Need-to-know stuff before the first class
Here is everything you need to know to be prepared for the Course. If you don't find the answer to your questions here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuff to do before the first class...
Complete the Registration Form
Introduce us to you and your dog. Please submit it as soon as possible to give us time to make the class roster before the Course begins.
If the form submits successfully you will see a success message on the screen. The form will not go through without a signature. Draw something that looks sorta like your signature with your mouse on a computer or your finger on a cell phone. Verify the boxes are checked and required fields (those with *) are answered.
Let us know if you don't see a success message on the screen.
Send us Proof of required vaccinations
The required vaccinations are:
Rabies (for dogs over 20 weeks old)
Distemper / Parvo (DHPP or DHLPP)
Kennel Cough (Bordatella, in the last year)
All we need is a picture of them. Attach the pictures to the registration form or email them to email@example.com
If you can't attach or email records, bring them to the first class.
Highlight the most recent vaccinations to help us save time.
Get the supplies needed for class
If you would like to get a Gentle Leader at a discounted price, bring $20 cash to the first class to purchase one from Dawn.
Stuff to know before the first class...
Dogs stay home for the first class
This is a dog and people training course where you and your dog learn as a team how to better communicate.
You get a head start to meet us, get familiar with the training area, go over important things to know, and have a chance to ask questions.
We'll give you some exercises to do at home with your pet to minimize stress when they first come to class.
The first class is required for all handlers
A handler is a person "handling" the dog's leash during class and responsible for the dog, their safety, and the safety of other class attendees.
Only one dog per handler. Dogs from the same home are welcome to attend as long as each has their own handler.
Handlers must be 18 or older or accompanied by someone 18 or older and physically able to keep the dog under control.
All students attend the same first class
The first class is Orientation.
All sessions starting on the same date will attend the same Orientation, even if registered for session at a different time. Check your Welcome email for time.
Course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable
Each session has only 8 "seats" available. We limit class size due to space and to allow each team individual coaching from the instructor.
The course fee reserves a "seat" in the designated session for your dog, therefore making the "seat" unavailable for another dog.
There are no makeup classes
If you have to miss a class, email us right away for the password to access the practice guide, and we are always happy to answer questions by email or after class.
Please make every effort to attend the second class (first class with dogs). Many of the dogs are nervous their first time (like many of us were on our first day of school). Their first day is when they get to know their surroundings and their classmates. It is disruptive to the whole class when a dog shows up for the first time on a later date.
Attendance in 4 of the first 5 classes is required to earn a framable graduation certificate on Week 6!
All household members may attend
Anybody who lives with the dog is welcome to come to class. It helps if everyone is on the same page with the dog's training.
Dogs do not meet. Keep a 3' Bubble between the bitey end of your dog and other dogs in class.
Keep your dog close to you when entering or exiting the building. Lots of other people use the facility, and not all of them like dogs. Always know where the bitey end of your dog is.
Properly fit equipment (collar/harness) so that it can't be pulled off, even with effort.
Keep one hand on the leash at all times. Do not drop the leash, sit, or stand on it.
Do not allow children to approach another dog without asking their owner first.
Dogs in heat may attend class with an appropriate protective covering.
Dogs recently neutered or spayed may attend class.
Please leave sick dogs at home. Come to class without them to see the demos and get instruction. You learn a LOT just by watching.
Bring cleanup supplies and clean up after your dog inside or outside the building.
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Pre-Class Checklist for Week 1
Completed Registration Form with Confirmation?
Left my dog at home?
Shot records sent or packed to bring?
All handlers are attending?