Some Frequently Asked Questions
Who should join Fido Frolic & Train?
Those that are current or future dog owners interested in doing some structured socializing with their dog or who are interested in improving their training skills and dog knowledge. Especially people who want to better improve their off-leash control and facilitate good play skills in their dog.
What kind of dogs are at the meetups?
There is a wide range of dogs from the super social canines that are a pro at reading and delivering body language to the not so confident dogs that need work on their dog-dog skills. There are trainers present to monitor each dog’s comfort level. Puppies and small dogs are welcome as well.
Where do the meetups take place?
In the winter months they are held at The Pet Stops Here in Bellevue. It is 3,000 square feet with heating and rubber mat floors divided into several pens. Weather permitting, it is held in local parks. This summer there will be hikes and other dog outings planned as well. Meetups are always on the Eastside.
How is this different than a dog park?
Play is monitored by professional trainers and dogs are paired by temperament. The goal is not to just wear out the dog but to teach appropriate play skills and build a better human-dog relationship as well. Meetups are about half training and half frolicking.
What if my dog is not very good with other dogs?
Bring him/her anyway. We can do an evaluation to see what we can do to help. Often our goal is not to have a dog that loves playing with other dogs but to have a dog that is comfortable around other dogs because dog-dog meetings are a common occurrence. We understand that not ever dog is cut out for the high energy off-leash romping that dog parks provide so we will find a fit for your dog.
What kind of training do you do?
We train using gentle positive methods. Usually meetups have a training theme like loose-leash walking, dog-dog greetings, jumping, or how to read and monitor play. We are always open to suggestions and answer on-the-spot training questions.
What is the $10 fee for?
It covers both the space that we are using and goes to the trainers that organize and manage the event. Even though this is a group event, there is a lot of individual instruction. Usually one trainer monitors play while the other does individual training. Then we apply the training learned to playtime.
Should I bring anything?
You can bring treats and a toy if you would like to incorporate these into training. We provide some treats and toys as well. You may bring a bed if you would like to train a “go to place” command which is sometimes helpful in group settings.
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