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Must Read Before Class! 

Class Preparation (To Do BEFORE Class) (:

Recommended Equipment and Information:


  • NO CHAIN leashes, RETRACTABLE leashes or TORN and TATTERED leashes. 6-foot leather leashes are recommended for your comfort. Leather leashes are the most comfortable and can last a long time. Leather leashes should be 6 feet in length and 1/2 inch wide for small to medium sized dogs or 5/8 inch wide for large to extra-large sized dogs. (High quality leather leashes are available for purchase at Katie's K9).

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are designed for movement and activity. You and your dog will be up and moving for the majority of class time. NO FLIP-FLOPS or SANDALS!

  • In hot weather, bring a water bowl for your puppers.

  • Do not feed your dog for at least 5 hours before coming to class. It will decrease the chance of an "accident". With puppies, 12 weeks to 5 months, give your pup a quarter of what they get to take the edge off. Your pets cannot think on a full stomach.

  • Classes are rarely cancelled. If there are extreme weather conditions and class is cancelled or rescheduled, you will receive a phone call prior to class. I make the decision by 4:00 p.m.

Upon Your Arrival and During Class:

  • ALWAYS HAVE YOUR DOG ON A LEASH (and a training collar if you have one). Especially BEFORE you let them out of the car.


  • Do not let your dog "Sniff" any other dog. This is your first step to obedience training. You are to be in control and the dog your dog is "sniffing" may not be as friendly as yours.

  • Make a mental note of any other students having a hard time with their dogs and stay clear of them until the handler regains control.

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

  • I DO NOT USE TREATS! I want your dog to learn to respect you and obey you from their heart — not their stomach.

  • My classes are geared for the everyday dog to become a good citizen and to respond to you the first time. I use lots of verbal and physical praise along with all the humor I can muster from you. You need to think of it like your dog knows Spanish and you know English. You need to learn a little Spanish and your pet needs to learn a little English. Together we can create a great working team!


  • You will be getting handouts doing over what you learned each week and other things you need to know to build a good working team!

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