Your dog must be up to date with vaccinations. Written proof of current vaccination or titres is required prior to the start of the course. If your dog is spayed or neutered, a copy of their spay/neuter veterinary record is also required.

Rabies [over 4 months]
DHPP [booster shots given for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus]
Bordetella [recommended for contact with other dogs on a regular basis]

Special Circumstances

If your dog is reactive or potentially aggressive, you must inform me of this prior to the start of a consultation, individual lesson, or your chosen course.

For your dog’s safety and well-being, females in heat are discouraged from being worked in public areas such as dog parks until their cycle is finished. Lessons will be scheduled to accommodate that.

Leashes and Collars

4-foot, 6-foot, and long leashes (10 to 25 feet) are preferred. Martingale collars are encouraged, but if you don’t have one – or if you or your dog have problems with them – we can work around that. I don’t use prong, shock, or e-collars, and retractable leashes should only be used if your dog already practices correct heeling on a walk. You want to be focused on the dog, not worrying about whether or not the leash is locked.  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.

Training Tools

Bring a variety of broken-up or bite-sized food treats to keep your dog interested and motivated during the lessons. If food doesn’t interest your dog, a favorite toy, a clicker, or some other positive motivator is fine. A bed or a mat is only needed if we are working on “place” or “bed”.