San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

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Dog Training Classes & Resources

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA offers fun, affordable classes and workshops to address a variety of training needs for companion animals. Our training philosophy is based on the behavioral science concepts of positive reinforcement. Training your pet using these concepts will not only help them learn new behaviors more quickly, but will also strengthen the bond you share.

For more information or to register for classes call 619.299.7012 x 2334.

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Have a training question? Need a little behavior help?
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Group Classes

Ideal for pets that need to learn or maintain basic manners and skills, including sit, wait, down, come when called, and loose leash walking.

Classes accommodate a maximum of 8 teams, under the guidance of one class instructor. Children are welcome at classes, with supervision.

For assistance with choosing the appropriate training professional or class, call 619.299.7012 x 2244 or fill out our form and a trainer will respond.

Puppy Fun Class
[puppies 8 - 18 weeks]
This introductory-level training class will teach you the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dog learns good doggie behaviors.
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Head Start
[dogs 18 weeks and up]
This introductory-level training class will teach you the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dog learns good doggie behaviors.
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Canine Good Citizen
[dogs 18 weeks and up]
Get your dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen! This intermediate-level class prepares you and your dog to earn the American Kennel Club certificate. Head Start or Puppy Fun Class is a necessary pre-requisite.
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General Workshops

Specialized workshops for animals that need specific focus or special training.

Leash Walking (Parts 1 and 2)
Teach your dog to trot attentively by your side and walk nicely on-leash in any situation.

Really Reliable Recall
Learn what it takes to have your dog reliably come when called, all the time, any time.


Other Behavior Resources

Due to the potential for serious injury, canine and feline aggression is best handled by a professional who specializes in behavior. Because phone or email counseling is inadequate for addressing a serious behavior concern like aggression, we ask that you contact a qualified behavior professional for help.

To learn about Veterinary Behaviorists visit dacvb.org.

To learn about Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists visit animalbehavior.org.

Dr. Rachel Malamed
DVM, DACVB
behaviordogtor.com

Dr. Patrick Melese
DVM, DACVB
sdvetbehavior.com

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz
DVM, DACVB
petbehavior.org

Dr. Karen Sueda
DVM, DACVB
vcaspecialtyvets.com/west-los-angeles

Dr. Jill Goldman
Ph.D., CAAB
drjillgoldman.com

 
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