Class Policies & Procedures
Safety/Common Courtesy Considerations
Students are not to enter the building when a class is in session. Please wait in your vehicles until you are waved in by your instructor. It is very distracting to the last dog(s) searching when doors are opening and closing and people/dogs are coming in and out. It is also unsafe at some of our locations to have dogs coming in as others are going out.
There should always be 8 feet between dogs before/during/after Nose Work classes. Please don’t let dogs greet/play/mingle at our classes. Yes, some dogs are friendly, but not all are and you can be making another dog very uncomfortable if you let your dog get too close to another dog.
Dogs should be crated or stay in their vehicles whenever possible while waiting for their turn to search in all Nose Work classes.
Class Cancellations Due to Weather
When it comes to making the decision of whether or not to cancel class on poor weather days, we look at several factors. If roads are unsafe to travel, we do not want to put anyone in an unsafe situation. When looking at road conditions, we are looking at the area where each class takes place. We understand that some of our students travel quite a distance for classes. If you have concerns about driving to a scheduled class, please contact your instructor at least 4 hours prior to class and if the majority of students do not want to come, class will be cancelled. If class is not cancelled but you do not feel comfortable driving, let your instructor know and you may be able to make up that class.
Outdoor classes will take place rain or shine, but will be canceled if severe weather is predicted.
Make Up Classes
If you cannot make a class during your session, please see policy below regarding make-up classes:
Student must contact instructor via email at at least 24 hours in advance if they plan to miss a class. Facebook messages, texts, telling instructor in person, phone call or any other form of communication will not be accepted and make-up class will be forfeited. *Emails received less than 24 hours prior to class may be considered depending on the situation (for example, due to illness.)
Any student that is a “no show” for class will not be able to make up that class.
Make-up classes must be made up within 30 days or will be forfeited.
Classes That Take Place In Public Locations
All students will show respect to anyone we come in contact with during a class that takes place at a public location (for example, a park)
Dogs should remain in vehicles while waiting their turn to search.
If a member of the public wishes to park their vehicle or walk through an area we are using, we will make way for that person(s).
Dogs should not be interacting with members of the public during class.
Students must pick up after their dogs and dispose of properly during all classes.
If a student's dog is deemed inappropriate for class at a public location, student will be asked to leave.
New Policies (beginning June 2020)
Only 1 handler per dog in group classes, unless there’s a medical/physical need for an additional person to help.
Students must use hand sanitizing spray/gel or an antibacterial wet wipe prior to beginning class.
Indoor classes will be shortened by about 5-10 minutes to give us more time to sanitize in-between classes—disinfecting all commonly touched surfaces, training areas/chairs, and crates.
Students will stay a minimum of 15-20 ft away from one another and will be directed inside from their vehicle one at a time to avoid close contact while entering/exiting any indoor training facility.
Masks/face coverings MUST be worn during class (by students and instructors).
Instructors will minimize handling/touching of dogs and/or any personal belongings. For example, we will not be handling treats, phones, leashes, etc.
COVID Class Procedures
Each student must be able to answer the following questions before each class begins. If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you will be asked to leave and you may make up the classes at a future date or may take the class virtually.
(1) Have you had any of the following COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
(2) Have you had a positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or have you had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days?
(3) Have you traveled out of the country in the past 14 days?
If at any time you're not having fun in a class or your dog is not enjoying the class, contact your instructor so we can help!!
All students must electronically sign a class waiver and release before attending classes. This waiver will automatically come up when going through the registration process. Click the box below to read our current class waiver.