Q:  We just got a new puppy.  How old do they have to be before we start classes?


A:  Puppies must be 12 weeks of age to start a STAR PUPPY class and must be up to date on their vaccines.  Rabies vaccines are not given until 16 weeks, so they are not required until that time. 


Q:  I’d like to sign up for a class, but I don’t know what class to take?


A:  If you have a young puppy you will want to start with STAR PUPPY.  This class is for puppies 12 weeks up to 24 weeks of age.  If your puppy is 6 months old, they would start with our JUNIOR BASIC for puppies up to 18 months of age.  If your dog is 6 months old or older or if your dog is older but has never had an obedience class, you must start with our BASIC OBEDIENCE class. 


Q:  How long will it take to train my dog?  Is one 6-week session enough?


A:  All dogs and students learn at their own pace.   Our classes require students practice the behaviors taught in the class during the week.    While some dogs will move up after taking 1 session others may benefit from repeating the class. 


Q:  The classes that I want to sign up for are all full. 


A:  Our STAR PUPPY and BASIC OBEDIENCE classes fill very quickly.   You should register as soon as you know that you want to start to train your dog with us.  We do not have a wait list.  All registrations are based on space availability   Payment for the class is required at time of registration to hold your spot.


Q:  How do I sign up for a class?


A:  The best way to register for a class is through our website, DTCSP.ORG.  One the home page clicks on the “CLASSES” tab.  You will see our classes, Puppy, Obedience, Agility, etc.  Click on the type of class you are looking for and information will come up.  In the box you will see the classes with start dates and times.  Only classes with space will show up in this box.  Select the class your interested and follow the prompts to register.  All classes must be paid for at the time of registration for your spot to be held. 


Q:  Do you offer private classes?


A:  We do not offer private classes.  We are a volunteer run organization and only offer group classes.


Q:  How many weeks are your classes and how many dogs are in each class?


A:  Are classes are approximately 50 – 60 minutes long, one day a week for 6 weeks.  Our classes have a maximum of 10 dogs unless otherwise stated.   


Q:  I’ve trained my dog at home or at another facility, and my dog already know how to sit.  Can I skip your Basic Obedience class? 


A:  All dogs and students new to our Club must start with our BASIC OBEDIENCE class.  This is a pre-requisite for all our other classes. 

Q:  Can I attend classes with my dog if there is a history of aggressive, reactive, or fear-biting behavior?


A:  For the safety of students, dogs and our volunteers, aggressive dogs are not allowed in our classes.  We recommend considering other options.


Q:  What is your REFUND POLICY?


A:  Rescheduling and cancellations must be made 7 days prior to the first class for a full refund.  After the second class no refund will be given, but the student may be transferred to another class with their dog or given credit to attend another session.  Refunds or credits will not be issued for students who miss class because of vacations or dropping out.


Q:  What do I do about class when my dogs in heat?  Can she just wear panties?


A:  Dogs in heat may NOT attend classes as it can be too distracting to other dogs in the class.  If your dog comes into heat during a session, we’ll be happy to move you to a later session.


Q:  How can I stop my dog from barking and lunging during class?


A:  Out of control, disruptive behavior such as barking, and lunging means your dog is not ready for an indoor group class environment.  Gradually, expose your dog to crowds and other dogs to lower his arousal.  Find another activity that causes less stress for your dog. 



Q:  What type of collar and leash should I use for class?


A:  A flat buckle collar or martingale and a 6-foot leash should be used in training class.  Please no bags or treats hanging off the leash.   If you regularly use a harness to walk your dog, please bring a  regular collar to use in training.  Harnesses do not provide a good means of controlling your dog in a training ring.  If your instructor feels another type of collar would be beneficial, they will discuss this with you.  


Q:  How do I know my dog is ready to attend a group class?


A:  Most dogs are ready to attend a group training class and enjoy the interactions.  However, if your dog is very nervous or reactive (lunging and or barking) to other dogs or people they may need a few sessions with a private trainer first.  Any training you do with your dog will help enhance their confidence.


Q:  Will you train my dog for me?


A:  Training Class is a place for people to learn.  We teach you how to train and help your dog become a well-behaved member of your family. 


Q:  Do you offer CGC (Canine Good Citizen) testing?


A:  Yes, we offer testing following the completion of one of our Advance Basic/Beginner Novice Class.  On occasion we will offer a CGC Prep Class with testing following the completion of the class.  Please check our website for dates.


Q:  What is the AKC ACT program?


A:  The AKC ACT (Agility Course Test) is an entry level event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility.  We hold 2 or 3 events per year.


Q:  What class should I take first if I want to do agility with my dog?


A:  You must successfully complete a Basic Obedience class.  We recommend that you consider advanced obedience training before beginning Agility training.  The more obedience training you and your dog have completed the easier agility training will be. 


Q:  What classes do you have that are drop-in?


A:  We offer Drop in classes isn Novice, Open and Utility   We also offer for those interested in competing in the obedience ring.  Please check our website for days and times.  We asj students to sgin up on our website in advance. Please check our website for the current schedule.   


Q:  What are your office hours? 


A:  We are open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

The office is also open on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Please call the office to confirm before coming for a visit. 


Q:  How do I become a member?  What are the benefits?


A:  If your interested in becoming a member you can obtain an application in the office.  You will need 2 sponsors from existing Club members to sign your application.  Usually, this will be one of your instructors.  After submitting the application, you will need to attend 2 Club general meetings which are held every other month on the third Thursday.   If you are already volunteering, these hours can be used in place of one meeting.  After completing the requirements, you will be voted in by the general membership at one of the meetings.  As a member you may receive discounts towards your training classes.  Additional information is available in the office.


Q:  How can I get more information?


A:  Email us at dtcsp.org or call us at 727-527-5568.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.