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

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 shotrecords@chattanoogaobedienceclub.org at least 2 days before class begins; or 3) hand-carry them to your first class.

Puppies:
Puppies must receive their 2nd set of puppy shots at least 10 days prior to coming to first class.

  • 6 wks old: 1st set DA2PP (DA2PP = Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
  • 9 wks old: 2nd set DA2PP
  • 12 wks old: leptospirosis, bordatella (kennel cough), DA2PP booster
  • 15 wks old: Rabies, DA2PP-L Booster (must have rabies before 16 weeks old)

  • OCC requires copies of the invoices from your veterinarian documenting when the shots were given (not reminder dates or health booklets). If you got your puppy from a breeder or rescue that gives their own shots, we will need a copy of the stickers on the vials with their lot numbers and expiration dates.

    If your puppy's vaccinations are not yet up to the requirements, we encourage you to attend class without your pup until he/she is ready. You will get valuable information, techniques, puppy raising help, and strategies that you can learn and use at home. And when your puppy’s vaccinations are up to the requirement, bring your pup to class for the socialization practice.

    If you receive a puppy from a breeder, rescue, or give your pup their shots, you must still take them to the vet to get a physical and make sure pups are healthy, worm, and parasite free. We also need a paper from the vet that you and your breeder/rescue are qualified to give the shots. We also need a copy of the stickers on the vials with their lot numbers and expiration dates.

    Adult Dogs:
    We require proof of the following annually for adult dogs:

  • Physical Exam by a licensed veterinarian
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Bordatella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine
  • Distemper Combo (either 5-in-1 or 7-in-1 combo)

  • Questions? Please contact shotrecords@chattanoogaobedienceclub.org.

    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 classes. 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 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.

    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 appropriate Training Director to determine alternatives.