General Class Information

Thank you for choosing POTC to train your dog.  Please take a few minutes to read the following rules and tips to help make your training experience more rewarding.

  • The course you have enrolled in is designed to teach you how to train your dog.  While you will be the dog’s teacher, both of you will be students.  It is our goal to show you how to make your dog a better member of society, to have fun while both of you are learning, and to develop a lifetime of trust, respect and friendship between you and your dog.
  • The training program will be progressive, and is very successful and effective for the majority of dogs enrolled in our classes.  There are many ways to motivate and instruct your dogs.  If you feel your dog is not responding to one method, please feel free to speak to your instructor or assistant about using alternative techniques.
  • Because all dogs are different, they will learn at different paces.  Do not judge your dog’s progress by comparing it to other dogs in the class.
  • How successful you and your dog are will depend on your willingness to take instruction, be open to new ideas, and your ability to spend about 15 minutes per day practicing that week’s lesson.
  • Regular class attendance is a encouraged, for each week’s lesson builds on the previous one.  If you are unable to attend a class, let your instructor know.
  • It’s a good idea to wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes to class. (Tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes are requested.)  No flip-flops or high heels.
  • Do not bring a sick or a female dog in season to class. Attend class without your dog so you can keep up with the lesson and still continue to practice at home.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended or allow your dog to sniff and/or visit other dogs.  Be respectful of dogs in crates and do not approach.
  • Please clean up after your dog.  Baggies are located by the doors and outside in the black mailboxes, and there are two metal trashcans outside for refuse.
  • Children who are not the handlers should observe from the sideline preferably with an adult and remain seated. A handler can be a child 12 years old and prove that he or she is able to control the dog to participate in class.  The class instructor will determine this.  Do not allow children to visit with other dogs or get near kenneled dogs or play on equipment.
  • Do not attempt to use any of the equipment, jumps, or agility obstacles.
  • Refrain from feeding your dog before class.  Your dog will be less likely to have an accident in the building.  We will be using food as a reward, and a slightly hungry dog will be more likely to work for their meal.  You can then feed them when you get home after class.
  • Bring treats AND toys or different types of treats. What works one night might not work the next time. Small, soft treats are recommended.
  • Most dogs are stressed on their first few visits to our building.  It is a new environment with strange sights, sounds, and smells.  Your dog may begin to sweat from his/her paws, scratch at his/her collar, pant heavily, and not respond to rewards.  This is normal; do not get discouraged.  Take the skills you have learned in class and practice them in low-distraction environments, gradually increasing the distraction level.  Typically by week 4 your dog will be far less stressed and able to work with you in class. Don’t give up!
  • Bring your own bowls for water. You may use our water or bring bottled water from home.
  • Bring a clicker if you clicker train. If you want more information about clicker training, ask your instructor.
  • Let instructors know if your dog has food allergies
  • Let instructors know if your dog is reactive to people or dogs.
  • No dog will be allowed to participate in class without proof of vaccinations (Rabies, Parvo, and Distemper) by the first night of class.
  • WEEK-TV will broadcast any class cancellations due to bad weather, or you may call any of the numbers listed below for information. We also have a Facebook page.
  • Please ask questions! Have fun!

COLLARS
Flat buckle (no “break away” clasps  with large dogs)
Slip, Limited Slip, or No-slip collars
Harnesses are head halti                         
Chain/prong upon approval only (no prong collars in puppy class without approval from instructor)
NO SHOCK COLLARS!
LEASH:
4’ or 6’ (6′ preferred)
Leather or Nylon
NO RETRACTABLE OR CHAIN LEASHES!

  • Do not travel here or home with specialized training collars on. Use a flat buckle collar (with identification tags) only for traveling.