of training. Maximum class size is eight people.

Additional Class Information
  • Instructor: Kathy Schreck.
  • Date: Monday, March 25 through May 13
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Class Length: Eight weeks
  • Fee: $49 for residents, $54 for non-residents
For more information or to sign up, please contact the Ferguson Parks and Recreation Office.

Canine Good Citizen / Therapy Dog International (CGC / TDI)
Open to all dogs that have completed at least beginner training. You will be able to prepare your dog for therapy visits to schools, nursing homes, and even hospitals. The CGC test and TDI evaluation will be given during the class to those that want to try for certification. The instructor will have a qualified evaluator come in for the testing. There is a small additional cost to have the evaluator come for the test and certification as he/she does not work for Ferguson. The fee will cover paperwork involved and transportation cost. CGC during week three or four and TDI at graduation.

Additional Class Information
Tricks for Performance
It is the preference of the instructors of the class to use CGC or TDI certified dogs that have also completed a beginner or advanced class. We will learn tricks to use for a drill team and for therapy visits.

Additional Class Information