Rules & Equipment
#1 Please keep your dog on leash and under control at all times. We want our class to be fun and safe for everyone. Spread out and allow yourself and others plenty of space. Other students may be nervous about their dog greeting yours even if your dog is being polite. Additionally, on-leash dogs may become defensive and seem aggressive even though they are generally friendly and good natured. This is known as “leash reactive” and does not mean the dog is aggressive. We will be covering the proper way to allow your dog to greet dogs and people during the course of the class.
#2 If you think your dog is ill please do not bring him/her to class. You are welcome to attend class without your dog to observe the instruction. Make up classes (at a discounted rate) can be scheduled when your dog is feeling better. The same applies if you are ill or have to miss class for any reason. If your dog will be staying at the kennel while you are away, the instructor may be able to handle your dog for you in the class.
#1 Treats! – Your dog’s favorite food or toys. Whatever motivates your dog the most. Positive reinforcement for good behavior paired with appropriate correction only when necessary will quickly shape your dog’s behaviors into good habits. Food treats are often the most convenient and effective way to influence your dog’s behavior. In the beginning of training, you will need to reinforce good behavior frequently by delivering a high rate of soft pea-sized treats during a training session. This will allow your dog to quickly eat the treat and be ready to move to the next repetition right away. Even for large dogs, a pea-sized treat is plenty. For small dogs, you can use even tinier pieces of treats.
#2 Training Collar and 6ft leash – Choke chains, slip collars, and flat collars are the most commonly used collars. Your instructor will help you properly fit what you have or recommend something that may work better for you and your dog. A 6-foot leash is a standard length for close work with your dog.
#3 Two 15-20ft training leads – These are for recall training at home. You can purchase training lines or make your own from lightweight cord and inexpensive clips. These long lines are meant to get dirty so lightweight and strong is all that’s necessary. Long lines will be provided for class so don’t worry if you forget to bring them.
#4 Poo Bags – We ask that you bring your dog a little early and give them a chance to relieve themselves. Please pick up after your dog. Waist stations are located in various areas around the grounds.
#5 Blanket, Rug or Towel – This will give your dog a comfortable place to sit or lie down during class discussions. An item brought from home also encourages your dog to know his/her “place” and be more settled when away from home. We will be using this item in a few of the lessons as well.