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By k9HS - Canine High School

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Please choose from each category below to see a list of questions and answers for each topic. You can click on each question to expand its content and find the answers you're looking forAs always, we are only a text or email away if you want to speak with a human!

  • How do the school programs work?
    1. We conduct a Call with Admissions to create your account and fill out paperwork. Then we schedule an Admissions Interview with our head trainer (no-contact, outdoors) before scheduling your first day of service and buying your Pricing Plan. 2. You purchase your Pricing Plan and use our Book Online system to schedule which days you want your dog to go to school each week. You also schedule FREE AKC Certification Exam Preparation Group Classes in-person (no-contact, outdoors). And you can use the same convenient system to reschedule or cancel any days. ​ 3. We pick up your dog during our route from 9-11am and drop them off between 3-5pm. Pick-up and drop-off is no-contact and outdoors in front of your home, or we can also pick up from your backyard. If you are not home, we ask that you leave your pup as close to the entrance as possible and we use a lock-box to come in and out without contact. 4. We will be working with your pups for at least 4 solid hours of training 1-on-1, pack walks, dog sports, and water breaks in between, as we work to meet the class requirements. We will send you picture updates during the day and weekly report cards and badges until graduation. Please do not overfeed them before school or they might get car-sick and be disinterested in training. 5. You do not need to provide the treats, but you can if you want to. Please also let us know if there are any food allergies or restrictions. We use freeze dried beef livers because they are high reward and have no additives. We buy US made only. Please do not send expensive leashes or things that you do not want to be chewed up while we are driving. But yes, you can pack lunch for them and send your dog's favorite blanket and toys if you like.
  • How do I enroll my pup?
    Your first step to get started is to schedule a call with Admissions. Our Admissions coordinator will join you on the phone or over Zoom to answer your questions, fill out paperwork, start a file for your pup(s) and walk you through the admission process. We will also help you schedule your in-person interview during this call if you wish. Sometimes it is nice to just talk to a human, we got you! Here is a link to schedule your Call with Admissions:
  • What paperwork do I need?
    Please be sure to fill out and sign your Service Agreement before your in-person Admissions Interview. We will also request vaccination records and spay or neutering records. As part of your Admissions Interview please fill out this Assessment Questionnaire about your pup’s details including history, health, home and neighborhood environment, etc. All factors that will be taken into consideration for your training plan. Your information will be safely put into your file and we can move forward to scheduling your in-home Assessment!
  • How do I schedule our Admissions Interview?
    Thank you for your interest in scheduling your in-home Admissions Interview. The interview will be conducted by our head trainer, Carlos F Morales - CPDT-KA, he is a certified temperament test evaluator by the AKC, and he will be conducting the assessment personally. Afterwards he will be tailoring a customized training plan to meet your pup's behavioral goals, compatible with both your family and pup. ​ There is a $99 charge for this service, 100% of which will be applied to your Private or School Pricing plan when you sign up for services. If you have not filled out your Assessment Questionnaire, please do so before your in-person Admissions Interview.
  • What is a Pricing Plan?
    Next, you will purchase your Pricing Plan and use our Book Online system to schedule which days you want your dog to go to school each week. You also schedule FREE AKC Certification Exam Preparation Group Classes in-person (no-contact, outdoors). And you can use the same convenient system to reschedule or cancel any days.
  • How do I schedule our First Day of School?
    Are you excited for your First Day of School? This option is for clients that have already passed their Admissions Interview and purchased their Pricing Plan to send their dog to Puppy School, Dog School, Social School or Agility School for the first time. We want to ensure a successful and safe introduction to the pack. Carlos, our head trainer, will personally pick up your pup on their first day of school. Your pup's first day will begin and end with a great experience that they will look forward to in the future! Here are some pointers for a successful first day: - Feed your pup earlier in the morning to avoid car sickness on their first day. Feel free to send a labeled packed lunch. - Make sure that you attach a tag on their collar or harness. We use our own equipment so please don't use anything expensive that other puppies can chew on. We do not need a leash. - We will send an ETA for pickup between 8 and 11 AM. If you're home we recommend going out and giving your pup a chance to go potty before getting in the truck. If you're not home we will use a lock box to come in and out of your home or to access your backyard to pick up. - Make the pick ups and drop offs as calm as you can, rushing, prolonged goodbyes or excited goodbyes make the puppies scared and nervous. We want all puppies to feel calm and confident! - On your pup's first day we will send you personal updates and fit them with their new uniform, so don't worry about communication. You will get additional updates to the daily email and video! - Save this link to manage your bookings, schedule upcoming bookings, view past bookings, reschedule, and cancel: https://www.caninehighschool.com/account/my-bookings Looking forward to a successful first day and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns! k9HS - Carlos F Morales - CPDT-KA | Head Trainer
  • Do you Pick-up & Drop-off my pup?
    Yes, we pick up your pup during our route from 9-11am and drop them off between 3-5pm. Pick-up and drop-off is no-contact and outdoors in front of your home, or we can also pick up from your backyard. If you are not home, we ask that you leave your pup as close to the entrance as possible and we use a lock-box to come in and out without contact. Each time that we pick-up or drop-off your pup, you will receive a text message confirmation including our ETA
  • What happens during the School Day?
    We will be working with your pups for at least 4 solid hours of training and pack walks, dog sports, and water breaks in between, as we work to increase each pup's attention span. We will send you picture updates during the day and weekly report cards and badges until graduation 12 weeks later. Please do not overfeed them before school or they might get car-sick and be disinterested in training.
  • Should I pack Treats & Lunch?
    You do not need to provide the treats, but you can if you want to. Please also let us know if there are any food allergies or restrictions. We use freeze dried beef livers because they are high reward and have no additives. We buy US made only. But yes, you can pack lunch for them and send your dog or puppy’s favorite blanket and toys if you like.
  • Does my pup need ID, Uniform, Leashes & Collars?
    We ask that you put your pup's uniform on each morning before school, if you forget, we have uniforms that your pup can borrow for the day. A collar with ID tag is mandatory for every pup in the school program, everyday. Please do not send expensive leashes or things that you do not want to be chewed up while we are driving.
  • What are the Requirements for Puppy School?
    • Puppies must be between 12 weeks and 12 months old to be eligible for enrollment. • Adult dogs must be 12 months and older to be eligible for enrollment. • Dog proof of vaccinations are required • Dogs past 12 months of age must be spayed or neutered ​ • Admissions interview • Temperament assessment • City licensing • Lock-box or backyard access (we do not store keys) • First day of school with dedicated trainer • 12 week School Term requirements - 2 day / week minimum ​ • Parent must participate in at least 6 weekly in-person AKC Certification Exam Preparation Group Classes to take corresponding exam.
  • What's the Puppy School Syllabus?
    • Monday through Friday schedule • Convenient at-home pick-up 9-11am & drop-off 3-5pm • Daily updates, pics and videos • Weekly progress reports • Weekly in-person Parent Group Classes • 4 Pop-up Sessions at-home with a trainer • Puppy Training School Graduation Certificate • AKC STAR Puppy Certification Preparation and Exam • Unlimited access to our Online School classes, courses and self-study materials! • Dedicated trainer for daily class and training exercises • Dedicated trainer for on-leash walking at public access areas • Dedicated trainer for AKC STAR Puppy Program • Dedicated trainer for puppy play sessions • Dedicated trainer for puppy sports sessions ​ • The following Holidays there will be no school: Presidents Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.
  • What's the Puppy School Curriculum?
    • Puppy play and puppy share sessions • Puppy and New Adoption Training • Basic canine training - Verbal & Hand Commands • House Training - Crate & Potty Training • Mouthing, Barking & Jumping Correction • Basic Manners & Politeness • On-leash Walking and socialization • Dog Training Commands • Socialization & Exercise • Boundaries, Impulse Control & Recall • Approaching other dogs • Obedience • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification Exam and Preparation Classes for parents S.T.A.R. Socialization Training Activity Responsibility ​ An incentive program for loving dog parents who have taken the time to take their puppies through our basic training class and school curriculum. This is the first step in preparation to move on to the Canine Good Citizen training program. ​ For more information about AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certifications and Titles, please visit our AKC Certifications Page.​
  • How much does Puppy School cost?
    Our Pricing Plans are weekly recurring membership plans with a minimum of 2-days a week for this program. Check out the options:
  • What are the Requirements for Dog School?
    • Dogs must be 12 months and older to be eligible for enrollment. • Dog proof of vaccinations are required • Dogs past 12 months of age must be spayed or neutered ​ • Admissions interview • Temperament assessment • City licensing • Lock-box or backyard access (we do not store keys) • First day of school with dedicated trainer • Basic Training Required​ • 12 week School Term requirements - 2 day / week minimum ​ ​ • Parent must participate in at least 6 weekly in-person AKC Certification Exam Preparation Group Classes to take corresponding exam.
  • What's the Dog School Syllabus?
    • Monday through Friday schedule • Convenient at-home pick-up 9-11am & drop-off 3-5pm • Daily updates, pics and videos • Weekly progress reports • Weekly in-person Parent Group Classes • 4 Pop-up Sessions at-home with a trainer • Puppy Training School Graduation Certificate • AKC CGC - Canine Good Citizen Certification Preparation and Exam • Unlimited access to our Online School classes, courses and self-study materials! • Dedicated trainer for daily class and training exercises • Dedicated trainer for on-leash walking at public access areas • Dedicated trainer for AKC Canine Good Citizen Program • Dedicated trainer for dog play sessions • Dedicated trainer for dog sports sessions ​ • The following Holidays there will be no school: Presidents Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.
  • What's the Dog School Curriculum?
    • Dog play and dog share sessions • AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen Behavior Training • On-leash Walking in Public Access Spaces • Intermediate Dog Training Commands • Intermediate Socialization & Exercise • Intermediate Boundaries, Impulse Control & Recall • Confidence around distractions • Calm for petting and grooming • Personal space and polite around dogs • Intermediate Obedience • AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification Exam & Preparation Classes for parents ​ CGC is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. ​ For more information about AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen Certifications and Titles, please visit our AKC Certifications Page.​
  • How much does Dog School cost?
    Our Pricing Plans are weekly recurring membership plans with a minimum of 2-days a week for this program. Check out the options:
  • What are the Requirements for Social School?
    • Dogs must be 12 months and older to be eligible for enrollment. • Dog proof of vaccinations are required • Dogs past 12 months of age must be spayed or neutered ​ • Admissions interview • Temperament assessment • City licensing • Lock-box or backyard access (we do not store keys) • First day of school with dedicated trainer • Dog School Graduation Required​ • No School Term requirements - 1 day / week minimum ​ ​ • Parent must participate in at least 6 weekly in-person AKC Certification Exam Preparation Group Classes to take corresponding exam.
  • What's the Social School Syllabus?
    • Monday through Friday schedule • Convenient at-home pick-up 9-11am & drop-off 3-5pm • Daily updates, pics and videos • Weekly progress reports • Weekly in-person Parent Group Classes • 4 Pop-up Sessions at-home with a trainer • Socialization Training School Graduation Certificate • AKC Community Canine (advanced CGC) or AKC Urban CGC Exam Preparation and Exam • Unlimited access to our Online School classes, courses and self-study materials! • Dedicated trainer for daily class and training exercises • Dedicated trainer for on-leash walking at public access areas • Dedicated trainer for AKC Community Canine (advanced CGC) or AKC Urban CGC Programs • Dedicated trainer for public access socialization training • Dedicated trainer for public space field trips ​ • The following Holidays there will be no school: Presidents Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.
  • What's the Social School Curriculum?
    • AKC Urban CGC & Community Canine Behavior Training • On-leash Walking in Public Access Spaces • Advanced Dog Training Commands • Advanced Socialization & Exercise • Advanced Boundaries, Impulse Control & Recall • Advanced Difficulty Indoor Environments like elevators, public transport, etc. • Advanced Difficulty Outdoor Environments like beaches, crosswalks, etc. • Confidence around distractions in City Environments • Calm for petting and grooming in City Environments • Personal space and polite around dogs in crowds • Advanced Obedience ​ • Public access socialization training • Public space field trips • AKC Community Canine Program (advanced CGC) AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC. • AKC Urban CGC Program ​AKC Urban CGC is a public access test that demonstrates dogs are well-behaved and well-trained when in public settings. The Urban CGC test can be used by dog- friendly business (e.g., lodging, retail, transportation, public facilities) to recognize and accept dogs with good manners. ​ For more information about AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen Certifications and Titles, please visit our AKC Certifications Page.​
  • How much does Social School cost?
    Our Pricing Plans are weekly recurring membership plans with a minimum of 2-days a week for this program. Check out the options:
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