Group Class Guidelines
In the interest of providing a safe, comfortable, fun and productive learning environment, we would like to draw your attention to the following Group Class Guidelines. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Romping Dogs Dog Training endeavors to create a learning space where positive reinforcement training techniques can be thoroughly and effectively explored. Creating a positive environment for all students requires everyone to work with the same goal in mind.
- Please, no physical or verbal corrections on the training premises. If you are unsure how to address a behavior your dog is exhibiting without using a physical or verbal correction, ask a Trainer.
- To protect our special flooring, please only wear soft soled shoes. Dog nails should be clipped or filed down. If your dog has difficulty accepting this handling, please call or email us for help.
- Please do not allow your dog to urinate/urine mark on equipment or buildings. If your dog has a problem with marking, please let us know during registration.
- All dogs should remain on leash, tethered, or crated unless otherwise instructed by the Lead Trainer. If you would like to use a tether and don’t know how, ask a Trainer. If you do not think you can safely restrain your dog, ask for help immediately.
- All owners must present proof that they are current on their vaccinations for rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, proof of titer tests for the same, or a statement from your licensed veterinarian recommending a specific exception. All dogs must have seen a veterinarian within the last year.
- Your dog should skip class if she has been vomiting, coughing, has diarrhea, is listless, lethargic, is not eating, or if she has yellow or greenish discharge from her eyes or nose. Please, see your veterinarian for these conditions, and bring your dog back to class only when your veterinarian has treated and resolved the issue.
- Dogs should not be allowed to greet each other unless otherwise instructed by the Lead Trainer
- Dogs wearing a yellow ribbon are to be given extra space (5 or 6 feet) from other teams. If you think your dog would benefit from some extra space, ask a Trainer for a yellow ribbon.
- Never hand your leash to anyone, including a Trainer, unless you are absolutely comfortable doing so. If your Trainer asks to use your dog to demonstrate a technique in class and you do not want them to handle your dog, just say so. You never need a reason to maintain control of your own dog.
- Some dogs are on special diets, have allergies, or have different rules about food. Do not feed any dog other than your own unless specifically instructed by the Lead Trainer, or authorized to do so by that dog’s guardian.
- Bring your dog to class on a properly fitted flat-buckle collar, harness, or martingale collar, attached to a four, five, or six foot leash. Please, no flexi-leads, prong collars, choke collars, spray collars, electric collars, electric waist-bands, or pinch harnesses. If you do not think you can safely control your dog without the aid of one of these tools, please let us know at time of registration and we will help you review your equipment options.
- If you feel your dog would benefit from a visit to the facility and training area in advance of class, please let us know and we will arrange a time to create a positive experience with the new environment.