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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

If you have questions about our classes or schedules, please email:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

 

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: For puppies 10-16 weeks old with two doses of the basic distemper combination vaccine completed. . Puppies do not have to complete the puppy vaccine series and do not need the Rabies vaccine to attend class.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Monday 6th 6:45 PM Mondays, March 6-April 10 186236 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA, CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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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.  

If you have questions about our classes or schedules, please email:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

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
Saturday 4th 4:30 PM Saturday, March 4 186734 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA, , 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 one 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.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

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
Monday 13th 5:30 PM Mondays, March 13,-April 17 1863313 Alyssa Hosbach, CTC

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Wednesday 1st 6:45 PM Wednesdays, March 1-April 5 186931 Pamela Wu, CABC II, CGC Evaluator
Friday 10th 11:30 AM Fridays, March 10-April 14 1876310 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA,CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator
Thursday 30th 6:45 PM Thursdays, March 30-May 4 1874330 Pamela Wu, CABC II ,CGC Evaluator
Sunday 23rd 3:00 PM Sundays, April 23-May 28 1877423 Birgit Hafermann, CPDT-KA, 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 as well as Sit,Down, Stay, Come, Leave It, heel and all the behaviors taught in our regular obedience classes.

The AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program is now offered  for puppies under 1 year in classes taught by CGC evaluators.  Participation is not required to attend classes. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC Brochure.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

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
Monday 13th 7:00 PM Mondays, March 13-April 17 1864313 Alyssa Hosbach, CTC
Tuesday 28th 6:45 PM Tuesdays, March 28-May 2 1865328 Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA
Saturday 18th 4:30 PM Saturdays, Mar. 18-April 22 1868318 Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA CGC Evaluator

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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. 

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes. Intermediate is designed to advance dog and handler obedience skills and is not helpful for resolving behavior problems beyond obedience training
Fee: $95 per dog
Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed basic obedience course or have reasonably good responses to sit, down, stay and heel. Some later sessions may include off leash work. If your dog is reactive and unable to function well around other dogs, you must email me before enrolling. at training@berkeleyhumane.org or call 510-845-7735, ext. 215
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age. Best results if dog is over 6 months and tolerant of other dogs.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 30th 8:00 PM Thursdays, March 30-May 4 1872330 Pamela Wu, CABC II ,CGC Evaluator
Sunday 23rd 4:30 PM Sundays, April 23-May 28 1878423 Birgit Hafermann, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

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Novice Sport Obedience

This class is based on competition obedience skills and will give you a foundation for obedience competition and other precision work with your dog. These exercises also transfer into handy skills for everyday life with your dog and include off-leash work.

Novice exercises include: Heel on Leash, Heel Free, Figure 8, Stand for Examination, Fronts and Finishes, Recall from 30-feet, Group Sit-Stay and Down-Stay for 3 minutes at distance. Sharpen your dog's responsiveness and enhance your off-leash control whether or not you are planning to campaign your dog in obedience. The class is taught by Nancy Frensley, who is an active and successful competitor in AKC obedience and other dog sports. 

AKC now registers mixed breeds and other dogs of unknown ancestry for performance competition events. Click here for mixed breed registration information. Dogs do not have to be registered to take the class. 

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: Series of 4 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $50 per dog.
Prerequisites: Dogs should have completed an Intermediate Obedience course and/or have reliable responses to sit, down, stay and heel. Dogs should be mature, friendly, and safe with other dogs and people.
Dog Details: Over 1 ear of age and vaccinated with DHLPP according t a veterinarian's protocols (variable vaccination OK).
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 15th 8:00 PM Wednesdays, , March 15-April 5 1871315 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA,CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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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.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour sessions. We cover all 29 of the Rally Novice Exercises
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 1st 6:45 PM Wednesdays, March 1-April 5 187031 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA,CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Dog Tricks and Performance 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 Or your dog wants to have fun with you.

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 Crawlplus others of your choice.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

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: $75 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
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Dogs With Attitude - Orientation

ATTENDANCE AT THIS ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY FOR ENROLLMENT IN DWA CLASS.

This is the Orientation Session for "Dogs with Attitude" (DWA), a class designed to teach you and our dog techniques for changing reactive behavior. Techniques and protocols used in this class will help change your dog's behavior if practiced long-term.

This is one 2-hour seminar style session for PEOPLE ONLY. Yhe presentation will give you solid, science-based information about your dog's behavior and sociability and will help you decide on a course of action that might include either taking the "Dogs With Attitude" five-week course, getting a private consult and customized training plan, or continuing to work on your own. This session is mandatory for attendance at the following DWA sessions. DWA class registration will not be opened until the orientation is completed. 

The DWA class registration will be posted the day after orientation

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: One 2-hour session. NO DOGS MAY ATTEND THIS SESSION. Note: This session is at 8:00 PM. All following sessions of the class will be from 7 to 8 PM
Fee: $15 per person. Pre-registration is required.
Prerequisites: ATTENDANCE AT THIS ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY TO ENROLL IN DWA CLASS. The class with dogs will start within two weeks of the orientation. You will not be accepted into the DWA class unless you have attended the orientation.
Dog Details: Dogs taking this class should be over 10 months of age and be up to day on basic distemper combination and rabies vaccines.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Tuesday 21st 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 21 1879321 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA, CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Canine Good Citizen Class and Certification

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

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: Series of 2 one-hour classes ending in a CGC test on the 3rd week. Dogs attend all sessions. If your dog does not pass, you can re-test later at no extra charge. NO make up classes are available. Be sure you can attend all sessions. If you miss the first class session, you will be dropped from the course and given a refund.
Fee: $95.00 (test-only $15: see test-only listing)
Prerequisites: Test may be taken without taking 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

Checklist for CGC Readiness

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: Please preregister for the test. 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
Tuesday 7th 6:30 PM Tuesday, March 7 1860 Dee Iaroli, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

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Community Canine Advanced_CGC

After completing the Canine  Good Citizen certification, you and your dog are ready to prepare for the  CGCA: Community Canine title.  The CGC is tested in a simulated environment.  The CGCA will be tested in real life situations, showing beyond a doubt that your dog exhibits good manners in most normal situations. 

This class will meet in a variety of locations during the 5 week session.  Testing could be done at a park or other busy location.  

Registering with AKC for CGCA Title

If you have questions about our classes or schedules, please email:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

 

Class Details: It is a titling class of the AKC . Dogs that test must have an AKC number (See prerequisites). However, we welcome you to take the class without registering your dog if you want the work but do not want to test. No make up classes are available. Be sure you can attend all sessions. If you miss the first session, you will be dropped from the class and issued a refund.
Fee: $130.00
Prerequisites: Dogs must have passed the Canine Good Citizen test. Because the test leads to and AKC title, Participating dogs should prepare to register their dogs with American Kennel Club. The AKC provides a registry for dogs not previously registered . ALL dogs are welcome. Canine pals: http://images.akc.org/pdf/mixedBreed/MB_ListingProcedures.pdf Purebred Alternative Listing: PAL http://www.akc.org/reg/ilpex.cfm
Dog Details: Dogs should be mature enough to obey basic obedience cues in a distracting environment.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Nosework 1-Introduction to Hunting for Scent

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.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

 

Class Details: Four week class (holiday special only) 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: $50.00 per dog. LImited to 6 dogs per class This price is for the special 4 week class beginning October 20. The following session will be a 6 week 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
Thursday 16th 6:30 PM Thursdays, March 16-April 27, skip 3/23 1873316 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA,CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Nosework 2 - Introduction to Hunting for Odors

 This is the second stage of Nosework in which we introduce a target odors. 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 in a number of challenging scent pictures.

Once odor has been introduced, the dog is no longer searching for food. We will also work on procedures for passing an 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. 

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: 4 one-hour sessions. Dogs will be crated during class for the safety and comfort of all participants.
Fee: $100.00 per dog
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
Thursday 9th 8:00 PM Thursdays, March 9-April 6, skip 3/23 187539 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA,CAP2, CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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RALLY PRACTICE

Rally practice is designed Rally enthusiasts who have already been through a class with their dogs and want to hone their ability to work with their dog as a team to execute the Rally exercises.  You can do courses with coaching or without.  It is good preparation for those who would like to title their dogs in the sport of Rally as well as a those who just enjoy some advanced work with their dogs.

We will have a course set up and offer one or more run throughs, changing the course a bit each time to challenge the dog and handler. We will offer both Novice and Advanced exercises and will teach the advanced exercises as needed.

If you have questions about our classes or schedule, please contact:

training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, extension 215

Class Details: 4 weekly classes. One hour each. Arrive and work on Rally courses. The number of run-through s will depend upon the number attending each session.
Fee: $50 for four weeks of practice sessions.
Prerequisites: Have a reasonable grasp of Rally Novice exercises and a dog that can focus on working with the handler.
Dog Details: Dogs must be over 4 months and have current vaccinations.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Canine Good Citizen-Urban

This is the most challenging of all the Canine Good Citizen tests.  Our 5 week class will be taught in real life situations-mostly busy, congested city center type settings.  It is a test of practical behaviors in negotiating dog friendly buildings, crowds on  urban sidewalks, exposure to city noises (horns, sirens, construction) and surfaces (concrete plastic, tiles, asphalt) and moving objects (trains skateboard, bikes, carts, etc).  Dogs and handlers will negotiate stairs, steps and maybe even elevators.  We may ride a bus and sit down for a snack or beverage with our dogs. 

Class and test include practice in crossing streets, ignoring distractions on a sidewalk people walking up and petting your dog and stays in and near public buildings on a variety of surfaces. 

This class and test are challenging but will also be fun for the experienced city dog. 

 

Class Details: Shy and Fearful dogs should not take this class until ready. Dogs with reactivity problems may not take the class. No make up classes are available. Be sure you can attend all sessions. If you miss the first class session, you will be dropped from the course and given a refund.
Fee: $100.00 per dog.
Prerequisites: Dogs must have a CGC certificate and an AKC registration number on record to take the class and test.
Dog Details: Dogs should be more than a year old and able to be attentive to the handler in distracting situations
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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