San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Dog Training Classes & Resources

San Diego Humane Society offers fun, affordable classes and workshops to address a variety of 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, it will also strengthen the bond you share.

For more information or to register call 619.299.7012 x 2247.

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Group Classes

Ideal for pets that need to learn or maintain basic manners and skills. Classes accommodate a maximum of 8 dog/handler 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 2247 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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Moving On Up

[dogs 18 weeks and up]
This class builds on the skills learned in Head Start Class. We focus on differentiating verbal cues from hand signals and add distance and duration to behaviors learned in Head Start.
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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. Graduate of Moving on Up or equivalent knowledge of sit, down, attention on handler, and a minute stay without reinforcement is a necessary prerequisite. A one-time fee of $120 covers all six classes, each 1 hour in length.

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Specialty Classes

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


Loose Leash Walking

Teach your dog to trot attentively by your side and walk nicely on-leash in any situation.
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Rapid Recall

Learn what it takes to have your dog reliably come when called, all the time, any time.
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Shy Dog

Shy Dog is an introductory level course designed for dogs that are overwhelmed by their environment. This class focuses on building trust between you and your dog, as well as boosting your dog's confidence through positive reinforcement training.
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Crate Training Workshop

Not sure how to use your newly-purchased crate? Do you have a dog that refuses to go into their crate? This workshop is designed to make crate training fun using games! In addition to crate training we will also teach your dog to settle and pay attention to you.

Cost: $35. Free for animals adopted from San Diego Humane Society. Adopters must provide their animal's identification number, given by San Diego Humane Society, when registering.



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 serious behavior concerns, we ask that you contact a qualified professional for help.

To learn about Veterinary Behaviorists visit To learn about Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists visit

Dr. Rachel Malamed

Dr. Patrick Melese

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz

Dr. Karen Sueda

Dr. Jill Goldman

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