Family Dog Classes

Tip Top Dog Training offers small group training classes for puppies and dogs who are 4 months or older. (Puppies 16 weeks and under should enroll in Puppy Kindergarten). Small group classes have 4-6 dogs per class. They offer a lower cost alternative to private lessons, but less flexibility in content and scheduling. The following classes are available as interest warrants:

Family Dog I Basic obedience & manners training: respond to name, come when called, sit, down, stay, walk politely on leash, greet politely. Addresses common behavior issues such as barking, jumping up, chewing, etc. None
5 weeks
(1st wk w/out dogs)
Family Dog II New Format - see details below Family Dog I or Puppy II

pay per lesson

Clicks & Tricks Use your clicker skills to teach your dog fun tricks. Make your dog the hit of the neighborhood. Family Dog I or Puppy II 5 weeks

Additional Equipment fee of $0-35 will be required if dog needs to be fitted with appropriate leash and collar.

What are the requirements for enrolling?

All dogs in group classes must have been examined by and received a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. Specifically all dogs must:

  • Be current on vaccinations (DHPP or similar and Rabies).
  • Have had a negative stool check within the last six months.
  • Puppies must be free of external parasites (mites, fleas, etc) at all times.
  • Rabies vaccine is not required to begin Kindergarten. It will be given by your vet when your pup reaches the appropriate age.
  • Please have your vet fill out and sign the health certificate.

    Dogs without proper health certification will not be admitted to class. No exceptions.

For safety and out of consideration to the other students, aggressive dogs or dogs who have ever bitten a person or another dog are not permitted in group classes. These dogs should enroll in private lessons or consider behavior counseling.

Registrations, fees and cancellations

Check the group class schedule to see what upcoming classes are scheduled. Open and print the registration form, fill it out, and send it in along with the registration fee and health certificate from your vet. Your registration form and fees need to be received before your place is guaranteed. You will receive notification when your place in class is confirmed.

For Family Dog I classes, there is an equipment fee which ranges between $0-$35 if your dog needs to be fitted with an appropriate collar and leash. Dogs who cannot be controlled on a combo collar will be fitted with a Gentle Leader head halter.

Cancellations made at least 1 week prior to the first class of the session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between 1 week prior to the first class and the first class will receive a 50% refund. No refunds of class fees will be made after the session begins. There is a $35 fee for returned checks.

If a class is cancelled due to weather or other reasons, a make-up class will be held at the end of the session. If you have to miss a class for any reason, try to have another family member bring your puppy to class. There are no refunds or discounts for missed classes.

First class is people only, we'll do an overview of the class; we'll learn the mechanical skills of the positive training methods and discuss equipment.

Family Dog II Class Description

The Family dog class has open enrollment with flexible scheduling. This format will give more people a chance to participate and more flexibility for students. The Family Dog II class will meet every Saturday morning from 9am to 10am. Students do not have to attend every class in succession. Instead, you may pay for a given number of classes and have the flexibility to use them as you wish within the current year. You may join into the class at any time.

Each class meeting, half of the class period will be dedicated to working on basic obedience skills, particularly attention and leash walking (heel). To make these exercises more fun, we will practice a Rally Obedience course each time (you will learn more about this in class!) The other half of the class period will be dedicated to working on advanced skills such as hand signals, distance work, distractions, and exercises from the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

You can purchase classes according to the fees scale below, the more you buy the cheaper they get - but be sure you'll be able to use whatever you buy before December 31st. If you use up all of your lessons and wish to continue, you can buy more according to this same fee schedule. There are NO REFUNDS for unused lessons.

2009 Open Enrollment Family Dog II Fees

# Lessons

Cancellations are extremely rare. Class will NOT be cancelled except in severe inclement weather: blizzards, tornados, dangerous thunderstorms, or dangerous heat. Cold weather, rain, or light snow will not result in a cancellation.

To register for Family Dog II, please fill out and mail in the registration form along with your fee and any necessary health certification. Your registration form and fee must be received in order to hold a place in class.

I will accept up to 12 active registrations for Family Dog II at one time. That means that on any given day, there might be as many as 12 dogs in a class. However, assuming that some percentage of people will be absent on a particular day, there will probably be fewer. My goal is to average 8 dogs per class. If you want a lot of individual attention, come on the rainy or snowy days!


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