In addition to our training classes, we also offer several specialty classes. We can provide expert training in a variety of dog sports and competitions to prepare your dog to succeed and earn titles. Our trainers are part of a select few who actively compete with our own dogs, and some of our programs, like Flyball and Introduction to Dog Sports, are not taught by any other trainers in the Tucson area! Whether you want to join our community of clients who compete in national and world championships, or just want to have some fun with your pet in our circus tricks class, Sublime can help you grow closer to your dog with a variety of fun activities.
Sublime’s experienced trainers can also train service and therapy dogs.
introduction to dog sports
If you are looking for something fun to do with your dog but not sure where to start, this is the class for you! This course will introduce you and your dog to Agility, Flyball, Rally, Tracking and more…
Agility is a dog sport in which a dog owner directs their dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Nicole teaches several levels of agility classes at Sublime Canine from beginner to advanced.
Flyball is a dog sport in which two teams of four dogs race in a relay against each other from a start/finish line, over four hurdles, to a spring-loaded box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses a pad, then the dog returns with the ball over the hurdles and across the start/finish line and the next dog is released to run the course. The race is won by the first team to have all four dogs successfully complete their runs. Flyball is open to any breed of dog, including mixed breedsIt is an ideal sport for an active dog that needs something to do, and is a lot of fun for both dogs and people! If you decide you really enjoy flyball, there may be a spot on Sublime Canine’s competitive racing team for you and your dog.
Rally is a dog sport in which the dog and owner perform obedience tasks on a course of designated stations. Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be preformed. Rally is both scored and timed.
Our Competition Obedience Classes focus on the fundamentals of AKC Obedience and IPO Obedience. We teach correct obedience behaviors while emphasizing relationship and motivation. Heeling, fast/ strait recalls, send outs, jumping, retrieving a dumbbell and more are taught depending on your goals and skill level.
Nosework is a relatively new sport in the "dog world" that was created to provide dogs an opportunity to have an outlet for their natural scenting and hunting abilities. It’s very similar to a police dog searching for drugs, only we teach your dog to find specific oil odors that are used in the “pet dog” competitions. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds and breed mixes. It builds confidence in shy dogs, helps reactive dogs overcome environmental sensitivity and gives active dogs an appropriate outlet.
Our Therapy Dog Class is designed to teach the manners, obedience and temperament required for visiting and comforting people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. When you and your dog are ready, we can even help you find locations and groups to use your therapy dog’s new skills.
Our Service Dog Class is designed to teach the basic manners, obedience and solidify temperament needed for a dog to perform services needed for the dog owner. As training progresses, we can tailor the dogs learned behaviors to meet specific goals of the owner. As part of our Service Dog program, we also train service dogs for military veterans through the 1 Veteran Foundation.
Our Tracking Dog Classes teach the fundamentals of following a human scented trail and locating objects (articles) dropped by the human that laid the track. Many of our clients who have tracked with us have titled their dogs in IPO (Schutzhund) and AKC Tracking events.
This class is inspired by the great Francis Metcalf of Friends of the Family Dog Training in Oakland, CA. We hope to honor his art and deliver a creative way for our clients in Tucson to have fun training their dogs.
Owning a reactive dog can be very difficult and the cost of private lessons can become high, so Sublime Canine developed a group class to help teach owners how to work with their reactive dog in a group setting so we can cut the cost for the owner. We are also the only trainers in the area who use motivational marker training for reactive dogs.
This class is designed to give confidence to nervous dogs. We will take our time and work on confidence boosting exercises to help your dog get more enjoyment out of life.
We don’t offer a Schutzhund Class per say but we do have a Schutzhund Club through the American Working Malinois Association. A Schutzhund Club is typically where people come to train as a group under the guidance of a Training Director and a Helper (person that teaches the protection). JJ Belcher serves as training director and helper and has titled dogs from beginner to expert level and performed helper work at trials throughout the US including regional competitions. If you are interested in IPO, please contact us!
CGC obedience class
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a program developed by the American Kennel Club to promote well-behaved and obedience trained dogs. The CGC program stresses responsible dog ownership and the importance of a well-mannered dog at home and in the community. All of Sublime Canine’s group obedience classes are designed to cover all 10 points of the Canine Good Citizen test and we offer free testing to all of our clients. If you would like to certify your dog as a Canine Good Citizen, please let your instructor know. All of Sublime Canine’s instructors are Certified Evaluators for the American Kennel Club CGC Test.