Frequently asked questions
What vaccinations does my puppy need to start classes?
I require proof of Bordatella vaccination for all group classes and socialization, in addition your puppy needs to be up to date with all age appropriate vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian. This doesn't mean they have to have completed all their vaccinations though! Early learning and socialization is critical for behavioral development.
At what age should I start my puppy in training classes?
Your puppy should have a week or so in your home to acclimate to their new surroundings prior to starting class. Generally the younger they are the better, but some puppies may need an extra week or so if they are particularly shy or fearful.
When does your next session of __________ class begin?
Most of my classes are rolling admission classes. This means that if there is room in the class you may begin as soon as you'd like. My maximum class size is 6.
What classes do you offer and how do I register?
My class listings and registration link are listed on my 'services' pages, just scroll down until you get to the group classes heading. https://www.properpaws.biz/services
Do you offer classes on evenings or weekends?
At this time all of our class offereings and private appointments are Monday - Friday between 8am and 4pm. There are several qualified trainers in the area who do offer eveing and weekend class, you can find a listing of Certified Trainers at www.APDT.com.
What will I need for class?
We utilize only positive methods for training at Proper Paws, so no special equipment is required. Here is what we recommend you bring.
I've been told that I shouldn't take my dog out to meet other dogs until their vaccinations are complete, does that mean I should wait until the dog has it's rabies shots to come to class?
My puppy is over 6 months but hasn't had any formal training, what class should I sign up for?
Periodically I offer Beginner Obedience classes for puppies between 6-12 months of age, for those dogs that are comfortable around other dogs and people. Often however, puppies over 6 months have learned quite a few behaviors already, but they probably aren't ready for the Graduate Puppy class yet. These 'tweener' pups may do best with a few private lessons first to get them up to speed in the basic behaviors (sit, down, stay, wait, watch, touch, come and leash work) before we matriculate them into a group class.
I have an older rescue puppy/dog, what class is right for them?
This is a hard question to answer with a blanket statement as it often depends on the dog. As with older puppies though, the first step is to get the basic behaviors up to speed and since older rescues often come with behaviors or habits that may need to be addressed I do recommend private lessons first. The package of 5 private lessons at the training center, get's the dog used to working in an unfamiliar area, allows us to build a customized training plan that fits your dog and gives you the opportunity to build a working relationship with the dog without the distractions of other dogs around.