Class Policies


Family Dog and Puppy Kindergarten classes start with an orientation that is for people only: dogs stay at home. Workshops are for dogs and people who’ve completed Family Dog 1 to attend together.

Thank you for helping make classes at the Sacramento SPCA a fun and safe environment for everyone! 

  • For the safety of your dog and others attending class, do not allow your dog to approach dogs or students.
  • Dogs must be handled by an adult 18 years or older. 
Group classes are for dogs who are neutral or friendly around new dogs and people. For that reason, dogs exhibiting reactive or aggressive behaviors are not permitted in class. If you aren’t sure whether group classes are suitable for your dog, please contact us at



  • For safety reasons, children under 9 years old are not permitted in Family Dog and other adult dog classes, but are welcome to join you in puppy classes.
  • Children under 18 must remain with an adult at all times. Any child that causes a disturbance or presents a safety risk to themselves or others may be asked to leave. 

Aversive tools/methods are not permitted in classes or on Sacramento SPCA grounds. This includes any tool/method designed to startle, frighten, or cause discomfort/pain in response to unwanted behavior.  If you aren’t sure how to address a problem without aversives, speak with your instructor or contact our Behavior Department and we will help you find more effective alternatives. 

Violation of class policies may result in removal from class. 


  • Dogs must be neutral or friendly around unfamiliar dogs and people
  • Current on rabies and DAPP vaccinations
  • Canine Influenza (CIV) vaccine is recommended


  • Age: 8-16 weeks old as of the first class
  • Vaccinations: At least one set of DA2PP vaccinations from a veterinarian
  • Residence: Puppies must be in your home for a minimum of two weeks prior to class. This is to prevent the spread of viruses that may not be symptomatic.
  • When arriving, carry your puppy to/from the classroom
  • Keep puppies separated until the instructor says otherwise.
  • If your puppy develops signs of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, and/or discharge from eyes/nose, DO NOT bring your puppy to class. Contact your veterinarian right away.

Your class will be held on the same day and time each week.

If you miss a class, don’t worry! Our program lets you miss a week without falling behind. You will have access to the written instructions from the lesson you missed, so you can practice at home. 

Thank you for choosing the Sacramento SPCA for your training needs. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 916-504-2848.