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training techniques, and as a result, find no need to use coercive methods that employ fear, pain, intimidation or outdated notions of dominance.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 must be licensed
  • Attendees must be at least 14 years old
  • 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:

January 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM

February 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM

February 20, 2019 at 5:30 PM

March 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM

March 23, 2019 at 5:30 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 Mondays 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

*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.

Schedule

Monday

  • Adult Manners 5:30 PM

Saturday

  • Puppy Manners 1:30 PM

Orientations will be held at 5:30 PM on January 23, February 6, February 20, March 6, March 20

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

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.

Sara graduated with distinction from the rigorous and esteemed Professional Trainers Program at the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behavior and Training (KPA).

Becoming a Certified Training Partner at KPA requires demonstrating excellence in knowledge, skills and teaching, and then maintaining certification through Continuing Education. Sara is also a KPA Puppy Start Right Instructor.

She is certified as a Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) by SA expert Malena DeMartini, and part of a tightly knit team of trainers across the country who use a unique, cutting edge protocol to achieve successful resolution of separation anxiety.

Sara has also taken the in-depth course Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals with Dr. Susan Friedman. (The business name, Built to Behave, is a phrase Susan Friedman, PhD coined and generously gave Sara permission to use.)

In addition, she is also a certified dog walker through dog*biz’s Dog Walking Academy, where subjects of study and practice include canine learning theory, dog communication and body language, aggression and its prevention, group management, screening of group members, prey drive related behavior, and safety. She is also Canine First Aid certified.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, annually participates in continuing education seminars and workshops, and attends professional training conferences by leaders in the science of dog training. She has several more exciting learning experiences charted for the near future.

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