DOG AGGRESSION POLICY


Although aggression from dogs in agility is unacceptable, it is behavior that we, as a club, inevitably will encounter.
Therefore, the following policies apply to behavior in agility classes:

  • It is ALWAYS the handler’s responsibility to make sure their dog has enough space and to notify other handlers of their dog’s issues. It is also expected that ALL handlers will be aware of their requirement to keep their dog controlled around ANY dog, whether or not they are wearing a red bandana.

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. The exception to this is when the dog is running a set, but he/she must be leashed immediately upon completion of the sequence.

  • Crate Rule – All dogs must be crated upon arrival to class for set-up and at the close of class for tear down – NO EXCEPTIONS. This is for the dog’s safety and so you are free to help with class preparations.

  • Aggressive behavior will be determined by the instructor/training director. The following course of action will be followed if a dog exhibits inappropriate behavior:

  • First incident
    • The Head Instructor fills out an incident report and notifies the Training Director.
    • The leash-at-all-times rule is reiterated to all students.
    • Crate rule is re-emphasized to all students.
  • Second incident
    • Documentation must be provided to show that the dog has successfully completed 8 weeks of training.
    • An evaluation of the dog’s behavior around other dogs is made by the staff of the class.
    • If both are done successfully, the dog may return to class.
    • The red bandana rule is still in effect and the 12-month probation re-starts.
    • The Head Instructor must record the results on an incident report and contact the Training Director.
    • The Training Director will contact the dog’s handler and notify them of reinstatement.
    • The leash rule and crate rule are re-emphasized again and a reminder goes out about the Aggression Policy.
  • Third incident
    • If the handler feels this final step is unwarranted, the handler has 30 days to make an appeal to the Board of Directors whose decision is final in this matter.