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Frequently Asked Questions - Group Classes

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You must read the Frequently Asked Questions before registering.

PLEASE NOTE: Session start dates may change as they are subject to enrollment, i.e. the start date may be postponed until sufficient enrollment has been reached.

At what age can I start my dog in classes?

The registration form says that certain inoculations are required. However, my pup is only 12 weeks old and so hasn't had all of her vaccinations.

How do I guarantee a spot in the class?

Is my deposit refundable?

Some trainers allow only one handler per dog. Can my whole family be involved in your classes?

It says on the basic obedience registration form that our pet does not attend the first class. Why not?

Do you require special collars or other equipment? Some trainers, I have heard, require choke collars, for instance.

Your literature says that we do not need to use food treats in class if we so choose.

My dog acts aggressively, barking and lunging at other dogs or people. Can I use classes to socialize my dog?

What happens if we miss a class during the 6-week session?


At what age can I start my dog in classes?

Dogs can begin classes at ten weeks of age. Behaviorists today feel that the consequences of waiting until a dog is fully inoculated before starting the training/socializing process are far worse than the minimal risk of having the pup with other dogs before the puppy is fully inoculated.

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The registration form says that certain inoculations are required. However, my pup is only 12 weeks old and so hasn't had all of her vaccinations.

As long as your pup is current in her inoculation program, then you will be able to attend classes. Please note that the kennel cough inoculation (aka Bordetella) is not part of the normal regime, so you must specifically request this from your vet. Though it is not required, it is highly recommended.

Please bring verification of inoculations with you to the first class.

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How do I guarantee a spot in the class?

Since class space is limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest that you register as soon as possible and make payment to secure the session that you want. If we receive your fee after the class has filled, we will contact you so that you can choose another session.

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Is my deposit refundable?

Since class enrollment is limited, we require at least a 72-hour notice of withdrawl so that we have time to fill your spot.

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Some trainers allow only one handler per dog. Can my whole family be involved in your classes?

We at PetDog feel that everyone in the household should attend classes as often as possible. However, children 5 years old and younger cannot attend. In the case of children 6 years and older, we leave it to the discretion of the parents. If you feel that your child will not be a distraction in class for you and others in class and is mature enough to focus on the training, then we highly encourage children to attend.

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It says on the basic obedience registration form that our pet does not attend the first class. Why not?

You will come without your pet to the first class. The first meeting is a 2-hour orientation/question-and-answer session, so you will get an opportunity to ask a variety of questions about training in general and about your dog in particular. In this first class, we will give you an overview of how to get started working with your dog at home and how you will be working with your pet in class. It is easier for you to participate if your pet is not with you. Basic Companion only.

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Do you require special collars or other equipment? Some trainers, I have heard, require choke collars, for instance.

We do not require any special collars or other equipment. A plain collar is all that you need. We encourage our clients not to use choke chains or prong collars, but rather to investigate other, more humane options for dogs that pull.

We sell the most effective, humane harnesses and head halters should you need one for a dog that pulls. You can try them in class so that you can make an informed choice before purchasing one.

NOTE: These harnesses and halters are NOT required.

We discuss issues of this type at our first class meeting.

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Your literature says that we do not need to use food treats in class if we so choose.

We give our students the right to choose whether or not they want to use treats for their training.

Treats are a wonderfully positive way to motivate your dog. However, a lot of basic training can be accomplished in a positive way without the use of treats; we will show you how. Positive reinforcement comes in many forms, for example play, praise, a toy; it is not limited to food treats. Also, training that is done without the use of treats maximizes the use of treats when dealing with problem behaviors.

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My dog acts aggressively, barking and lunging at other dogs or people. Can I use classes to socialize my dog?

The classes are not designed to socialize dog-aggressive or people-aggressive dogs. Aggression issues must be addressed in private sessions. If you are not sure if your dog would be considered "aggressive" or "reactive," ask to come in for an evaluation to determine if your dog can be registered for a class.

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What happens if we miss a class during the 6-week session?

For all courses

Just let us know at least 2 days in advance that you cannot come on a particular day, and you will be able to make up the class. Letting us know as soon as possible in advance allows others to come the day you are not there to make up classes they have missed.

If the required notice is not given, then you will not be eligible for a make-up class.

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