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Dog Training Schedule

We offer a wide variety of classes to appeal to the interests and talents of many different types of people and dogs. Our class offerings range from behavior modification classes to classes for fun and competition.

 

Classes are held in our Behavior and Training Center between 8th and 9th Streets on Carleton in Berkeley.

Puppy Kindergarten

 This class is a "head start" for puppies--includes socialization and early training issues. This class provides shaping of basic manners, learning how to learn, and vital early (pre-four month) play groups with dogs and people.

Early Puppy K is recommended by The American Veterinary Medical Association and by the American Society of Veterinary Behaviorists.

We offer the AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program for all puppies in our classes. Participation is not required to attend classes. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC brochure

 

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes; class limited to 10 puppies. Puppies attend all classes.
Fee: $140 per puppy for 6 weekly classes. Family and friends are welcome to attend with puppies.
Prerequisites: Please bring puppies on flat collars or harnesses and a 4 to 6 foot leash. Please do not bring them on choke, prong or other correction collars or on retractable leashes.
Dog Details: Puppies 10-16 weeks old, two doses of the basic distemper combination vaccine. Puppies do not have to have completed the puppy vaccine series and do not need the Rabies vaccine to attend class.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 5th 6:45 PM Wednesdays, August 5-September 9 163185 Pamela Wu, CABC II

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Leash Crazies

This is a presention about on-leash reactivity, how it develops, what maintains it and what you can do to change this in your dog.   It is an overview style presention for people only.  It uses slides, discussion and demonstrations with the trainer's dogs to help you understand and make informed decisions about how to treat this behavior.  

Class Details: People only, please. Bring note paper if you want and your questions. It covers many aspects of the behavior
Fee: 20.00 per person
Prerequisites: No previous experience. This is a PEOPLE ONLY presentation. Please do not bring your dog.
Dog Details: No dogs
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 27th 6:45 PM Thursday, August 27 1640 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Basic Obedience

 

Dogs teach us to live in the present, embrace simplicity and embody fun.  In exchange we give them safety, comfort and companionship. Basic training seals that contract for both ends of the leash and is essential for keeping your dog safe and comfortable as a member of your household.

Develop or refresh your handling skills while your dog learns the basic skills of self-control: sit, down, stay, stand, wait, leave it, come and heel. This class addresses both management and training for being a good companion.

 The AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program for dogs under 1 year is available in Basic Obedience classes taught by CGC Evaluators. Participation is not required to attend the class. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC brochure.

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $140.00 per dog. Family and friends are welcome to attend with the dog.
Prerequisites: Please bring your dog on a flat collar, harness, or head collar. Do not bring dogs on a choke, prong, or other correction collar. You will need a 4' to 6' training lead. No retractable leashes in class, please.
Dog Details: Dogs/puppies over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Sunday 23rd 4:30 PM Sundays, August 23-September 27 1623816 Birgit Hafermann, CPDT
Thursday 6th 6:45 PM Thursdays, August 6-September 10 163386 Pamela Wu CABC II
Friday 14th 11:30 AM Fridays, August 14-September 18 1636814 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Small Dog Basic Obedience

For dogs under 25 lbs. This version of basic obedience will help you with special handling and management considerations for small and toy-sized dogs.  

The AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program is now offered with Tuesday sessions of this class for puppies under 1 year. Participation is not required to attend classes. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC Brochure.

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes. Special topics are handling of small dogs, fear issues and how your little dog is really a very big dog inside!
Fee: $140 per dog. Family and friends are welcome to attend with the dog.
Prerequisites: None.
Dog Details: Dogs under 25 lbs. and over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 6th 8:00 PM Thursdays, August 6-September 10 163486 Pamela Wu, CABC II, CGC Evaluator
Saturday 22nd 4:30 PM Saturdays, August 22-September 26 1637822 Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA
Saturday 3rd 4:30 PM Saturdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 14, skip 10/31 1638103 Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA

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Intermediate Obedience

Improve your dog's reliability by developing faster response rates and building reliability into the basic skills and adding training games to make learning fast and fun.

This class covers increased recall  and stay reliability, food refusal/leave it alone, gaining distance and duration in all basic obedience skills and tight heelwork-walking close to you when you need it. Develop your dog's attention, attitude, and accuracy. 

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $95 per dog
Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed basic obedience course or have reasonably good responses to sit, down, stay and heel. Dogs must be able to work next to other dogs.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age. Best results if dog is over 6 months.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Rally Obedience

Rally obedience challenges you and your dog on flowing obedience courses that build great attention, good timing, and versatility. This is a good class for both competition-level and fun-level training.  It emphasizes heeling with attention, which an be an enjoyable form of exercise and activity and provides mental challenge as well.  Whether for competitive events or the fun of working with your dog, heel with attention builds focus and intensity to your relationship.

The American Kennel Club now welcomes mixed breed dogs in all performance competitions. 

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour sessions.
Fee: $80 per dog
Prerequisites: Basic Obedience to a reasonably reliable level.
Dog Details: Over 6 months of age is best. Dogs will be moving around each other and will have times when they need to be put on briefly on a tie down or be in a crate while you walk the course. You may bring an extra person to manage your dog if you prefer.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 5th 6:45 PM Wednesdays, August 5-September 9 163285 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Dog Tricks and Useful Skills

Tricks are a great way to pass the time on rainy days, when you are feeling blue, or any time you want to have fun with your dog. Get your dog ready to entertain at holiday parties or pet therapy visits, and give your dog a job at the same time. In this class you will learn to capture, lure and shape our dog's natural behaviors into Shake, High-5, Play Dead, Beg, Rollover, Say a Prayer, Get a Tissue, Dig a Hole, and Crawl.

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes that meet weekly. . Dogs attend all classes. Emphasis is on clicker training but clickers are not required for dogs that do not respond well to them.
Fee: $95 per dog.
Prerequisites: Dogs should have enough basic obedience skills to be able to focus during class. Ability to work off leash a plus.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Tuesday 4th 8:00 PM Tuesdays, August 4-September 8 163084 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Canine Good Citizen Class and Certification

 

SUMMER SPECIAL-ONLY $75 PER DOG

This class will prepare you and your dog to pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. This is a title and certification bestowed by the American Kennel Club that shows that your dog can handle real life activities, people, and other dogs in a calm and safe way.

The class gives you an opportunity to practice all ten exercise required for the CGC. All who pass the test receive a certificate from American Kennel Club and are entitled to wear CGC insignia. This is a must for potential service and therapy dogs.

The test is open to all dogs (mixed or purebred). This class is not a pre-requisite for taking the test. Day-of test entries are permitted, see test-only class.

Ten Tests of The CGC

Class Details: Series of 3 one-hour classes plus the test. Dogs attend all sessions.
Fee: $75 (test-only $15: see test-only class)
Prerequisites: None. Test may be taken without the class. Dogs should able to respond to to Obedience cues and be tolerant and quiet around other dogs.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Canine Good Citizen Certification - Test Only

All who pass this test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and are entitled to wear the CGC insignia. This is a must for potential service and therapy dogs.

The test is open to all dogs (mixed or purebred). The class in not a prerequisite for taking the test. Day-of test entries are permitted.

Ten tests of the CGC

Class Details: This test is done on a drop-in basis but you may preregister here as well. Please bring your dog on a regular flat collar or harness (no choke, prong, or other correction collars or restrictive harnesses are allowed. Bring your own brush if you prefer for the appearance and grooming test.
Fee: $15 per dog.
Prerequisites: Dog should be adequately trained to perform the requirements without food rewards, reprimands or corrections.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Monday 10th 8:00 PM Monday, August 10 1613T Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Nosework - Introduction to Nosework

Harness your dog's natural instincts and love of hunting by teaching search skills. We use techniques similar to those used to train professional detection dogs. 

You and your dog will have fun, build confidence and use mental and physical energy during class and during homework sessions. The intro class focuses on interior and container searches. Workshops for special types of searches will be offered to students who complete the Introduction to Nosework class.

Instructor Nancy Frensley is an NACSW certified nosework instructor and offers a class curriculum that is suitable to prepare your dog for nosework competitions as well as for fun.

Summer Special-only $75 per dog. 

 

Class Details: Six week class is for dogs 4 months and older. Each class is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes long, depending on the size of the class. Dogs will work individually within the class format.
Fee: $75.00 per dog. LImited to 6 dogs per class
Prerequisites: Vaccinations: Your dog should be current on Distemper Combination and Rabies. If you have taken a class with us within the last year, you do not need to submit a vaccination form. Prerequisites: Dogs in this class must be able to stay in a crate out of sight of their owners
Dog Details: Dogs aged 4 months and older. Nor previous hunting experience required. Dog should be moderately comfortable in a dog crate for short periods of time.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Nosework - Introduction to Odor

 

This is the second stage of Nosework in which we introduce a target odor. Using the guidelines of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, we use essential oil of Birch, also recognized as Wintergreen. The dog will learn to identify this scent and locate the highest concentration of it.

Once odor has been introduced, the dog is no longer searching for food. We will also work on procedures for passing the odor recognition test (ORT) and trialing procedures. If you want to do this for fun, once you learn how to introduce odor, you can teach your dog to find a number of different scents.

 

Class Details: 4 one-hour sessions. Dogs will be crated during class for the safety and comfort of all participants.
Fee: $75 per dog Special price for Summer Sessions
Prerequisites: Dog must have taken Introduction to Nosework with any nosework instructor.
Dog Details: Dogs must be over 4 months of age and vaccinated.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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SIT-STAY-COME

Does your dog need a tune-up?  Stays not sticking, Come not happening?  You call and the line is busy?

This is a perfect short tune-up class for Sit, Down, Come and maybe a few extras if you need them.  Learn some games for building a really reliable recall and an out of sight (really, out of sight) stay in both sit and down positions. 

 

 

Class Details: 4 weeks, one hour per week.
Fee: $75.00
Prerequisites: Dogs should have basic obedience and some responsiveness to basic commands. Dogs must be able to tolerate other dogs. Some work will be off-leash and on long lines.
Dog Details: Over 4 months and up to date vaccinations.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Crate Training Workshop

Learn how to teach your puppy or adult dog to go willingly into a crate and remain quiet and peaceful while crated. Crate training greatly enhances house training efforts as well as being a good tool for use in many behavior adjustment programs.

We will use games to get dogs and puppies to rush into their crates and wait for permission to come out. Crate games makes the crate fun and comfortable for your dog and addsto the list of manners your dog has. A dog that is crate tolerant is a more manageable and mobile dog. 

Class Details: One-time, One hour to one and one-half hours, depending on number enrolled.
Fee: $10.00 Preregistration is required. We require 4 registrations to hold class. Crates will be provided or you may bring your own.
Prerequisites: Puppies must be over 10 weeks and have at least two of the puppy vaccinations (proof required at door). Adult dogs should also have up to date vaccinations or get regular titers.
Dog Details: If your dog has an aggression problem with either people or dogs, please check with the training department before enrolling. Email training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, ext 215.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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