What to bring for you and your dog:
Please bring your dog in a lead and flat collar, if you have a long 6ft training lead (not a flexi or extendable type lead) this is helpful.
Here is a checklist of other things you’ll need:
A tug type toy or ball-on-a-rope, or alternatively a particular toy they enjoy playing with, which can be used to reinforce behaviours.
Something for your dog to settle on (a bed or mat).
A bowl and some water for your dog.
Treats securely fastened in plastic containers (See below for details).
Your treat bag (we'd like to avoid plastic bags in pockets if possible).
Poo bags to pick up after your dog.
Notebook and pen (handy to take down homework or help you remember all the exercises that we cover).
A towel or drying coat for use after any outdoor sessions.
Its more than likely that your dog will have treats instead of dinner on the day of your training session, so please bring a large quantity of food treats with you.
Treats should be something that your dog would not normally have as a meal - cut up into chunks, e.g. cheese, sausage, cooked heart, liver, dried fish, garlic sausage, or chicken.
Please ensure treats are chopped so that they are easily seen by your dog.
Do's and Don'ts:
We do not condone or allow the use of a flexi/extendable lead, choke chain or any aversive equipment, harnesses or head collars.
A limited slip-lead should only be used if guided so by myself, but this would only ever be for advanced work after I am confident that exceptional heal work is well established.
Ensure your puppy/dog is fit for class:
· All dogs must be adequately vaccinated.
· If your dog has sustained and injury and is not fit for class, please let your dog remain at home. We still welcome attendance without your dog, to enable you to continue your learning.
· If your dog has been in contact with any infectious diseases such as kennel cough or conjunctivitis then please attend class yourself, but your dog should be left at home.
· Females in season cannot be brought to a class, but for continuity we still welcome your attendance without your dog.
Please let me know everything about your dog in advance, especially if you are having any challenges or concerns. This way, I can address any health and safety risks and ensure that the training is suitable for your dog and safe for the other attendees.
We will only ever practice positive, fair, and kind techniques in class. Any harsh handing or physical correction will not be tolerated. Anyone applying these methods will be asked to leave class.
Your dog should be kept on its lead at all times (unless advised otherwise during a class exercise). Be respectful of fellow handlers as their dogs may need more space, be mindful of this throughout the training sessions and always get owner consent prior to any ‘meet and greets’.
Please ensure you toilet your dog before they come into any indoor venue for training and take regular breaks to ensure the can relieve themselves (especially puppies and younger dogs). Please ensure you pick up after your dog and take any poo bags home with you.
All car parking must be in designated places to ensure full use of the car park. Car parking is entirely at owner’s risk. Please do not park in any other area than that permitted by the venue, in particular the roadways, verges or adjacent properties.