Preparing for Class

The Handler    

  • Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccine records (certificate) or the invoice for these to your first class.

  • Arrive at least five minutes before class so that we can start the class on time. Dogs take awhile to settle down given the distracting environment. You may have to wait until the next lesson starts if you arrive more than 10 minutes late.

  • Please keep your dog on a 6-foot flat leash (no flexi leashes) at all times and ask for permission from afar if you want your dog to greet other dogs.

  • You are responsible for your dog – if your dog has an accident in class, the proper equipment will be available for you to clean up (it happens to most of us).

  • Keep your dog on a short leash when entering or leaving the building and respect the space of other dogs and humans.

  • While one person may be the official trainer, the whole family needs to be consistent and apply the training.  Be prepared to train your family and friends – invite them to class!

Your Dog

  • For your dog’s comfort and to help avoid accidents, withhold food for at least 2 hours before class and ensure your dog is well exercised.

  • If your dog cannot come to class because of illness or surgery you can personally attend so as not to miss any instruction.

  • Please bring a stuffed Kong, dog mat, and favourite toy to help your dog settle.  

  • For puppies, a familiar bed/blanket can be helpful the first week or two.

  • Bring a water bowl for your dog as the training and treats may increase their thirst. To prevent potential germ and disease transmission, we do not put out communal water bowls. We can supply water.

Clothing 

             

  • Please bring clean and dry footwear.

  • Wear soft-soled shoes, avoid floppy sandals, noisy shoes or high heels.

  • Avoid dresses or baggy pants, which may interfere with your dog.

  • Pockets will be helpful.

  • A fanny pack or doggy treat pouch to keep your hands available are great tools.

 

Equipment

  • A six-foot lead is recommended  – something you are comfortable stepping on. NO FLEXI LEASHES. A flat collar or a harness. 

  • We do not condone the use of choke collars, prong/pinch collars, slip collars and electronic collars (shock/beep/vibrate/spray). You must remove these training tools when you are in my class.

  • Your clicker if you have one and would like to mark with a clicker.

  • The high value treats you are using to train in class (small, smelly, soft, and a little variety).

 

Training

  • Is fun. We focus on training that is enjoyable for your dog.

  • We will show you how to work so your dog is a willing, eager learner and a better companion than ever before.

 

Children and Dogs

  • All dogs can bite – children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

  • For safety reasons, please ensure that your children do not run, hug and touch other people’s dogs. Children under 12 years old must not participate in puppy playtime during classes.