Linn County Kennel Club
                      Albany, Oregon





  Classes are held most Tuesday evenings at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo.
Just off I-5 in Albany, Oregon
*Emergency contact phone number for after 4pm on Tuesdays-Sue Wiley's cell 541 979-9430*

Park at the back of the Fairgrounds on the North side of the Santiam Building.  Take the Fairgrounds EXHIBITORS entrance off Dogwood.  This is used by the Livestock/Exhibitors/Vendors.  Then go to the North end of the drive, past all the buildings and turn right.  There is no entrance to the buildings from the front public parking lot during the times our Classes are held.

Our Classes are based on American Kennel Club (AKC) rules, positive training, and are good for socializing your dog(s).

AKC Conformation:  **Class is limited to 10 people each hour.** INSTRUCTOR: GARY DUNLOP
Our Conformation Classes will prepare you and your dog(s) for AKC Conformation Shows.
 Conformation Classes. Cost $12 per hour
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  limited to 10 people
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm limited to 10 people

What to expect at an AKC Conformation Show. Judges examine the dogs, then give awards according to how closely each dog compares to the Judge's mental image of the "perfect" dog described in the breed's official standard. The standard describes the characteristics that allow the breed to perform the function for which it was bred. These standards include specifications for structure, temperament and movement. The Judges are experts on the breeds they are judging. They examine ("go over") each dog with their hands to see if the teeth, muscles, bones and coat texture conform to the breed's standard. They view each dog in profile for overall balance, and watch each dog gait ("move") to see how all of those features fit together in action. 
  Sue Wiley instructor: to preregister call Sue at 503 394-3693 or e-mail suewileysweimies

In STAR PUPPY class owners and puppies will learn the following during the session and upon graduation will receive a STAR PUPPY Certificate and Medal from AKC

Class time 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  ( an additional class will be added at 5:00 pm if overfull)
Cost $75 for 7 week session or $85.00 for 8 week session--(depending on fairground availability)


1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy).
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge.
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan.
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator.
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy.
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.


7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class.
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class.
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice.
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size).
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy.


12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner.
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet).
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps).
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away.
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure.
17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure.
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called.
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away.
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns).


This class is taken with the STAR Puppy class.
The CGC class will prepare dogs and owners to pass the CGC test at the end of the 7- 8 week session. 

1.Accepting a friendly stranger.
2. Sitting politely for petting
3.Appearance & Grooming
4.Out of a walk
5.Walking Through a Crowd
6. Sits & downs on Command/Staying in Place
7.Comes when called
8.Reaction to another dog.
9 Reaction to distraction
10. Supervised separation. (Dog stays with a friendly stranger while owner goes out of site for 3 minutes)

Class time 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost $75 for 7 week session or $85.00 for 8 week session (depending on fairgrounds availability)

CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners, and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, Rally, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with. They respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog, and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, Rally, agility, tracking, or performance events.


Rally Class prepares you for the five levels of Rally competition, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters. The course is changed each week, with challenges seen at different trials, and contains signs from the five levels of Rally A and B.

Class time 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Cost $75 for 7 week session or $85 for 8 week session (depending on fairground availability)

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the Rally Judge. The Judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as Traditional Obedience.
The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at the handler's left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect "heel position" is not required. Any faults in Traditional Obedience that would be evaluated and scored as a one-point deduction or more should be scored the same in Rally, unless otherwise mentioned in the Rally Regulations. After the judge's "Forward" order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence of numbered signs correctly.
For Information and  Pre-registration Application call Sue Wiley at 503-394-3693.
 Classes fill up quickly. Get pre-registered NOW.Call or e-mail   


CGCA ATTENTION & FOCUS CLASS -  Instructor Linda Grace

In this class, owners and dogs learn the skills of the AKC Community Canine/Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) program. They also practice Attention & Focus skills for improved connection, engagement and confidence. The AKC Community Canine/Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) evaluation will be offered/included during the class.

Class Time : 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Cost: $95 for a 6 week session

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program. Owners and dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine evaluation test earn the opportunity to apply to the AKC for the official AKC Community Canine Title (separate AKC fee) which will be designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dog's title record.

There is no age limit for dogs attending class and taking the AKC Community Canine test. However to earn the CGCA Title, the dog must:*
 A.Be registered or listed with the AKC (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. *Application for AKC Canine   Partners listing is available from the class instructor or the AKC. 

 B. Already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record with AKC.

The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. There are 10 Steps or Skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title:

1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while owner sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork.

2. Dog walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring)-does not pull.
    *left turn
    *right turn

3. Dog walks on loose leash through a crowd. This item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring.

4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present: does not pull. This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd - dogs 2 ft. apart.

5. Dog will Sit Stay in small group (3 other people with dogs). Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation. Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash, 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds).

6. Dog allows person who is carrying something to approach and pet it. "May I pet your dog? (item is placed on the floor/ground before the person pets the dog). 

7. Dog walks by food and follows owners instruction to "leave it" . This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover. 

8. Dog will Down or Sit Stay (owner's choice) at a distance. Dog is on a 20 ft. line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog. 

9. Dog will Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20 ft. **off center** and calls the dog. Dog is on the 20 ft. line from #8 above.

10. Dog will Sit or Stand Stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.  Owner may also choose to send the dog through first and have dog wait for the owner, or, the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway while at the owner's side. Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. 
For more information and to sign up Contact Linda Grace at 503 569-4327 or

 TRICKS CLASS  INSTRUCTOR/EVALUATOR: LINDA GRACE To sign up for this class contact Linda at 503 569-4327 or 
Class time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost $95 for the 6 week session
Teach your dog tricks for fun, flexibility and flair!
In this class, your dog will have fun learning many tricks as well as have the opportunity to take and pass a Trick Dog evaluation in at least one of the first 4 levels of the AKC Trick Dog program. There is no age requirement for dogs to attend this class. You dog's vaccination records need to be current for entry into the training building. 

If you dog is registered or listed with the AKC (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number), they may take an evaluation in the class towards earning an AKC Trick Dog title (separate title registration fee to the AKC).

All dogs, including mixed breeds, can be listed with the AKC *Application for AKC Canine Partners listing is available (separate listing fee to the AKC) and you can send it in with your dog's first title application.

There are 5 Levels in the AKC Trick Dog Program.
(*New changes and additions are effective as of June 1, 2018) 
We work on the Tricks that are included in the first 4 Levels in this class:

Novice Trick Dog (TKN)-
Dog performs 10 tricks from the Novice level list (may include 2 handler's choice tricks): or, if the dog has a CGC certificate or title on record at AKC, they perform 5 tricks from the list. Handler may use food/toy as lures to guide the dog into position, hand signals and/or verbal cues (unless indicated for a special trick). They may use food/clicker as reinforcers (after each behavior). The dog will do each trick 2 times. 

Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)-The dog must have the Novice Trick Dog title. Dog performs 10 tricks from the Intermediate level checklist (may include 2 handler's choice tricks)Handler may not use food/toys as lures to guide the dog into position (except in tricks where this is specifically permitted). They may use food/clicker as reinforcers (after each behavior). The dog will do each trick 2 times. 

Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)-Dog must have the Novice and Intermediate Trick Dog titles. Dog preforms 10 (*New as of June 1,2018) ticks from the Advanced level checklist (may include 2 handler's choice tricks) Handler may not use food/toys as lures to guide the dog into position. They may use food/clicker as reinforcers (after each behavior) The dog will do each trick 1 time.

Performer Trick Dog (TKP) (*Some rules new as of June 1 2018) Dog must have the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Trick Dog titles. There can be no agility or obedience equipment used at the Performer level, although handlers may design their own equipment. The dog performs a total of 10 tricks from the Intermediate, Advanced and Performer levels and must be tricks not previously submitted for other titles. At least 3 tricks must be at the Performer level. At least 3 tricks must be done with Props. Tricks may be done as either 10 unrelated tricks done one after the other or as part of a routine with a theme or story. Handlers may not use food/toys as lures to guide the dog into position. They may use food/clicker as reinforcer (at the end). 


(AKC registration listing and titling application fees to AKC are separate and additional)

For more information on the Tricks and CGCA class and to sign up contact Linda Grace at 503 569-4327 or

Conformation Instructor
Gary Dunlop

Obedience & Rally Instructor 
Sue Wiley

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