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Do You Sign An Agreement With Your Trainer

Some trainers have them, some don't. What do you prefer to do when hiring one?
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Yes. Every class I've taken, I sign a new agreement. It's fairly cut and dry. It states what the trainer expects from me and what I should expect from her. Also there is a clause that clearly states refunds (if any) that could be provided.

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I've never signed any agreement other than the usual disclaimer/waiver acknowledgement that there will be other dogs in the facility and sometimes things might happen between them.

I guess I'd find it a little peculiar to have an explicit contractual agreement for most of the classes I take. It wouldn't be off-putting, exactly, but I'd probably consider it pretty pointless.

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Really depends on what it says. If it is a basic disclaimer, I would have no issue. If it said something about not using other trainers or disclosing what happens in class, I would run.


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Years ago I paid a trainer and he wanted me to sign a commitment to X number of private sessions before we ever trained. Nope.

As an instructor, I have a liability waiver and that is it. Pay per class or group session, then train.
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It seems that a lot of the agreements I've seen say something to the tune of 'if your dog is injured during training, the instructor isn't liable.' I've never signed an agreement with a trainer because I haven't been presented with one.
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or if someone gets bitten, or your dog causes injury, or you fall and break your leg... etc, etc.
As a trainer I do not want anyone injured, and will take all steps I can to prevent it, but I can't control everyone or anticipate occurrences.
Insurance that I have only covers 3rd party injuries. It does not cover the owner or trainer.
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Ha ha my trainer hasn't had me sign anything and that was even with his mal coming at me repeatedly for bites on the tug knowing full well if I screwed up the dog would hit me instead.
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