All Classes

  • CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY: Since we are a club and anyone taking a class is a member, you will need to log the dates you attend class in order to get credit for the class. You must attend at least 4 out of the 6 classes. Once you log your attendance, it will give you credit for this course, notify the Vice President to print you a class completion certificate, and open the next level course for you to take.
  • Please come a few minutes early so that we can start classes on time.
  • Please potty your dog before class. The field next to the training building is our potty area. We expect you to pick up after your dog inside and out. Baggies are available on a stand near the field.
  • We use positive teaching methods and do not tolerate abusive behavior towards dogs or people.
  • Family and friends are welcome to come observe. Young children must be supervised by an adult other than the handler. All visitors must sign a waiver.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the training building or on the agility field

Immunizations

All puppies must have at least 2 rounds of vaccines before attending class. All dogs over 12 weeks of age must be vaccinated for rabies per Georgia and Tennessee law unless otherwise recommended by your veterinarian. Proof of this vaccination must be provided at or before the first class. Bring a photocopy for us to keep.It is recommended for the safety of all dogs that dogs be current on all vaccines prior to attending classes.

What to wear to class

Wear comfortable clothing and athletic-type non-skid shoes; no sandals, flip-flops, boots or high heels. Dog training is a physical activity that requires a lot of moving around, though we can offer suggestions for those who need a different approach. If you don't have a treat bag consider wearing loose-fitting pants with easy access pockets to store your treats; no zip-lock or plastic baggies.

Equipment to Bring

  • Crate: A crate is required for all AGILITY courses. If dog is off leash and running the course, then all other dogs need to be in a crate.
  • Collar: buckle, martingale, or snap collar for puppy classes. For adult dog classes training collars may be recommended by the instructor. No harnesses or head collars unless recommended by your instructor.
  • Leash: 4-foot leash, preferably leather or cotton. No chain leashes. No flexible or extendible leashes may be used unless recommended by your instructor.
  • Treat Bag: fanny pack or workman's pocket apron.

Feeding And Treats

Class can be a stressful and confusing place for your dog, and high-value food is an excellent way to keep him focused. Please do not feed your dog before class - motivating with treats works best when your dog isn't full. Bring several types of soft treats broken into pea-sized bits. Treats should be something special that your dog only gets during training sessions. Try several before the first class and see what your dog likes best. Popular choice include: Red Barn (available at Bone App├ętit in Chattanooga), steak, or chicken, jerky strips, cat treats, freeze-dried liver, cheese (string cheese in tubes works great!). Kibble, biscuits, or anything crunchy or extra chewy will take the dog too long to consume and won't work well in class.

The fine print

  • No refunds will be given after the first night of class, although credit for a future class may be permitted.
  • Classes are progressive, so we strongly advise attending all classes. However, we know that other priorities can interfere. Please notify your instructor if you're going to miss a class to find out what will be covered.
  • Female dogs in heat are not allowed in the training building or on the agility field.
  • For everyone's safety, aggressive dogs (any dog that shows inappropriate challenge, threat, or contest to another dog or human) are not recommended for class situations. Handlers should work with the Training Director to determine alternatives.