• Class Rules

  • WHAT TO KNOW

    • As you enter the building, it is requested that you take an available seat furthest away from the door. This will allow other students to come in without having to pass your dog.
    • All dogs and owners must observe the “3 foot rule.” This means that everyone must stay at least 3 feet away from every other dog, especially the first day of class. BE AWARE of your dog's location at all times.

    • Intact male dogs over 8 months of age are not permitted to participate in any classes unless they have been evaluated by the instructor.    

    • Please arrive on time and expect that a class may be beginning or ending just before or after your class time. 

    • Do not bring female dogs in heat to any classes. You, as the owner, should still attend though, or you may request to take another session at a different time, with considerations. Female dogs wearing 'garments' to cover them in heat are not permitted either. Their scent is still deposited and it is very distracting to other dogs. Please watch ALL male dogs to prevent MARKING in the building. Repeat offenders may be charged a janitorial fee, or asked to sit out. This is a Brand new location, and we hope to keep it clean for a VERY long time.     

    • Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. However, there are no babysitting services available. Children under the age of 14 are not considered to be eligible to participate as a primary handler in class, unless prior approval is given. Please tell your children they are NOT permitted to pet other dogs in class unless permission is given to do so; not all dogs are comfortable with children, and we want to keep everyone safe & happy.    

    • We will take a break at the halfway point. You should bring clean-up bags with you, and you may deposit dog waste in the dumpster located out front. Water bowls are available outside during warmer months and in designated areas other times of the year. Please use the designated potty area for dogs; do not go over towards our neighbors at the Chinese Restaurant. 

    • Please do not allow your dogs to sit on the new furniture. Please do not allow your dog to climb on any of the agility training equipment unless they are participating in a class for that equipment.
    • NOTE: Family Dog Obedience is a NON-SMOKING facility.

    WHAT TO BRING

    • Your dog should be on a 4’ or 6’ (preferably leather) leash (NO retractable leashes - click here to find out why) and wearing an appropriate “training collar" – ie.: Gentle Leader, Martingale collar, choke collar, pinch collar, or EZ walk harness (NO Harnesses with attachment point on the back). We will review different collars during the first class but the Gentle Leader is the "preferred” training collar for MOST (but not all) dogs to start with in BASIC MANNERS CLASS. PUPPY CLASS: It is NOT necessary for you to run out to buy a collar before class begins. We will review different collar types as your puppies grow, and I will help you make a good choice of a collar depending on your particular puppy.  
    • Vaccinations are required for Complete Puppy, may be requested for other levels of classes. If you can bring a copy for me to see, that is all I will need.  I do not need to keep them. I mainly need to see the RABIES vaccination.
    • Please bring a variety of small-pieced treats (diced hot dog & string cheese mixed with dog food kibble work great!) to use for the training. A fanny pack, carpenter apron or “bait bag” is requested.  Plastic bags carrying treats will not be permitted after the first week of class. (Bait bags are available to purchase for $12-$18 at the training center if you need one.) Please do NOT feed your dog a full-sized meal prior to your class.

    WHAT TO WEAR (OR WHAT NOT TO WEAR!)

    • Please wear Gym-type shoes: No open-toed sandals, flip flops, or high-heeled type shoes/boots will be permitted. If proper footwear is not worn, you will NOT be permitted to do class, and you can not take class in bare feet.
    • Scarves or items hanging down into the dog’s face will be asked to be removed while training.

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