Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I miss a class?
Life asks a lot of us these days. If you miss a class, for any reason, please come to a class within a year as a make-up class. For example, if you are enrolled in the Puppy/Beginner class and miss week #3 you might want to come to a Puppy/Beginner class in another location that same week. Or you might want to come to Puppy/Beginner week #3 in the next session. Or, come to any Puppy/Beginner class that is convenient.
There is never a lost class if you miss a class.
If a class is cancelled because the weather is poor your five- week class is usually not extended a week to create a makeup class. People with busy schedules, and that is everyone in class, have set aside just five weeks for dog training. If my class schedule and everyone in class agrees we might arrange for an extra class. Remember that there is still a make-up class within a year for you to get all five weeks.
If class is cancelled because I am sick, class is usually not extended a week. I do all that I can to provide continuity of classes. Remember that there is still a make-up class within a year for you to get all five weeks.
I’ll notify you by email if there is a class cancellation. When the weather is hot, rainy, very cold or very windy please check your email. Do I have your work and home email? Please don’t be inconvenienced because you don’t check your work email on the weekend and you’re enrolled in a weekend class.
Can my kids join in for training?
Yes, children are welcome in class. However, children are not safe in a class unless they are mature enough to follow instructions, know not approach or pet any dog but their own, are physically large enough to not be dragged by their pet and can sit calmly in a chair by you.
A dog training class is not a suitable place for children that are not yet able to participate safely.
Children may not wander away from class to play football, play tag or bounce balls off the nearby wall.
If your children are distracting, your pet’s training suffers. Please decide what is best for you and the other participants in class.
I have two dogs I'd like to bring to group training.
Can I bring them both by myself?
In my 40+ years of experience, I've come to recognize that one owner trying to corral and work with two dogs at one time is a bit like herding chickens. Neither of the three are able to fully focus or learn what is being taught- most of the class is spent trying to gain both dogs' attention and the poor owner leaves class feeling exhausted and defeated.
In the interest of everyone's education, I have a 1 dog per owner rule for my group classes.
If you have two dogs that both need training, I suggest the following solutions-
A. Bring Two Owners
B. Enroll the dogs in group class on separate nights, so each gets their own personalized attention- I teach on Sundays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays.
What if my dog has previously shown aggression towards people or other dogs?
I love all dogs. However, not all dogs can safely participate in a group class. Aggressive dogs cannot learn in a group class.
Such dogs are concentrating not on learning to lay down, sit or come- but their inability to be relaxed around other pets.
My obligation is to provide a safe atmosphere for dogs and people. If your dog demonstrates aggressive behavior, as decided by me, I will ask you to take your pet home where he is more comfortable. We’ll arrange for private training if appropriate.
People and their pets are not threatened, bitten or emotionally damaged while under my supervision.
Group classes are designed for maximum safety for everyone.
My dog is a rescue and is scared of everything- would a group class be good for him?
This really depends on the severity of your individual dog's past experiences. Many people do not realize that dogs can in fact be diagnosed with PTSD - a condition that dramatically affects their quality of life. I work extensively with dogs who have experienced extreme trauma and find that 9 times out of 10, it is best to start with a few at home training sessions. This lets me not only evaluate their current status, but also work on a few key points that will prepare them for a group class setting.