Dog Training Class FAQ's
Things you should know before coming to class
Do we require shots?
Yes, we do.
How do I know all the other dogs are healthy?
We require proof of current inoculations including Rabies for all dogs enrolled in our classes (except young puppies). Students may send this to us before the class starts or bring it to the first class workshop.
My puppy hasn't finished his shots. Can he attend class?
Yes, he can. Once he's completed all his inoculations, including Rabies, please bring his records to the first class following the completion of his inoculations. If you have any questions about your dog's immunity, please talk to your veterinarian, or call us.
Is my puppy too young to train?
We are successful training puppies as young as eight weeks. In fact, that's an ideal time to start - before you have any problems.
Is my dog too old?
We've had dogs in class as old as 12 years. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Our training works with dogs of all ages.
If my dog is ill, what should I do?
If your dog is not feeling well or is exhibiting symptoms of illness such as a cough, vomiting or diarrhea, please do not bring him to class. So that you don't miss the lesson, however, come to class without your dog. Then you can keep up your practice at home.
What if I have to miss a class?
If you know in advance, talk to your instructor the week before you'll be absent, and get a head start on what you'll miss. If you don't know in advance, call your instructor and talk about what you missed. You might even arrange to come early before the next class to receive a brief make-up lesson.
Should I have someone else bring my dog if I can't come?
No, not unless that person has been attending the classes all along. Your stand-in won't understand the training, and your dog will likely be stressed and confused.
How often and how much do I need to practice?
Several short (5-10 minute) sessions a day are best. Practice is what will bring you success.
Where should we practice?
At first, practice in a quiet area so your dog can concentrate on learning without distractions. Your instructor will give you advice on practicing in different locations.
What about feeding my dog before practice?
Practice is easiest if your dog is hungry.
Can we do this training with an overweight dog?
Yes, you can. Use low-fat treats, such as Cheerios, fruits, and vegetables. Use your dog's regular food as a treat. Measure out his daily food ration, and give it to him as rewards during training. Then you're not feeding him anymore than you would on any other day. For training in class, we recommend that you mix something a bit more enticing in with his dietary treats, such as low-fat hotdogs.
Can the whole family train together?
Yes, absolutely. But to make sure your dog doesn't get confused (which interferes with his training), have everyone who wants to help with training attend the classes, including the first class workshop.
Does the age of my kids matter?
Children are often good dog trainers. How old should they be? Old enough to listen to, understand and follow instructions. Generally speaking, we've had success with eleven year-olds and up. However, we've also had children as young as eight be good trainers. Of course, an adult must accompany any young child to class.
What clothing is appropriate for class?
Wear comfortable clothing and low-heeled, comfortable shoes.
What kind of equipment do you need for training?
You will need a plain buckle collar and 6' lightweight training leash (not chain). Additional training equipment will be given to you and discussed in class.
What about advice from other people. Who should I listen to?
Well-meaning friends may give inappropriate advice about dog training. To get the most from this program, use the techniques and procedures you will learn in class and in THE NEW CLICKER TRAINING MANUAL, Volume I by Gail Fisher. If you are confused or need additional assistance, call us right away.
If I come late will I miss a lot?
Classes begin promptly. Latecomers miss a lot and their arrival usually causes the dogs to bark, which disrupts the class. We don't want anyone to miss the class rather than arrive late, but we do hope everyone will make every effort to be present and ready to train when class starts.
Can I bring someone to observe the class?
Visitors are always welcome. In fact, we hope you'll tell your friends and family about our classes.
What if the training doesn't work for us?
We know our training works. And we know we can help you train your dog. Our guarantee is that if for any reason you do not successfully complete our B.A. (Level 1) class, you may attend another Level 1 session with your dog at no additional charge.
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