How do I know my registration has been received?
You will receive an email when you register for a class. You will receive another email when you are confirmed in the class (i.e. payment has been received and processed). IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOUR PAYMENT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH AND YOUR SPOT IN CLASS IS NOT SECURED - CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS OUR CLASSES FILL QUICKLY! The quickest way to ensure registration and confirmation in a class is to use our online registration system and pay via either a credit card or PayPal account. Payment online is the fastest way to secure a spot, but payment can be mailed or completed in person at our facility during our open administrative hours (Monday and Tuesday 5:30-8:00 p.m. or Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
I don't see the class I want or it isn't offered on the day that I want.
We update our schedule frequently. Please check back every couple of days to see if new classes have been posted to our schedule.
The class I want shows full. Can I be placed on a waiting list?
We do not currently have wait lists. If the class shows full, our system will not allow you to register. It is rare that we have openings occur. We suggest you check our schedule every couple of days for additional classes to be added. You are welcome to email us with information on what class you are interested in and we will *try* our best to contact you when we put one on the schedule.
Payment & Refund Policy FAQs
How much does it cost?
Introductory Classes: Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Basic 3-6, Puppy Basic 6-9 and Beginning I are $150 for the complete six week session.
Intermediate Classes: Advanced Puppy, Proofing Obedience, Beginning II, Canine Good Citizen are $120 for the complete six week session.
Competition Sport Classes: Nose Work, Agility, Rally, Competition Obedience, and Conformation Handling classes are $120 for the complete six week session.
Behavioral Classes: Reactive Rover, Nervous Nellie, Frantic Fido are $250 for the six week session; exception: Reactive Rover Street Smarts (4 week class) is $200
Workshops range in price depending on the number of weeks.
Private Behavioral Assessments: $150
Continuing private behavioral training sessions: $75
Private obedience/competition sessions: $50
Return Student Discount: Once you've registered and paid for your first class through our new online registration system you will then be automatically eligible for a return student discount of $10 off each subsequent six week class you register for. (The Return Student Discount does not apply to any workshops or seminars less than six weeks in length).
Rescue Dog Discount: A $10 rescue dog discount is available only for a new-to-Alaska Dog Sports rescue owner (all other returning students receive the Return Student Discount listed above) and can be used for the rescue dog's first six week class with AK Dog Sports registered for within six months of the adoption date from an Animal Shelter or a recognized rescue organization (as determined by AK Dog Sports). Please email a copy of your adoption contract to receive a Promo Code to use at checkout to email@example.com. Rescue discounts will not be refunded if the class is paid for without using Promo Code. (The Rescue Dog Discount does not apply to any workshops or seminars less than six weeks in length.)
Refunds: Refunds, minus a 5% service processing fee, are only given for class/event cancellations that occur at least 72 hours prior to the class/event start date.
How do I confirm I'm registered in a class/event?
Your registration is not complete and your spot in a class/event is not secured until payment has been received. You will receive a confirmation email - if you do not receive a confirmation email, your spot in class is NOT secured!! Contact us ASAP! Payment online is the fastest way to secure a spot, but payment can be mailed or completed in person at our facility during our open admin hours (Monday and Tuesday 5:30-8:00 or Saturday 10:00 - 1:00). Gift cards must be redeemed in person at our facility. Once payment has been received, an auto-generated email confirmation is sent. If you have not received an email confirmation within 12 hours of completing payment, please check with us quickly!
Can I pay by cash, check or credit card?
It is recommended that you complete payment within our online registration system to secure your spot in the class (our classes fill quickly!). You may also register and pay in person during our facility open admin hours (Mondays and Tuesday 5:30-8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 10:00-1:00). You may mail a check to our mailing address: Alaska Dog Sports, 2575 Tasha Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502, but your spot in the class will not be confirmed until payment is received. With our online registration system you can pay using a PayPal account OR with any major credit card or debit card.
You do not have to have a paypal account! Click on the "checkout with paypal" link and once there you can opt to pay with a debit or credit card by clicking on the "Don't have a PayPal account?" link that appears! The screen will look something like follows:
Choose a way to pay and Log in to your account to complete the purchase
Pay with a debit or credit card, or Bill Me Later ® - Complete the credit card information and then click on CONTINUE or AGREE & CONTINUE
Why don't dogs attend the first week of Beginning I, Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Basic 3-6 Months, Puppy Basic 6-9 Months, Nervous Nellie, Frantic Fido, and Reactive Rover when this is a 'dog' training class?
The handlers are a very important part of the training process and we've found that having one class where we can focus on the handlers makes the entire session more productive. The first time with dogs in class is pretty exciting and often handlers aren't able to focus on the foundation exercises when they have an excited dog bouncing next to them. Safety procedures, housekeeping items, and initial teaching information is provided during the first class. Please leave dogs at home for Week 1 of these classes. You are given homework the first week so you can get started right away.
Can multiple handlers come to class with the dog?
Yes, multiple handlers can come to class but only one at a time will be out on the floor with the dog. It is important that everyone knows how to train the dog. Handlers are welcome to swap out during class.
Can my children come?
Children may come to most classes (with the exception of Nervous Nellie and Reactive Rover) but they must be able to sit quietly. Very young children sometimes have a hard time sitting for an hour, so in order for you to focus on the class you might consider a babysitter on class nights.
Children 12 and older may handle the dog in class if they are physically able to control the dog, and have a parent ready and willing to jump in and help. Timing and consistency are very important when training which can make it difficult for children. We generally recommend that the parents start the training process and include the children once the dog has a basic understanding of the behavior.
What vaccinations are required and do I need to bring copies of vaccination records?
Alaska Dog Sports follows Dr. Jean Dodds' Vaccination Protocols. Click here to see the 2016 Vaccination Protocols.
Please read the excerpt below taken in part from the AVMA article on "Common Sense Measures to Protect Your Dogs, Yourself and Others"
A note about puppy socialization and the risk of disease
The socialization period for puppies, which takes place from 6-14 weeks of age, is critical for a dog's behavioral development. During this time positive experiences with other dogs, people, noises and activities can reduce the likelihood of fearful behaviors, such as aggression and phobias, later in the dog's life. Puppies that are not properly socialized are more likely to develop behavioral problems that can make them unsuitable pets and increase the chances their owners will relinquish them to shelters.
This socialization period overlaps a period of vulnerability to disease, including canine parvovirus and canine distemper virus infection. Puppies need socialization with other dogs, but those dogs must be well vaccinated and healthy.
To fully protect your puppy from canine parvovirus, the last dose of the parvovirus vaccine must be at 14-16 weeks of age, regardless of the number of doses given at an earlier age. Until your puppy is fully protected, avoid taking it to dog parks or other areas where it has uncontrolled exposure to dogs with questionable or unknown vaccination histories.
Having a puppy 6-14 weeks of age in socialization classes can offer excellent opportunities to properly socialize puppies but there is a disease risk. To reduce the risk, puppies in the classes should be of similar age and vaccination history and should be examined and found to be healthy by a veterinarian prior to starting classes. Proper sanitation (including immediate cleanup of 'accidents') during the classes helps provide additional protection from infection. The puppies' first vaccine should be administered at least 7 days prior to the first class. Puppies with signs of illness (diarrhea, coughing, fever, etc.) should not attend puppy socialization classes until they have recovered from their illness.
If you allow your puppy to interact with dogs belonging to family or friends, make sure the dogs have been appropriately vaccinated and are adequately socialized to avoid bad experiences that could have negative long-term consequences to your puppy's behavior. Similarly, if you own an older dog and plan to introduce a puppy into your house, make sure the older dog is adequately vaccinated.
It is important to understand that it is not until 7-10 days after the last vaccination at 14-16 weeks of age that the risk of infection is very low and you can increase the puppy's introduction and socialization with all dogs.