2. Terms & Conditions ~ Puppy Classes & Dog Training
Your instructor, Radica Raeves of The Mindful Dog, adheres to Steven R. Lindsay’s “Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive” guidelines, also referred to as the L.I.M.A principle. This scientifically based training principle is also supported by the renowned industry body, the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants).
Class sizes are kept small in order to provide individual tuition and a relaxed learning environment (e.g. 6 puppies max. / puppy class). Classes are designed to be fun and rewarding for both dog and owner, but in the interest of safety, responsibility and welfare it is important that the following terms and conditions are noted.
Harsh handling by means of mental or physical intimidation, force or physical punishment is not permitted in our puppy classes or during our private dog training sessions. This behaviour will also be discouraged by educating dog owners and guardians about the why and how of using more appropriate, less invasive options.
2. Health & Safety, Hygiene & Equipment
All puppies attending Puppy Class need to have had their 1st puppy booster vaccination for Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus (= C3 DHP - this should have been given by the breeder’s Veterinarian when your puppy was between 6 and 8 weeks old).
All dogs attending dog training classes need to be up-to-date with their C5 vaccinations (C3 DHP + annual Kennel Cough vaccine for Bordetella, Parainfluenza).
Your instructor will request to sight a copy of your puppy or dog’s most recent vaccination certificate prior to commencing class.
Please note: We do not consider homeopathic nosodes an acceptable alternative to conventional vaccines for young puppies or dogs. We do however accept a written confirmation by your Veterinarian with regards to a recent titre test (min. 14 days prior to class start date) that your dog is currently still adequately immunized as per the commonly required C5 vaccines.
Your puppy or dog also should have received regular and timely parasite treatments for worms, fleas and ticks. This is for the safety of your puppy and others, therefore no exceptions can be made.
You will be requested to present a copy of your puppy’s most recent vaccination certificate prior to entering class.
If a puppy or dog is unable to attend classes, owners are more than welcome to attend without their dog in order to keep up to date with the training course.
Please DO NOT bring your puppy or dog to group classes if he or she has:
- been in contact with another dog infected with a contagious disease
- been diagnosed by a Vet with a contagious disease
- if your puppy shows any signs of: runny eyes, runny nose, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy,
skin lesions or rashes
- come into season (a female dog in heat)
Please always contact your Veterinarian for any health related issues!
All puppies and dogs must remain ON LEAD AT ALL TIMES and be kept away from making contact with any other puppies or dogs whilst at the venue and during class, unless specifically requested otherwise by your instructor.
Although we make every effort to allow your puppy to play with other suitable puppies in the class for short periods, we cannot guarantee the right mix of puppies on every course for this to be done safely. Consequently, puppy play may not occur in all classes.
We make every effort to ensure safety of both clients and puppies during the classes. By enrolling, you are accepting that participating in an activity with puppies, dogs, children and adults poses a potential risk of injury to yourself and your puppy, and you agree to indemnify your instructor, Radica Raeves of The Mindful Dog, for all personal injury and damage to property owned by you while attending the training classes. You also agree to make any person who accompanies you to the class aware that they are also there at their own risk.
All instances of accident or injury must be reported to the instructor, immediately, at the time they occurred.
Our chosen venue abides by the strictest hygiene standards and uses a industry grade, veterinary hospital disinfectant (F10), to clean the training venue, in order to create a safe and sanitised environment for both dogs and humans.
Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs in and around the training venue. Please ensure you come to class suitably prepared with poo bags to clean up any dog mess.
Equipment REQUIRED during puppy classes or private dog training sessions:
- A regular, fabric or leather lead (120 - 180 cm length).
- A regular buckle collar (for young puppies under the age of 16 weeks).
- A half-check martingale training collar (for safety - for adolescent puppies and adult dogs who have cleverly learnt to slip their regular collar).
- A dog treat pouch filled with a mixed supply of soft, smelly food treats - cut into small pieces (appropriate for the size of your puppy).
- e.g. hot-dogs, Frankfurter, Cabanossi, cooked ham, cooked chicken fillet, BBQ chicken fillet, small cheese cubes etc.
- Your own supply of dog tidy poo bags.
- Please wear closed footwear.
The following equipment is NOT PERMITTED:
- Harnesses of all types, as they are less effective for our training purposes and are sometimes dangerous during play. Exceptions can only be made where a harness has been recommended by your Veterinarian for health reasons or at the specific request of your instructor. If used for health reasons, please supply a letter from your Veterinarian as to the nature of the puppy or dog’s condition, since this may also be relevant to various exercises in class.
- Head collars (head halti, gentle leader), as they are less effective for our training purpose and can cause injury to the young puppy or dog’s neck and spine.
- Flexi leads, chain leads, slip leads and show leads are not permitted in class as they are not effective for our training purposes. Flexi leads in particular, can cause serious injury to handlers and others (from burns to severed fingers), they can also cause neck and spinal injuries to your puppy or dog; and are quite frankly, utterly inappropriate for teaching loose lead walking.
- Physical punishment-based training collars such as: check/choke chains, pinch/prong collars and all type of electronic collars are not permitted.
- Any other device that causes discomfort, pain or fear, or which the instructor deems inappropriate or unacceptable.
Our class program is designed to be attended in chronological order (Week 1, Week 2, Etc.), rather than a roll-on/roll-off programme or random attendance. Therefore, missed classes cannot be taken by joining another group run by your instructor at another time, as there may not be a spot available, and it is always disruptive to the other group to have an unfamiliar puppy join half-way through the course. For optimum results, please attend all your class sessions and complete your course in chronological order.
Occasionally, we may find that a class environment does not suit a puppy or owner. Full discussion over the best way to proceed will be undertaken and this may result in us making alternative arrangements to assist you.
To make the most of the classes and achieve optimal results, many short daily training sessions at home are favourable to allow you and your puppy to practice the techniques and lessons prior to the next class.
Owners, family members and dog guardians:
The Mindful Dog does not restrict the number of family members that are allowed to class (the more the merrier) and children are more than welcome. However, all children must be under the supervision of a responsible adult, who must agree to prevent them from disturbing the process of learning during the class. Children under the age of 5 may attend only if a second adult also attends, in order to enable one adult to concentrate on the child and the other on the puppy.
We encourage older children to attend our classes as we consider this to be in the best interest of all puppies attending. Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and should not be left to bring the dog to classes on their own.
Instructors reserve the right to request that disruptive children, adults or dogs not attend future classes.
Puppies & Dogs:
Please refer section: 2. Health & Safety
Regarding our generous offer to provide FREE phone and email support for all our Puppy Class Graduates until their 1st Birthday - the following conditions apply
- Your puppy has attended all 4 sessions of our Puppy Class
- Your puppy has shown clear progress from week to week
5. Bookings, Cancellations & Refunds
At the time of online booking and payment, you will receive an email confirmation of your class enrollment or private appointment. This email will confirm dates and times, and provide any other useful information with regards to your booking.
The class enrolment confirmation email, confirms that the client will attend the entire, multi-week class course. The client is expected to make every effort to attend each week. If the client is unable to attend, they are responsible for informing their instructor as soon as possible.
It is the client’s responsibility to ensure they attend on the correct date, time and place for the classes according to the details provided by the instructor.
The full course fee or appointment fee must be paid at the time booking, using our secure online payment system (Square).
The price advertised at time of booking applies.
Failure to pay in advance may result in your spot being given to another client.
Failure to attend a course that you have booked a place for, but not yet paid for, will result in a request for full payment, which you agree to be liable for.
Cancellation Policy - Group Training Classes
All cancellations need to be given at least 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE of your class. Because we operate our classes on a very low instructor ~ dog ratio, refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the start date of the course, will only be granted if your spot can be filled by another client.
Cancellation Policy - Private Training & Pet Photography Appointments
All cancellations for Private Dog Training and Pet Photography appointments need to be given at least
48 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
Refunds will not be granted once the course has started. There will be no partial refunds for missed classes.
Refunds will not be granted if the client was not at home at the scheduled appointment time, or if the client does not show up on the scheduled appointment time at the specified venue. There will be no partial refunds for missed time if the client arrived late to the scheduled appointment.
We totally understand that unexpected things happen. Please contact us if you have questions.
Any exceptions to the above “Bookings, Cancellations & Refunds” policy is at the discretion of The Mindful Dog’s class instructor or trainer.
6. Media Release
By accepting our full terms and conditions, you also consent and agree that The Mindful Dog, its employees, or agents have the right to take photographs, videotape, or digital recordings of yourself, your family member and your pets during puppy and dog training classes at Paw Republic in Crows Nest, and to use these in any and all media, now or hereafter known, and exclusively for the purpose of marketing and education.
Your further understand and consent that no full names or contact details of yourself or family members will be disclosed therein. Only first names, pet names, species and breed will be made public in descriptive text or commentary.
You hereby release to The Mindful Dog, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately for use online and in their marketing and educational collateral.
You also waive any rights, claims, or interest you may have to control the use of your identity or likeness in whatever media used.
You understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for recording yourself, family members or pets, either for initial, or subsequent transmission or playback.
You also understand that The Mindful Dog, is not responsible for any expense or liability incurred as a result of your participation in this recording, including any medical expenses due to any sickness or injury incurred as a result.
You represent that you are at least 18 years of age, have read and understood the foregoing statement, and are competent to execute this agreement.
You agree that:
Radica Raeves, owner and operator of The Mindful Dog, will endeavor to create as safe an environment as possible for the training of my dog and will offer only sound, safe, and responsible training instructions based on the current knowledge and best practices described in the position statements of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
However, I recognise that Radica Raeves, owner and operator of The Mindful Dog, is not responsible for any unintentional errors, omissions, or incorrect assertions. I understand that the recommendation of any other product or service is not a guarantee of my satisfaction with that product or service.
Further, I am and will remain responsible for the actions of my dog at all times and I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Radica Raeves, owner and operator of The Mindful Dog, of any claims of injury, expense, costs, or damages caused by the actions of my dog while under Radica Raeves, owner and operator of The Mindful Dog, instruction or control, and under my own care as a result of following training instructions. I have been told by Radica Raeves, owner and operator of The Mindful Dog, and understand the inherent risks of owning a dog, including but not limited to the risk of dog bites to myself or others.