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San Diego Humane Society and SPCA offers 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. 

Contact Us
For more information or to register for classes
Phone: (619) 299-7012 ext. 2334
Sign up online (full calender of events & classes): click here»

 

Group Classes
These classes are ideal for pets that need to learn or maintain basic manners and skills like sit, wait, down, come when called, and loose leash walking.  Group classes can be advantageous to younger dogs and puppies needing socialization or practice in a distracting environment.  Classes are designed to accommodate a maximum of 8 teams, under the guidance of one class instructor.

 Puppy Training Classes: 

 Puppy Fun Class
This introductory-level training class will teach you the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dog learns good doggie behaviors. This class is for dogs 8 to 18 weeks old. Read more here»

Training Classes for Dogs:

Head Start
This introductory-level training class will teach you the basics of positive reinforcement training techniques while your dog learns good doggie behaviors. This class is for dogs 18 weeks old and up. Read more here»

Canine Good Citizen
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. Dogs must be 18 weeks or older to attend this class. Read more here»

 

General Dog Workshops
These classes offer specialized workshops for companion animals that might need specific focus or special training.

Leash Walking (Part 1 and 2)
Is your dog a training superstar, but just can’t seem to walk nicely  on a leash? Why let your dog drag you down the street, when instead he could attentively trot by your side?  Come to our Leash Walking workshop and learn the secrets to having your dog walk nicely on-leash in any situation.

Really Reliable Recall
The frustration of having a dog that won’t come when called is over. Come to our Really Reliable Recall workshop and learn what it takes to have your dog reliably come when called, all the time, any time.

 

Children are always welcome at class with supervision.
For further assistance with choosing the appropriate professional you can ask a trainer at (619) 299-7012 ext. 2244 or fill out our form (click here) and a trainer will respond to your questions.

 

Other Behavior Professionals
Canine and Feline aggression is best handled by a professional veterinarian who specializes in behavior or a certified applied animal behaviorist due to the potential for serious injury.  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.  For your convenience, we offer the following list of behavior professionals that are within a 60 mile radius of San Diego.

Veterinary Behaviorists
To learn about Veterinary Behaviorists visit: www.dacvb.org

Dr. Rachel Malamed
DVM, DACVB
http://www.behaviordogtor.com

Dr. Patrick Melese
DVM, DACVB
http://www.sdvetbehavior.com

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz
DVM, DACVB
www.petbehavior.org  

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

 

 

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

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

 

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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wednesday April 9
Accupressure For Pets
North Campus
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Friday April 11
Spring Fling
Doggie Cafe
North Campus
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We have many
exciting events - see
the full calendar!»

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MOBILE ADOPTIONS

Tuesday April 8
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ben & Jerry's
Downtown Horton Plaza

Sunday April 13
11am - 2pm
Muttropolis
Bqtiquitos Lagoon
Carlsbad

See full schedule » 

BUSINESS HOURS

Central Campus
Viewing/Adoption:
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 9am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 9am to 6pm

North Campus
Viewing/Adoption:
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 11am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 6pm

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