Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How young can my puppy be to attend Molasses Classes or Free Yappy Hour?
A:  We like your puppy to attend Yappy Hour and Molasses Classes Puppy Manners I as soon as 8 weeks, but no older than 4 months.

Q:  How many Free Yappy Hours can we attend?
A:  As many as you would like.

Q:  My puppy is too young for their Rabies shot. Can they still attend Molasses Classes or Free Yappy Hour?
A:  Yes, they must have visited a veterinarian for a physical plus their first series of vaccinations. A "COPY" of shot records must be handed in when signing up for classes or attending Free Yappy Hour.

Q:  What do I need to bring for class?
A:  You will need a copy of  your dog's up-to-date shot records from the vet, two forms Student Profile and a Release,  a flat buckle or Martingale Collar, you can use a safe harness (no prong or choke collars),  a 6ft or 4ft leash (No 'retractable" leashes are allowed),100  high - value stinky treats about the size of a pea. Feed your dog half of their meal before class or at least no food or treats 4 hours before class. Please bring water and waste bags. You will want your dog to be a little hungry but not starving. A good walk or some fun exercise before class is a great way to keep your dog better focused during class.

Q:   I've never heard of Bite Inhibition. What is it?
A:   Say you were at the Dentist and she accidentally hurt you. You have enough sense not to bite her even if you really wanted to. However, this sense is not innate to puppies; it needs to be learned. Puppies ordinarily learn this from their litter mates and other puppies. You will find bite Inhibition to be quite useful in situations where you accidentally step on your dog’s foot or catch his tail in a door. Such training will help prevent your dog from then impaling you with his teeth. You can help to decrease the force and the frequency of biting with the skills we teach you. Bite Inhibition needs to be taught before dogs are four one-half months. This is essential for any owner- especially if you have children in the home.    

Q:   Will playing tug- of- war will make my dog aggressive?
A:   We believe teaching the" proper" way to play tug- of- war is very beneficial. It is a strong motivator in helping with impulse control (for dogs out of control) and dogs that are not very food -motivated.

Q:   I have a new rescue.  Can you improve or change bad manners for my older dog?
A:   Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. We give you the guidance you need to build your confidence and skills so you and your new rescue will succeed.  We know a lot of rescues come with difficult behaviors that are hard to break.  It might well have been the very reason they were re-homed or relinquished to a shelter.

Q:  I have a small toy dog breed but I want to teach them only to use wee wee pads. Is that ok?
A:  Of course you can. We can help you successfully train your pup to potty wherever you need them to go- even inside on wee wee pads.

Q:  I heard that if I use treats for training my dog will only perform if I have treats in my hand.  Is this true?
A:  You should only use treats as a lure in the beginning.  An occasional "jackpot" can be given for correct responses from your dog to encourage proper manners but it is strongly advised to wean them off treats as soon as possible. You want to become" the gambling machine" to him. That way, he will never know when you might pay out. If you are consistently using treats for something they already know, it turns into bait- not the lure- as intended.

Q: Do you have a return policy?

A: Yes we have a return policy and rule for classes.

 Return Policy: When registering for a class you are securing a space that cannot be filled by another. Therefore, we regret that we are unable to refund any class fees less than 2 weeks before the first day of class. We will refund any class fees if you notify us in writing at least two business weeks prior to the first class session. If something unexpected makes it impossible for you to attend your scheduled class, we will do our very best to accommodate you for an upcoming group or private class.  


Dog Training

New Classes Starting:

Puppy I Manners                  2/10 Sat. 12:30 p.m            (sorry this class is full)

Puppy I Manners                  2/15 Thur. 6:00 p.m.

Puppy II Manners                 2/24 Sat. 11:00 a.m.

Teenrover/Adult-Manner    2/24 Sat. 1:30 p.m.

AKC Canine Good Citizen 2/19 Mon. 7:00 p.m.  

Novice Trick Dog (NTD)            2/24 Sat. 10:00 a.m  

Focus with Distractions       3/11 Sun. 1:00 p.m.

Check calendar for more scheduled classes!