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Directions to 6392 Deere Road

From the Thruway: Take Exit 35. At Carrier Circle, take 2nd exit onto Rt. 298 W. Turn left onto Deere Rd. (4th building on left).

From N. Midler: Turn right onto Court Street Rd., then left onto Deere Rd. (2nd building on right).

There are two driveways leading off Deere Road, one on either side of the building. Most of the parking is on the left.

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Check your confirmation email to determine which ring your class will be held in.
  • Students whose classes are in Ring 5 should park on the left-hand side of the building. Enter via the door near the cluster of mailboxes, up a short flight of stairs.  Go down the hallway past the vending machines and through the double doors on your left. Ring 5 is on your right. Exit the building the same way.
  • Students whose classes are in Ring 2 or the Agility ring should park on the right-hand side of the building. Park only on "our" side of the driveway. Do not park next to the other building,  or in the large lot between our building and Court Street Road.  Enter via the door closest to the roll-up garage door. Exit via the office (the room formerly known as the Puppy room).

Need a visual? Click HERE.

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Restrooms & Waste Stations

Restrooms are off the hallway near the vending machines. The potty area for dogs is the grassy space near the entrances.

Please, clean up after your dog!

There are waste stations located at both main entrances.

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What to Bring

Wear comfortable clothes (jeans, sweats) and rubber-soled flat shoes (no flip-flops, open-toed sandals or heels). Your instructor will discuss with you what kind of collar will work best for your dog. We usually recommend a flat-buckle collar and a 4- to 6-foot leather leash no more than half an inch wide.  No retractable ("Flexi"-type) leashes or electronic collars.

Bring lots of small, soft treats — something your dog can swallow quickly without stopping to chew or chase crumbs. You may bring a water bottle and dish for your dog.

If you need to crate your dog while in the building, you will need to bring your own crate each evening and take it home afterwards.

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Your Instructor

You will be given your instructor’s e-mail address and/or phone number.

Feel free to ask questions during class. If you need more help, call/e-mail your instructor after class.

In the event of a class cancellation due to an emergency or bad weather, your instructor will e-mail or call you. (Be sure that we have your contact info.) If you are in doubt about the weather and cannot reach your instructor, stay home; we’ll catch you up the following week.

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Your Dog

Potty your dog using the grassy area near whichever entrance you use. Pick up afterwards and dispose of the waste in the garbage can near the entrance. If your dog has an accident inside, there are paper towels, plastic bags and spray bottles at each ring.

Your dog must be on leash at all times unless he is crated or in the ring under your instructor's supervision.

If you wish to crate your dog, you may bring your own crate (you must take it home at the end of class). Please do not use members’ crates.

Do not allow your dog to sniff other dogs. Not every dog is as friendly as yours!

Do not allow your dog (or your children!) to play on the agility equipment.

Do not bring un-enrolled dogs into the building.

If your female dog is in season, you may not bring her into the building, but you should still come to watch the lesson.

If your dog is a barker, you must correct him every time. Your instructor will show you how.

If your dog tends to snap, lunge, or pick fights (with dogs or people), you must stop that behavior. Dogs deemed dangerous or uncontrollable will be excused from classes, and fees paid will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.

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Other People

Please do not substitute handlers for your dog without your instructor's permission.

Only one handler in the ring with the dog; if a family member or friend comes with you, they may watch from outside the ring (space permitting) but may not come into the ring with you.

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The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. 

PO Box 3457, Syracuse NY 13220-3457

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