Positive Open Attitude: Most of all, we want you to relax and have fun with your dog! We feel that is the true purpose of all of this and encourage you not to take yourself or your dog too seriously. Our entire focus is to provide lessons that are easy to understand, helpful and insightful. We want you to leave every class with the ability to practice on your own successfully. If you do not fully understand a training method, it’s important that you ask for clarity during class. Your questions may help others as well.
Collar and Leash: Either a flat buckle collar or martingale, and a 4′ – 6′ leash. No choke chains, pinch, prong, or electric collars. No flexi-leads.
High Value Treats: Plenty of moist yummy treats that get your dog excited, such as chicken and cheese. The best idea is to bring a mixture of different treats, cut up nice and small, and bring a lot!
Water: For you and your dog, plus a portable water bowl.
Toys: Bring your dog’s favorite tug toys.
It is important to remember that the best approach to dog training is as a “team”, meaning you and your dog join together in partnership, rather than just you commanding the dog. It is your part to become comfortable and confident with the handling methods presented in our classes in order to communicate in a manner that makes sense to your dog. That said, there is not one method that will suit all dogs, so if you feel that something is not working, please seek clarity, express your concerns, ask questions, etc. Because that’s exactly why we are here, to guide you in becoming efficient and happy team members.