Group Classes

 

ThunderHawk Canine is very excited to be expanding our group classes in HUGE ways! All classes are taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 in Cookeville TN. In an effort to continue meeting the needs of the Upper Cumberland pet owner, we are also offering classes taught by guest instructors! So check it out – we probably have what you are looking for!

Unless otherwise specified, classes are taught by Certified Thunderhawk Instructors who have passed the Industry Standard Board Exam CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer). For Thunderhawk Trainers to earn our official stamp of approval, they must have trained within our specific program for a minimum of 12 months, and have passed the CPDT Knowledge Assessment Exam – demonstrating a strong working understanding of behavior, instruction, ethology and physiology. 

 

All class registration is handled online, unless specified in description

ThunderHawk Canine is very excited to be expanding our group classes in HUGE ways! All classes are taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 in Cookeville TN, unless otherwise noted. In an effort to continue meeting the needs of the Upper Cumberland pet owner, we are also offering classes taught by guest instructors! So check it out – we probably have what you are looking for!

Unless otherwise specified, classes are taught by Certified Thunderhawk Instructors who have passed the Industry Standard Board Exam CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer). For Thunderhawk Trainers to earn our official stamp of approval, they must have trained within our specific program for a minimum of 12 months, and have passed the CPDT Knowledge Assessment Exam – demonstrating a strong working understanding of behavior, instruction, ethology and physiology.

 

All class registration is handled online, unless specified in description

 

 

Puppy Kindergarten- AKC STAR Puppy Program

$130 / 7 Weeks

This class was created for young dogs, typically under the age of 5 months. Puppies will learn appropriate social skills while owners learn various tips to prevent problem behavior. Some issues discussed are; housebreaking, crate training, destructive behaviors, preventing anxiety and preventing aggression. Motivational introductory obedience is also covered. All puppies must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies (age dependent) and kennel cough.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:
Mondays at 5:30pm – Starting May 6, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT or

Wednesday at 9:00am – Starting May 8, 2023
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT

 

 

Basic Obedience
$130 / 7 Weeks 

If you enroll your dog in only one class in its life, make it Basic Obedience. In this class, we cover the commands of sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, loose leash walking, wait, leave it, place and more. More important than the actual commands, owners are taught HOW to teach their dog in a motivational, non-stressful way. Once you learn how to communicate, the sky is the limit! All dogs must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies and kennel cough.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:
Friday at 4:00pm – May 3, 2023
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin

Mondays at 4:30 and/or 6:30pm – May 6, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT 

Wednesday at 10:00am – Starting May 8, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT

 

 

Intermediate Obedience – CGC & Therapy Dog Prep

 $130 / 7 Weeks

 Looking to go beyond Basic Obedience? In this class, we take the basic skills and increase duration, distance, and distraction. Emphasis is put on perfecting those skills required to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test and a Therapy Dog Evaluation (using the standards of Therapy Dogs International). The Canine Good Citizen test is offered free of charge on the last meeting of this class. All dogs must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies and kennel cough.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:
Mondays at 7:30pm – Starting May 6, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT or

Wednesday at 11:00am – Starting May 8, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT

Intermediate Obedience – CGC & Therapy Dog Prep

$130 / 7 Weeks

Looking to go beyond Basic Obedience? In this class, we take the basic skills and increase duration, distance, and distraction. Emphasis is put on perfecting those skills required to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test and a Therapy Dog Evaluation (using the standards of Therapy Dogs International). The Canine Good Citizen test is offered free of charge on the last meeting of this class. All dogs must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies and kennel cough.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:

Mondays at 7:30pm – Starting May 6, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT or

Wednesday at 11:00am – Starting May 8, 2024
Taught by Emily Eastham, CPDT-KA and Carmen Trojcak, CCFT

 

 

Tricks for Treats – AKC Trick Dog and DMWYD Trick Dog Class 🙂

Join us for the first in our TRICKS for TREATS classes – Novice Trick Dog. Participants will be taught how to teach multiple novice level tricks, and we will prep you for TWO trick titles – AKC Trick Dog and Do More with Your Dogs Trick Dog! AKC registration is NOT required for participation in class or to show off on graduation day, but is required if owners would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog (PAL and Companion registration is open to any dog, and we can help). Title testing will be done free of change on graduation night by your instructor, who is also an AKC Approved Evaluator 🙂

NOVICE  $100 / 5 Weeks
Academy on 111:
Thursdays at 6:00pm – Starting May 7, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin and Carrie Harris

INTERMEDIATE  $115 / 6 Weeks
Academy on 111:
Thursdays at 7:15pm – Starting May 7, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin and Carrie Harris

Tricks for Treats – AKC Trick Dog and DMWYD Trick Dog Class 🙂

Join us for the first in our TRICKS for TREATS classes – Novice Trick Dog. Participants will be taught how to teach multiple novice level tricks, and we will prep you for TWO trick titles – AKC Trick Dog and Do More with Your Dogs Trick Dog! AKC registration is NOT required for participation in class or to show off on graduation day, but is required if owners would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog (PAL and Companion registration is open to any dog, and we can help). Title testing will be done free of change on graduation night by your instructor, who is also an AKC Approved Evaluator 🙂

NOVICE  $100 / 5 Weeks
Academy on 111:
Thursdays at 6:00pm – Starting May 7, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin and Carrie Harris

INTERMEDIATE  $115 / 6 Weeks
Academy on 111:
Thursdays at 7:15pm – Starting May 7, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin and Carrie Harris

 

 

Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$130 / 6 weeks

This is a six week class for those interested in learning about the sport of Rally or continuing on the skills they have already established! Rally is a sport that showcases the team work between dog and handler. It is less strict than most competitive obedience. You are allowed to talk and encourage your dog.

Suitable for all ages and types of dogs, must be a minimum of six months of age. Basic obedience commands will be utilized and expanded upon, so a good understanding of loose leash walking, sit and down stay is required.

Each week we will be learning the various signs applicable to the novice level rally courses and how to begin to put them together for an actual novice course. A full course will be run on the last night of class. All work is done on leash. You should bring lots of treats to reward your dog as you both learn the ins and outs of Rally. A four foot leash and whichever collar you normally use. Class will be fast paced!

Cost – $130/ 6 weeks
CONTACT SHERRY to enroll at gsdspivey@gmail.com

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Academy on 111:
Intro / Beginner / Novice
Wednesdays 6:15pm – Starting February 14, 2024 or
Tuesdays 9:00am – Starting February 13, 2024 – CURRENTLY FULL

Advanced / Excellent
Wednesdays 7:30pm – Starting February 14, 2024 or
Tuesdays 10:45am – Starting February 13, 2024

Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$130 / 6 weeks

This is a six week class for those interested in learning about the sport of Rally or continuing on the skills they have already established! Rally is a sport that showcases the team work between dog and handler. It is less strict than most competitive obedience. You are allowed to talk and encourage your dog.

Suitable for all ages and types of dogs, must be a minimum of six months of age. Basic obedience commands will be utilized and expanded upon, so a good understanding of loose leash walking, sit and down stay is required.

Each week we will be learning the various signs applicable to the novice level rally courses and how to begin to put them together for an actual novice course. A full course will be run on the last night of class. All work is done on leash. You should bring lots of treats to reward your dog as you both learn the ins and outs of Rally. A four foot leash and whichever collar you normally use. Class will be fast paced!

Cost – $130/ 6 weeks
CONTACT SHERRY to enroll at gsdspivey@gmail.com

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

CLASS SCHEDULE:

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:
Intro / Beginner / Novice
Wednesdays 6:15pm – Starting February 14, 2024 or
Tuesdays 9:00am – Starting February 13, 2024 – CURRENTLY FULL

Advanced / Excellent
Wednesdays 7:30pm – Starting February 14, 2024 or
Tuesdays 10:45am – Starting February 13, 2024

 

 

 

Scent Work Classes
$130 / 7 weeks

Canine Scent work is a sport inspired by police and military scent detection work. The only difference is that, instead of bombs or drugs, our civilian canine classes will teach dogs to search for the “target odors” used in AKC Scent Work trials (Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress).

This is an activity that ALL dogs can benefit from. It’s low impact, so dogs of all ages can play! And, since this is a team sport, where your dog gets to take the lead, it can be especially beneficial for shy and excitable dogs, helping them to gain confidence and learn to focus. It will also teach the handler to read their dog’s body language.

Our six-week course, Introduction to Scent Work, will be focused on the basic elements of AKC Scent Work and searching the four (4) primary search “elements” (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles) for Birch. We will also discuss Scent Theory while we’re searching to help handlers understand what their dogs are doing and why.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Academy on 111:
Intermediate – Tuesdays at 5:00pm – Starting March 19, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto 

Advanced – Tuesdays at 6:300pm – Starting March 19, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto

Intermediate – Wednesdays at 5:00pm – Starting March 20, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto 

Intermediate – Fridays at 6:00pm – Starting March 8 , 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin 

Advanced – Fridays at 7:30pm – Starting March 8, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin

Scent Work Classes
Guest Instructor – Maria Ruoto

$130 / 7 weeks

Canine Scent work is a sport inspired by police and military scent detection work. The only difference is that, instead of bombs or drugs, our civilian canine classes will teach dogs to search for the “target odors” used in AKC Scent Work trials (Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress).

This is an activity that ALL dogs can benefit from. It’s low impact, so dogs of all ages can play! And, since this is a team sport, where your dog gets to take the lead, it can be especially beneficial for shy and excitable dogs, helping them to gain confidence and learn to focus. It will also teach the handler to read their dog’s body language.

Our six-week course, Introduction to Scent Work, will be focused on the basic elements of AKC Scent Work and searching the four (4) primary search “elements” (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles) for Birch. We will also discuss Scent Theory while we’re searching to help handlers understand what their dogs are doing and why.

Academy on 111:
Intermediate – Tuesdays at 5:00pm – Starting March 19, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto 

Advanced – Tuesdays at 6:300pm – Starting March 19, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto

Intermediate – Wednesdays at 5:00pm – Starting March 20, 2024
Taught by Maria Ruoto 

Intermediate – Fridays at 6:00pm – Starting March 8 , 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin 

Advanced – Fridays at 7:30pm – Starting March 8, 2024
Taught by Jo Claudia Austin

 

 

Outdoor Adventures

$5 / Dog / Session

This is a fun and interactive class that allows you to put your obedience into a different setting. We meet at Cane Creek City Park. The class consists of a 2-mile walk around the lake, taking numerous stops for obedience activities. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or visit back for our next date!! This class is drop-in only – no preregistration.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:
Currently meeting the second Sunday of every month at 2pm

Outdoor Adventures 

$5 / Dog / Session

This is a fun and interactive class that allows you to put your obedience into a different setting. We meet at Cane Creek City Park. The class consists of a 2-mile walk around the lake, taking numerous stops for obedience activities. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or visit back for our next date!! This class is drop-in only – no preregistration.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:
Currently meeting the second Sunday of every month at 2pm

 

 

Conformation Handling
Guest instructor – Carrie Harris
 

$15 / Dog – per drop in class 

Have you wondered about the sport of Conformation, but didn’t know where to start? Seen the dogs of Westminster on TV and wanted to see how your pup stacks up? From the serious handler, to the owner just wanting to learn about the sport, Carrie Harris can teach you all the nuances!! 

This is a pay-as-you-go class, with a small $10/dog fee.
Email – harriscarrie11@gmail.com – to enroll 

Instructor: Carrie Harris
To view Carrie’s bio – click HERE
 

Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111
Drop in only – no registration required.
  – Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00pm

Conformation Handling
Guest instructor – Carrie Harris

$15 / Dog – per drop in class

Have you wondered about the sport of Conformation, but didn’t know where to start? Seen the dogs of Westminster on TV and wanted to see how your pup stacks up? From the serious handler, to the owner just wanting to learn about the sport, Carrie Harris can teach you all the nuances!!  

This is a pay-as-you-go class, with a small $10/dog fee. 
Email – harriscarrie11@gmail.com – to enroll

Instructor: Carrie Harris
To view Carrie’s bio – click HERE
 

Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111
Drop in only – no registration required.
  – Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00pm
  – Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00pm

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