SPDTC Club Policies and By-laws rev. 3 October 2016
In order to make dog training enjoyable and safe, please review these club rules, class rules and additional guidelines. A link to a PDF with the Club’s by-laws can be found at the bottom of this page.
Enforcement of rules and policies
Instructors have complete discretion in enforcing SPDTC’s rules and policies and maintaining a safe, enjoyable class environment.
In case of inclement weather, students should call the club phone number for notification of class cancellation at 651-455-2431.
Cancelled classes will not be rescheduled or refunded.
SPDTC will provide a credit for any cancelled classes in the next block.
If SPDTC cancels classes for any reason students will be given a credit on the next block of classes.
SPDTC doesn’t provide refunds for missed classes. However, alternate class dates can sometimes be arranged.
Dogs must be on a leash held by a handler when not working.
Students must have full control of their dogs in or outside of the ring.
Even if your dog is socialized, another dog new to the environment may see another dog as a threat and try to defend itself.
Dogs who bite, demonstrate unprovoked aggression or other behavior detrimental to the class or other members may be expelled at the discretion of the instructor or director. Be aware of your dog and your surroundings.
Dog training should be fun.
Please be courteous to your instructors, other students and kind to your dogs.
If you would like to meet another person’s dog, ask the owner if you may greet their dog prior to any physical contact.
Be aware of wet conditions on the mat.
If you are wearing wet shoes, the mat may be slippery.
Exercise the necessary caution to prevent a slip or fall.
Students under the age of 16 must receive prior approval before joining a class from the Director of Training for the discipline they are enrolling in, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when at the club and in class.
All people visiting the club for whatever reason will abide by the posted parking instructions.
There is no smoking allowed at any time in the building.
Cleaning up after your dog
You must clean up after your dog – inside or out.
There is an area at the south end of the parking lot designated for relieving your dog. Please use it and dispose of waste in the outside receptacles.
Please bring a bag with you when you exercise your dog.
Keep the training area clean.
If you brought food to celebrate an accomplishment, please remove or toss any extra to avoid problems with pests.
In addition, chairs should be returned to the storage area next to the agility office at the end of class.
Dog health and BIS (Bitches in Season)
Members are responsible for the health and wellbeing of their dogs.
Dogs should adhere to a vaccination protocol developed in consultation with your veterinarian. Dogs who are ill should not be brought into the facility.
The AAHA guidelines are a good starting point for the development of such a healthcare plan.
Bitches in season may attend regular classes at SPDTC with these limitations. 1. A bitch in season must be wearing a garment that prevents soiling of the facility. 2. If a Bitch in Season is found to be such a distraction to other dogs in the facility that it prevents normal teaching activities from occurring the Instructor of the class the BIS is involved in may excuse that BIS from class. The decision to excuse a Bitch in Season is solely that of the instructor of the class. 3. Classes in set blocks missed due to BIS, (as opposed to random attendance classes), may be credited by the instructor to the next section in the class sequence, (up to three classes per heat cycle). Handlers are encouraged to attend without their BIS under these circumstances. 4. BIS are not allowed in the facility during SPDTC sponsored events. Other renting organizations may establish their own varying policies with the provision that if they allow Bitches in Season the renting club or organization is responsible for thoroughly cleaning the facility
Puppy Classes are open to dogs at 8 weeks of age.
We require that all puppies participate in a vaccination protocol developed and overseen by a practicing veterinarian, and generally in compliance with the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines for dogs.
Owners will be required to provide evidence of a vet visit and vaccination plan/history at the first class.
If your puppy shows signs of illness, please do not bring it to class.
For more information see the PDF article “The Dilemma of Socialization and Immunity” by club member John Scandurra, DVM.
For agility classes, only one dog per work area may be off leash at a time.With the exception of dogs and handlers in the advanced agility classes, agility equipment may be used only while in class.
Dogs must be on a leash held by a handler when not working.
For example, while waiting your turn, traveling from one work area to another, and moving in and out of the ring.
Dogs should not be tied up to the poles nor should they be left in a “stay” while you are helping with equipment setup or otherwise occupied.
For extended periods, the safest place for your dog is in a crate.
Dogs are not allowed on the equipment unsupervised.
Crating space is provided as a convenience for students and instructors to store their crates as long as they are enrolled in classes.
Only crates used by active club members will be allowed in the club.
ALL crates must be clearly labeled with the crate owner’s name.
All personal and training items MUST be neatly stored in your crate when not in use.
Contents in the crate must be neatly stored.
NO personal or training items can be left on top, in front, or on the sides of your crate when not in use.
Any items left on top of or outside of crates will be removed, moved to the lost and found for two weeks and then if not claimed will be donated or thrown out (depending upon the item.)
Crates must be cleaned at regular intervals.
If a crate is dirty or smelly, the owner will have two weeks to clean the crate and/or its contents or the crate will be removed.
Treats MUST be stored in a sealed plastic or metal container.
NO human food can be stored in crates.
ALL liquids must be stored in a sealed container inside of the crate.
On days when there are trials or seminars, crates must either be available for exhibitors to use OR the crates must be removed one day before the trial and can be replaced the day following a trial.
The club reserves the right to move any crates to a different location if that crate interferes with club activities (for example extends too far out past the designated crating spaces or blocks an exit, door, or aisle).
"In case of inclement weather, students should call the club phone number for notification of class cancellation at 651-455-2431. Cancelled classes will not be rescheduled or refunded. SPDTC will provide a credit for any cancelled classes in the next block."
Contents copyright 2006 St. Paul Dog Training Club, St. Paul, Minnesota