Dogs must be up to date with vaccinations. Written proof of current vaccination is required prior to the start of all offered services. If your dog is spayed or neutered, a copy of their spay/neuter veterinary record is also required.
Rabies [over 4 months]
DHPP [boosters given for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus]
Bordetella [recommended for contact with other dogs on a regular basis]
If your dog is reactive or potentially aggressive, you must inform me of this prior to the start of your chosen service.
For your dog’s safety and well-being, females in heat are discouraged from being worked in or near public areas such as dog parks until their cycle is finished. Lessons will be scheduled to accommodate that.
Leashes and Collars
Standard 4- or 6-foot leashes are required. Martingale collars are preferred, but if you don’t have one – or if you or your dog have problems with them – we can work around that.
I do not use or condone the use of prong, shock, retractable, or e-collars. Retractable leashes should only be used if your dog already consistently practices heeling on a loose leash and is not prone to lunging or chasing after other animals. If you do not have an appropriate leash at the start of the course or individual lesson, one will be provided for you for the first lesson only. After the first lesson, you must provide your own leash. Long lines (leashes 25 feet or longer) are only used for distance training (e.g. distance sit-stay, down-stay, etc.).
Beds and Mats
A bed or mat is only needed when we are working the lessons requiring their use.
It’s very important to keep your dog interested and motivated during training. Please make sure you have a variety of broken-up or bite-sized food treats, chew toys, or some other high-value reward ready to go and easy to access before the start of each lesson. Timing of their delivery is critical to reinforcing correct responses.