Q: At what age should I start to
train my new puppy?
A: The earlier you start to work on teaching your puppy proper commands the less likely they will be to develop unwanted or undesirable behaviors. Puppy may start classes at The Curious Canine at 8 weeks of age. We offer a Puppy Class that is geared specifically to puppies. Don't wait until your puppy gets to be to unruly or too big to handle before starting a class, remember the earlier your start the quicker they will earn and the happier everyone will be.
A: We recommend a simple buckle or clasp type collar that can be purchased at your local pet supply store. We do not use choke type or prong type collars in any of our classes. If your dog tends to pull on leash then a Gentle Leader Head Halter is the best collar to use. The Gentle Leader may be purchased at Petco or your Veterinarian's office.
A: All dogs must be on leash when they arrive at class. It is best to purchase a 6-foot nylon or leather leash. Avoid using a chain leash or a flexi leash in class; they are hard to handle during class.
A: Yes, please make sure you bring 3 different types of treats to use in class. Most dogs like a variety, so having different treats to choose from will make your lesson more enjoyable for both you and your dog. Bring with you to class small 1/4¼ inch pieces of soft food treats such as Chicken; Cheese Sticks; Hot Dogs or any other soft treat that you may have at home.
A: Yes, most dogs that have not had any previous training would start in the Beginner Class. If your dog has had some previous training then they may need to be evaluated to see if they can move into the Advanced Beginner Class. Just give the office a call and we will make sure your dog is placed in the class that will best suit their needs.
A: Yes we do! We have on staff 3 AKC Canine Good Citizen ( CGC ) Evaluators. Our Advanced Beginner Class and Novice Class work on getting your dog to pass the CGC Test if that is your goal. Testing is done throughout the year on a regular basis and test dates will be posted on our web site. The CGC Test is a 10-step test that tests your dog's manners for being a good canine citizen.
A: Yes! We offer Agility For Fun Class that you can enroll in. It is a 45-minute session that runs for 4 weeks. This class will get your dog familiar with the different types of Agility Equipment. We also offer Agility Workshops a couple of times a year. Our Summer workshop was a great success, please watch for future workshops.
A: After you graduate from the 6 weeks of Beginner Class you should
enroll in the Advanced Beginner Classes. This class will pick up where
your Beginner Class finished and you will be happy with the progress
that your dog will make over the next 6 weeks of training. Many students
stay in the upper level classes because it gives them an opportunity
to work with their dogs weekly and they have a great time doing it.
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