What To Bring To Classes
Proof of dog's vaccinations or titers (first class only). Failure to provide proof of vaccinations may eliminate you from participation.
A 4-6ft nylon or leather leash (no flexi/extendable/retractable leashes).
Your dog should be wearing a regular flat collar that does not include a sliding plastic snap (these have been known to pop open/break and are potentially dangerous as a result). A well fitted body harness is also accepted/preferred. A martingale collar or head halter are acceptable as long as they are fitted correctly and not used in a manner to correct, cause pain, fear or to punish the dog.
Note: The following tools are strictly prohibited; any and all shock equipment, choke chains, slip collars/slip leads, pinch/prong collars and retractable leashes or any tool or technique designed or used in a manner to cause injury, pain or fear to a dog. For more information visit the Resources Page on our website or; www.ipdta.org for detailed links/research.
Healthy soft training treats with a lot of aroma. A variety of treats will be available at our facility to purchase if you don’t have anything or run out.
Bring your dog on a fairly empty stomach with at least a 4 hr window since any meal. If your normal evening feeding time is close to the time of class, we recommend adjusting the schedule to suit or skipping the evening meal and feed them that one when you come home from class instead (deduct the quantity of treats used in class). This is to prevent any cramping or bloat due to exercises and/or playtime, and maintain the value of the temporary training treats used to focus and motivate your dog.
(Note: Our complete Covid Safety Plan will be emailed to you prior to starting the program which outlines all safety/sanitation measures and requirements.)
Handler Limit: Only 1-2 Handlers Per Dog Allowed & Must Be Healthy Adults Over 18 years of Age: While we have always enjoyed family member involvement (including children), due to safety and social spacing requirements, we have had to enforce this limit until such time that the risk/restrictions are lifted.
Face Mask Requirement: To ensure everyone’s safety and that we are doing our required part, face masks are required to be worn at all times when entering/exiting the building and while running classes. Your mask must cover the nose, mouth and chin area. You are required to bring your own face mask as we will not be providing them nor will we have spare ones available.
Handlers should dress appropriately. During cold/rain/inclement/extreme heat/humidity, classes will be held indoors. When the weather permits, classes will held outdoors. Handlers should be wearing comfortable, rubber soled shoes (no bare feet, plastic soles, flip-flops, dress shoes/high heels).
Male dogs over six months of age must be neutered. Females in season are not permitted.
Only dogs that are friendly and receptive towards other dogs and people may attend classes.
Aggressive, reactive or dogs with extreme fears are not suited/permitted in classes - see Private Training page for this service.