Dog Training Classes


Dog Training Classes

The Sacramento SPCA Training Team offers a wide variety of Dog Training Classes, from Beginner to Intermediate, and from Puppies to Pit Bulls.

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Basic training

Beneficial for dogs who are fully vaccinated and are 4 months and older. You’ll learn effective ways to get your dog to do what you ask while building a trusting and respectful relationship.

You’ll also learn how to give your dog the mental and physical exercise he needs, teach your dog not to jump on you, pay attention when asked, teach him how to sit, lay down, stay, come, walk on leash politely, wait at doors, and shake.

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Puppy Class

For puppies 10-16 weeks of age (as of the class start date). Here you’ll learn all of the important puppy basics that will set a foundation for a lifelong positive relationship with your new dog.

Your puppy will have supervised play time with other puppies to learn appropriate play skills, will be handled by other people to become better socialized, and s/he will learn all the basics (i.e., sit, down, come, wait at the door, and walk politely on leash).

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For Pitty’s Sake Class

This basic class will cover all the information from the general basic class, but also provide greater insight into the pit bull breed and what these dogs need to live a great life (i.e., diet, exercise, games, and best toys for the breed). You’ll learn the truth about this breed and how to make your dog a breed ambassador!

Participation in the class REQUIRES that you attend the first session without your dog. Please know this mandatory session may differ from normal class hours.

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Intermediate Dog Training

You and your dog will work with distractions — sit/stay, down/stay, and come, longer attention to name, heeling on leash, tricks, and more!

This class will also prepare you and your dog to pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen exam — offered right here at the Sacramento SPCA Training Center.


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Tricks training

In this class, you’ll teach your dog tricks for fun and mental exercise with the use of clicker reinforcement training. Prerequisite: Basic and intermediate training using positive reinforcement-based methods.

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Canine Good Citizen

Does your dog have what it takes to be a Canine Good Citizen?

Open to all dogs, the Canine Good Citizen exam helps identify dogs who have good manners at home and in the community — and can start them on their journey to becoming a therapy dog.