Preparing for the First Day


Purchase a correctly sized Martingale style collar if you do not already have one.

We require that all dogs wear a Martingale collar while in Day School. This allows for safer handling. If you use an Easywalk, Freedom, Gentle Leader or any other no-pull style harness/head halter to walk your dog, please bring it in as well.

Amazon.com has a good selection of Martingale collars. This is the brand we use.

Our friends at Lofty Dog across the street also have a good selection of Martingale collars, and you will be able to try them on to make sure you get the right size.

Here are some tips for sizing and fitting a Martingale Collar.

Some Martingales use a chain instead of fabric – please do not get this type because they are more likely to get caught in another dog’s teeth during play.

 

Teach your dog how to use a Classic or Extreme style Kong if they don’t already regularly know.

It’s important for your dog to be able to relax during rest times in their crate. We use Classic (Red) or Extreme (Black) Kongs stuffed with food to help settle them in. Dogs that already use these types of toys regularly are much more likely to use them when at Day School, which makes it easier to get them to relax.

Simply smear a little peanut butter or plain yogurt on the inside walls of the Kong, then top off with delicious treats. Hold the opening to your dog’s mouth. Once they start licking, give them the Kong. The goal is for them to instantly know what to do when they are given a stuffed Kong, and for them to work on it until virtually all the food is removed.

For dogs that are unable to relax quietly with a Kong while in rest time, alternative chew toys may be required, or we may suggest adding Hiking trips to your Day School plans. These cost additional fees, so avoid them by teaching your dog how to use the Kong!

Kongs can be purchased from Amazon.com and most pet stores including our friends at Lofty Dog right across the street!

More dogs are unable to complete the Day School program because of their inability to settle during rest times than any other reason.

 

Learn some of the fundamental principles of our training.

Watch these videos and start applying the concepts.

Drop Off & Pick Up

On the first day, drop off is at 7am. Pick up is between 3 and 7pm, but we recommend picking up on the earlier side on the first day.

After the first day, we ask for 30 minute drop off and pick up windows.

Drop off windows are:
7:00 – 7:30
7:30 – 8:00
8:00 – 8:30
8:30 – 9:00

Pick up windows are:
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 5:00
5:00 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:00
6:00 – 6:30
6:30 – 7:00

Please do your best to stick to these windows as it helps us plan each dog’s training better. If you are unable to make it during your regularly scheduled window, simply let us know beforehand. Arriving outside of these windows without advance notice could affect the amount of work we are able to do with your dog.

When you arrive, follow the sign around the tree in front of Howl n’ Woof. There is a doorbell on the tree – press the doorbell and you should hear the bell ring. We will come out to you a soon as we can. Please wait by your car until we come out.

Please allow yourself a few minutes when you arrive in case we have to put other dogs inside. Safety always comes first.

Group Classes

You should first attend a Group Class Orientation before coming to regular Weekly Classes. Orientations are held the first non-holiday Saturday of every month. You can sign up for Orientation by clicking here.

After Orientation, you can sign up for the Weekly Classes using the following link:

http://class.stevedebono.com

This link is only available to Day School customers so best to save it somewhere or bookmark or something!

We usually recommend bringing your dog for 3 or 4 School Days before attending Group Classes – so that your dog has already gotten past the first stages of learning the skills.