can't find the address - where are you located?
The training center is located at 2925
N. Monroe on Spokane's near northside near
the foot of the North Monroe Street Hill.
When you register, you will be sent a confirmation packet which includes
a map, directions and other information by email or regular mail. Students
may drop in for supplies a few minutes before or after regular class times.
The training center is not open when classes are not in session.
forgot to mail my check for a class that I registered for, is my spot
cases, yes. If you have received a confirmation for a class, we will do
our best to hold your spot until the first week orientation. However,
your spot is not guaranteed until we receive your tuition check. If you
registered late and have received confirmation, you may bring your check,
profile and vet permission slip with you to the first class. If we have
a long waiting list, we may contact unpaid students to verify that they
indeed plan to attend. If you registered and your plans change, please
let us know ASAP so we can give your spot to someone else.
it possible to observe a class prior to enrolling?
Absolutely. Please email to arrange a date and time to visit our classes.
I wait until the first day of class to pay or post date the check?
We are happy to work with you. Email
to discuss options.
you offer any discounts?
a list of discounts and discount packages here
husband/wife/son/daughter would like to work with the dog, too.
Is this appropriate? Can they attend class, too?
entire family is invited to attend together and take an active part in
the dog's training. Please see our policies regarding kids
in the classroom, appropriate ages, etc.
collars / leashes / other equipment will I need?
no two dogs are alike and no two families are alike, we do not have a
standard issue "all dogs shall be fitted with collar X" rule.
A well-fitted buckle collar (meaning one that will not slip off over the
head) is a first choice collar, realizing that strong dogs or active dogs
with small people may need "power steering" to make it easier
for both to have a constructive learning experience. We carry no-pull
harnesses and headcollars and will let you borrow and try them before
you purchase a different collar for your particular dog. The primary recommendation
is to bring them in what you are currently using and we'll make suggestions
as we see fit. No shock or metal training collars in class,
leather is best and will last your dog's lifetime if you take care of
it. Nylon is fine. No chain leashes or flexi-leads in class. A four-foot
leash is plenty long enough.
you use food in training?
we do. And cheering and praise and toys and ear scratches and belly rubs
and real life rewards. Your job will be to select and use rewards that
motivate your dog the most so he will be
able to resist distractions and give you his undivided attention and focus.
Food, praise and pets are the most easily given in the classroom setting.
Toys are also a great way to reward your dog, remember you must stop and
play and allow the dog to enjoy the toy in order for it to be rewarding.
If you don't give him the toy when he's worked to earn it, you are merely
teasing him. Go here for an article called "Work
skills will my puppy learn in the Puppy Pre-school and Headstart level
Your puppy will learn the basics - "sit" "down" "stand" "stay" "come"
and "let's go" (walking on leash). We will also cover commands like "off"
(don't jump on grandma) and "leave it" (don't steal things off the counter.)
We will also address typical puppy behavior concerns like mouthing, chewing
inappropriate items, and house training. We will cover basic dog care
issues like grooming. There will be class time each week for questions
and answers and general behavior problem solving.
dog is a puppy, but my schedule won't allow me to come to either of the
Puppy class dates - what should I do? Do I need to wait til he/she's older?
may register your puppy for any of the Headstart classes. Younger dogs
may register for the 'older dog' classes, but older dogs may not register
for the 'younger dog' classes.
is the difference between Puppy Preschool, Puppy Kindergarten and Headstart?
only real difference is age of the dogs in the class *see above* - the
curriculum and handouts are the same for all three classes. Click here
for more info. The classes are designed to cover questions/behavior
concerns related to the developmental/social stage of the pups and while
the curriculum is the same, the lessons are delivered to best meet the
attention spans of the younger puppies in Preschool/Kindergarten.
have an older dog who's never had any training - is it too late to start
Not at all - of course the fewer weeks, months and years a dog has "practiced"
the behaviors you are wanting to revise, the easier it is to change them.
Behavior that has become "habit" will be more resistant to change.
(You have to erase a few things as you write the new ones - puppies have
a clean slate!) But we've had dogs as old as 15 come for classes (the
family got a new puppy and didn't want her to feel left out) with great
started some training at home, should I still register for the beginning
Since the exercises in the advanced classes build on the foundation laid
in the entry level classes, it is important to start at the beginning,
even if your dog has some skills already. Many dogs who know things pretty
well in the kitchen at home, still need to learn how to focus on the owner
in a busy class setting. If your dog has attended a beginning level class
at another school, you may begin at the Prep level.
vaccinations do you require prior to attendance?
abide by the recommendation and vaccination protocols set forth by your
personal licensed veterinarian for you and your particular pet. Vaccination
efficacy, schedules, risks and dangers are under study and change and
many veterinarians are adjusting their recommendations accordingly. For
this reason we do not dictate exactly what or how many vaccinations your
pet must have prior to class attendance. We feel this decision is best
left to your personal veterinarian. Your dog or puppy must be seen regularly
by a licensed veterinarian and deemed to be in good health, free of communicable
disease or parasites, and adequately protected against disease for your
dog's health and the health of our other students.
dog isn't spayed - what if she should come in season during the class
dogs will of course find the group activity a bit more distracting than
spayed or neutered dogs. An in-season female can turn a male's brain to
mush in an instant and add an element to the classroom that can be a bit
trying for all concerned (and successive classes for days afterward.)
So if your dog comes into season, she will need to postpone her class
until the next session, and we strongly advocate spaying
typical estrus cycle lasts 27 days. 9 days coming in, 9 days in standing
heat (when she can get pregnant and may do ANYTHING to get there) and
9 days going out. She will be cranky with other dogs the first and last
9 days but will drip messy discharge on the floor throughout (less so
on the days she is most likely to become pregnant so don't let your guard
down just because there isn't as much mess on the carpet!) and she may
be attractive to male dogs within a 4 mile radius the entire time.
just finished PPS / Puppy K / Headstart - what class comes next?
have just completed a beginning level class. The second level class is
the Prep School clicker class. All
of our beginning level classes move on to the Prep level. There are three
available Prep classes each session and they often fill quickly, so reserve
your spot early.
I take some time off and practice what we've learned so far before registering
for the next level of classes?
sounds like a great idea in theory, but our experience has been that most
people intend to, but don't practice as much as they wanted to. Some admit
that without a class to come to, they didn't practice at all. The continuity
of moving ahead with the dog's training while it's "on a roll"
far outweighs the benefits of taking the time to perfect what he's learned
already in almost every case.
is clicker training?
I have to use a clicker in Prep class? Where do I get one?
You will receive a clicker as part of your enrollment in Prep class. No,
you are not required to use the clicker, you are welcome to use a verbal
marker instead. But here are some good
reasons the clicker is more effective than a verbal marker when teaching
new skills and perfecting old ones.
dog is really afraid of other dogs / shy around people / nervous in new
situations / sometimes acts out - what class should I take?
dogs come out of their shells and become more comfortable in a a basic
Puppy or Headstart class. But for dogs with more serious issues, we will
evaluate your dog and may recommend private lessons
prior to attending a regular class. Be sure to provide detailed information
about your dog's specific issues so we can best help you make the right
class choice and make your class experience as positive as possible.
dog acts aggressively toward other dogs/people, can he come to class?
enrolling in a group class, we would like you to schedule a consult/evaluation
with Cathy Fox, 993-3622, email@example.com, to determine your
dog's suitability for class and discuss pro-active ways to manage and
handle your dog and determine whether or not a group class situation would
be best for this dog and safe for the other students or if private behavior
modification is required instead.
in the Ruff specializes in dealing
with special needs dogs, with careful consideration paid to the safety
and quality of class for our other students. Many unsocialized dogs act
out in a class situation, but as they begin to feel safe in a controlled
class environment, they soon settle in and begin to relax. When good experiences
outweigh negative ones, the dog's need to be defensive gradually subsides
and the dog's comfort level increases.
regarding dogs with aggressive tendencies toward animals or people:
• The dog must be handled by a responsible, alert and physically capable
adult. (No 100 lb dogs with an 80 lb handler, no children on the end of
• The dog may be required to wear specific well-fitted and strong collars
and leads, most often Gentle Leaders and in some cases, muzzles as deemed
necessary to control and redirect the dog's outbursts quickly and safely.
• The dog will be seated carefully in the class situation, at a safe distance
from the other dogs or in an adjoining room if necessary.
• The handler must at all times be aware of not only his own dog's behavior,
but the proximity of other students (dog & human.)
• If the dog is disruptive or makes the other students uncomfortable,
we reserve the right to excuse the dog from class, with a refund or transfer
to private consult.
We do not allow the following:
Dogs who have been deemed by the court system as "Dangerous Dogs"
Dogs who are too large and/or too intense to be handled safely in a class
you offer Board & Train services?
a very limited basis for special circumstances we occasionally take dogs
in for training. We feel very strongly that the training of the HUMAN
is far more important than the dog's training. For this reason we discourage
pet owners from sending their dogs out for training. (more
there still be class if the weather is crummy?
Unless the State Patrol advises that everyone stay
off the roads unless it's an emergency, classes will be held as usual.
You may make up a class missed due to weather or illness.
is your transfer / cancellation / make-up policy?
Because our classes are limited to 8-10 students per class, classes frequently
fill weeks in advance. Last minute cancellations and transfers can wreak
havoc with the balance of the class registrations. Please check your calendar
carefully and plan to attend the class you sign up for. Catch-up
sessions are available. Should an emergency or illness occur, please
call as early as possible to make arrangements for transfer to a future
class. Transfers must be taken within 60 days. No refunds after week 2.
There is a $35 transfer fee for transfers after week 2.