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Day Training: FAQ

How does day training work?

You will drop your dog off at a scheduled time between 9-9:30am on a Tuesday or Thursday. They’ll have a fun, full day! You’ll receive a written report, videos of your dog’s training activities and exercises to practice for homework. You’ll pick up your dog between 5-5:30pm.

What am I required to bring?

1. Kibble. Bring your dog’s breakfast if possible! Kibble is great for training and enrichment time, so your dog gets lots of rewards without way too many extra calories.

2. High value treats. Usually soft, smelly treats, real meat or cheese, or anything else that your dog gets excited for even when there are distractions nearby. Not sure what your dog considers “high-value”? Do some testing before you come, and bring your dog’s favorite treats so they’ll be ready to train! 

3. Toys. Favorite balls, tugs and chew toys will help your dog feel happy and at home. 

4. Leash. A flat leash that is at least 6 feet long works well for most basic training. 

5. Flat collar and/or harness with ID tags. If your dog has slipped out of collars or harnesses in the past, please bring a martingale collar. 

6. Copies of all current vaccination records. Bring hard copies with you or email them to gymdog.pet@gmail.com prior to your scheduled drop off time. 

7. Additional equipment as needed: clickers, collars, muzzles, etc. And a bag to hold all this good stuff!

Are there prerequesite skills my dog needs to have? 

1) If your dog is particularly fearful, reactive or aggressive around other dogs or people, they must be muzzle trained before attending day training. We are happy to help you get started with muzzle training during private lessons. Please contact us to discuss your dog's specific history and needs. Check out https://muzzleupproject.com/ for additional resources. 

2) If your dog cannot be comfortably crated for at least 30 minutes at a time, please speak with us before scheduling day training. We will make accommodations for dogs that have difficulties being confined whenever possible, and may ask you to bring a back-clip harness and 15 foot least so that your dog can be safely tethered when necessary. 

Socialization

Meeting new dogs and people can be tough for our pups - maybe they get too excited, or they find it stressful or overwhelming. During day training we allow your dog to move at their own pace, so that they can succeed in forming positive associations with new people, dogs, objects and environments. We tailor social walks, playtime and group activities to each dog's needs, temperament and comfort level. While particular blocks are set aside for socialization, your dog will be exposed to these things throughout the day, giving them multiple opportunities to learn that could not be provided during in-home lessons. 

Enrichment

Chewing, digging, licking, sniffing, foraging, shredding - these are a few of your dog's favorite things! Providing safe, stimulating outlets for your dog's natural behaviors is crucial to keeping them happy and healthy! Enrichment activities will vary by week but may include stuffed Kongs, puzzle toys or scent work, chew toys or bones, snuffle mats, lick mats and other interactive options. 

Training

Your dog will technically be "training" all day - they're learning new information, earning rewards and practicing manners the entire time they're at day training! During training time, we'll work on the specific cues, concepts or skills on their personalized training plan for that day. You'll receive videos and/or written instructions about each exercise so that you're prepared to practice with your pup once you return home!

Exercise

Getting enough exercise is important for all dogs, both big and small! Multiple walks throughout the day allow your dog to get their cardio going, practice leash walking and explore their new environment. 

Playtime

Playing with toys helps your dog build confidence, practice impulse control, have fun and burn energy! Your dog can play tug, fetch, find it or chase - we're game for it all! Is your pup not showing much interest in toys? No need to worry - with patience and a little creativity, every dog can find their playful side!

Rest

Ever needed a little downtime? Your dog does too! Training is mentally and physically tiring, so rest is built into the schedule to ensure that your dog has time to reset and snooze in between sessions. 

What does the schedule look like? 

Morning:

9-9:30am: Drop off

9:30-10am: Exercise

10-10:30am: Playtime

10:30-11:30am: Training

11:30-12pm: Dog socials

Midday:

12-12:30pm: Rest

12:30-1pm: Exercise

1-1:30pm: Rest

1:30-2pm: Enrichment

Afternoon:

2-3pm: Training

3-3:30pm: Exercise

3:30-4pm: Socials / Play

4-5pm: Enrichment

5-5:30pm: Pick up

 
Private Lesson: FAQ
 

How do private lessons work?

At our first private lesson, we'll spend some time discussing your training goals, your dog's history, and any specific issues that we're planning to address. The remainder of the lesson will be spent doing hands-on training exercises with your dog! You'll receive follow-up emails with your homework from each lesson. If you've purchased a package, you'll also receive a personalized training plan that is customized entirely for your dog!

Where will we meet? 

Private lessons can be scheduled at your home, in the training room at our facility, or at a park or other public location. 

How often will we meet?

While all dogs and training plans are different, generally we expect you to have completed at least 10, 10-minute practice sessions with your dog in between lessons. Based on your schedule constraints, we are happy to meet with you once a week, every other week, or at another interval that is realistic for you. 

What do I need to have on hand?

1. Kibble / small, low value treats.

2. High value treats. Usually soft, smelly treats, real meat or cheese, or anything your dog get excited for even when there are distractions nearby! Not sure what your dog considers "high-value"? Do some testing before we arrive, and have your dog's favorite treats so they're ready to train!

3. Leash. A flat leash that is at least 6 feet long works well for most basic training. 

4. Flat collar and/or harness with ID tags. If you dog has slipped out of collars or harnesses in the past, please use a martingale collar. 

5. Highly recommended: A treat pouch or fanny pack! Having instant, convenient access to treats and other rewards makes it easier to stay organized, enjoy each moment with your dog and take your training on the road! 

Group Classes: FAQ

AKC STAR Puppy Class

Our puppy classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10am and 11am. Each week we cover one of 6 rotating class topics, so you can join any time and complete the course at your own pace.

 

Topics covered in puppy class include teaching sit, lay down, stay, come and loose leash walking as well as basic house manners and appropriate 

socialization.

 

Learn more about the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program here

Basic Obedience

Our basic obedience class is a 4 week course designed for friendly dogs over 5 months who have little to no previous training. 

This class will help you teach your dog the five essential basic commands: sit, lay down, stay, come and loose leash walking.

AKC Canine Good Citizen

The AKC Canine Good Citizen test has been the "gold standard" of dog training for years. This 8 week class is open to dogs who have already learned the 5 basic obedience commands (sit, lay down, stay, come and heel) and will help you and your dog prepare to take the CGC test on the last day of class.

 

Learn more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, including the 10 test items here.

What classes do you offer? 

We offer Puppy Classes on Saturdays for pups 5 months and younger. Special topics classes, including but not limited to Basic Obedience, Leash Walking, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog, are offered at different times throughout the year.

Where are classes held?

 Classes are usually held at the Humane Society of Washington County. The address is 2101 W Walnut St. Johnson City, TN 37604. 

Weather and special topics can cause classes to relocate.

What do I need to bring?

1. Kibble / small, low value treats.

2. High value treats. Usually soft, smelly treats, real meat or cheese, or anything your dog get excited for even when there are distractions nearby! Not sure what your dog considers "high-value"? Do some testing before we arrive, and have your dog's favorite treats so they're ready to train!

3. Leash. A flat leash that is at least 6 feet long works well for most basic training. 

4. Flat collar and/or harness with ID tags. If you dog has slipped out of collars or harnesses in the past, please use a martingale collar. 

5. Highly recommended: A treat pouch or fanny pack! Having instant, convenient access to treats and other rewards makes it easier to stay organized, enjoy each moment with your dog and take your training on the road! 

 
 
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