Frequently Asked Questions
How Old Should My Puppy Be To Start Training?
As soon as you get your puppy you should start potty training, and at least start some of the Basics Commands.
For Private Lessons and Group classes as long as your puppy has his/hers Parvo and Distemper Shot they are more than welcome to come to class.
Typically 14 weeks plus.
A dog is never too old to come to class, we've had 11 year old dogs come to class.
What Do you teach in the Basic Obedience Course?
-Basic Commands; sit, down, release, drop it, leave it, place, wait stay
-Proper ways of walking on a leash
-No jumping / the command OFF
-How to stop bad behaviors such as biting/nipping, or barking excessively.
-Coming when called / The difference between come and here
-The proper introduction of other dogs and people, socialization
- Kids Safety
-Nutrition, types of dog foods, treats and even toys
Where are Classes Held/Why Two Locations?
Bailee just relocated to Gainesville GA this October from Canandaigua NY. Denise will be in Gainesville to help run a few 5 week group class in the Spring.
What Should I bring to Group Class?
The first night is without dogs, and is an informational class for you, so you can come prepared the next week with your dog.
The First Night Bring:
- Vet Records: Dogs must be up to date on shots. Please bring Rabies and DHLPP shot records to show.
-Lawn Chair: Class is in a lawn and is typically an hour and a half long.
-Masks: Are optional but please keep 6ft apart
-Remaining Balance (Cash Please)
Please plan on staying at least an hour and a half long for each class.
How Long are Private Lessons?
Private Lessons are an hour. If You would like more time please let me know.
Do You Take Aggressive Dogs?
Yes, we have been working with aggressive dogs for many years now. We have worked with rescue programs the rehabilitate aggressive dogs that were set to be euthanized, and helped them become family dogs or even pet therapy dogs.
You must setup a Private Lesson before joining a Group Class if your dog has any aggression.
After we've setup a lesson, I will text you an informational sheet of what to expect, what to bring, our cancelation policy etc...
What are your Phone Hours?
Monday thru Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 12pm
N/A Saturday and Sunday
For a quick response please text me. I try to get back to everyone typically within a day, but we have been extremely busy, so please be patient. If you haven't heard from me a week please send me a text with your name, and your dogs name.
What Are The Terms and Conditions When I Signup Online?
Agreement To Hold Harmless, Waiver and Assumption Of Risk
I understand that attendance at a dog obedience class is not withoutrisk to myself, members ofmy family or guests who may attend, or my dog. I hereby waive and release Willow Creek Dog Training/ Bailee and Denise Smalt hereinafter referred to as "The Training Organization", its employees, officers, members and agents from any and all liability of any nature, for injury or damage which I or my dog suffer, including specifically, but without any limitation, any injury ordamage resulting from the action of any dog. I expressly assume the risk of such damage
or injury while attending any training sessions or any functions of the Training Organization, orwhile on the training grounds or the surrounding area thereto. In consideration of an inducement to the acceptance ofmy application for training by the Training Organization, I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Training Organization, its employees, officers, members, and agents from any and all claims, or claims by any
member of any family or any other person accompanying me to any training session or function of the Training Organization, or while on the grounds or surrounding area thereto as a result of any action by any dog including my own.