For the safety of all dogs and to meet our insurance requirements, your dog must be current on all vaccinations at least 10 days prior to attending classes. Proof of vaccination must be provided on or before your first day of classes. You can 1) upload your shot records online at least 2 days before class begins (log onto our website and go to your profile); 2) email them to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 days before class begins; or 3) hand-carry them to your first class.
Puppies must receive their 2nd set of puppy shots at least 10 days prior to coming to 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 help them stay focused. Motivating with treats works best when your dog isn't full so if your dog is scheduled to have a meal before class, make it a small one. Your dog should be neither full nor hungry when you arrive for class. Bring several different types of soft treats broken into pea-sized bits. Treats should be something special that your dog only gets during training sessions, preferably with few or no chemicals added. Try several before the first class and see what your dog likes best. Popular choices include: Wellness Core (available at PetCo and PetSmart), Grizzly Salmon treats, Dried Lamb Lung or even freeze dried shrimp (cat treats). We do not recommend kibble, biscuits, or anything crunchy or extra chewy that will take the dog too long to consume. In general, crunchy treats (or extra large treats) don't work well in class. We will familiarize you with the Club's reference material on treats during Orientation; and your instructor will give you some treat guidance in your first class.