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On the following dates, the office/shop will be closed. All regular group classes, private lessons and ring rentals are cancelled. Some special events may be scheduled when the business is closed.

5/31/21   Memorial Day

7/4/21     Independence Day

9/6/21     Labor Day

11/24 – 11/28/21    Thanksgiving

12/23 – 12/26/21    Christmas

1/1/22     New Year’s Day

In August of 2021, The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior issued a new position statement on their recommended training methods:

“Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems. Aversive training methods have a damaging effect on both animal welfare and the human-animal bond. There is no evidence that aversive methods are more effective than reward-based methods in any context. AVSAB therefore advises that aversive methods should not be used in animal training or for the treatment of behavior disorders.”
 

To read the full statement from the AVSAB, click here

Just a little bit of planning will help your class readiness evaluation go smoothly

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Check-in at the front desk.
  • Keep your dog close to you on a short leash; don’t allow him to approach other dogs.
  • There will typically be 4 – 6 dogs in your readiness evaluation.

Bring the right stuff

  • At least 20+ small and very yummy treats. We have a great selection in our shop.
  • Your dog wearing a plain collar and/or harness.
  • 4’ – 6’ leash made of leather, rope or nylon. Please don’t bring a retractable leash (e.g. Flexi-lead) or chain leash.

These requirements are geared toward our Manners classes. For the other programs, your instructor will let you know of any unique equipment needs.

Plan ahead for a SMOOTH arrival

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes early. Give your pup a chance to potty outside. Be sure to clean up.
  • Check in at the front desk for your first class meeting (no need after that).
  • Keep your dog close to you, on a short leash. Keep at least 6’ foot of space between your dog and any others.
  • Class will start on time. Be sure you’re in the ring and ready to go.

Bring the right stuff

  • Motivated dog – For most dogs, it’s best to not feed anything for at least 4 hours before class.
  • Collar and/or harness. For pullers, we recommend a “front attach” harness. We have a great selection and will help you fit it properly.
  • Leash – 4′ to 6′ made of rope, nylon or leather. Please don’t bring a retractable leash (e.g. Flexi-lead).
  • Treat pouch on a belt – The ones from the WAGD shop are ideal, with a magnet closure.
  • Treats – 100+ pea sized pieces of very yummy treats. Available in our shop.
  • Chew item – Bully stick, bone or No Hide chew to pacify your pup during class discussions.
  • Mat – Portable mat that your dog can fit on. We sell a nice one in our shop, or bring something from home.
  • Water Bowl – Our shop sells Automugs and small collapsible bowls.
  • Athletic shoes – You’ll need to move freely forward and backward.

A bit of planning will help you get the most out of your Pet Manners Private Lesson

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Be sure to give your dog a nice, long opportunity to potty before entering the building.
  • Check-in at the front desk.
  • Keep your dog close to you on a short leash; don’t allow him to approach other dogs.

Bring the right stuff

  • Bring a motivated dog. For most, that means no food for at least 4 hours before training.
  • About 50+ pea sized pieces of very yummy treats.
  • Deep pockets or a waist attached treat pouch.
  • Dog wearing a plain collar and/or harness.
  • 4’ – 6’ leash made of leather, rope or nylon. Please don’t bring a retractable leash (e.g. Flexi-lead) or chain leash.

Note: The WAGD retail shop has all the gear you’ll need at great prices.