THE BASICS, PLUS
Things To Do...
Review the Required Course Supplies.
You won't need them until week 2 when your dog comes along, but review them in case you have questions.
If you would like to get a Gentle Leader at a discounted price, bring $25 cash to the first class to get one from Dawn.
Important Things To Know...
Dogs stay home for the first class
This is a training course for both ends of the leash. You and your dog will 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 for their first class.
The first class is required for all handlers
A handler is a person "handling" the dog's leash during class and is responsible for the dog, their safety, and the safety of other class attendees. Handlers must be 18 or older or accompanied by someone 18 or older and physically able to keep the dog under control.
Only one dog per handler. Dogs from the same home are welcome to attend as long as each has their own handler.
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 a 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.
Only people who have attended orientation may handle the dog in class.
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.
Remember to bring your sense of humor! :)
Review the required course supplies.
- Read the article on L.E.G.S..
- Read the tips for getting the most out of this course.
Dogs do NOT attend the first class (orientation).
The first class (orientation) is REQUIRED for anyone who will handle the dog in class.
All household members are welcome to attend, but only those who attend orientation may handle the dog in class.
All students attend the same orientation regardless of their enrolled class time. There is only ONE orientation.
Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another course date or time.
There are no makeup classes. If you miss a class, email us to get the password to that week's practice guide.
Classroom safety rules and miscellaneous information.