Group Classes

 

ThunderHawk Canine is very excited to be expanding our group classes in HUGE ways! We are now teaching classes at both Tractor Supply Company and Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111, both 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! We are now teaching classes at both Tractor Supply Company and Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111, both 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

 

 

Puppy Kindergarten- AKC STAR Puppy Program

$110 / 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.

Instructors: Sarah Bingham, CPDT-KA & Ashley Sloan

Upcoming Session Begins:
   March 21, 2019 at 6:00pm, held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

 

 

Puppy Kindergarten- AKC STAR Puppy Program

$110 / 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.

Instructors: Sarah Bingham, CPDT-KA & Ashley Sloan

Upcoming Session Begins:
   March 21, 2019 at 6:00pm, held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

 

 

Basic Obedience 

$120 / 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.

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA or Sarah Bingham, CPDT-KA & Ashley Sloan 
Upcoming Session Begins: 
    March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Academy on 111
    March 21, 2019 at 4:00pm, 5:00pm or 6:00pm, held at Tractor Supply in Cookeville

 

 

Basic Obedience

$120 / 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.

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA or Sarah Bingham, CPDT-KA & Ashley Sloan
Upcoming Session Begins: 
    March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Academy on 111
    March 21, 2019 at 4:00pm, 5:00pm or 6:00pm, held at Tractor Supply in Cookeville

 

 

Intermediate Obedience – CGC & Therapy Dog Prep

$120 / 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.

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA

Upcoming Session Begins:
   March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm, held at Tractor Supply Company on Jefferson

Intermediate Obedience – CGC & Therapy Dog Prep

$120 / 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.

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA

Upcoming Session Begins:
  March 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm, held at Tractor Supply Company on Jefferson

 

 

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.

Instructor: Jo Austin, CPDT-KA
Next class – February 16, 2019 @ 4pm

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.

Instructor: Jo Austin, CPDT-KA
Next class – February 16, 2019 @ 4pm

 

 

Conformation Handling
Guest instructor – Carrie Harris

$10 / 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

Classes begin Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 5:30pm.
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

Conformation Handling
Guest instructor – Carrie Harris

$10 / 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

Classes begin Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 5:30pm.
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

 

 

Intro to Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$120 / 7 weeks

This is a seven week class for those interested in learning about the sport of Rally. 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 to 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. The first week we meet without the dogs to go over basic requirements and information. Each week thereafter 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 and competition the last class of the course. 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! 

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

Classes begin:
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 6:00pm or
    Tuesday, April 9th 2019 at 10:00am
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

Intro to Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$120 / 7 weeks

This is a seven week class for those interested in learning about the sport of Rally. 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 to 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. The first week we meet without the dogs to go over basic requirements and information. Each week thereafter 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 and competition the last class of the course. 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!  

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

Classes begin:
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 6:00pm or
    Tuesday, April 9th 2019 at 10:00am
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

 

 

Novice Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$120 / 7 weeks

Looking to learn the next set of Rally signs, as you and your dog continue building a relationship together? This is set two in the Rally Series, and we can’t wait see you there.

Suitable for all ages and types of dogs, must be a minimum of six months of age. Intro to Rally Obedience required before enrollment. Each week we will be learning the additional signs applicable to the novice level rally courses and complete mini novice courses. 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! 

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

Classes begin Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 7:00pm.
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

Novice Rally Obedience
Guest Instructor – Sherry Spivey 

$120 / 7 weeks

Looking to learn the next set of Rally signs, as you and your dog continue building a relationship together? This is set two in the Rally Series, and we can’t wait see you there.

Suitable for all ages and types of dogs, must be a minimum of six months of age. Intro to Rally Obedience required before enrollment. Each week we will be learning the additional signs applicable to the novice level rally courses and complete mini novice courses. 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! 

To view Sherry’s bio – click HERE

Email – Gsdspivey@gmail.com – to enroll

Classes begin Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 7:00pm.
Held at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111

 

 

TRICKS for TREATS – Novice

$100 / 7 weeks

Join us, Starting April 2 for the first in our TRICKS for TREATS classes – Novice Trick Dog. Participants will be taught how to teach the following list of tricks! 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 TKN title (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 🙂

Basic obedience and safe control is a prerequisite for class.
All dogs must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies and kennel cough.

 

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Classes begin Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm.

TRICKS for TREATS – Novice

$100 / 7 weeks

Join us, Starting April 2 for the first in our TRICKS for TREATS classes – Novice Trick Dog. Participants will be taught how to teach the following list of tricks! 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 TKN title (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 🙂

Basic obedience and safe control is a prerequisite for class.
All dogs must be current on vaccines including distemper, rabies and kennel cough.

 

Instructor: Jessica Presley, CPDT-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Classes begin Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm.

 

 

Alumni Class

FREE for Complete Obedience In-Board Graduates

Are you looking to practice your skill sets? Does a little coaching in the controlled chaos of a group setting sound like fun? Well this class is just for you!

As an added perk for our Complete Obedience In-Board program, we are offering this FREE Alumni Class. Bring your Kuranda, equipment, and high value rewards to our Academy on 111 and let one of our Certified Trainers run you through the paces.

There is no charge for this class, but registration is required so we have a manageable number of dogs inside 🙂

 

Instructor: Jo Austin, CPDT-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Upcoming Class Dates: 
    Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:00pm

Alumni Class 

FREE for Complete Obedience In-Board Graduates

Are you looking to practice your skill sets? Does a little coaching in the controlled chaos of a group setting sound like fun? Well this class is just for you!

As an added perk for our Complete Obedience In-Board program, we are offering this FREE Alumni Class. Bring your Kuranda, equipment, and high value rewards to our Academy on 111 and let one of our Certified Trainers run you through the paces.

There is no charge for this class, but registration is required so we have a manageable number of dogs inside 🙂

Instructor: Jo Austin, CPDT-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Upcoming Class Dates:  
    Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:00pm

 

 

 

Ensuring Harmony – Preparing Your Four-legged Family for the Arrival of a Baby 

$10 / person

So often, pets are the first “baby” in the home! So when a child of the two-legged variety comes along, it can create some confusion and conflict. A little preparation goes a LONG way to keeping everyone happy, healthy and successful! If you share your home with one or a dozen dogs or cats, Ensuring Harmony should be considered part of your birthing class curriculum.
 

This class was created over 15 years ago, by Thunderhawk owner Christie Faccinto. Revolutionary at the time, it has now been taught all over the country – from Michigan, to California, to Chicago, to Connecticut. It includes a basic overview of important behavior principals, how to prevent important pitfalls, keys to successful integration, and realistic management plans.

 

Instructor: Christie Faccinto, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Upcoming Class Dates: 
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019  at 6:30-8:30pm

Ensuring Harmony – Preparing Your Four-legged Family for the Arrival of a Baby 

$10 / person

So often, pets are the first “baby” in the home! So when a child of the two-legged variety comes along, it can create some confusion and conflict. A little preparation goes a LONG way to keeping everyone happy, healthy and successful! If you share your home with one or a dozen dogs or cats, Ensuring Harmony should be considered part of your birthing class curriculum.
 

This class was created over 15 years ago, by Thunderhawk owner Christie Faccinto. Revolutionary at the time, it has now been taught all over the country – from Michigan, to California, to Chicago, to Connecticut. It includes a basic overview of important behavior principals, how to prevent important pitfalls, keys to successful integration, and realistic management plans.

 

Instructor: Christie Faccinto, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Class taught at Thunderhawk’s Academy on 111 

Upcoming Class Dates: 
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019  at 6:30-8:30pm

 

 

Trail Tails – Hiking / Backpacking with Your Dog

$125 / Dog

This hiking/conditioning class is packed with info to further your knowledge about safety and hiking etiquette with your pup (including using obedience skill sets for success). We will also cover general conditioning skills to prep your dog physically. Class will meet every 2 weeks in a new location each week, increasing in difficulty of terrain. Class length will be determined by length and difficulty of the hike.

Prerequisite for this class is Basic Obedience with Thunderhawk Canine or pre-screening by the instructor.

Spring 2019

Trail Tails – Hiking / Backpacking with Your Dog

$125 / Dog

This hiking/conditioning class is packed with info to further your knowledge about safety and hiking etiquette with your pup (including using obedience skill sets for success). We will also cover general conditioning skills to prep your dog physically. Class will meet every 2 weeks in a new location each week, increasing in difficulty of terrain. Class length will be determined by length and difficulty of the hike.

Prerequisite for this class is Basic Obedience with Thunderhawk Canine or pre-screening by the instructor.

Spring 2019

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