A FEW POINTERS BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS:
- Have you enrolled in an Amiable Dog Training class or are you considering enrolling?
- Wonder what you’ll need to know before coming to class?
- Bring the Waiver & application for Amiable Dog Training class enrollment the first day of class, or send it by mail or email.
- Bring your dog or puppy on a well-fitted, secure collar (rather than a head halter or body harness) that your dog cannot break or back out of. A traditional flat buckle collar, a slip collar, or a prong collar usually works well.
- Bring your dog or puppy on 6-foot-long leash (please no retractable leashes). A leather or biothane leash works best (we carry leather and biothane leashes and collars at Amiable), but nylon or another material can be acceptable so long as it is 6-feet in length.
- For Basic Classes, a 15-foot-long longe line is needed. If you’ve never trained with Amiable Dog Training in the Basic Classes, wait until your class begins to get this piece of equipment. You can purchase this from us or make it yourself.
- Bring a rug or blanket for your dog to lie on, if you like. This will help your dog to be more relaxed and content when we are stationary for brief periods. For Puppy Classes, feel free to also bring along a Nylabone or other toy to help occupy your puppy when between working sessions.
- If you are concerned your dog might have an accident at training, keep your dog on a short leash indoors and bring “accident baggies” to clean-up any messes.
- To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, please keep your dog on a short leash unless you are letting him relieve himself outdoors or are instructed to do otherwise. Be respectful of other peoples’ and dogs’ personal space, and do not allow your dog to rush up and greet another without first asking permission.
- Many different commands and exercises are recommended and explained in class. Practice these a minimum of 20-minutes each day so you are ready to advance to the next step, which will be introduced in your next lesson. You can break your practice into several daily sessions if you like. Incorporate homework into your daily interactions in the house and yard, on walks, and in public. If you are motivated to practice longer than 20-minutes daily, that’s GREAT!
- Your dog or puppy must be free of internal and external parasites and current on vaccinations (rabies for dogs four months and older, and combination/DHLPP and bordetella for all enrollees). Please bring a copy of your dog’s or puppy’s vaccination records with you to your first class.
- Bring family members, children, neighbors, or friends to class with you. Where appropriate in Puppy Classes and Private Lessons, all those present and interested can participate fully. When training in the Basic Classes, however, we do ask that you establish one primary dog handler who will work with the dog during classes. Other family members can observe during class and practice the techniques demonstrated in class at home. WORKSHOP enrollment may require an ‘audit’ fee for attendees not working a dog.
- Groups classes are held at Bluemound Animal Hospital in Brookfield, WI and several other locations in Milwaukee and Honolulu. Need address or directions? Please see the “Locations” page.
- Bring a chair for you and your guests.
If you haven’t enrolled yet but want to see the current schedule, click here.
Coming to dog class is fun! Many times enthusiastic families want to switch handlers during class so they can all practice with the dog. I understand, but that approach is detrimental because:
- no one develops mastery of the techniques
- your dog will have difficulty learning commands and impulse control and his confidence and enthusiasm for learning will suffer
Think of it this way; if you were enrolled in a step-by-step computer class and each week a different person participated, the instructor would need to backtrack for them – which is not fair to the rest of the class. Since dog training means working with your pet rather than a machine, your best friend is also being penalized.
There are options, though. Household members should defer to the primary trainer and follow their instructions. Private lessons are available to allow ALL household members hands-on work under the guidance of Amy. Call/text or email to arrange a time — 414-289-7785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.