The following links may provide you with useful information... Rally Obedience Canine Good Citizen Test
AKC STAR Puppy Program

AKC Obedience Rules

Therapy Dog Programs
  Delta Pet Partners

  Therapy Pets Unlimited

Local Agility  Nunes Agility Field   contact Mary Van Wormer or 

K9 Nosework 
A new dog sport modeled after drug and explosive detection work. All dogs can enjoy this opportunity to use their powerful sense of smell. In Nose Work each dog works the venue alone - so the sport is suitable for dogs that are reactive to other dogs. Dogs seem to find Nose Work very relaxing and satisfying. You can practice Nose Work anywhere. Learn more about it on our Training Information page or visit the cites:

Recommended Reading:

My Smart Puppy  by Brian Kilcommon & Sarah Wilson This book is not just for puppies. Quite comprehensive with many tips and insights for owners.

Training the Hard to Train Dog  by Peggy Swager

Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution.  by Ray Coppinger PhD Fascinating read for the dog geek.
Contact Information:

Donna Soderstrom CPDT, CNWI
  1001 Sycamore Ave.
  Modesto, CA 95350
  Phone: 209.765.2397
  Fax: 209.579.5449
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General Products:

Long Lines - Palomine Lines
  For nice custom length long lines. Biothane gives a nice grip. Good for Nose  
  Work, Tracking or Obedience

Silver Shade Cloth - Greenhouse Mega Store
  Silvermesh shade cloth keep your car cool. 

Bait Bag - J&J Dog Supplies
  My favorite bait bag- nice deep bait bag for your training treats. 5x6". Flat, 
  so your treats won't bounce out if your run. Snap to close instead of 'noisy'
  velcro, or hard to manage toggle/tie.

Nose Work Harnesses - Clean Run
  The Julius K9 Original Power harness is a favorite among many Nose Work 
  students. It is quite comfortable, and easy to put on and take off. Note: a
  harness is not required for Nose Work, but is often used.