Thanks Angela. You're a kind lady
BTW I got your PM and I'm just organizing my folders and will reply.
Our obedience classes start beginning of Feb - ooh next week.
It would pay to find out what your local club expects.
Different dog clubs have different rules about what you're allowed to use for training. Mine is slip collars or flat collars unless you have a disability or injury and then anything seems to be the go, but mostly seem to be full harness versions of martingale collars (ie part flat part slip collar with a limited slip).
Lead is supposed to be 1.5m long to start with and a little bit longer in some of the more advanced classes for safe recalls.
With some instructors I'm not allowed to use the sensible harness or even leave it on with the lead attached to the collar instead. Which is annoying because the sensible gives me more places to grab hold if she nicks off. Other instructors can be more tolerant.
Lots of treats great. Something new - treats that you can make last 30 seconds ie bits of chicken you can pull apart and feed a tiny bit at a time - though for just heel and sit you may be fine with the quick treats.
And never give a treat to another dog without checking with that dog's owner first, but generally a bad idea at dog class. Also never let your dog greet another dog without checking with the owners first. You're pretty safe if there is a doggy scrum but if somebody is keeping their dog well apart from the others - ask first "Is your dog friendly? Can we say hello?" about covers it. And if your dog is a completely different size to the other dogs in the scrum, it would probably pay to check first - some big dogs don't know the power of their playful pat (swat/splat).
My club also cancels morning classes if weather is forecast 32'C or more and evening classes get cancelled if the actual temp at 5pm is 35'C or more. And it gets cancelled if they get flooded out.
And at my club - nobody uses clickers - so I suspect they're not allowed either. Don't know why. I've heard of classes where everybody has and uses clickers and the dogs don't get confused. They've got better hearing than us so they know whose is what clicker.
PS - you may need to bring your up to date vaccination certificate for C5. I know I will need to bring that (start of every year).
Some clubs find them disruptive and contrary to their training methods. Ive been to no food/clicker/toy clubs and man are they boring
IMO means In My Opinion.
In my opinion.
I have no issue with you Boxerini, I would like to keep it that way.
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