For the safety of all dogs, your dog must be current on all vaccinations prior to attending classes. All puppies must have at least 2 rounds of vaccines (including DHPP) 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 on or before your first day of classes. You can 1) upload your shot records online (log onto our website and go to your profile); 2) email them to firstname.lastname@example.org; or 3) hand-carry them to your first 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.
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 Appétit 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.