Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following Ricky Tic Dog Training classes with Sharon Nordrum on Mondays, June 28-Aug. 2.

  • Puppy Socialization and Beginning Obedience: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Pine River-Backus soccer field (elementary school gym in case of inclement weather). Cost: $70/dog (limit of eight dogs).

Puppy class is for dogs ages 8 weeks to 1 year. This class will introduce puppies to all kinds of sights and sounds. Puppies will learn sit, down, stand, leash walking and how to properly greet strangers and new dogs.

The class will discuss mental activities and introduce puppies to some agility equipment and "find it" games.

  • Level 1 Obedience: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Pine River-Backus soccer field (elementary school gym in case of inclement weather). Cost: $70/dog (limit of six dogs).

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Level 1 Obedience is for dogs that have a basic understanding of heeling, sit, down and staying. Participants will work on perfecting that loose leash heel, sit/stay, down/stay, recall. They will practice recall over jumps and various other heeling patterns such as figure eights and moving around obstacles.

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Most lessons will involve working through distractions.

  • Sit Means Sit: 6:30-7:15 p.m., Pine River-Backus soccer field (elementary school gym in case of inclement weather). Cost: $70/dog (limit of six dogs).

This class is for dogs 6 months and older. A cue to sit should be honored by your dog if you are walking around them, away from them or if they see a squirrel. Dogs only do what they are taught and most training does not include focus and duration.

This class will build on focus, duration and control while working the cue to sit. Dogs will work on maintaining sit on different surfaces, distance, location and with distractions. The class will also work on cueing your dog to sit with a whistle.

Bring a long line (check cord) and whistle. Whistles will be available to purchase at the first class.

  • Jumps and Tunnels: 7:30-8:15 p.m., Pine River-Backus soccer field (elementary school gym in case of inclement weather). Cost: $70/dog (limit of 12 dogs).

This class is for dogs 6 months and older. This class will be the start of agility. Focus will be moving out and directing dogs to run the course following the cues we give with our body. Dogs in this class should have good recall as some of this class will be off leash and the area is not fenced.

For more information, contact Nordrum at 218-224-2622, sknordrum@gmail.com or on Facebook at Sharon Nordrum or Ricky Tics Dog Training.