Our group SESSIONS…

…Are targeted to meet
specific training goals
in real-life settings!

Our Group Sessions

At IT’S YOUR DOG School for Dogs, we ♥ teaching group classes!  Our classes have been a popular favorite in Sussex County since 2004.  Groups are always small and intimate, which means you and your dog get the personal attention you both deserve.

Our class format focus on building and applying desirable behaviors in real-life scenarios.  Each environment lends itself to a different set of skills, distractions and challenges.  That means that your dog’s learning takes place where the behavior is most useful and that your training becomes more reliable.

Upcoming Classes Listed Below

Out & About

These structured, 1-hour sessions are held in a variety of public places, offering valuable socialization, and opportunities to apply good manners and build better leash walking skills in real-life environments.  Groups are small to provide focused training experiences individualized to the goals of you and your dog.  

Prerequisite:  Prior group classes or private lessons with us (or permission of instructor).  Dog and people-friendly dogs only please.

 

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Sessions meet at various locations in Sussex County, New Jersey.  Round 1 sessions focus on refreshing your dog’s skills before heading into more challenging environments in Round 2.  Register for one-at-a time or save when you sign-up for two or more at once.  Space is limited to 6 dogs.   

Pricing: 1 for $40 / 2 for $70 / 3 for $90

Destinations may be weather dependent and subject to change without further notice.      

After the first beginner class with our dog, I thought – this is never going to work! My little 5 lb chihuahua/yorkie mix is more interested in the other dogs than paying attention to me! Well after 3 classes, and continued at home practice, we could attend class and she would focus on me. Now, in the middle of the intermediate class it is like the light bulb went off and she listens to all my commands! Positive reinforcement training has worked for Zuzu. Leslie has made the class informative, fun and constantly gives tips on how to work with your dog’s individual problems. Thank you Leslie!

Mary Lou C. with "Zuzu" (Sussex, NJ)

How many dogs are in a class?

Generally, our classes are limited to a maximum of 6 dogs unless a class assistant is available. This ensures that all customers get personalized service and that you and your dog are set up for success.

What is your policy on Cancellations/Reschedules & Refunds?

Due to the limited number of students in group classes, we carefully schedule to meet the specific needs of as many as possible.  While we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, we may have turned away other clients for your spot in class.  Therefore:

  • Refunds, class transfers and/or changes of service type are only permitted if requested at least ten (10) days prior to the first enrolled session.
  • Refunds may be issued if class is cancelled and not able to be rescheduled at a time that works for you.
What do I need to bring/wear to class?

Course materials and/or a list of things to bring to class will be emailed approximately prior to your start date.  If you haven’t already done so, please add our email address training@itsyourdog.com to your safe sender list to be certain you receive our correspondence. 

Please provide proof of current rabies (waived for dogs under 6 months) and distemper/parvo vaccines to us prior to the start of class by either email (training@itsyourdog.com) or text (201-841-2163). Titers are accepted with proper documentation of sufficient immunologic protection. Vaccinations against bordetella and canine influenza are recommended but not required.

Dress comfortably and wear sturdy shoes in class. Flips-flops, sandals, heels, clogs and dress shoes are not permitted. Instructors reserve the right to restrict participation in certain classes and/or exercises if proper footwear is not worn.

Does my dog attend all sessions?

Yes, your dog attends all sessions! Please watch for email instructions from us prior to class start so you are prepared.  

Can my entire family come to class?

Yes, full family participation is encouraged!  However, in the name of safety and success, only one person per family is permitted to handle and instruct the dog at a time.  Children may observe provided they cause no disruptions or safety concerns during class.  Children ages 12 and up may participate provided they demonstrate an ability to maintain consistent control of the dog in the classroom environment.  This option is subject to the instructor approval and permission may be revoked.  Please consider private lessons for handlers under the age of 12.

What happens in the event of inclement weather or unexpected instructor absence?

In the event of an unexpected instructor absence, you will be notified by email and text using the contact information provided in your account.  All weather-related cancellations for evening classes will be announced by email by or before 5:30pm.

If you haven’t already done so, please add our email address training@itsyourdog.com to your safe sender list to be certain you receive our correspondence.  As weather systems and road conditions vary in different areas, we strongly encourage you to ALWAYS check your emails before leaving for class.  

Are make-ups classes available if I miss a class?

Due to the small size of our classes, make-ups are not available, except in the event of instructor or weather-related cancellations.  Please plan accordingly before registering. 

However, we do understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise.  Therefore, you are welcome to send an adult friend or family member in your place or come without your dog to observe.  

What is your policy on canine vaccines and health concerns?

For the health and safety of all, including our trainers and other dogs they may come in contact with:

1) Vaccine requirements include current rabies (waived for dogs under 6 months) and distemper/parvo and must remain current throughout class. Titers are accepted with proper documentation of sufficient immunologic protection. Vaccinations against bordetella and canine influenza are recommended but not required.

2) We understand that your dog may attend dog parks, daycare and boarding kennels from time to time.  Please keep in mind that while vaccines may minimize the severity of symptoms, they may not prevent your dog from becoming infectious.  Accordingly, see #3 below.

3) Please advise us immediately and seek veterinary care if you notice nasal discharge, runny eyes, coughing, sneezing, fever, a change in appetite or if your dog has worms, fleas or other parasites. Please ask your vet if you are unsure if your pet’s condition could be contagious.

4) A two (2)-week waiting period is required before resuming training after receiving veterinary treatment for a communicable condition (kennel cough, fleas, etc.).  Written vet permission is required.

 

What are the rules of dog etiquette at class?

Safety and success are our first priority.  Accordingly:

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • One of the most critical aspects of dog training is establishing your dog’s focus on YOU!  For this reason, as well as safety concerns, on-leash play with the other dogs in class is not encouraged.
  • Please be mindful of the personal space that other dog teams need as you more about the training area.
  • Potty your dog in appropriate (designated) areas and be sure to pick up and deposit waste in provided receptacles (or carry out).