Do not feed your dog before class. Full dog tummies make it hard for dogs to concentrate in class.
Morning or midday class: no breakfast
Evening class: light breakfast before 9 a.m.; no other food until after class.
Shy or nervous dog: No food for 24 hours before first session.
Provide fresh water at all times. No need to withhold water before any classes, nor at other times.
Equipment for Basic Manners, PuppyLove, private sessions:
Leash corrections rarely used nor needed.
No harnesses, retractable/extension leashes nor chain/partial chain choke collars for any beginner or agility class.
Gentle Leader or Snoot Loop head collars, fitted with our help, are a great choice for a dog or puppy that is pulling hard. Your dog will likely need a few days to get used to you having such easy control of his head & body.
PuppyLove (8-18 weeks old at orientation/first class):
Basic Manners (older pups & adult dogs)
We require these collars and leashes for the safety of dogs new to our program, to ensure that the dogs cannot slip away. When wearing the Gentle Leader or Snoot Loop, your dog should also wear his regular buckle or snap collar - the two work well together. Leash corrections are rarely needed nor used.
Getting ready for orientation or private class
Advance registration & orientation class required for all PuppyLove & Basic Manners sessions.
Orientation is at a different time and/or day than the rest of your series, and is the first session of those series. Orientation offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays most weeks - other suggested times listed on class schedule page.
Complete on-line class registration form on this web page, or come early to complete a form at class (discounts included only with advance on-line registration).
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Recommended for dogs older than 16 weeks: Rabies, Bordetella, Canine influenza vaccinations
Leptospira especially recommended for dogs living in Florida
We are glad to provide in-home private sessions for friendly older dogs or dogs with compromised immune systems.
If your dog has serious social or noise issues, please register for Best Paw Forward private classes.
What should you wear in class?
Cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class unless you are shooting pictures or video to share with us (and earn credit toward future classes for any images we use!). If you have an emergency situation that requires a communication device to be turned on during a session, please leave the group to answer to avoid disrupting the class.
Schedule small group & private classes: firstname.lastname@example.org 407-321-1006rm.