Safety Rules

The safety of dog and handler teams is of utmost importance to our instructors and assistants. In order for all students to achieve the best possible results with their companions (and have fun in the process) ADTC insists on adherence to the following rules, enforced at the instructor’s discretion:

  1. Students MUST maintain leash and/or voice control of their companions at all times
  2. Students must treat their companions, their instructors, assistant instructors, and classmates and/or their  dogs with respect and courtesy.
  3. Students must not use, move, or change obstacles or equipment except at the direction of the instructor.
  4. If an instructor feels, that for the safety of everyone, a dog should be muzzled, one will be provided for that night of class. It will then be the responsibility of the student to provide and use a muzzle for the remaining classes. Instructors may reassess the dog and remove the muzzle restriction at their discretion.

Offenses  will result in the student being suspended from that night’s class, and may include expulsion depending on the severity of the offense. Students will leave the premises.

Any handler that shows aggressive/violent behavior toward their own companion, instructor, assistant, or any other student will be expelled from classes. If the student returns, he/she will be considered trespassing.

No monies will be refunded to any student suspended or expelled. 

General Rules

  1. Dogs will be kept on leash at all times unless otherwise instructed by your instructor.
  2. Each handler is responsible for his dog’s conduct in class. Do not let your dog sniff other dogs. Do not let your dog growl or snap at another dog. Redirect your dog’s attention. If needed, ask the assistant or instructor for help. If your dog relieves himself during the training, someone will hold your dog while you clean it up.
  3. Bitches in season are not allowed to attend class. The handler will be expected to attend class and practice at home.
  4. Classes start promptly at the designated time– don’t be late.
  5. Proper clothing is a must! Rubber soled, flat shoes such as tennis shoes are best. NO sandals or flip flops. If sandals/flip flops are worn, student will be asked to remove them and go barefooted. No flare-legged pants as they interfere with the dog’s movement and attention.
  6. Do not train a sick dog. If in doubt, consult your vet. Handler should attend class.
  7. It is necessary that you practice every day at home. Practice should amount to 20-30 minutes, which you break into 5- or 10-minute increments. Do not attempt to train your dog when you are angry or irritated. Dogs can sense these negative emotions and become upset and confused by them. Never attempt to train a dog while smoking or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  8. Handlers are expected to pay attention to class work even if they are not actively involved, so they will know what to do when it is their turn. If you don’t understand the instructions, please ask questions. We do not want you to practice an exercise wrong for a whole week.
  9. Members of your family and friends are welcome to attend class as long as they observe only. Visiting children will not be allowed to interfere or disrupt the class in any manner.
  10. If any questions arise during the week, please call or email your instructor.