Dog Training Classes

 

Welcome to Sacramento SPCA Dog Training!

Thank you for your interest in training your dog. The Sacramento SPCA offers on-site dog training classes for dogs ages four months and older. In order to participate, your dog must be current on all vaccinations. The classes are taught by Val Masters, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), Sarah Kirschling, Valentina Mair, Vanessa Kalinowski and Elisabeth Rosen. We utilize only positive, reinforcement-based training methods, and do not allow dogs to wear choke chains or prong-type collars.


You must register in advance for all classes.

Please read the following information and make sure you understand all Sacramento SPCA policies before registering. Class schedules and links for registering can be found below.

CLASS LOCATIONS Classes are held on-site in the SPCA Behavior building at 6201 Florin-Perkins Rd, Sacramento.
CLASS DURATION One night a week for six continuous weeks. Classes are an hour in length, except for the Orientation session (week one of Basic classes only) which is two hours. You do not bring your dog to the Orientation session.
FEES Basic Class: $99 for the entire 6-week session; $85 for dogs adopted from the Sacramento SPCA, Sacramento County or City shelters.

Intermediate and Tricks class: $70 for the entire six-week session if you completed the Basic Beginner or Intermediate Training Class at Sacramento SPCA, or $75 if you completed a Basic Beginner Training Class elsewhere.

Senior discount: Seniors age 65 and older pay $65 for any class.
REFUND POLICY
  • Notification of cancellation must be received at least one (1) week prior to the first class session for a full refund.
  • Cancellations received between one (1) week and 48 hours prior to the first class session will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the first class session or no-shows.
  • No refunds will be given for failure to adhere to the Attendance Policy (below)
  • No refunds will be given for Sacramento City, County, or SPCA mandatory training class participation
ATTENDANCE POLICY Attendance of weeks 1 (orientation) and 2 is mandatory for continuation in the Basic class. If you fail to attend those weeks, you will be dropped with no refund.
VACCINATION POLICY For your dogs protection, they must be fully vaccinated against Rabies, Distemper and Parvovirus in order to attend class. You must bring proof of current vaccination week 1 of class.

Puppies may attend from four months of age if they are at least one week past their final round of puppy shots (for Distemper and Parvovirus), and must have had or be scheduled to have their rabies shot, as of the first day you bring them to class.
CLASS PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES Children may attend class with an adult, but must be 9 years of age or older. In order to get the maximum benefit from this class, participants should be able to handle the physical requirements and energy level of their dog.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Walk two blocks without assistance.
  2. Maintain balance while walking the dog on leash, even when the dog is pulling in the other direction.
  3. Flexibility to bend/stoop in order to place dog in position on the ground.

For individuals who do not meet these guidelines, you may opt for a private session so that we can focus exclusively on you and your dog.

DISRUPTIVE DOG POLICY While we make every reasonable effort to accommodate excited/reactive dogs in the class environment, if your dog is too disruptive we may ask you to do a smaller number of private sessions, scheduled between you and your instructor, in order to complete the class.
TO REGISTER You can register in person at the Sacramento SPCA, mail in an enrollment form, or register online. Links to register online can be found beneath the class schedules further down on this page. For more information, or to obtain an enrollment form to print and mail in, you can click here to email the training department.

If you do not have email access you can obtain additional information or an enrollment form by calling (916) 504-2804.  Please do not use this number to contact an individual instructor if you have already started a class – they do not check this voicemail.

BASIC DOG TRAINING

Three Dogs Sitting in a Row

The basic class is beneficial for dogs of all ages. You will learn effective ways to get your dog to do what you ask while building a trusting and respectful relationship. You will 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.

 

You will receive a packet containing step-by-step instructions on how to teach your dog these behaviors, plus additional information on how to resolve other behavior problems that aren’t addressed in the class.

 

Special Class Offerings:

For Pitty’s Sake (Pit Bulls only): This basic class will cover all the information from the basic class, plus specifics about who “pit bulls” are and what their needs are (i.e., diet, exercise, games and best toys for the breed). You will learn about the truths and the myths of this breed, and how to make your dog a breed ambassador!
Puppies Only: This basic class is for puppies 10-16 weeks of age (as of the class start date). This class includes all the important puppy basics that will set a foundation for a lifelong positive relationship. 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 the puppies will learn all the basics (i.e., sit, down, come, wait at the door and walk politely on leash). This class is a must for anyone with a young puppy!

Participants in the Basic Dog Training Class are REQUIRED to attend the first session WITHOUT THEIR DOGS. The session is mandatory and times differ from normal class hours. 

May/June 2014 Beginner Class Offerings at the
Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento CA 95828

Class Name Week Day Orientation Date/Time Class Dates Class Times
Basic (Sorry – class closed) Monday May 12 from 7PM-9PM May 19 – June 23 6:15PM-7:15PM
Basic Monday May 12 from 7PM-9PM May 19 – June 23 7:30PM-8:30PM
Basic (Senior Only) (Sorry – class closed) Tuesday May 13 from 10AM-12PM May 20 – June 17 10AM – 11AM
Basic (Senior Only)  Tuesday 10AM-12PM  May 20 – June 17  11:15AM – 12:15PM
Basic Tuesday May 13 from 7PM-9PM May 20 – June 17 6:15PM – 7:15PM
Basic Tuesday May 13 from 7PM-9PM May 20 – June 17 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Basic (Puppies – 10-16 weeks at start of class) Wednesday May 14 from 7PM-9PM May 21 – June 25 6:15PM – 7:15PM
Basic (For Pitty’s Sake – pit bulls only) Wednesday May 14 from 7PM-9PM May 21 – June 25 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Basic (Small Breed – 4 mos and older – 25 lbs or less when full grown) Thursday May 15 from 7PM-9PM May 22 – June 26 6:15PM – 7:15PM
Basic Thursday May 15 from 7PM-9PM May 22 – June 26 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Basic Friday May 16 from 10AM – 12PM May 23 – June 27 10AM – 11AM
Basic Saturday May 17 from 10AM – 12PM May 24 – June 28 10AM – 11AM


To Register: Click HERE to register ONLINE for all BASIC classes. For more information, or to obtain an enrollment form to print and mail in, you can click here to email the training department.


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! The class also prepares you and your dog to pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test. The Sacramento SPCA offers the Canine Good Citizen Exam on a regular basis. Click HERE for complete details.

Prerequisite: Basic Dog Training (Your dog must be able to do the following with distractions and other dogs around: sit/stay and down/stay from six feet away for 25-30 seconds; come when called from 30 feet away using a long line; wait at the door; walk politely on leash; pay attention, i.e., responds immediately when you want him to check in with you).

PLEASE NOTE: If your dog attended Basic training somewhere other than the Sacramento SPCA, YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND ORIENTATION in addition to the six-week Intermediate session. You must attend an orientation prior to the start of your Thursday night Intermediate class. Your options are the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 7 to 9 P.M. Please respond to your class confirmation email with your orientation choice as soon as possible.

May/June 2014 Intermediate Class Offerings at the
Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento CA 95828

Class Name Week Day Class Dates Class Times
Intermediate Thursday May 15 – June 26 6:15PM-7:15PM

To Register: Click HERE to register ONLINE for all INTERMEDIATE classes. For more information, or to obtain an enrollment form to print and mail in, you can click here to email the training department.


TRICKS TRAINING

In this class, you will teach your dog tricks for fun and mental exercise. The class will use clickers to reinforce training.

Prerequisite: Basic and Intermediate training using positive reinforcement-based methods.


May/June 2013 Tricks Class Offerings at the
Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento CA 95828

Class Name Week Day Class Dates Class Times
Tricks Thursday May 15 – June 26 7:30PM – 8:30PM

To Register: Click HERE to register ONLINE for all TRICKS classes. For more information, or to obtain an enrollment form to print and mail in, you can click here to email the training department


CANINE GOOD CITIZEN EXAM

This certification and exam is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and the community. When your dog passes, you will receive a certificate suitable for framing and displaying. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcome in the community. It is also the first step in qualifying your dog to become a pet therapy dog. This ten-part exam covers such topics as accepting a friendly stranger, sit and down on command, walking through a crowd, reaction to another dog, and many others.

Fee: $20.00

Class Name Week Day Class Dates Class Times
Canine Good Citizen Exam Saturday May 10, 2014 9:00AM
Canine Good Citizen Exam Saturday Aug 9, 2014 9:00AM
Canine Good Citizen Exam Saturday Nov 8, 2014 9:00AM

 

To Register: Please click here to download the CGC flier which includes testing dates , then click HERE to register ONLINE or fill out, and mail or fax the registration form attached to the brochure. (271 Kb, Adobe PDF). For more information, you can click here to email the training department.