The Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club, Inc.


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Everyone loves a well-mannered dog!

The Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel club offers two types of obedience classes: those designed primarily to give the owner basic control of their dog, and those designed to prepare the dog/handler team for competition. All dogs, purebred and mixed-breed, are welcome to attend obedience classes.

Our classes are held in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS. Take KS-10 (23rd Street in Lawrence). Turn north onto Harper Street. The fairgrounds will be on the east side of the road between 21st and 19th Streets.      

$80.00 for 6 weeks of lessons




Training Class Schedule

Fall 2017

Wednesday evenings



Class 1


Class 2


Class 3


Class 4


Class 5


Class 6


Fall class offerings (see additional info below for details):

6:30 PM - Pet Manners 1, Pet Manners 2, Canine Good Citizen Review and Test

7: 30 PM - Puppy Kindergarten, Rally


Enrollment procedure


We have initiated a new registration procedure to simplify the enrollment process for you, as well as allow the  LJKC to better accommodate all handlers and dogs wishing to train with us. 

Please begin by reading the LJKC Training Regulations.

Next, download, print out, and fill out the Enrollment Form, available in either MSWord or pdf format.


  1. the enrollment form
  2. a photocopy of your dog's current vaccination record
  3. your check for $80.00 made out to 'LJKC'

Jane Tusten
1713 E 24th St.
Lawrence, KS 66046

Dalmatian Heeling

Classes are 45 minutes long, and held on the Wednesday nights listed above.

Please do not bring dogs to the first night of Puppy Kindergarten or Pet Manners 1 Classes.

A description of each class is given below:

Class Descriptions:


Puppy Kindergarten: (For puppies 3 months to less than 6 months of age)
Attention will be given to training that is specific to puppies, such as house-training, chewing, etc. We will also emphasize puppy socialization, as this is a critical period for your puppy to develop the social skills that lead to a well-adjusted dog. Basic obedience skills such as attention, sit, down, come, and stay will be introduced. Please do not bring your puppy to the first class.


Pet Manners 1 and 2 : (For dogs 6 months and older)
Pet Manners 1 - Dogs with little or no prior training.

Pet Manners 2 - Prerequisite is Pet Manners 1, Puppy Kindergarten, or consent of the intructor.

You will learn how to teach your dog the beginning steps of becoming a Canine Good Citizen, such as accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, allowing you to groom him (including nail clipping), and walking on a loose leash. You will also learn the beginning steps in training reliable responses to sit, down, stay and come commands. Training will emphasize behavior at home with the family and may include prevention of jumping on people, preventing food theft, digging, barking, bolting out the door, staying while feet are wiped, tricks, going to your place (bed), etc. Please do not bring your dog to the first class of Pet Manners 1.


Canine Good Citizen:
Your dog will continue in training, with the ultimate goal of becoming an accomplished Canine Good Citizen in numerous environments (not just at home). We will practice skills such as walking politely through a crowd, reacting calmly around strange dogs, reacting calmly to distractions, and accepting separation from you. Dogs completing this class successfully should be able to take the American Kennel Club (AKC) test to earn the Canine Good Citizen title. Prerequisite is the Pet Manners 2 class.


Fun and Games :
This is a class for handlers who want to continue to spend time with their dogs, but are not interested in competing in dog sports at this time. The class will be structured so that dogs will have many opportunities to practice being a good canine citizen, while having fun playing games. We will also do introductory exercises that may explore agility, scent work, obedience, tricks, and that stimulate your dog mentally and physically. Prerequisite: dogs should be able to walk on leash, be non-aggressive around other dogs, and under their owner's control.

bullet Rally:
Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of stations. Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. This class will familiarize handlers with the sport of rally and will train the handler and the dog to properly execute the novice level skills.  To participate in this class the dog should sit, down, walk on a leash, and respond to handler’s commands. The handler should be willing to commit to daily training at home. Bring your dog to the first class, ready to work.


Primarily for purebred dogs to be shown in breed ring competition. Learn how to exhibit your dog in these classes. Dogs must be at least 3 months old.

Please contact Jane Tusten at 785-842-5856 for additional information.

Our teachers are club members and they volunteer their time as a community service to teach these classes. The LJKC and our teachers believe strongly in public education and responsible dog ownership. Meet our trainers.