RKC Classes

Show Handling and Obedience classes including Rally Instruction. 
Classes are held at the
VFW POST #8096, 69 Carey Avenue, Butler, New Jersey,
 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Please see the map, directions,
and instructor bios below.

Show Handling Schedule

6:45 - 7:30
Drop-in classes: $12.00 per dog,
OR 6 classes for $60.00
No classes July and August

Sept 6, 20
Oct  4, 18,
Nov  1, 15
Dec. 6,
Jan. 17, 24 
Feb. 21, 28
Mar. 14, 28
April 18, 25
May  2, 23
June 6

FMI:  Linda Hachtel

Sharon Fremer
201-665-2565, teneo@mac.com

7:30 - 8:15 RALLY ADV/EXC.
8:30 - 9:15 RALLY NOVICE
(Basic obedience skills required)

Session 1

Sept. 6, 20, 27
Oct. 4, 18, 25
Nov. 1

Session 2

Nov. 15, 29
Dec. 6, 20
Jan. 3, 17, 24

Session 3

Feb. 15, 21, 28
Mar. 14, 21, 28
Apr. 4

Session 4

Apr. 18, 25
May 2, 16, 23, 30
June 6

Feb. 1 CGC/THERAPY testing
(there is a fee for testing)


Puppy Kindergarten 6:30-7:15
Beginner Obedience 7:30-8:15
Advanced Beginner 8:30-9:15

Session 1

Sept. 7. 21, 28
Oct. 5, 19, 26
Nov. 2

Session 2

Nov. 16, 30
Dec. 7, 21
Jan. 4, 18, 25

Session 3

Feb. 15, 22
Mar. 1, 15, 22, 29
Apr. 5

Session 4

Apr. 19, 26
May 3, 17, 24, 31
June 7

June 13 CGC/THERAPY testing
(there is a fee for testing)

No Classes July and August
New schedule starts after Labor Day


FMI, Contact:

Ruth Henningsen  973-697-9456



Elaine Barone  973-492-1876



Amy Starost  201-576-0491 

Obedience Class Registration Form .pdf format

Obedience Class Questionnaire.doc format

Fees:  $ 140.00 Puppy Kindergarten (under 6 Months)
          $ 120.00 Shelter/Rescue/Club members

         $ 140.00 Rally/Novice obedience

Click the link below to see photos
of one of our Puppy Graduations




Ruth Henningsen & Nemo

I have been owned by Siberian Huskies for 39 years and have been involved in conformation, sled dog racing, obedience and rally.  Although I've been training dogs in obedience since 1984, I did not start competing until 2001. I spent my time showing and finishing many of my dogs in conformation and doing obedience for fun at class while assisting the instructors.

Since then, my dogs and I have achieved 5 CD’s, 1 CDX,  2 RN, 2 RA, 1 RE, 5 CGC,  2 Certified Therapy dogs, and 1 AKC Certified Therapy Dog title and am working on a Utility Dog Title. One of the things I am most proud of is that two of my conformation champions also have their obedience CD.  “A title on both ends!”

I teach Beginner Obedience and assist in Puppy Kindergarten and Rally classes. I have also been approved as an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.  I do attend seminars to keep up to date with new rules and regulations to become a better instructor for my students.  It is so satisfying to watch students grow and develop a lasting relationship with their companions and enjoy their training experiences.


Elaine Barone & Striker

I have been involved in obedience for 37 years, first as an assistant instructor and then as an instructor. I have been owned by Siberian Huskies for 41 years and realized the need for leadership among my pack early on. Having achieved 11 CD’s, 5 CDX, 1UD, 2 RN, 2 RA, 2 RE and multiple conformation championships, I am currently training for a Utility Dog title.

I teach Rally Advance at the Ramapo Kennel Club classes and assist in KPT, Beginner and Rally Novice as well as being an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Watching students develop a working relationship with their dogs and seeing the dogs gain confidence and trust in their owners is what inspires me to teach.

Amy Starost & her
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs

Training dogs has been a life-long interest, starting as a kid with the family’s German Shepherd.  As an adult I got my first Entlebucher Mountain Dog and was fortunate to work with a trainer who saw not only the potential in my dog, but also the potential in me.  Upon her retirement, I continued to teach several obedience classes and made "house calls". Being very active in my national breed club and wanting to do more with my Entles, I joined Ramapo Kennel Club's classes for Rally and fell in love with the sport and the instructors.

My male, Gustav, has earned his Rally Excellent title and I am now the lead instructor for the beginner Rally classes. We are continuing our training and are working toward Obedience titles. I enjoy volunteering at our local library as well as visiting patients in the cancer facility with my therapy certified female, Gigi.
I look forward to meeting you and working with your dog!   

Anne Hulsizer & "Friday" winning new BN title
under the late
Pat Scully, highly respected judge and Ramapo Kennel Club member.

I have been a dog owner for 50 years and became interested in canine competition when my stubborn chocolate Labrador Retriever needed additional training beyond  basic pet manners.  Training her through multiple titles in rally and obedience led to assisting in Basic and Advanced Obedience, and ultimately to teaching Puppy Kindergarten and Advanced/Excellent Rally classes. I am a member of APDT and certified in pet therapy where my Labs and I piloted successful programs in two hospitals.



Route 287 North or South--exit for Route23 North.  Continue north on Route 23  for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Watch for sign for Bartholdi Ave. (just after "Jiggs" bar/ restaurant). Make right on Bartholdi. Go to end and make right onto Carey Ave. Go approximately 3/10 Mi. to VFW Hall on right.

Route 23 Northbound (follow above)

Route 23 Southbound--From Kinnelon/ Butler area) Go thru light for Boonton Ave (Just past Ford Dealer) continue to Morse Ave. jughandle (just before the next light) Cross over to Route 23 North and follow above directions.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you and your dog!

Obedience class photo album

Beginner Classes

KPT class

Class Summaries

Ramapo Kennel Club offers all levels of obedience classes from Kindergarten Puppy Classes to the new and exciting sport of Rally
Whether you want to make your dog a better family companion, interested in pet therapy programs, or want to train your dog to the highest level of obedience, RKC can help you.  Our experienced instructors have all put advanced obedience titles on their dogs and have experience in problem solving. They are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Classes are open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs.

Requirements:  A copy of a Veterinarian's certificate of current immunization against Distemper, Parvo and Rabies is required for all classes.  Puppies will be accepted at the age when immunization protocols are approved by their vets.

Classes Location
VFW POST #8096
69 Carey Avenue
Butler, New Jersey
Click map for a larger version or to print.
Map to classes.

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                                                Ramapo Kennel Club 2016