Dog Aggression

The purpose of this policy is to protect students, instructors, and the dogs by establishing a guideline and to clarify what is acceptable dog behavior.

Aggressive behavior is an act that can be potentially harmful or dangerous to humans or dogs.  Some examples might be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Unprovoked growling or snapping at other dogs or humans.
  • Demonstrating unnecessary aggression toward the handler, other dogs, or other people.  It is understood that some dogs may have space requirements and that due consideration shall be given to the dog’s needs.
  • Charging or running down another dog.
  • Attacking another dog or owner/handler.
  • Biting another dog, owner/handler or Instructor.

Owners/Handlers are responsible for their dog’s behavior at all times and for assuring that their dog does not trespass into another dog’s space.


  1. Acts of aggression must be reported to an Instructor or Board Member.  Any and all witnesses will be contacted for information.  If needed, the Board of Directors will be consulted. The owner/handler will be notified of the incident being reviewed.
  2. Depending on the severity of the incident, the Instructor retains the right to ask the owner/handler to remove the dog from class immediately. The owners/handlers of all dogs involved will be asked for a written statement documenting the circumstances surrounding the incident.
  3. Instructor or Board Member will review all reports, discuss the incident with all involved parties, and will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors concerning the dog’s continuation in the class and in future club activities.
  4. Each incident will be evaluated on a case by case basis, as it is understood that there may be extenuating circumstances.

The Club is committed to working with dogs that have behavior problems and giving them the opportunity to improve their behavior.  There is, however, the possibility that a dog may be aggressive to the extent that it poses a threat to other dogs or people, and that it is in the best interest to discontinue participation in classes and/or club activities.  Refund of class payments will be made at the discretion of the Board.

Dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior may be banned from group classes.  The recommendation for private lessons may be given until the dog can be re-evaluated to return to group classes.

Downloadable version:  Dog Agression Policy

Approved: 02/23/2015