Spotty Dog Training School Rules
important – PLEASE TAKE the TIME TO READ
- Dogs must be kept on lead at all times unless asked to let them off by the dog training instructor.
- For safety reasons customers must follow the trainers instructions while on site and during home visits.
- No extendable leads or slip leads. Dogs must be on training leads on long lines.
- If you feel unwell during a lesson, especially during active lessons such as agility, drop out or take a break.
- Owners are responsible for picking up dog waste. Waste must be placed inside a poo bin or taken home.
- Please close all gates behind you as this will prevent any loose animals from escaping onto the road.
- Please be aware that you may come across horses on the track. Please pass wide and slow and do not allow dogs to come into contact with horses.
- Reward based methods and equipment only. No choke chain, prong collars, electric shock collars or similar.
- Owners are responsible for their own dogs and children at all times. This includes maintaining safety when using equipment and borrowed items that belong to the training school.
- Please wear sensible shoes and clothing as we train outdoors.
- Do not use any equipment unsupervised or without permission.
- All training is done at the owner’s/handler’s risk. Although every effort is made to ensure no accidents take place, there is always an element of risk involved when dealing with dogs.
- Spotty Dog Training School and it’s employees will not be held liable for any injury caused by any means by it or any other member of the school.
- Your instructor will be standing on the gate 10 minutes before class is due to begin. Please arrive promptly as the gates will have to be closed before we start the class at the allotted time e.g. If the class is at 2pm the gates will be closed at 2pm. If you are running late please contact your instructor.
Carrying over missed lessons:
- For private 1-2-1 lessons 48 hours notice is required if you wish to change the date/time of your appointment. Less than 48 hours notice will result in the lesson being forfeit.
- For set courses such as puppy courses and beginner courses there is no carrying over missed lessons unless this has been previously arranged with the instructor before the start of the course.
- For ongoing lessons e.g. bronze award and ongoing agility. For a block of 8 weeks or longer you are welcome to carry over 2 lessons per block. For a block of lessons 4 or 6 weeks you are welcome to carry over 1 lesson. Provided the instructor has been told in advance.
- If a dog has an operation e.g. bitch spay or castration you can carry over as many lessons as needed so that the dog can make a full recovery before returning to lessons.
- For bitch seasons we ask that they are not brought into the facility, so you can carry over as many lessons as needed until the season has finished. 121 home visits can still take place during a bitch season.
- All lessons and services are non-refundable.
What you will need for lessons:
- Treats! Bring a mix of high and medium value treats that your dog loves e.g. cooked chicken, packet treats. Bring more than you think you need as we can get through a lot of treats in a lesson.
- Prey dummy or favourite toy: We highly recommend prey dummies, these can be purchased from your instructor. Prey dummies are used for searching, retrieves and motivation.
- A training lead: This is simply a normal lead with a clip at one end and a loop for your hand. We recommend a lead between 1.5m and 2m long. These can be purchased from your instructor. No extendable leads please.
- A long line: This is a longer lead used for recall, distance control and searching. We recommend a length of between 7m to 15m. If you are new to using a longline a shorter length will be easier for you to handle. Getting a longline that is comfortable and soft on your hands is essential. These can be purchased from your instructor.
- Poo bags: Poo must be collected by owners and either placed inside a poo bin or taken home.
- Search articles: For advanced classes you will be asked to bring in search articles from home. These can be anything from an old sock to an old wallet. It is up to the owners to ensure that the items are safe for the dogs e.g. not a choking risk or foreign body risk.