BOOT CAMP
Instructor: Bert Haagenstad

PLEASE NOTE: BOOT CAMP IS A BEGINNING GROUP OBEDIENCE AND SOCIALIZATION COURSE AND IS NOT MEANT TO TAKE YOU AND YOUR DOG THROUGH MORE ADVANCED OBEDIENCE TRAINING.

All dogs attending Boot Camp must be spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason that the dog cannot be altered, in which case you MUST receive a waiver from the Instructor before you attend class.

WINTER LOCATION: Deer Valley Park (2001 W Wahalla in Phoenix), near the Community Center at the far north end of the park.

SUMMER LOCATION: Doggie District, 12801 North Paradise Village Parkway West, Phoenix, on the outer ring of Paradise Valley Mall, westside.

The sessions will be held on successive Sundays for approximately one hour. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE EACH WEEK FOR CLASS TIME. If you have training questions or would like to speak to Bert, please Email Bert at WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com and some one-on-one time will be scheduled for you either before or after class.

For those of you who have attended previously, please feel free to come out to continue, refresh or help the "new kids on the block" overcome the same obstacles that you and your dog did when you started. We'd be happy to see you!

Boot Camp Basic Obedience and Socialization Course is available on a freewill donation basis and is open to all breeds, ages and all levels of training.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • This is light correction/strong motivation training. Training should be good, quality time spent together!
  • Please, no children. They are too distracting for the dogs and handlers.
  • If your dog should become unmanageable during the class, please expect the trainer to step in to assist you in regaining control. No dog will be turned away for bad behavior.
  • No harsh, physical corrections (i.e., hitting) will be permitted.
  • No flexi-leads or retractable leads.

EQUIPMENT LIST

  • 6' leather leash (Please see us before you purchase one)
  • Training collar -- either a Martingale type (provided with SWGSDR and WGSDR adoptees) or a "choke chain" collar. Collars should be snug enough to fit over the dog's head with 2-3" excess. The proper way to use a training collar will be discussed. (Please see us before you purchase one)
  • Tennis shoes or other comfortable laced shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals, please.
  • Water for you and your dog.
  • Training treats cut into small (eat-in-one-bite pieces)

TRAINING COVERED

  • Basic heeling
    • Start
    • Stop
    • Right turn
    • Left turn
    • Avoid lagging
  • Keeping your dog's attention
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Beginning Recall
  • Extending time and distances
Looking forward to seeing you in class!