Dog Training

Learn to Communicate Effectively with Your Dog!

Santa Barbara Humane Society is pleased to be offering dog training classes. We will be offering a variety of different classes for both dogs and puppies. In addition, we will be offering puppy socials where puppies can socialize and play with other pups. 

SBHS trainers focus on strengthening the relationship and improving communication between human and dog create a healthy, happy, lifelong partnership.  SBHS dog trainers are highly trained and experienced in the modern, humane and effective use of force-free, rewardbased training techniques, and as a result, find no need to use coercive methods that employ fear, pain, intimidation or outdated notions of dominance.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.  

Training focuses on replacing unwanted behavior with desirable behavior while setting dogs up for success. The resulting trust and fear-free learning experience creates resilient dogs who can’t wait to train, exuberantly show-up for their training sessions and consistently exceed our expectations.

Please note that it is mandatory that you register and attend orientation before your first class.

 

Open Enrollment and Flexible Module Class Structure

The new module class approach to teaching offers participants maximum flexibility. After attending an orientation, you are free to start at any time and move along at your own pace. Students have 8 weeks to complete the five different modules.

No more waiting weeks for a class start date! You can now start right away. You can miss up to 3 weeks in the 5 week timeframe and make up the missed class when that weeks curriculum comes up again. Take advantage of the new system right away – it’s never been easier to train your dog!

Class sizes are small with a great student to teacher ratio, so you can learn at your own rate with plenty of input from the instructor. Each class is designed so that both beginners and those with more experience will have their individual needs met.

Class enrollment is limited to allow for individualized instruction for dog/handler teams and provide them with the skill set necessary to navigate everyday challenges at home and in public.  In addition to training basic skills, real-life applications will be covered. Concepts and behaviors learned in this course lay the foundation for any future training.

Policies & Guidelines
  • Adult dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations
  • Puppies (under 5 months) must have received their second round of Distemper and Parvo vaccinations
  • All dogs 5 months and older must be licensed
  • 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
Orientation

Orientation is free of charge, while your payment covers 5 “modules” that can be taken in any order. Our dog-free orientations are free of charge and required before you attend any class or social. Orientation covers basic requirements, class rules, room layout, training philosophy, how dogs learn, canine body language, and equipment.

Our Next Orientations will be:

 

 

April 3, 2019 at 6:45 PM

 

May 1, 2019 at 6:45 PM

 

 

Classes

Basic Manners

Does your dog ignore you? Get a little crazy when guests visit?  Jump up on people, steal things off the counter or excavate the garbage? This must do class for you and your dog covers the basics and then some.  You’ll learn how to prevent common problems and train the behaviors you like. Learn skills that will enhance your relationship while setting you and your dog up for a lifetime of success and desirable behavior. Your dog will develop a strong foundation of skills that can be utilized in a variety of real life situations, including at home manners, out and about adventures, and even those unexpected “surprise” situations. (See course modules for details).

Manners classes will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

Puppy Manners

Joining a well-run puppy socialization class could be the single best investment you make in your puppy’s behavioral development. Our classes are designed to cover a lot of ground efficiently, while having fun so everyone, especially your puppy, wants to come back for more.

Key training topics and exercises are included in each class, along with prevention strategies and solutions for typical puppy problems likely to arise in the first few months. In a safe and contained environment, you will: develop and enhance the human-animal bond ; desensitize your puppy to handling; socialize your puppy and teach basic behaviors. Puppies have time for supervised exploration and healthy social play.  We’ll ensure the best possible experience for your puppy as we cover loads of important information about this very cute, and very important, developmental stage.

Puppy classes will be held on Saturdays at 1:30 PM

Canine Circuit Training

The Canine Circuit Training class is a fun yet productive way to work on building — or refining — your dog’s life skill’s. This course targets specific behaviors in an organized and enjoyable environment to keep you motivated for reaching your goals. 

The unique structure of this class enables you to actively practice and focus on a wide range of training exercises including sit, down-stay, loose-leash walking, impulse control exercises, coming when called, and more! The class format allows you to tailor exercises and lessons to suit your own individual needs and goals — no matter what level you and your dog are at. For behaviors that are new to you and your dog, you may start with easier parameters, adapting as you progress. For more advanced students, you are encourage to take the parameters and allow your dog to shine. Choose the level best suited for you and continue to build from there. You decide when to make it easier or more challenging for your dog, yourself, or you both.

The classroom is set up with behavior stations, each allowing for a specific amount of practice time, with time between before moving onto the next station. We ask that participants follow the stations in order, so as to not confuse fellow attendees. Classes are held in a group setting with a limited number of dogs. All family members are encouraged to attend and participate.

Circuit Training classes will be held on TBD

Tricks Class

Did you ever want to teach your dog to fetch a beer or ride a skateboard? How about walk backwards or maybe just a simple rollover? A tricks class might be fun for your and your dog.

 

Teaching a dog to do tricks is a fun activity that engages your dog’s brain and body in a positive way. It is a great way to build a healthy bond with your dog and engage their innate problem solving abilities. Old dogs, puppies, shy dogs and rowdy dogs can all learn new tricks. From your dog’s perspective, all behaviors (even come and sit) are tricks.

 

In this 4 week class we will be using positive training methods and a reward marker to teach your dog some tricks. We will be learning some tricks together as a class and you will be able to choose some tricks to teach your dog. We will present different training methods for building fluent behaviors and learn how to keep those behaviors reliable. We will show you how to write a training plan and follow it to your training goal.

Tricks Class will begin June 1, 2019 at 11 AM 

Therapy Dog Training Class

 

Therapy Dogs are specially trained to visit facilities such as hospitals, retirement homes, schools and other places where they can provide stress relief for people. There is a high demand for certified Therapy Dogs in our community. If your dog is calm, friendly and enjoys meeting new people, this might be a good activity for you and your dog.

 

In this class we will be teaching you dog training skills and how to train behaviors that will help your dog to pass a therapy dog evaluation. We will be learning skills from the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC), The Therapy Dogs International Test (TDI) and the Love on a Leash Test (LOAL). 

 

Skills include: loose leash walking, sit-stay, down-stay, recall, leaving an item on the ground or in someone’s hand, remaining calm when being handled by a variety of people and being calm around medical equipment and loud noises.

 

Just like people, every dog will learn at their own pace. You may need more training for your dog than this 5 week class can provide. We will do our best to show you how to teach your dog so that you can continue practicing toward your training goals.

The next Therapy Dog Training class begins April 13 at 11 AM. 

*Unless otherwise indicated, classes are for dogs who are comfortable with new dogs and people. If your dog is reactive or becomes overexcited around new dogs and people, we suggest you register for our upcoming Reactive Rover class or work privately with one of our Certified Professional Dog Trainers.

Therapy Dog Training Classes

Therapy Dogs are specially trained to visit facilities such as hospitals, retirement homes, schools and other places where they can provide stress relief for people. There is a high demand for certified Therapy Dogs in our community. If your dog is calm, friendly and enjoys meeting new people, this might be a good activity for you and your dog.

 

In this class we will be teaching you dog training skills and how to train behaviors that will help your dog to pass a therapy dog evaluation. We will be learning skills from the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC), The Therapy Dogs International Test (TDI) and the Love on a Leash Test (LOAL). 

 

Skills include: loose leash walking, sit-stay, down-stay, recall, leaving an item on the ground or in someone’s hand, remaining calm when being handled by a variety of people and being calm around medical equipment and loud noises.

 

Just like people, every dog will learn at their own pace. You may need more training for your dog than this 5 week class can provide. We will do our best to show you how to teach your dog so that you can continue practicing toward your training goals.

 

Therapy Dog Training is a specialty course. 5 classes will cost $250. The first class will be held February 23, 2019. Classes will be held Saturday 11 AM -12 PM. The next classes will begin July 13.

Schedule

Wednesday

 

  • Adult Manners 5:30 PM

 

Saturday

 

  • Therapy Dog Training 11 AM
  • Puppy Manners 1:30 PM

 

Orientations will be held at 6:45 PM on  April 3 and May 1

 

All Classes are cancelled on Saturday May 11, May 18, and May 25

The next Therapy Dog Training starts July 13 

Tricks Class will begin June 1 at 11 AM 

 

 

Puppy Socials

Socialization is a life-long process that involves ongoing exposure to different experiences. Our Doggy Play Groups and Socials help encourage social behavior by introducing dogs of all ages to new situations and interactions in a safe and relaxed environment. We are on hand to supervise and give you insight into different doggy behaviors. Keeping your dog active while developing your dog’s social graces will also help strengthen your bond.Not to mention, it’s great to take a tired and happy dog home.  

Puppy Play Group

In our Puppy Play group, your puppy will socialize, play, romp and tumble with other pups as they learn through exploration of their environment and exposure to new sights, sounds and smells.  While it’s very important to introduce your puppy to new situations and encourage social behavior, it’s equally important to ensure these experiences are positive and fun, rather than overwhelming or stressful.  Supervised by Certified Professional Dog Trainers, the Puppy Play Groups ensures a safe and relaxed environment for the optimal learning experience for your developing dog.  Each puppy gets the right mix of guidance and freedom as we support you in the raising of your well-adjusted, confident dog.

 

Date and Time to be Announced

Pricing

5 Classes…………………………………………………………………………………………………….$179.00        

 5 Classes (recent adopters from SBHS)……………………………………………………….$150.00

  5 Classes (recent adopter of a dog who was at SBHS for >1 year)…………………FREE                                                                                          

Private Training………………………………………………………………………………………….$150

Workshops/Seminars…………………………………………………………………………………$25+

 Puppy Socials (preregister)…………………………………………………………………………$15

Puppy Socials (at the door)…………………………………………………………………………$20

Therapy Dog Classes…………………………………………………………………………………..$250

Tricks Class…………………………………………………………………………………………………$175

What to Expect

What to Expect

Classes may take place both indoors and outdoors.

 Puppy and Basic Manners Classes  will be limited to 8 dogs, and socials will be limited to 10 dogs. Register now to save your spot!

Safety is our priority!

What To Bring

What to bring:

  • Dogs must wear a flat collar or harness.(Dogs may not wear choke-chains, prong or electronic collars.)
  • A six-foot, non-retractable leash
  •  Necessary vaccination records 
  • A hungry, but not famished dog.
  • Treats: A variety of your dogs favorite treats, cut into very small pea size pieces, that you can carry in a treat pouch or other suitable container that allows easy access when you are seated, standing or walking. Please bring 3 different types, each in their own container.
  • Treat pouch that you can wear, which is easy to put your hand in and doesn’t make noise when you grab a treat.

About Our Trainers

Ever since the Inquisitive Canine was founded in 2005, Joan Hunter Mayer’s life has gone to the dogs — and she couldn’t be happier! A certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, and certified separation anxiety trainer, Joan not only loves seeing her canine students succeed, but also enjoys empowering dog parents with a valuable education to enhance their relationships with their dogs for life.

She offers dog training, behavior consulting and community education programs locally in Santa Barbara, as well as online coaching globally.

Joan is also the creator and founder of TransPaw Gear , a dog harness company that helps pet parents and their inquisitive canine harness fun together. You can visit her website here.

 

Owner of Sara Munro Dog Training, Sara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. She graduated from the Professional Program at the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior, and tends to her ongoing education through seminars and programs with the industry’s leaders in science-based, force-free training methods. Along with teaching classes, she offers private, in-home dog and puppy training in the Santa Barbara area, and through an innovative remote technology, she also helps dogs suffering from “home-alone anxiety” located anywhere in the country.

You can visit her website here.

Andrea Bratt owns and operates K9sBehave, a reward based dog training business in Santa Barbara California. She is a CPDT-KSA, (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge and Skills assessed) and a member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). 

Andrea teaches therapy dog classes, trick training classes, puppy training classes, and rabbit training classes as well as providing private training for dogs in their own homes. She teaches classes for recently adopted dogs through the nonprofit K9PALS. Andrea is the Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator for Santa Barbara County Animal Services where she works with dogs, cats and rabbits at three county animal shelters. 

She is a member of Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and enjoys volunteering with her therapy dog Oli. 

You can visit her website here.

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