Policies and Guidelines at GSDS


  • Bring a hungry dog to class, don’t feed a meal right before training. This will make your dog more motivated to work for your training rewards.

  • Bring a variety of treats to class, ranging in different value. Have something lower value, like kibble or cheese, and something higher value, like hot dogs or chicken. Experiment and find out what your dog likes the most. Soft treats work better than hard treats, so the dog can quickly eat them without much chewing.

  • Bring your dog on a 6ft leash. Do not use a retractable flexi leash in class.

  • Bring a bed or mat for your dog to lay on.

  • Bring something for your dog to chew on during downtime, like a bully stick or stuffed kong. 

  • Give your dog time to potty outside before class and pay attention to signs during class that they may need to go outside. If an accident happens inside, use proper cleaning supplies to thoroughly clean the area.

  • Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to move in. During classes you may be moving quickly and working on the ground at your dog’s level.

  • Bring something to take notes. Each class will have homework and training a few minutes each day will be necessary to see progress in your dog.


  • In order to keep our class sizes small, classes are non-refundable after the first class. If a class doesn't fit you and your dog, speak with the instructor about transferring to a different class or private instruction. 

  • Any refunds will be charged a $10 processing fee.

  • Signing up for class is an agreement to attend all classes in the session. If you miss a class, we cannot offer make up classes or credits.

  • Seminar or workshops are non-refundable 14 days prior to the seminar, unless your spot can be filled. 

  • Group class settings are for dogs who are not reactive or aggressive towards dogs and people. If you dog barks and lunges at other dogs, shows signs of aggression or reactivity, we encourage you to do private training with our trainers. 

  • Bitches in season are allowed at class as long as they wear panties. 

  • Dogs must be up-to-date with vaccines according to the schedule recommended by your veterinarian.

  • Classes will be canceled and rescheduled due to inclement weather or instructor illness, we recommend following our Facebook page for the most up to date class info

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