What to Bring to Class

 
Items to bring to class:
  • Any training items you are using or have questions about should be brought to the 1st class. NO FLEXI leads, prong collars or shock collars are allowed to be worn in the building.
  • 2-3 varieties of soft treats about one full zip lock bag of each, broken into pea sized pieces. I suggest boiled chicken, hot dogs, mozzarella cheese, or anything your dog LOVES that is soft & small. Freeze dried liver or salmon is sold in the stores & can be used as one of your treats (they are semi-soft & may need to be broken into smaller pieces).
  •  A favorite toy, 2 identical toys if possible.
  •  A mat or crate that your dog currently uses.
  •  A brush that you use on your dog at least once a week for Basic 3.
  •  A buckle or snap collar with ID information & a standard leash. If you’re using a training collar bring that also.
  •  Poop bags to clean up after your pup (being a responsible dog owner).
  •  Current vaccination record, registration form & payment (1st class only).
  •  Lots of patience & enthusiasm for learning with your dog!
  •  Please wear comfortable and appropriate clothes &  shoes, such as sneakers. NO open-toed shoes are permitted in class.
  •  You may need to sit or kneel on the floor for some skills, so be prepared!
  •  No scarves, dangling jewelry, flowing clothing, etc. as they may interfere with your communication with your dog when they are learning a new cue & should be avoided.

Additional important info:

  • Please try not feed your dog at least 4 hours before class (unless medically necessary). We want the food reinforcers to be worth a lot to your dog when they are learning something new. Refraining from feeding directly before class will reduce the likelihood of accidents in class as well.
  • If you are concerned about your dog’s weight, cut down on the amount of food during the course & use low fat proteins as rewards (boiled chicken breasts).

Please provide adequate exercise for your dog. We suggest an hour of sustained exercise per day, such as two 30 minute walks, for the average dog.