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Group Dog Training Classes

Location of Classes

Virginia Park, Santa Monica

All classes are at Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica: 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404. We are at the east end of the park, closest to Cloverfield Blvd. Look for our flags!


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Our Program

Like people, dogs require love, support, and coping mechanisms to remain well adjusted and to thrive in the real world.  However, like us, dogs are not born with the knowledge to achieve these things.  As a result, dogs require their own education unique to their own needs.  We offer group dog training classes from puppy to advanced behavior and obedience training, as well as specialty workshops.  All of our classes require graduation to the next level of classes upon approval from our instructors.  This process supports your dog’s learning threshold, and maximizes the opportunity of their progress and success.

For dog’s who begin our program with some proficiency in training, we offer an evaluation for placement in an appropriate class level. All ages and breeds are welcomed! 

Please note: Our group training classes are geared towards creating a foundation for your dog’s behavior and obedience skills. Our classes do not encompass challenges in behavior that require special and personalized attention. These behaviors include and are not limited to: housebreaking, aggression, dominance, resource guarding, separation anxiety, fearfulness, and excessive barking. We offer specialized behavior modification and training through our private dog behavior and training program.

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Class Training Approach & Methods

With a curriculum based in behavior and leadership building through positive reinforcement, our goal is not only to teach your dog to acquire basic skills, but to guide you to the tools and insight to build and maintain your relationship dynamic with your dog.  In this way, your dog’s behavior skills are being practiced, maintained, and reinforced through your relationship, combined with your dog’s obedience skills.  Because of this, we strive to empower YOU to train your dog far beyond your time in our classes! 

 

We do this by beginning all of our courses with a humans only class introducing you to dog behavior and leadership principles, solidifying your mindset, goals, and acquiring your own appropriate tools to use and practice in your dog’s training process.  These principles and resources are always reinforced in each of our classes and workshops.  That way you can begin to grow and enjoy your behavior and training journey with your dog, giving your dog the opportunity to lead a happy and balanced life, and creating an unbreakable bond between you and your dog that will last a lifetime. 

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Class Placement & Requirements

Puppies can begin classes at 3 months of age. Excluding puppy classes and passing evaluations, all dogs are required to begin in our Basic Behavior and Obedience Training class.

Class Placement Evaluation:

If you feel your dog has proficiency to be placed in a more advanced class, we offer free 15 minute evaluations. Request an evaluation during registration to schedule an evaluation with one of our instructors.

Requirements:

Vaccinations - Proof of your dog’s current vaccinations must be provided by the first day of classes.

  • Dogs 3- 4 months old: Distemper/Parvo combo, and Bordatella

  • Dogs 4 months and up: Distemper/Parvo combo, Bordatella, and Rabies

Behavior:

  • Aggressive and hyperactive dogs are not permitted in our classes. If your dogs presents with this behavior at any time, we reserve the right to remove your dog from class. A refund will be provided for any unattended classes. Your dog may rejoin our classes once they pass an evaluation.

  • If your dog is nervous, and you are unsure if group class is the right fit for your dog, you may request a free 15 minute evaluation during class registration.

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Classes & Workshop Offerings

All classes and workshops last 1 hour. Classes and workshops are not offered on major holidays and rainy weather. Space is limited! We encourage you to register for your course in advance. First class day registration is not available.

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Puppy Training - $215

6 Classes - 1 Hour - Limited to 8 puppies

Class 1 is for humans only and covers an introduction to behavior training, leadership, establishing relationships dynamics, knowing your training resources and tool box, and designating your appropriate training cues. Classes 2 through 6 focuses on intro to puppy obedience, adding structure and routine, rewards, and managing home behavior such as jumping, nipping, chewing, impolite greeting, desensitization to leash, collar and harness, and group play.

Prerequisites: Puppies ages 3 to 5 months

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Basic Behavior and Obedience Training - $215

6 Classes - 1 Hour - Limited to 10 dogs

Class 1 is for humans only and covers an introduction to behavior training, leadership, establishing relationships dynamics, knowing your training resources, tool box, designating training cues, and selecting your dog’s appropriate walk equipment. Classes 2 through 6 covers the Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave-It cues, basic leash proficiency, managing distractions, treating reactivity on walks, and common inappropriate behaviors such as jumping, impolite greeting, and begging/demanding attention.

Prerequisites: Dogs 6 months and up

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Advanced Behavior and Obedience Training - $215

6 Classes - 1 Hour - Limited to 10 dogs

Class 1 is for humans only and takes a deep dive into behavior training, introduces the rules of leadership, re-evaluating and maintaining relationship through leadership. Classes 2 through 6 cover long leash and heel proficiency, advanced recall, socialization, and formal introduction training to dogs.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

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AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Exam Prep - $235

6 Classes - 1 Hour - Limited to 10 dogs

Includes AKC CGC Exam

“Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.”

This class is designed to prepare your dog to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test. This 6 week course covers the 10 behavior required to pass the CGC Test: Accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance and grooming, out for a walk, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command and staying in place, coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distraction, supervised separation. The AKC CGC exam is free with this course.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

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Workshops - Coming Soon!

Depending on the workshop, workshops differ in price, class sizes, and number of classes.

Topics:

Advanced Leash Proficiency, Advanced Recall, Dog Running, Agility, Rally, Tracking, Urban Herding, Nose Work, Dog Tricks,

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

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