Upcoming Classes


Saturday October 15th
Open to both Family Dog students and non-Family Dog teams. Pre-registration deadline Monday October 3rd

Flyer with full info: rent-a-ring-10-15-16



 Canine Good Citizen Test

Sunday October 23rd
Open to both Family Dog students and non-Family Dog teams. Pre-registration deadline Wednesday October 19th

Flyer with full info: 10-23-16 CGC Test Flyer
Registration: register


Gerianne Darnell


About Gerianne Darnell
Gerianne has been training and showing dogs for nearly 40 years. In addition to the books (and DVDs), she shares her knowledge through seminars around the country and with students who attend her classes and seminars at her home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She has been invited to numerous NOCs, as well as the first Westminster Obedience event this year. Gerianne placed in the top 50 at the 2016 NOC with both her six-year-old Papillon and her eleven-year old Border Collie , and she also won the Toy Group.


Friday, Nov. 25 – Crosstraining and Problem Solving
Since she competes in so many different AKC events, Gerianne can help crosstrainers understand how to help their dogs
move from one sport to the next, with clear training, handling and communication systems. The morning will be devoted
to crosstraining and the afternoon will be open to all types of obedience problem solving (limited to 10 dog and handler
teams / unlimited auditors).

Saturday, Nov. 26 – Novice Skills and Problem Solving
Gerianne will share her approach to training the Novice obedience skills and work with handlers having specific Novice
problems. (Limit of 15 dog and handler teams / unlimited auditors.)

Sunday, Nov. 27 – Open and Utility Skills and Problem Solving
All of the Open and Utility exercises will be covered. Gerianne will also assist handlers having problems with any of those
exercises. (Limit of 15 dog and handler teams / unlimited auditors.)

Seminar Fees and Other Details
Working Spots* (1 dog/handler): Add $70 for 1 day, add $130 for 2 days, add $180 for all 3 days *Does NOT need to be the same dog each day.
Auditor for 1 day $85, Auditor for 2 days $150, Auditor for 3 days $200

Detailed Flyer: pdf
Registration: Register Online


Tracking Let’s Go Tracking

Saturday September 17th 9:30am to 1:30pm
Dogs love to sniff and find things! The sport of tracking teaches the dogs to use their natural abilities to follow the scent (foot steps) left by a human. It’s a wonderful activity for people & dogs who like to be outside; for puppies as young as 4 months; and for senior canines who want to stay young. Family Dog instructors Mary Berry and Marsha Skewis have titled multiple dogs in tracking

No previous training is required; however, dogs must not be aggressive towards people or other dogs and handlers must be physically able to control their dogs. One handler per dog. Additional family members must register as auditors.


Flyer with full info: PDF
Registration: register




Brenda Riemer, Ph.D.

Mental Skills Training For Competitive Canine Handlers

Saturday March 4th and Sun March 5th

Brenda’s first Sport Psychology seminar in 2016 was such a huge hit, we’re having her come back!  Join us for another fun & educational weekend!



Flyer with full info: PDF
Registration: register