Frequently Asked Questions
Should I take a puppy class or a manners class?
If your puppy is five months or younger on the class start date, you should enroll into Puppy Kindergarten. If your puppy is over five months old when the class begins, you should take a Basic Manners class. Right on the border? Contact us and we can discuss which class is the best fit for your dog.
Can more than one person come?
Absolutely! We recommend that one person works with the dog at a time, but other family members or friends are welcome to attend class and watch. If you bring children under 10, we suggest bringing a book or iPad to keep them occupied.
I have more than one dog! Can they all come to class? Do you have multi-dog discounts?
We require dogs from the same household to be in separate classes- just like kids, they get easily distracted by what their sibling is doing across the room! There are enough distractions in a manners class without the added difficulty of other four-legged family members. We do not offer multi-dog discounts.
Can my child handle the dog during class?
Children between 12 and 16 are welcome to attend training and can handle their dog with parental supervision. Children under 12 may still attend, but we ask that a parent works with the dog during class.
What do I need to start class?
Puppies need a minimum of two sets of vaccinations before they can attend a group class. Your vet may tell you to wait until your puppy has all 3 sets of shots before going anywhere- while this does minimize the risk of illness, you also miss out on the critical socialization window of 8-16 weeks! We keep a very clean facility and check the vaccinations of every dog who walks through our doors, so two rounds of vaccines is enough to start. The sooner you start training, the better! Adult dogs must be current on all vaccines or titers.
Do I need to sign up online or can I pay when I get there?
Please sign up ahead of time to reserve your spot. If you prefer not to pay online, you can also register over the phone or in person during our regular business hours. Our classes typically fill up and we can not guarantee that there will be space available on the day the class starts.
What do I need to bring to training?
Please bring your dog’s vaccination records to the first class. In addition to your dog, you'll need to bring a flat collar or harness with a six foot leash. You will need lots of small treats and a clicker for class and we recommend using a treat pouch. We sell all of those items and more in our retail store, so come to class a few minutes early if you'd like to do some shopping!
We also suggest that owners bring doggie bags in case their dogs need to do their business. If you forget to bring doggie bags, we keep them handy at our doggy station located near the front door.
I missed a class, what should I do to make it up?
Classes are cumulative, so if you are absent we strongly suggest you schedule a makeup lesson. Makeup lessons are 30-minute private sessions to get you caught up with the rest of class and are discounted at $40. Please contact us to schedule a makeup lesson.
Do you work with aggressive dogs?
No, aggressive dogs are not allowed in the facility for liability reasons. Please contact a behaviorist to help with aggression. We do work with frustrated greeters and fearful dogs in private lessons only. If you're not sure whether or not your dog is exhibiting aggression, please give us a call or fill out the contact form above.
Do you offer service dog training?
We are not offering service dog training at this time. If service work is your goal, we recommend starting in Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners (depending on your dog's age) and working your way up through the CGC class. Once your dog has passed the Canine Good Citizen test, we can refer you to an organization to work on your dog's public access and task training.
Can you help with potty training?
Yes! If you are enrolled in puppy kindergarten, we will go over this in class. Otherwise, please schedule a 30-minute private in the facility. We'll look at where you're having trouble, come up with a game plan to fix it, and schedule a quick follow-up to make sure you don't run into any more problems.
My female dog has come into heat, can she still attend class?
Females in heat are permitted in manners classes if they are wearing a covering. You may also come to class without your dog to get the material and apply it at home. Alternatively, you may schedule a private makeup lesson if you miss class.
Sports and specialty students MAY NOT bring females in heat to class. If your class is held in the Agility Ring or Sport Room, please reach out should your dog come into season.
If you are taking private lessons, please reach out to determine whether your dog will be permitted for your appointment or if we need to reschedule.
What's your return/cancellation/refund policy?
All of our policies are outlined on our Terms, Conditions, and Policies page. Cancellation policies are also included in the confirmation email you receive when booking a class or appointment. Any purchase of a service expires 3 months from the date of purchase.
Lucky Dog Policies
Returns & Cancellations
Retail products may be returned with receipt, within 30 days of purchase. Retail products without receipt may be returned for store credit of current ticket price. Refunds will be given only for unused products still in original packaging. No dog toy, leash or collar is completely indestructible. However, if you feel a product was defective you can reach out to the manufacturer directly.
Refunds for Training Services
Group Classes and Ongoing Classes are non-refundable 7 days prior to the start of class. Refunds may be issued less a $10 processing fee if requested 24 hours after purchase and more than 7 days prior to the start of class. Any portion of a package (i.e., missed class) is lost and non-refundable. No refunds will be made for cancellations made on the day the class is scheduled to begin or anytime after the start date. Under no circumstances will refunds be given for services that have already been provided. Any purchase of a service expires 3 months from the date of purchase.. Any purchase of a package expires 6 months from the date of purchase.
Cancellations must be made more than forty-eight hours in advance of your scheduled appointment, by phone or e-mail, in order not to incur a cancellation fee. Cancellations and/or reschedules made with less than forty-eight hours’ notice and no-shows will be charged the full price of the private lesson.
Seminars, Clinics, Workshops and Special Events
Partial refunds will only be offered if the spot can be filled from a waiting list. Absolutely no refunds if cancellation is made within fifteen (15) days of the start of the Seminar, Clinic, Workshop and Special Event.
Missed and Cancelled Classes
No refunds are offered to clients who miss a class. We suggest scheduling a thirty minute private lesson to catch up with the rest of the class. These make-up classes are offered at a discount for $40. In the event Lucky Dog needs to cancel a class (e.g., for bad weather, instructor absence), the class will be rescheduled to another day.
Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before your class start time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be asked to schedule a makeup lesson. Late arrivals are disruptive to class and miss valuable information!
If classes need to be cancelled due to severe weather, Lucky Dog will do our best to contact clients by phone or email, and will post an announcement to our Facebook page and main phone line. Keeping in mind that clients may have changed their email or contact phone number or do not check their email or Facebook regularly, it is the client’s responsibility to contact us to find out whether we are open for classes.
In the event of uncontrollable circumstances including, but not limited to, inclement weather, natural disasters, power outages, emergency events, global pandemic, instructor illness, etc. class dates and appointments will be pushed back or rescheduled but no refunds will be given.
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We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping
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We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information that we think you may find interesting using the email address, which you have provided.
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