My dog sometimes barks at other dogs. Can I still take a group class?
Our adult dog classes are intended for dogs who are able to be comfortable and focused around other dogs in a relatively small space. Although a little bit of barking at the beginning of class is acceptable, dogs who bark throughout class or at other dogs are not good candidates for group class. You may wish to consider our Rowdy and Reactive program or private lessons.
What should I expect my first class?
The first week of class is often more difficult than expected for dogs and owners. The dog is in a new environment and may be excited or nervous about the other dogs and people in class. Being prepared for class, including items to help your dog settle (chew item, mat) can help. (Click here for suggestions on what to bring.) Be aware that dogs sometimes struggle to focus their first week, so even well-trained dogs may need rewards for attention to the handler and other tasks that they do easily at home. Most dogs settle in to the routine by their second week of class and do very well.
I have to miss one of my scheduled classes. Do you offer a make up?
No, unfortunately we do not offer make ups. Most of our classes are offered as 3-week modules that can be taken in any order, so if you know you will have to miss a week or two, you might consider skipping that module and signing up for it when it is offered at a different time.
I unexpectedly had to miss a class. How do I find out what I missed?
Come to class next week! Although the content builds from week to week, you will still be able to participate in class and improve your training skills even if you missed a class.
I am feeling very behind. What should I do?
Dogs enter our classes with a wide variety of prior training and experiences. Some dogs have had lots of prior training with a handler who has trained many dogs using positive reinforcement methods previously. Other dogs are brand new to the household or are young dogs. We encourage teams to judge progress relative to where you were previously, not relative to others. If you have questions about how to best spend your outside of class training time, please ask your instructor during class.
My dog gets sick eating treats. Can I just bring his regular dinner instead?
The group class environment is typically a challenging environment for most dogs. Bringing a variety of high value rewards will help your dog learn and help you both benefit the most from class. Our suggestions of cooked steak, chicken, or fish, canned dog food, string cheese are high value and tolerated well by many dogs. However, if you cannot feed your dog these items, please contact us before you start class. We would be happy to provide suggestions that are specific to your dog’s food needs (allergies, special diets, etc).
Foundation agility skills for active manners training.
Do you need a manners class, but want to take agility instead? Then this is the class for you! The skills practiced by successful agility teams are applicable in all areas of life.
This class will emphasize those particular agility handling skills that are fun to learn and practice but can double as real life control, like come when called, relax on a mat, walk and move together, and focus and learn even with the distraction of other dogs and people.
***If you would like to learn and practice agility with an emphasis on life skills, this class is perfect for you. Learn to work as a team even when other dogs and people are around!
***If you have already taken a manners class and would like more practice and something new, add the excitement of agility and challenge your skills!
Six Week Series
SPACE SENSITIVE DOGS
On Leash Agility
A controlled environment so your dog can learn.
On-Leash Agility class uses management and environmental control to reduce your dog’s exposure to other dogs and allow them to be more comfortable in a semi-private group agility class setting. Extensive use of barriers, leashes, and long lines may give you and your dog the space you need to build confidence and learn new skills. This is a great next-option for some dogs that aren’t yet ready for Foundation Agility, some dogs who have completed Confidence Building class, and some dogs who have taken Leash Reactivity Rehab program.
On-Leash Agility dogs learn many of the same foundation behaviors taught in Foundation Agility. The class covers introductions to many agility obstacles, basic skills, and handling skills. 5-6 new activities are taught every week and during the last class teams show off what they have learned by running a short sequence.