Class Info and Policies

If you have never taken classes at Y2K9s before, welcome to Y2K9s. You and your dog are about to have lots of fun! Before taking your first class, we may request a brief, free-of-charge evaluation.

If you register for Basic Canine Manners, Diane Battis will automatically be in contact with you to coordinate an evaluation. For ALL OTHER CLASSES, unless you have approval by the class instructor, please email Diane to schedule your evaluation.
First time students will also be required to show proof of current dog inoculations – rabies and DAP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parovirus) – at the first class.

At Y2K9s we use force-free training methods based on positive reinforcement. Bring a large supply of small, tasty treats.

Four to six foot leads and a buckle collar are recommended. Please, no Flexi Leads. We may recommend the use of an alternate head halter or harness; they are available for sale at class.


Y2K9s Class Fee Refund Policy

  • With few exceptions, there will be no refunds once a student has started a class.
  • If, for some reason, it looks as though a more basic or more advanced class may be more appropriate, the fee will be applied to that class.
  • If a dog has been diagnosed with an infectious disease, refunds for missed classes will be offered.
  • If a student knows ahead of time that he/she will not be able to attend all classes in a session, they may either sign up for the full session and miss those classes without receiving a refund OR take the class as a drop-in student.
  • Drop-ins are available at the instructor’s discretion and only if a class is not full.
  • In instances of severe lameness or illness on the part of handler OR dog, exceptions may apply.

Y2K9s Policy on Kennel Cough and Other Canine Respiratory Illnesses

Kennel cough is typically a self-limiting virus that can be serious for very young, very old, and immune-suppressed dogs. The germs that spread the virus can be shed by dogs before they show clinical signs, so keeping a coughing dog at home is not enough. Because we are all crazy about doing things with our dogs and playing all kinds of fun games, the best thing that we can do is to make every effort to minimize the spread of kennel cough and other respiratory illnesses. We can do that in several ways:

  • Avoiding contact with other dogs and things they touch with their mouths.
    • No dog to dog contact.
    • No water bowls left out where other dogs can access them, and removed after class.
      (If you forget your bowl, there are paper bowls in the lobby closet which you can use and toss.)
    • Don’t leave toys around. If you find a toy left behind, put it on the lost and found shelf in the lobby.
    • If you use a target, bring your own and take it home with you.
    • Use disinfectant wipes to wipe out crates before use.
  • If a dog is observed coughing or showing other signs of illness, an instructor has the right to ask the owner to leave. If a dog has a chronic condition causing a cough, owner may be asked to show a veterinary note indicating that it has been examined and that it does not have a contagious illness.
  • Dogs who have kennel cough may not return to Y2K9s for two weeks AFTER the last symptoms were observed. This also applies to other dogs in the household who may not have shown symptoms.
  • Students who miss class because of kennel cough will be issued a credit for those classes missed.
  • Y2K9s will establish a routine for regular disinfecting of the club interior and potty area.

Equipment Policy

  • Y2K9s is proud of its commitment to force-free training. Choke chains and prong collars will not be allowed at Y2K9s with the following exception: classes in which the use of a choke collar is required for the discipline, such as show handling. In those cases the collar shall NOT be used to correct the dog at any time, and the instructor will be able to require a change of collar if he/she deems appropriate.
  • At events held at Y2K9s under the umbrella of organizations that do allow a variety of collars to be used, the rules of that venue will be respected.

Parking

  • There is ample parking in the lot directly in front of our building
  • Do not block entrances and doors to our building, other buildings or loading docks

Field Turf Floor

We have made a big investment in this flooring and need your help to keep it in good shape

  • Do not let your dog run loose on the field turf
  • Use treats that can be easily found by your dog
  • No human food or drinks on the turf
  • Let an instructor know if you see any infractions; help enforce these rules
  • Should a spill or accident occur, use disinfectant in the spray bottle and paper towels to blot

Clean-up

  • $10 penalty for dog accidents ANYWHERE IN THE BUILDING
  • Outside the building please pick up and use our dumpster for disposal
  • Use the “Y2 Loo” (gravel area adjacent to parking lot) – bags available
  • Inside – See your instructor for location of correct cleaning product
  • Please do not leave any dog waste (liquid or solid) in any indoor trash can, including those in the bathrooms – place it in the dumpster

Free Stuff to Borrow

  • Live to Run Again Audio Library – Live to Run Again is a not-for-profit public education campaign against drowsy driving
    Learn more about Live to Run Again
  • Books, magazines and DVDs are available in the lobby bookshelf

Get in the Loop!

  • Join the Y2K9s email group on GoogleGroups. Email traffic is light, with useful club notices and news.
    Click here to join

Class Cancellations and Bad Weather

  • In the event of inclement weather, an email will sent to the Y2K9s GoogleGroup
    Click here to join
  • A notice will also be posted on the Y2K9s’ website in the Twitter Box on the home page
  • Or you can follow the Twitter postings on your computer or mobile device by subscribing to
    Y2K9s on Twitter
  • Message Center Phone Number: 215-821-9259 (for class cancellations information; also for general questions regarding Y2K9s, you may call our message center, leave a message, and we will contact you)

Items Available for Purchase

  • $25 – EZ-Walker Harnesses (see an instructor for fitting and purchase)
  • $4 – Clickers
  • Mesh tug bags
  • Y2K9s offers a variety of logo-printed items for sale. Check them out in our lobby and contact Pat Koehler if interested.
  • Member Class Fees

    7-week classes$120
    7-week Rosie Sutherland & Leslie McDevitt classes$140
    6-week classes$100
    5-week classes$90
    4-week classes$70
    Conformation Handling$15/class
  • Non-Member Class Fees

    7-week classes$160
    7-week Rosie Sutherland & Leslie McDevitt classes$180
    6-week classes$140
    5-week classes$110
    4-week classes$90
    Conformation Handling$15/class
  • Drop-In Rates

    Conformation Handling:
    Drop-ins allowed any time. Special rate of $15.

    Rosie Sutherland Classes:
    Contact Rosie for approval and to see if space is available. $25 for members; $30 for non-members.

    All Other Classes:
    Check with the class instructor to determine if space is available for the day you wish to drop in. $20 for members; $25 for non-members.

  • Junior Handler Scholarship

    We offer a yearly scholarship program for kids from 8 to 17 years of age.

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