Class Information

Please visit the class section that interests you under the "Classes" menu.  There you will find more detailed information about classes and policies. Then fill out our Online Form to register for the class and we will confirm it by email.

If you have questions about how to Choose a dog Trainer or School, please see the article titled "Choosing a Dog Trainer".

Dogwood’s courses are constantly being updated and the Dogwood’s Instructors attend continuing education courses each year. We are actively involved in a variety of dog sports  including Obedience Trials, Conformation, Tracking, Agility, Nosework, Flyball, Hunting Retriever Tests, Herding Trials and Field Trials.  The staff have earned many titles and awards in the dog sports. The Dogwood staff are looking forward to helping you train your dog.

Please drop in to watch classes in progress (please leave your dog at home) and afterwards talk to the Dogwood staff. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. Each class meets once a week for approximately one hour of instruction. During the class, you will often receive homework sheets to aid you as you practice that week's lesson at home each day. We encourage all family members to attend classes in our companion curriculum of classes to learn how the exercises are taught. That way everyone in the family can get involved in training your dog at home. Young children must be adequately supervised so that they do not wander onto the training area where they could trip or accidentally startle an unsuspecting dog. Before coming to class, please talk with your children about not petting another student’s dog and explain to them that they must either be with you in class or sit quietly in one of the chairs provided along the edges of the training area.

In order to provide quality instruction, pre-enrollment is required. Students are accepted on a “first-come, first serve ” basis and classes usually fill early. When you come to class, it is necessary that your dog is on a 4 to 6 foot leash and has a collar that will not slip over his or her head. To ensure that your dog has a pleasant experience at Dogwood, PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR DOG PLAY WITH ANY OTHER DOG OR PUPPY. We do not accept aggressive dogs into Dogwood classes. If the staff feel that a class is not appropriate for a dog, we will suggest alternate training and or other classes.

Class Enrollment:  To enroll in a class, please complete the on-line enrollment application form.  Upon receipt of your enrollment form, we will either telephone or email you to confirm your place in the class. Once you are enrolled in the class please  send us a copy of your dog’s current vaccination certificate for Rabies and any other shots per your vet’s shot protocol (this is for your dog's protection). You can mail these records, along with your check or money order to the address above. Post-dated checks are not accepted and checks are usually held until the week BEFORE class starts.  If you use PayPal, don’t forget to send us a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate and records of other shots.

Once a class fills or starts, there are no refunds. If you register for a class and find that you are unable to attend it, please let us know as soon as possible so that another applicant can take your place in the class. If we can fill your spot in the class, your enrollment will be canceled. If you would prefer,  you can request that your enrollment be moved to another puppy or basic class that starts  on a different date or night of the week. For the Puppy/basic class, you can have one transfer ($40 fee) to the NEXT AVAILABLE puppy/basic class. Transfers are only available for puppy and basic classes.

Attendance:  Students must attend more than half of the classes in order to successfully complete class per-requisites for higher level classes. In order to receive a graduation certificate,  you must attend the last week of class.

We do not allow students to make up a missed class because this may over crowd a class and impact the working time for the other students. You can talk to your instructor about a private lesson to make up the missed class. There is an additional fee for private lessons that is payable directly to the instructor doing the private lesson.

ALL MONTHLY CLASSES PAYMENT POLICY:

Any class with no specific “start” or “end” date is considered a monthly or on-going class. Tuition for all monthly classes is due no later than the 10th of each month. If you are dropping a monthly class, please let us know before the 10th of the month. Otherwise fees are still due for that month.The tuition fee is based upon a “four week month”, one handler per dog, one dog per handler, and one dog per class. If you want an exception to this policy, please email Debby Quigley and your instructor. If an exception is granted, there will be an additional fee and rules pertaining to working additional dogs in a class.

If class is cancelled during a month due to a holiday, inclement weather, a national or local disaster or emergency, all students will still be required to pay the entire monthly tuition fee. The only exception to this policy is during the month of December in which no monthly classes are held.