Frequently Asked Questions
Can my children attend?
Our classes are:
· boring for most children
· held in a relatively small area
· are designed for adults
Children may attend class if:
· able to stay quietly in their seat for the entire class session
· there is one adult to supervise each child
· an adult is in control of the dog’s leash
Which class is right for my dog?
If you have a puppy, 16 weeks of age or younger, then our puppy class is the way to start your dog out on the right paw. Dogs older than 16 weeks should start in one of our basic classes. Our basic class teaches you how to teach your dog the skills needed to succeed in our upper level classes, such as the Canine Good Citizen, Intermediate, or Tricks.
Won't my dog be distracted in a group class?
Yes, and that’s why we hold group classes. A dog who will listen and respond to you only in the quiet of your home does not have real world skills. We want you to be able to get your dog’s attention even when they are distracted, so you can have a well-behaved companion wherever you are.
Should I take a class or do private training?
We offer both group and private training because what’s best for you and your dog depends on you and your dog! Group classes are more economical and cover lots of topics with opportunities to practice and ask questions. Being in class with other dogs provides the chance to learn and work with distractions around. Still not sure? Call or email–talk to us! We can help.
I want to take a class, now what?
Under the "Services" tab at the top of the webpage, click on the class you want to sign up for, scroll down to the "Book Now" button or click the class highlighted on the calendar to fill out the registration form.
(Registering online enables us to contact you if, for any reason, class will not be held.)
Class sizes are limited. Full payment at registration is needed to guarantee a spot in the class.
What are the requirements for attending a class?
o Your dog must be current on his vaccinations. You must bring proof of vaccinations with you to the first class.
o Bring your dog on the leash and collar that you’re currently using. (The only leash we do not allow at the training center are the retractable/flexi leashes—just a standard fixed length leash is great.)
If a class does not have a start date listed, then let us know you’d like us to schedule a class.
Click on the “Interested? Let Us Know” tab near the bottom of each page about a class. Fill out the form to let us know which class you’d like to attend.
What if I have to miss a week?
We understand that life happens. We will do our best to help you get the information for that class. Each week you will receive an email reviewing that class lesson, even if you cannot attend that class. We will be happy to go over that information with you.
What are weekly class emails?
Before each class, we send an email with a short introduction of each exercise as well as training tips. We’ve found it makes a big difference in how much progress the dog makes!
What if I want to attend a "Beyond basic class" but prefer a specific time?
If you want to take a class and a particular day or time works best for you, tell us! Could you drop us a note and let us know which class you’re interested in and what days and times work for you? If people want an evening intermediate or a Saturday afternoon CGC, we’ll try our best to schedule one.
What about holidays and no class dates?
We do not hold classes on major holidays. Those dates will be factored into the class schedule so that you still have the correct number of class sessions.
Is my dog too old?
The adage is wrong–it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. We have no upper age limit for dogs attending classes. At this time our current record holder started classes when she was fourteen!
My dog is aggressive, what do I do?
Dogs showing aggression towards people or other dogs are not allowed in a group class. If a dog cannot attend a group class, contact us. It doesn’t mean that your dog isn’t trainable.
My dog is fearful, can anything help?
Absolutely! Lots can be done to help fearful dogs make progress toward having less anxiety. Working with your dog increases communication, builds a vocabulary, increases trust, and the structure reduces uncertainty. We can’t change who the dog is, but there’s a lot we can do to make them more comfortable and less anxious.
Do you offer rattlesnake avoidance training?
We do host a rattlesnake avoidance clinic once a year. Our next clinic will be in 2024. We recommend High On Kennels (www.highonkennels.com) for year round rattlesnake avoidance training. In our experience,, dogs who had been trained by High On Kennels in the past and came back for a refresher had a very good rate of remembering that snakes are not to be played with.
I have a cat, can I bring it to class?
That would be great–we could use it as a practice distraction for dogs! (Only kidding!) More seriously, the theory of interrupting unwanted behavior and teaching still applies to kitties. You can teach cats to come, fetch, and play games. We also have some articles for cat owners.
Not sure what to do?
Give us a call or send us an email! We’re honest and we’ve seen it all, we’ll be happy to advise you. Most issues we are contacted about are helped or even solved by basic obedience and exercise. Talk to us, let us know what’s going on with your dog. We’re here to help. (760) 630-4824 or firstname.lastname@example.org