Frequently Asked Questions
What vaccinations must my dog have to attend class?
All dogs over four months old MUST have a current rabies vaccination (as required by law), as well as vaccinations against canine hepatitis, canine parvo, and distemper, to attend class. It is also recommended, but not required, that any dog over four months old also be vaccinated against leptospirosis and bordetella. Your veterinarian can provide expert advice on the proper vaccination schedule for your puppy or dog. Proof of vaccinations must be provided at the first class meeting or when requested by the class instructor.
How do I know if class is cancelled due to bad weather?
BonaFide Dog Academy rents space from Ralston Veterinary Clinic, but we are not owned by them and they are not aware of our class schedules. If you have any questions about class cancellations, do NOT call Ralston Vet Clinic. Instead, call BonaFide at 402.250.9452 and listen to the voice mail message, or go to our What’s New page and look for a posting regarding classes. We will try to post weather-related cancellations at least one hour prior to the start of the classes, but that isn’t always possible, particularly when bad weather quickly develops in the spring and summer. Use your common sense and stay home if you are concerned about the weather. You will still receive any class handouts via email and can discuss the material with your instructor at your next class meeting or via email during the week.
I saw a class a few days ago on the website, but now it's gone. What happened to it?
When a class fills with paid registrations, it is removed from the website to prevent confusion and unsuccessful attempts to register. If you saw a class the last time you were on the website and can’t find it when you return, it means the class filled and is no longer available this session for additional registrations. Classes are posted around the first of each month for the following month. The best way to get a spot in a class you are interested in is to register and pay when you first see the class.
Where are you located? I get several locations when I look you up on the internet
Our current location is 960 S 72nd Street, Omaha NE
Can my child train our dog in class?
We do allow children under 18 to train dogs in class. However, a parent or guardian MUST be present for the entire class and willing and able to take over training, if necessary. The child must be able to handle the dog physically, take direction from the instructor, and not disrupt the class for other students. Instructor permission is required. You can email or call to speak with the instructor about your child training in class.
Can my family attend class with me?
We welcome the entire family to attend training class and participate in training at home. However, we only allow ONE handler per class to actually work with the dog, in order to be fair to all the students in class. The rest of the family is welcome to observe and listen. Children should be able to sit quietly for 45 minutes to avoid disrupting the class for other students if they attend class.
I think my dog might be sick. Should I stay home from class?
Please be considerate to your classmates and leave your dog home if you suspect he might be ill. You are still welcome to attend class to observe and, in some situations, the instructor might have her personal dog available for you to practice with during class, so you can work with your own dog at home during the week and avoid falling behind. You will still receive any class handouts to keep you current with class materials, even if you don’t attend.