There are a few helpful things you can do to make the most out of your dog's class or private lesson, as well as a few important things you should bring! Here are some of our tips for success:
1. Don't feed your dog right before class or a session! Food is a powerful motivator - a hungry dog needs to eat! Most, if not all, of new behaviors taught to a dog will be taught using at least some food. If your dog is full, the food is not as effective - unless you have one of those garbage disposal dogs ;).
2. Bring the things you need: food, toy, short leash (no longer than 6'), appropriate gear. Come prepared ! We suggest bringing your dog's meal and a toy they like. If we have instructed you to use certain equipment, bring that too. If it's your first session, we recommend bringing the things you usually use so we can observe how it is working for you. For some dogs we may recommend something else, but we won't know unless we see it.
3. Pump yourself up - Don't be nervous or ashamed if your dog has an issue, no dogs are perfect! Your dog is great at reading your body language, and they can tell when something is bothering you. All dogs need training in their life, and all dogs have at least one issue. If you are coming to training, you are taking the first step towards success and working through it - that is something to be proud of and excited for. We recommend not changing your routine or trying to bring your dog in on their best behavior, we are here to help with the worst behaviors!