The class is recommended for dogs with a basic obedience foundation; they should already know how to be trained. They should be comfortable in a new place and nearby other dogs. Reactive or fearful dogs should not attend this class. While tricks are a great way to redirect reactive dogs, they should learn the tricks in a comfortable environment first, not surrounded by strange dogs. Tricks are also a great way to help fearful or shy dogs gain confidence, but again, they need to learn the new tricks in a place where they are comfortable. If you have a shy, fearful dog or dog- or people-reactive dog, it would be better for you to attend as an auditor, without your dog.
If bringing a dog, we recommend saving some of their breakfast for rewards during class. Also bring pea-sized higher value treats for reward (chicken, meatballs, hot dogs, cheese or whatever is high value for your dog). Class will include lecture and hands-on time, so you will want to bring a blanket, crate, or bed your dog is familiar with, so they can relax during down time. We will have water for the dogs and give them plenty of breaks. As with all DVGRR events, dogs must be on leash (no flexi leashes) and be current on vaccines.
The date is April 1st. Class will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will be open for 10 dog/handler teams and 20 auditors (without their dogs). Dog/handler teams cost $30 and auditors $10. To register please email Lisa Jagielski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will give you instructions on how to pay your registration.