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- Tug To Teach Drop
- Capturing Attention (Eye Contact) – To interrupt behavior
- Sit To Say Please / Learn To Earn (Teach dog Sit as a default behavior)
- Raising Your Puppy
- Bite Inhibition
- Crate Training
- Potty Training
- Preventing Unwanted Behaviors
- Sit (Lured)
- Down (Lured)
- Stand (Lured)
- Sit (Hand signal)
- Down (Hand signal)
- Stand (Hand signal)
- Touch Targeting
- It's Yer Choice (For impulse control)
- Everyday Recall
- Emergency Recall – Step 1
- Sit (Adding verbal cue)
- Down (Adding verbal cue)
- Stand (Adding verbal cue)
- Random Order Series
- Introducing Push, Drop, Stick (managing your training criteria)
- Introducing No Reward Markers
- Leave It
- Loose Leash Walking – No distractions
- Down / Stay on Mat – with food distraction, with movement around dog
- Moving to Variable Reinforcement Schedule
- Eliminating Treats From the Body
- Maintaining an appropriate rate of reinforcement when requesting functional behaviors vs. consistency when in training mode
- Loose Leash Walking – Single Distraction
- Emergency Recall – Step 2
- Greeting Control
- Adding Distance to Stay
- Adding Duration to Stay
- Duration 1 sec. – 10 sec.
- Variable Schedule at 15+ sec.
- Focus Tricks
- Leave It – Real life contexts
- Continue working on Tug / Drop
- Proofing Stays
- The Anatomy of a Training Plan
- How to train toward specific goals
- Breaking down contingencies in the behavior for long term success
- Sit / Stay for Body Handling and Vet Visits
- Loose Leash Walking – Multiple Distractions
- Loose Leash Walking – Real life contexts
- Emergency Recall – Step 3
- Review any outstanding exercises
Please note, while we do our best to stick to this schedule, at times, there may be slight variations based on the needs of the class.
Accepted Record Formats:
We require you to provide a copy of your dog's most current vax records to us. We understand you may not have them at the time of registration, or that the current records may need to be updated prior to their start date, either because the next puppy booster or annual vaccines will become due. Our requirement is to have these on file by the time your dog enters our programs. If either of the above scenarios are at play, please set a reminder for yourself to email these to us prior to your dog visiting RMDT as they cannot enter the building without them on file.
Records may be sent via email in a .pdf, .png or .jpg format. Ensure full page is in view and legible and that it meets our vaccination format requirements. We do not accept hard copies at this time.
- We accept records on veterinary, shelter or rescue group letterhead.
- If vaccines are administered by a private citizen such as a breeder, or if records are handwritten, the stickers from the vaccination vials must be included.
- Handwritten records without stickers are not accepted and we do not make exceptions.
This is to protect our clients from illness to the very best of our ability. While rare, these illnesses are life-threatening and our clients appreciate our diligence in minimizing these risks. Thank you for understanding!
Click here for more answers to your vaccine questions:
The distemper and parvo vaccinations are part of a combo vaccination given in 3 rounds of boosters at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks to increase immunity. Puppies do not need to have completed the series at start, but must stay up to date and on schedule throughout participation. Rabies is administered between 10 weeks and 6 months depending on veterinarian preferences and existing vaccination schedule.
Registration and Package Cancellation
- Full Payment is due at enrollment to reserve your space in the training class. We are unable to hold space without completed registration and payment.
- Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
- All sessions must be completed within 6 weeks from the class start date.
If you must miss a class, trainer agrees to provide handouts for your reference. You must request these via email.
If your dog misses 2 classes in a six week series, you may be required to re-register and start again. Our groups are designed to build on skills progressively each week and would require substantial one-on-one trainer instruction to bring you back up to speed which is unfair to the other class participants.
Group Class Outline & Requirements
- Unless otherwise indicated, group classes meet for 50 minutes to 1 hour weekly.
- Dogs must be current on age-appropriate vaccinations.
- All dogs should potty prior to entering the building.
- Bring a variety of treats your dog is crazy about to each class.
- Bring an edible chew or stuffed Kong to each class.
- You may enter the building 5 minutes prior to the start of your class. Please take a moment to exercise your dog if you arrive early as we will have participants from the previous class exiting the building, and will be setting up the room for your class.
- Arrive and be prepared to start the class on time. Late arrivals cause disruption to the flow of the class.
- Your dog should be equipped with a flat nylon or leather collar or martingale collar, harness as needed and 4-6 foot leash. We do not permit prong, choke, slip leads, electronic collars or retractable leashes.
While family participation is generally encouraged, at this time, Rocky Mountain Dog Training is limiting participation to 1 family member due to COVID-19. If you wish to dial in your family via a web app, you may do so. Classes are not permitted to be publicly broadcast.
Unless otherwise specified, all dogs in a group setting must be comfortable and friendly with other dogs and strangers. Please note that at this time, masks will be worn by participants. This can be scary for some dogs, so please work to get them comfortable prior to the series.
At the trainer's discretion, dogs deemed dangerous, aggressive or highly fearful will be removed from class without refund. If you are unsure your dog is an appropriate candidate. Having not met your dog prior to the start of the class, we rely on you for this information. We suggest you read the course information and dog requirements carefully before making your purchase.
Group classes are an economical option, and as such we do not evaluate dogs entering the program. It is up to our clients to determine if their dog will be appropriate or a group setting. For us it's all about safety and limiting disruption to others in attendance. Aggressive dogs are not appropriate for groups. Significantly fearful dogs are not appropriate for groups. We know dogs will bark, you don't need a trained dog to attend classes (otherwise you wouldn't need us)! We just need to be sure that the other dogs and people in attendance are safe, and that they can hear us presenting!
If you are unsure, please reach out to a trainer to schedule a private training session where they can evaluate if your dog is appropriate for group classes.
Cancellation of Classes On Our, Mother Nature's Part, or Acts of God
Minimum Participation: If minimum enrollment for the class is not met, you will be notified 24 hours prior to the class start date by email or telephone. Your start date may be pushed out by 1-2 weeks. You will be offered the option to enroll in another class if needed, or receive credit toward another class. This has not happened, but we are asked about it from time to time.
Weather: In the event of a weather cancellation, you will be notified a minimum of 1 hour prior to your class start time via email and these cancellations will be listed on the website home page. It is a good idea to check your email prior to heading out during excessive rain / flooding or heavy snow. Make up classes will be held on Sundays following your last scheduled class or if available at the end of your training package on same date and time as prior classes. You will be notified by your trainer of the schedule.
Pandemic / COVID-19 Guidelines.
If Rocky Mountain Dog Training is unable to operate due to any reason associated with the Pandemic / COVID-19, Rocky Mountain Dog Training's only obligation will be to reschedule any classes that are missed.
You agree to wear a mask which covers your nose and mouth while inside the building. If you are medically exempt, Rocky Mountain Dog Training will provide reasonable accommodation by providing you with the ability to connect remotely to the group class when you notify us at the time of registration and provide coaching as we would in person. You are required to share your video with RMDT in these cases. Recording is not permitted.
You agree to maintain 6 feet of social distancing which may be increased if deemed necessary by any staff member or contractor.
If you fail to wear a mask in the facility or during any contact with Rocky Mountain Dog Training's staff or contractors, your contract is terminated without refund.
Use of Rocky Mountain Dog Training's public restrooms is unavailable at present.
Doors will be opened 5 minutes prior to the class start time.
You may not bring your dog to Rocky Mountain Dog Training if any of the following exist:
- you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been found to be cleared of the virus;
- you or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 within the last (14) fourteen days;
- you or anyone in your household has been out of the country, in New York City or in any other location in the United States considered a COVID-19 hot spot in the last fourteen days; or
- you or anyone in your household show signs of having COVID-19
Rocky Mountain Dog Training, LLC may refuse entrance or, if entrance has already happened, require you to leave if you show signs of sickness for any in-person training and may cease any outdoor training if you show signs of sickness.
Rocky Mountain Dog Training, LLC may require additional procedures be put into place due to COVID-19 to ensure that Rocky Mountain Dog Training, LLC can keep both staff members and other clients safe.