Preparing for Class

COVID-19 Considerations

  • Where the following conflicts with our regular policies the COVID restrictions take precedence.

  • For Group Classes each dog should be accompanied by only 1 person.  We love to see families in class, but we need to prioritize safety at this time.

  • For Private Sessions, your household is welcome to attend.

  • Stay home if you, a member of your family or a known contact are unwell.  We will accommodate you in another class with a Zoom catch up call for anything missed.

  • If you see something you are concerned about or that you believe we are missing please bring it to our attention.

  • Please ensure that your contact information is up to date.  If the unfortunate happens and Public Health needs to reach you we want to assist them as much as we can.

  • Please wear a mask while in school.

  • Sanitize your hands when entering.  Soap and water are available in the washroom and hand sanitizer at the door.

  • Areas of the building will be off-limits.

  • Please maintain distancing wherever possible.


The Handler    

  • Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccine records (certificate) or the invoice for these to your first class.

  • You are responsible for your dog – if your dog has an accident in class, the proper equipment will be available for you to clean up (it happens to most of us).

  • Keep your dog on a short leash when entering or leaving the building and respect the space of other dogs and humans.

  • While one person may be the official trainer, the whole family needs to be consistent and apply the training.  Be prepared to train your family and friends – invite them to class!



  • Please bring clean and dry footwear.

  • Wear soft-soled shoes, avoid floppy sandals, noisy shoes or high heels.

  • Avoid dresses or baggy pants, which may interfere with your dog

  • Pockets will be helpful.

  • A fanny pack, doggy treat pouch to keep your hands available are great tools.


Your Dog

  • For your dog’s comfort and to help avoid accidents, withhold food for at least 2 hours before class and ensure your dog is well exercised.

  • If your dog cannot come to class because of illness or surgery you can personally attend so as not to miss any instruction.

  • You may wish to bring a stuffed Kong, dog mat, or favourite toy to help your dog settle at the Centre.  

  • For puppies, a familiar bed/blanket can be helpful the first week or two

  • Bring a water bowl for your dog as the training and treats may increase their thirst.  To prevent potential germ and disease transmission, we do not put out communal water bowls. We can supply water.



  •  A six-foot lead is recommended  – something you are comfortable stepping on. NO EXTENDIBLE LEASHES.A flat collar or a harness.  No choke, prong or electronic collars.

  • Your clicker if you have one.  We supply a clicker to all Puppy Manners and Socialization and Good Manners Level I registrants

  • The treats you are using to train in class (Small, Smelly, Soft, and a little variety)



  • Is fun.  We focus on training that is enjoyable for your dog.

  • We will show you how to work so your dog is a willing, eager learner and a better companion than ever before.


Children & Dogs

  •  All dogs can bite – children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.