Bringing a Dog

Where will my dog stay while at National K-9?

All students’ dogs, when not being trained, are kept in a student kennel. This kennel is located within the same building as the school and student residence hall. The kennel area is equipped with seasonal heating and air conditioning. Within the student kennel facility, each dog is provided with his or her own individual kennel space.   The student kennel offers a food bin and cubby for storage of items for each dog.   There are also grooming facilities to accommodate student dogs.    Students are responsible for caring for their dogs and maintaining the kennel throughout the course.

Student dogs are not permitted in the school’s residence hall. Students will have the necessary access to their dogs for workshops, training, and exercise. Our courses will discuss the importance of the kennel environment for a dog in training throughout the course.

Can I bring more than one dog with me to take the course?

Each student is permitted to bring one dog with them during their course.  National K-9 students only have time to train and care for this one dog due to the intensity of the courses.  While in attendance students will be exposed to various dogs and personality types.  Students will also be given an opportunity to observe and train with other dogs during their course.

What if I do not have a dog that meets the requirements of the course? Do I need to go out and get one?

If you are unable to bring your own dog, we suggest that you consider asking a friend, relative, or acquaintance about the possibility of using their dog during the course. We recommend a medium to large sized dog that has not had formal training.

If you are unable to find a dog for the course, National K-9 will provide one for you at no additional charge. Dogs that we provide have been evaluated by our trainers and are often dogs in need of training from local families in the Columbus area. This dog will be used for all your hands-on workshops and testing. The training and the care of the dog that we provide will be your responsibility for the entire three or six weeks you are at National K-9. Students that are provided with a dog are required to live in National K-9’s onsite Residence Hall for the entire three or six weeks. This ensures that the student is available to properly care for the dog. National K-9 will not provide a dog to a student that commutes daily.

For National K-9 to provide a dog you must notify National K-9 at least 45 days in advance of your scheduled course start date. Students must have also paid their housing payment in full.  If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our instructors.

Can I bring a dog with me?

We encourage each student to bring a dog to take through the course.  The following are our recommendations to prospective students that allow them to get the most out of their experience at National K-9.

We recommend a medium to large sized dog.  Smaller dogs and puppies are usually candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course but may not be mature and/or large enough for the advanced training included in the 6-week Master Trainer Course.  Giant breeds are not recommended due to the physical demands of some segments of the courses.  We have had a wide range of dog breeds and mixed breeds participate in our courses.  The breed you choose would be a matter of personal preference.  The size, type of coat, characteristics, and activity preferences for a dog varies from person to person.

We recommend a dog between the ages of 8 months to 3 years for the 6-week Master Trainer Course.  Dogs 4 months to 8 months can be candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course but may not be mature and/or large enough for the advanced training included in the 6-week Master Trainer Course.   Dogs under 4 months of age are not permitted in either course.  Dogs over 3 years up to 5 years may be candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course.  If you are considering a dog less than 8 months or over 3 years of age please contact an instructor at 614-864-0213 to discuss in more detail.

The dog you bring should not have previous professional/formal training.  Ideally the dog should have very little or no training at all.  Dogs that know a few basic commands and have some basic manners may still be eligible. Dogs with formal or extensive training will prevent the school’s instructors from assessing student’s progression in practical workshops and during practical testing.  Dogs should be social with people and other dogs but not have any major behavior problems.  Dogs with excessive aggression, fear or shyness are not usually good candidates for students to work with due to the length and intensity of our courses. Training dogs with excessive aggression, fear and shyness will be covered during our courses.  If you have questions regarding the dog’s behavior, please contact an instructor.

All dogs should be in good physical health, have no physical limitations, and be current on all vaccinations.  If you plan to bring a non-spayed female, she cannot come in heat/season while in attendance.  Please note that changes in environment may alter the timing of a female’s heat cycle.  Females in heat/season are not in an appropriate mental or physical state to participate in the intensive training involved in our courses.  Females that do come into heat/season while in attendance will need to be removed from the course and facility immediately.  Dogs must also be free of internal and external parasites.

All students’ dogs are provided with grooming facilities and an individual kennel and food bin.  Students at National K-9 have access to their dogs as needed for workshops, independent study, and exercise.  If you have any questions about whether your dog would be a good candidate, please contact National K-9 for guidance.

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