Training Policies and Guidelines
Doggy Dress Code
Our rewards-based training environment encompasses a fashion-forward style. Please note that we do not use electronic, choke, prong or citronella collars. Required items are marked with an “*”, other items listed are optional:
- *A flat or plain collar
- *Your dog’s ID
- *Leash (4-6 foot) made of cotton, nylon or leather (no retractable please)
- Front-clip walking harness (our first and favorite choice, but optional)
- Gentle Leader (optional)
- Muzzle: plastic basket, metal or leather (if necessary)
Safety Upon Arrival
When you enter the classroom, please take care around other dogs you see, since some may become overly excited and do all they can to meet your dog. If your dog is hard to control, or you have difficulties entering the classroom, please wait outside and an assistant or the trainer will come out to help you and your dog enter. Thank you for your cooperation!
Approaching and Petting Dogs
Some dogs are not friendly toward or comfortable around people they don’t know. Please do not approach or pet any other dogs in class. If you have a child attending class with you and your child wants to meet another dog, please note that greeting other dogs can only be done after obtaining permission from the other dog’s owner and must take place during non-classroom teaching time.
Illness and Attendance
For the comfort of all our students, we only allow healthy dogs to attend class. We are sorry if your dog is ill, but kindly keep him or her at home, so as not to spread germs, and be sure to contact your veterinarian if needed. We also request that dog parents stay home when ill, and send along another family member with the dog to participate in the class, if possible.
Unaltered Male Dogs
For safety purposes, dogs that are not spayed or neutered are prohibited from attending classes where there is off-leash interaction between dogs, with the exception of Puppy Manners. Unaltered dogs are more frequently targeted in playgroups by other dogs because of the way they smell. Fights can ensue, which endanger all dogs and dog parents present, as well as the Inquisitive Canine staff. Please note, however, that unaltered dogs are permitted in classes in which dogs are on leash.
Female Dogs in Heat
We apologize for the inconvenience, but female dogs in heat may not attend class.
In order to protect all participants in a class, we reserve the right to decline entry to, or remove from class, any dog who presents behavioral issues that may be deemed overly dangerous or disruptive, or that may be or exacerbated by participation in a group or class setting. Depending on the circumstance, credit for unattended sessions may be granted, and we may recommend our private training option, which includes behavior consulting. We have an excellent track record of success with dogs that are initially unable to attend a group class.
Biting and Fighting
If your dog has ever bitten anyone — including you, a family member, a friend or a stranger — enough to break skin (excluding puppies playing), or if your dog has ever been involved in a dog fight, please call before registering. We often recommend private lessons and private consulting to help you successfully deal with this behavior.
Children in Class
We encourage children to share in the training process. Please observe our guidelines for their participation:
- All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or have written permission from a parent or guardian to attend with another adult who will serve as the minor’s guardian during class.
- Children must remain under parental supervision at all times. We ask that they remain seated during lectures and discussions, and remain alongside you and your dog during training exercises.
- Children below age 9 must be supervised by an older sibling or adult.
- Please use “indoor voices” in the classroom arena and do not run. Skateboards, “Heelies” or other types of shoes with wheels are not permitted.
- If you feel your child may become restless during class, please feel free to bring quiet activities that he or she would enjoy.
Dog(s), participating in training service(s), must be current for Rabies and all other legally required vaccinations. All puppies are required to have completed the Parvo vaccine series. Additional vaccinations, including distemper, hepatitis, and parainfluenza, are not required, but strongly encouraged unless otherwise directed by the indicated veterinarian. Owner to provide official documentation indicating vaccinations are contraindicated.
However, if you chose/refuse to vaccinate your dog you agree to participate in training at your own risk and at the risk of your animal. Owners are solely responsibility for thier unvaccinated animal(s).
Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records to the first class so that we may view them; we do not keep records.
We accept Visa/MC, cash or personal checks made payable to The Inquisitive Canine, LLC. Payment is due at time of (or before) the start of the first class or play session. Registrations submitted via email, fax or over the phone must be secured by credit card. There is a $25 fee for all returned checks.
If the class for which you’ve registered is canceled, you can either receive a credit for the registration amount toward a future class or you’ll be issued a full refund.
Group Classes and Workshops
If you must cancel your participation in a class, please notify us at least one week prior to the start date of the class or workshop for which you’ve registered. Refunds will be issued only with one week’s notice. If your dog is unable to attend classes due to illness or injury within the first half of the sessions purchased, you’ll be offered a credit on the remaining balance toward future classes, workshops or events. If you must cancel your registration in classes that are on a week-to-week schedule, please give us one week’s advance notice. Refunds for unused sessions are issued only when we are given this notice.
Private Training, Online Coaching and Packages:
Cancellation/rescheduling must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment or client will be invoiced for full amount. Pre-paid sessions must be used within time frame as outlined by trainer and as written on client receipt. If Company, for any reason, must cancel any scheduled event, Client will be refunded the full amount paid.
We do not offer refunds for pay-as-you-go private training services. All training packages are to be paid in full and in advance of first scheduled session. Cancelation of a coaching package requires at least one week’s notice. With proper notice, 50% of the remaining amount of the coaching package will be refunded.