How To Structure An Open Enrollment Dog Training Class

How To Structure An Open Enrollment Dog Training Class

How To Structure An Open Enrollment Dog Training Class

Open Enrollment Dog Training Classes

Open enrollment dog training classes are a big leap from traditionally scheduled and planned classes, but the conveniences they provide to our students are outstanding! Many students are looking for convenience in their classes and this concept can be a delightful change in your class schedule.

Set Up An Orientation Time For New Students

Orientation time can be a separate class time (for example: orientation is each week on Mondays at 6:00 p.m.), 15 – 30 minutes before each class, or a film a video you can send to new clients to watch before class. During orientation, cover topics such as clicker basics, classroom philosophy, and housekeeping items.

Create Your Schedule

Determine how often you want the class to “roll over” or begin again. Make a list of topics you want to cover in a typical series and how many classes it takes to include all of them (my classes “roll over” every six weeks).  Also determine how many times each week you will offer the same class, adding to the flexibility factor of this structure.

Be Prepared To Have Students At Different Levels

Open enrollment classes mean that potentially every student in your class could be at a different level on the same exercise. Be prepared to address these different levels. Using the three D’s (duration, distraction, and distance) is helpful in preparing your classes to address the different needs of students at different levels.

Make Flexible, Open-ended Lesson Plans

Having flexible, open-ended lesson plans for each class gives you direction and purpose. It will make each class session more productive if you have goals set ahead of time.

Educate Your Current And Potential Students

Remember, this may be a new concept to your students, too! Explain your new class structure, outline the benefits, and show them how this will the flexibility will suite their needs.

Give It Time To Work

We have taught traditionally planned and scheduled classes for a long time. It’s going to take some time for you and your students to get used to this new concept. Give yourself time to settle into this new routine, but make sure your plan is clear to your clients to avoid miscommunication.

Comment below if you run open enrollment dog training classes and what you think of them!

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5 Benefits to Starting An Open Enrollment Puppy Class

5 Benefits to Starting An Open Enrollment Puppy Class

Open enrollment puppy classes gives clients flexibility and puppies a head start. These classes offer many benefits to all involved – the clients, the puppies, and the instructor(s).

Open Enrollment Puppy Class

Why You Should Host An Open Enrollment Puppy Class

1) No Waiting To Start Class

Puppies can start as soon as they arrive in the home and have received their required amount of vaccinations. No waiting until the next class starts.

2) Community of Puppy Owners

There are widely varying levels of experience, training, and puppy “issues” in the class – so new puppy families can see that they are not alone and also that there is hope for their puppy. Students also learn from each other.

3) Easy Make Up Policy

If families must miss a class, they can make it up the next time it rolls around. The rolling enrollment model offers far more flexibility with schedules. When coming to class is more flexible, families are more likely to come.

4) Continuous Income

Income from class fees and product sales comes in more steadily and frequently.

5) Stronger Customer Retention

Because the instructor spends more time working one-on-one with each family, they are more likely to continue taking classes with the instructor as their puppy grows up (customer retention).

Implementing an open enrollment puppy class can be challenging (stepping out of a comfort zone), but once it gets up and running, the benefits are huge for all involved.

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