Dog Training

Learn to Effectively Communicate With Your Dog!

When you are ready to put a smile on the face of your dog and instill confidence in both of your skills we are here to help. Through our curriculum, we offer courses for your dog from puppy to adult and even those who need a refresher.


The staff at the Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley Humane Societies are focused on strengthening the connection between human and pet. By improving communication between human and dogs we can help you create a healthy, happy, lifelong partnership.


Our Behavior Team members are highly trained and experienced in the modern, humane, and effective use of force-free, reward-based training techniques. We do not use coercive methods that employ fear, pain, intimidation, or outdated notions of dominance. As a result, dogs learn to trust their human handlers, strengthening the bond between dog and owner.


Please note that it is mandatory that you register and attend an Introduction to Dog Training class before you begin regular classes.



Before you attend class, it is mandatory that you attend an Introduction to Dog Training. These single-day classes will help you understand what our classes will be like, and what class is right for you. Attendance is free for anyone in the public and no registration is required.

You can attend  Introduction to Dog Training even if you are not interested in taking a class! It’s the perfect time for you to learn about positive reinforcement or to ask any dog training and behavior questions you may have.

Please DO NOT bring your dog to Introduction to Dog Training. This is meant for humans only.

The next Introduction to Dog Training classes will be held on:

Monday, July 13 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 PM

Monday, July 27 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, August 2 at 4:00 PM

Monday, August 10 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, August 16 at 4:00 PM

Monday, August 24 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, August 30 at 4:00 PM


Adult dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations

Attendees must be accompanied by an adult if under 18

At least one adult present for every child under the age of 14

Attendees must wear closed toed shoes

COVID-19 Policies

Class participants must wear face covering

Please practice social distancing and stay 6’ from other participants

No more than two people from each family group can attend class

Please do not attend class if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or coughing.

Dog Training Waiver

Dog Training Registration

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