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Waggin' Tails Obedience Program

Rates and Class Policies

COST

$400 for the entire obedience program which you have a full five months to participate in! Continued training beyond five months is also available at $50/month. A deposit of at least 50% of the class fee is required to confirm your spot in class. The balance is due no later than the first Level 2 class.  You may of course pay the full amount with registration.

Level 1 is a six week class and you must be able to attend all 6 classes. If you miss a Level 1 class, you will be responsible for scheduling and paying for a make-up lesson.

REGISTRATION

Class size for Level 1 is limited to 8 dogs to ensure that each student receives ample attention from the instructor. This class is for dogs 4 months and older. If your dog is too young to start the next group obedience class, consider private lessons until he's old enough to move to group classes. He may even be able to begin at Level 2.

  1. Check the schedule for upcoming class start dates and times.
  2. Call (990-2016) or email to confirm that a spot is available.
  3. Then complete and return a registration form with your payment.
  4. Your spot is reserved when we receive your paperwork and class fees.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY

Occasionally we have to cancel class. Reasons can include weather, illness, and holidays. If Waggin' Tails cancels a class for any reason, we will add a week to your 5-month class membership. Because we train outside, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and, for the safety and comfort of our students, will not hold classes during rain or lightning storms, if the temperature is over 100° (or heat index over 105°), or the temperature (or wind chill) is under 40°. If we need to cancel class due to the weather, the announcement will be posted on the Waggin' Tails office answering machine, (512)990-2016. It is the responsibility of the student to check the message before coming out to class if there is any question about the weather. Remember that the weather may be fine at your house but not here, or the other way around.

Regularly scheduled classes (in Levels 2-4) missed at the student's discretion are forfeited by the student.

STUDENT CANCELLATION POLICY

If you choose to drop out of class, you will receive a refund according to the following chart:

Prior to first Level 1 class: 75% refund of deposit amount. (100% if you fill your spot with another student)
After the first Level 1 class: 50% refund of deposit amount.
After the second Level 1 class: 40% refund of deposit amount.
After the third Level 1 class: 30% refund of deposit amount.
After the fourth Level 1 class: 20% refund of deposit amount.
After the fifth Level 1 class: 10% refund of deposit amount.
No refund will be given if you cancel after the last Level 1 class.

Since space in Level 1 is limited, no full refunds are given. Refunds are calculated not just on the time a dog spends in class, but also the spot that another dog could have taken and to compensate for administrative costs including but not limited to preparation time that goes into each class and individual clients and dogs, actual trainer time spent in (and sometimes out of) class, and production of course materials.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

We do not allow dogs with serious aggression problems in group classes, but we would be glad to assist with behavior problems (or refer you to a specialist) before enrolling you in the obedience program. If you have already started a class and we determine that your dog is too aggressive to remain in a group class setting, your dog will change to private lessons and the remainder of your class fees (as determined by us) will be applied at the private lesson rate.

Family members 8 yrs. and up are welcome to participate. Children under 14 yrs. must have a participating adult as the primary trainer or at least the assistant. Please, no unsupervised children.

All dogs must be healthy, clean, flea-free, and on heartworm preventative. If you have any questions about this please ask your veterinarian or call us.

Bring to class a variety of yummy treats and a couple of toys that your dog will like. You will use these as rewards along with praise and petting.

Classes are an hour each week to teach you step by step how to teach your dog the exercises. In order to successfully complete each step you will need to commit to practicing at least 15 minutes daily between classes to obtain good results. The time can be broken down into 2 - 3 short sessions. Informally, remember that your dog is learning from every interaction with you, so be consistent with the rules. Feel free to come out to Waggin' Tails as often as you like to practice in our field. Field hours are from dawn to 10pm whenever there is not a class.