Training at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge

At Headwaters Canine Training we believe that you have a very unique and wonderful relationship with your dog. We are excited to offer a variety of training classes to help enhance and develop that important relationship! Whether you simply need your dog to learn basic behaviors like "Sit" and "Stay" or you wish to explore their ability in a more athletic way, Headwaters Canine Training has a class for you.

It has been consistently proven that positive reward based techniques are the best training methods for long term success. Headwater Canine Training uses motivational, reward based methods in all our training classes.

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Dogs are social animals and it is critical that they have proper training in order to be accepted socially by friends and family. Training is something that needs to be incorporated as part of your daily routine with your dog.

Our goal is to help you develop a fulfilling relationship with your dog.

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  • Shot records are required for class registration and participation.  You must either call us with your veterinary information ahead of time so we can verify immunization records or bring the veterinary records with you on the first day of class. (see Required Vaccinations below).
  • Class fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once the class you registered for has begun.
  • No aggressive dogs. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to excuse any dog that exhibits aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.
  • Children under the age of 10 years old are not permitted to attend class unless an additional non-handler adult is in attendance for supervision. Any child that continually disrupts the class will not be able to attend.
  • Junior handlers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All junior handlers must be able to control their dog.
  • Sick dogs are not permitted. Please do not bring a sick dog to class. If any dog appears to be ill of health, they will not be permitted to attend class.
In signing this release, I acknowledge that I understand the intent of the services provided by the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge and any subcontractors.
I hereby agree to absolve and hold harmless the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge and any parties connected with the services being provided in any way, singly or collectively, from and against any blame and liability for any injury, misadventure, harm, loss, inconvenience, or damage suffered or sustained as a result of participation in the services or any actions therewith.
I hereby consent to and permit emergency treatment for illness or injury to either myself, my dog, family and any other persons brought to class and agree to assume all financial obligations resulting there from.
I agree to be solely responsible for the conduct of my dog, family and any other persons brought to class.
I agree to abide by the above rules and any other rules that may be brought to my attention, either writing or verbally, by the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge or any subcontractors connected with the services.
You will be asked to sign a copy and will be given a copy of this agreement the first night of class.

Important Notice

Although we do not have a required minimum incubation period between the time vaccines are given and the beginning of your reservation, we strongly recommend getting any vaccines done at least 10–14 days prior to arrival at our facility. This gives the vaccine time to reach its full effectiveness to protect against illness.

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Pet Type Dogs Cats Exotics Dogs Dogs Cats Dogs Dogs Dogs
Rabies à
Bordetella          
DHPP        
FVRCP              
†Rabies vaccination is required only for some types of exotics, such as ferrets

Rabies

A deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system, usually spread by a bite from a rabid animal. Rabies vaccination is required by law for the safety of our employees and other animals staying at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.


Bordetella (Tracheobronchitis)

A bacterial infection typically caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus. The airborne organisms are inhaled by a susceptible dog and attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages. Due to the airborne nature of this disease, neighboring dogs boarded at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge are susceptible to the disease. Also known as Canine Cough or Kennel Cough. PDF Download "Let's Talk About Canine Cough" Article by Pet Care Services (836 KB)

Important Notice

Please note that many veterinarians administer Bordetella only upon request.


DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo)

A highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs, usually spread through airborne exposure to the virus contained in respiratory secretions of an infected dog. Due to the airborne nature of this disease, neighboring dogs boarded at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge are susceptible to the disease. Also known as Canine Distemper.


FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

A highly contagious viral disease caused by the feline parvovirus, usually spread when cats come into contact with the blood, urine, fecal matter, nasal secretions, and even fleas from other infected cats.  A cat can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected cat. Because this disease is easily transmittable and cats are in relatively close quarters, this immunization is required. Also known as Feline Distemper.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge By Facility Design

All of the concrete surfaces that your pets may come in contact with are sealed with a three part epoxy coating filling the pores of the concrete, which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow, and also makes it easy for us to clean and disinfect.

Bordetella and other illnesses are thought to result from airborne bacteria that is transmitted from dog to dog. Stone Mountain Pet Lodgehas four independent air handling systems to isolate the groups of pets within our lodging wings and eleven independent air handling systems throughout the entire facility. This isolates the groups of pets from each other.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s ERV (energy recovery ventilator) systems bring in outside air that is warmed or cooled and distributes the air throughout the suites for a fresh and comfortable stay for your pet. This reduces the sharing of recycled air from pet to pet. Stone Mountain has in–floor heat in the suite areas that keeps the floor a nice 70 degrees so everyone stays nice and warm in the cold months. Floors dry completely and quickly when washed. This reduces the moist surfaces that bacteria like to grow on.


Stone Mountain Pet Lodge By Practice

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge requires Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccinations on the best advice of the veterinary profession.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge does not accept or allow association with the other pets, any pets that have any observable symptoms of Bordetella or any other illness.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s cleaning and sanitizing is done daily and spot cleaning done hourly throughout the day. Tour us anytime we are open and satisfy yourself that the suites are clean. Suites are cleaned after each stay and rotated so they can “rest” in a clean state. Suite wings are rotated so complete “deep cleaning” can be done regularly. This means that your pet will normally stay in a clean, rested suite. The number of days “rested” may be a week or more but at times of peak occupancy may be less than a day.


Stone Mountain Pet Lodge In Spite of our Best Efforts

In spite of our best efforts, your pet may contract an illness before, during or after their stay at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge. We cannot guarantee your pet's health. Vaccinations sometimes fail to provide protection from illness. Putting your pet in any setting that puts them in the proximity of one or more potentially contagious dogs and the stress that results from a new experience can result in your pet contracting an illness. More frequent visits to Stone Mountain may increase your pet’s natural immunity and decrease your pet’s susceptibility to common illnesses.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge will engage the services of a veterinarian (yours when possible) to treat your pet whenever reasonably deemed necessary, and will bill you for any veterinarian fees.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge shall not be liable for sickness or injury contracted or suffered while you’re pet is boarded at this facility.

Please equip your dog with a leash and collar before you enter our facility. Do not bring your own treats at this time. The trainer will make recommendations on training equipment when classes start.


Pre-registering is required to enroll you in the class, and payment is due when you pre-register. Some classes fill quickly, so it is recommended to register early.


Class fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once the class you have registered for has begun. If notice is given before class starts, a 50% refund will be given. Class fees are not transferable.


Children under the age of 10 years old are not permitted to attend class unless an additional non-handler adult is in attendance for supervision. Junior handlers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All junior handlers must be able to control their dog.