Frequently Asked Questions
for WLAOTC Obedience Classes
The class that I am interested in is marked "FULL" on the website, can I still register for this class?
- No. Once a class is marked Full it is closed
for registration. Please check for classes that are not marked full
and have starting dates. There is no waiting list for most of our
Obedience Classes. Please check the classes page for special instructions
for some of our Advanced classes.
The class I am interested in registering for has a start date of TBD, can I pre-register for the next upcoming session?
- No. Please keep checking the website until a
start date is posted.
What is the size limit for group classes?
- Puppy, Novice, Int. Novice, Adv. Novice, All Comp Prep
is 12 students. Beg. Rally is 10 students. Adv. Rally is 12
students. Conformation is 14 students.
I am interested in signing up for a Obedience class with my dog. What classes do you offer and what is the cost?
I took a puppy or novice obedience class not from WLAOTC, can I enroll in in a WLAOTC class?
- You may enroll in a WLAOTC class for the next level
your dog is ready for. Please check the website for class requirements
and include what previous classes you have taken when registering.
i.e. If you previously took a puppy class, you may sign up for a Novice
Obedience class. If you have taken a Novice Obedience class you may
sign up for a Intermediate Novice Class.
I have two puppies/dogs, can I take a class with both of them?
- You must have a handler for each dog enrolled in class. If
you handle one puppy/dog, you must have a different person handle the second
It is raining currently, or there is a chance of rain tonight. Will classes be held?
- If there is a question as to whether classes will be
cancelled due to weather please do not send an email or leave a message.
Please call and listen to the message on the club phone at (310) 851-6350.
If classes are cancelled the message will be changed to reflect the status
of classes for that day or night. For night classes please call after
3 pm and for Sunday morning classes please call after 7 am to check for
a rain update.
I recently rescued/adopted my dog and it is aggressive to other dogs. Would a group class be right for me?
- Dogs with behavioral problems such as aggression, fearfulness
or extreme shyness should not be enrolled in these group classes. Such
dogs and their owner/handler should seek private instruction with an animal behaviorist.
My dog is not aggressive, but needs manners. Is a Novice Obedience class right for me?
- Certain "adolescent" behaviors can be corrected in
a group class situation. If you are uncertain about your dog's behavior
please contact us at email@example.com outlining the behavior problem
you are experiencing and we will help you determine if your dog should
be enrolled in our classes or not. We do reserve the right to dismiss
unsuitable dogs from our group classes. However, some of our trainers
do provide private instruction on their own time. You may send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your information to one
of our trainers. There is no guarantee that they will be available
for lessons and we cannot provide any information on cost.
Can I make-up a missed class?
- No make-ups are allowed in Puppy, Novice Obedience,
Int. Novice, Advanced Novice, all Rally classes, Confirmation and Open/Utility
classes. There will be no refund of class fees.
I've recently adopted/rescued a young or adult dog. He is very smart and a quick learner. He is house-broken and knows sit, stay, down, etc. What class should I take?
- Even if your dog already knows basic commands, a Novice
Obedience class would be a good choice to start your training with. Group
classes offer a different environment for learning for your dog. Basic
obedience skills for handler and dogs are taught and would be beneficial in helping
to build a lasting relationship with your dog.
I just got a puppy, he/she is 8 weeks old, can I take a puppy class?
- Your puppy needs to be at least 3 months old and have
all of its shots in order to sign up for a puppy class. This is for
the safety and health of your puppy and other students in the class.
Do you offer private training as I am not available for the class times you have listed on your website and/or I do not think my dog would be right for a group class?
- We do not offer private training through our club.
However, some of our trainers do provide private instruction on their own
time. You may send an email to email@example.com and we will forward
your information to one of our trainers. There is no guarantee that
they will be available for lessons and we cannot provide any information
I've submitted my information on-line to register for a class, but I haven't mailed in the registration form or a check. Am I guaranteed to have a spot in the class?
- No. The on-line information you submit just informs
the class registrar that you are interested in signing up for that class.
Your spot will be held tentatively until your registration check and form
are received. However, if the class fills quickly and you do not
send in your materials, your space will be given to the student whose check
and form are received first.
I've mailed in my registration form and check, but the class does not start until a couple of months. When will my check be cashed?
- Sometimes our classes fill in advance of the class
start date. Checks are deposited as soon as the class is filled and
marked Full on website. The exact date might vary due to certain
circumstances and checks may be cashed well in advance of the actual class
I've mailed in my check for a class but have not received a confirmation. Am I enrolled in the class.
- Typically, the registrar for the class will send a
confirmation email that your check has been received and you are enrolled
in class. If you have a question or concern you may email firstname.lastname@example.org
do not allow make-ups or pro-rated fees for any of our classes. The
only exception is for Puppy And Manners Class. The rules for this class
are included in the registration packet for the class. There will be
no refund of the class fee once you have mailed your registration form and
check in for a class.