Will the Beginner class teach my dog not to be aggressive? What if my dog is aggressive? SPDTC does not work with aggressive dogs. If you feel there may be an issue please contact us prior to signing up so we can discuss your dog’s issues. Perceptions may be different than reality.
How do I know which beginner class I’m in? The application has a box to check for your preference. If the class is already full at the time we receive your application we will contact you before we process your application.
What if my dog is timid? The best answer for shyness is socializing with other dogs and humans in a controlled setting.
If I want to attend the Wednesday morning class do I need to attend the lecture? Yes but in extreme cases we can make allowances. Please contact us to discuss.
Can I join a block of classes that have already started their ten week session? In the case of Beginner or Intermediate probably no. With so much information to convey in ten weeks, it wouldn’t be fair for the rest of the class to wait as we help you catch up. There may be adjustments in special circumstances.
Can I just show up with my application or email it in? As a non-profit organization, other than our instructors, we are staffed by volunteers trying to give back to the sport that gave to us. The mailing goes to our volunteer that assembles the class lists. In some instances we can have you come in pre-registered but our obedience administrative person is only present Tuesday nights from 5-7 pm and post marked applications are taken into consideration first.
I’ve taken classes elsewhere and wonder where I would fit in? Simply email us and let us know what level you achieved and where you have trained. We can discuss what your options are at that time and even have you stop in for an evaluation if set up in advance.
When do you need stewards and when are the classes? We host a spring show in April and a fall show in October. The steward classes are normally a week or two prior to the shows.
Can I volunteer to pay for a Beginner or Intermediate class? What if I have an unused class left over after I graduate from Beginner or Intermediate? Since those two classes are sold only in ten week blocks we can’t honor free classes until you reach the third level. At that time you can use earned classes or use up any and all classes that have been paid for but not used.
Do the puppies all get together and play off leash? For the puppies own good we have you keep them on leashes during class. If a shy puppy came into class and had others pouncing on him or her it could cause severe stressing of the puppy. As the class goes on and the puppies get to know one another they can come in controlled contact in the form of greeting each other or incidental contact with the permission of the other handlers.
My puppy will be older than 16 weeks, can I still join the Einstein class or what do I do? In certain instances such as a small breed we can make allowances otherwise you would have to wait for your puppy to achieve the age of 6 months to qualify for our Beginner class. If you have questions pertaining to either class you can email us with your questions or concerns.
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