Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Class Success Guidelines
If your class is scheduled within 3 hours of your dog’s meal time feed your dog 1/3 to 1/2 of his regular meal bring the rest to class mixed with pea sized soft treats. Things that have a pungent smell are the most effective. Having a tool apron or fanny pack to put your treats in, frees your hands for training.
For Puppy Start classes, we require proof of your puppy's vaccinations. Please upload your dog's vaccination records to their profile in your client portal. If you need help with this step, bring a paper copy to the first class and your instructor can help.

We generally work the dogs on buckle collars that they wear at home. A leash that is cotton web or leather is more comfortable than nylon. No flexi-leads please. For dogs that are strong pullers we recommend NO PULL TRAINERS or GENTLE LEADERS. These will be demonstrated at the first class.

Wear clothes that are comfortable and closed shoes. Sandals, shoes with heels, and boots tend to inhibit the movement needed.

Developing habits in both dog and trainer are critical for your class success. Commit 20-30 minutes a day to practicing the exercises taught in class. This time can be divided into 2-3 mini-sessions in the beginning. To insure success later you will need to take your dog on field trips in order to generalize and perfect your commands. Much of your training happens in the way you relate to your dog in daily life. Respect for your leadership and success in training will follow consistent reinforcement. CHILDREN under 6 years need to have an additional adult for supervision during the class. Children 6 years and older may participate in puppy classes. For basic classes we ask that the children be 8 years and older. Children under 14 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to schedule a make up session for missed classes, please contact your trainer. Typically these makeups take about 30 minutes and should be prior to your next class.

Classes are effective for most dogs and owners. If you are struggling with a problem please email mail.heartsandpaws.com and we will help you as soon as possible. Some problems are better served in a private lesson format.

See you in class!