Diamonds in the Ruff
Please fill out the following forms:
Student Profile (onine form or fillable .pdf)
Veterinary Permission Slip*
Take it to your veterinarian to be signed. Don't wait until the last minute! *If your vet is unable to sign your form and you have to cancel at the last minute, there is a $75 postponement fee to switch to a future class.
If you are registering for an intermediate or advanced class within the same calendar year, your VPS is on file and you do not need to fill out another one.
We hate it when you have to postpone a class THAT you've worked so hard to get into!
*Be sure to get your veterinary permission slip signed right away to make sure that your dog is healthy and adequately vaccinated and your vet says your dog is ready to come to class. (Especially important for puppies!) If you wait until the last minute, you may find out that your vet can't sign your permission slip. You may be advised to postpone because your dog needs another vaccination, or they discover that your dog has a parasite that needs to be treated before you can begin. This is the biggest reason people are unable to start classes when they planned.
Many clinics keep a blank copy on hand. Give them a call! We do not have fax capabilities - but you or your veterinarian may snap a pic of the form with your phone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT VACCINATIONS DOES MY DOG NEED? DO PUPPIES NEED TO HAVE COMPLETED "ALL THEIR SHOTS" TO ATTEND?
We do not dictate what vaccines your dog needs, we leave that up to your veterinarian to advise you. Puppies do not have to have completed all their vaccines, but they do need to be healthy and current! More info on "How Early Can My Puppy Begin?"
If vaccinations were not given by a licensed veterinarian, your vet may not be able to sign your vet slip.
Even though the chance of illness may be low, please know that your vet is making a responsible decision if they insist on re-vaccinating. They see dogs come in who "were vaccinated" by a breeder, shelter or rescue but then die of parvo or who "were wormed" but are loaded with parasites. It's inconvenient, but for the best for your dog and others they meet. Knock wood, we have never had an outbreak of illness in class and we'd like to keep it that way!
To avoid potential health issues, please avoid the dog park while you are enrolled in group training classes.
This is especially critical for puppies to avoid potential health risks and emotional trauma at an impressionable age.
Please click on the link above for more information.
If you have adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue, we ask that you wait at least 10 days before starting classes to be sure they aren't going to break with an illness or infection. Visit your vet now, especially if your dog has come from an out of state transport. These dogs often arrive with parasites that are not common to the Spokane area, so it is important that you find out early in order to get treatment.