Diamonds in the Ruff

What if My Dog Has Surgery or Becomes Ill?

Please check with your veterinarian for permission to attend.  If they advise against it, please email to let us know.  You may finish the class session without your dog or transfer you to the next session of classes.  There will be a $45 transfer fee.  Transfers must be taken within 60 days.


Due to the young age of the majority of our students, it is pretty routine for their spay/neuter surgeries to fall within the time frame of their training classes.  Because the beginning classes are pretty low-key, unless there are complications in surgery, there shouldn't be a problem with your dog attending.  If your dog's class is on Saturday, schedule his surgery for Monday so he'll have the maximum recovery days before the next class.

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If you are scheduled for a more physical class like Agility or Tails and Trails, be sure to get the vet's okay as to when you may resume jumping or hiking steep trails.  If your dog is wearing an Elizabethan collar (the "cone of shame") please remove it before coming into class and during practice sessions at home when your dog is on leash and under your supervision.  You and he will be much more comfortable and have a more productive training session without it.  Put it back on when you are not directly supervising to make sure he leaves his sutures alone!


Coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, fever ...

If your dog is suffering from any potentially contagious illness, please leave your dog at home and contact us to reschedule. 

You may come without him to learn and apply the lessons at home, and/or you may transfer to a future session when he is well.  If the veterinarian has deemed that the source of diarrhea is stress, allergies or change in food (introduce new, richer treats gradually!) you may attend class as planned.  If he is on a special diet please see "Who And What to Bring to Class" for ideas for high value rewards that meet his dietary needs.

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