How can I prepare for Behavior & Training Class?

Before You Get to Class

  • Do not feed your dog breakfast on class day.  If you are taking an evening class, feed only half of their breakfast to be sure that your dog is hungry at class time.

 What To Bring To Class

  • Training Treats—but not just any treats!

o   Ratings of 8-10:  Have your dog sample 5-6 different types of treats in a mildly distracting setting. Rate the treats from 1-10 depending on how much your dog likes them.  Keeping them focused in class will require treats that rate no lower than 8.

o   They should be soft so they can be eaten quickly.

o   They should be cut into tiny pieces so they are ready to use and your dog doesn’t fill up too fast.

o   Bring a few types as they will get bored of the same flavor after a while.

  • Treat Pouch to hold treats—it is important to be able to access them easily and quickly
  • Blanket or Mat—for your dog to lie on. Please do not bring large stuffing-filled dog beds.
  • Puppy Pacifier—the most effective pacifier is usually a Kong, pre-stuffed with your dog’s favorite filling. Other pacifiers may work as well, but it must be tasty enough to hold your dog’s attention all by itself.
  • Good Quality Leash—4 feet is best, but 6 feet is acceptable. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  • Flat Collar with identification tags (no choke chains, prong-collars, etc.)
  • Front-Clip Harness—optional  (must be in addition to the collar; if you are unsure how to fit the front-clip harness, bring it to class and we’ll help you)
  • Appropriate Footwear—no flip-flops or shoes that fall off easily. If taking puppy classes, no shorts as jumpy puppies have very sharp toenails.
  • Vaccination Records (if not already shown)


What to do when you get to class

  • Please don’t enter the classroom more than 10 minutes before your class time.  We may be using the room for other classes or activities before your class begins.
  • Before you get out of the car, make sure your treats are ready to go and easily accessible.  You will want to have them ready as soon as you enter the classroom.
  • Go to a “station” where there are chairs and get your treats ready.
  • Keep your dog at your “station” area, away from the other dogs.
  • If your dog is barking, give him your puppy pacifier to help him stay quiet.
  • To stay attentive to your dog and out of respect for your classmates, please silence your cell phone and refrain from using it during class.

Questions or concerns?  Call 503-585-5900 ext. 326

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