The SPCA believes in positive reinforcement to help strengthen the bond between people and pets. Our dog and puppy training is affordable, high-quality, and fun for the whole family. Come learn with us and see what your dog can do! Join the SPCA Behavior Training conversation on Facebookfind us on Yelp, or call us at 831-264-5422.

Puppy Training Classes

Puppy Preschool:  Start your puppy off on the right paw (for puppies under 5 months)
Puppy Kindergarten:  Older puppies build on skills and socialization (puppies 5-9 months)
NEW! Puppy training in Carmel
Puppy Social in Pacific Grove:  Drop in for puppy play and fun learning

Dog Training Classes

Family Dog:  Learn vital skills in a fun, non-judgmental environment
NEW! Family Dog in Carmel
Ultimate Family Dog in Pacific Grove:  Build on  skills and prepare for Canine Good Citizen certification

Specialty Dog Training Classes

Out and About in the Real World:  For dogs that need help in the “real world”
Agility for Fun:  Fun, non-competitive playing and bonding with your dog
Ultimate Agility for Fun:  Even more fun and bonding with your dog
Fun Sniff and Search:  Fun, interactive, and confidence-building
Extremely Fun Sniff and Search:  More challenging, more fun, and more rewarding
Reactive Rover:  Understand and correct problems that upset your dog while on leash
Reactive Rover 2: Build on the foundation you started in Reactive Rover
Canine Carnival School: Amaze friends with your dog’s fun tricks and skills – carnival style

One Day Dog Training Workshops

Simple Leash Walking Workshop:  Solve common leash problems in two hours. Last workshop of 2015 will be held September 27.
Reliable Recall Workshop:  How to make “come here!” irresistible to your dog in one hour. Last workshop of 2015 will be held October 4.

Dog Socials

Playing and socializing for friendly dogs in a safe environment
Sunday Dog Social for Larger Dogs (30 lbs and over): A safe and fun alternative to dog parks
Sunday Dog Social for Smaller Dogs (under 30 lbs): A safe and fun alternative to dog parks

Private Training Classes

Please email us or call 831-264-5422 to schedule or learn more about private training.
Private training options include training for blind or deaf dogs, shy or nervous dogsaggression towards people or pets, resource guarding, one-on-one training in your home or at the SPCA, and all other training that will help with your individual circumstances. The options are limitless – we are here to help!


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Join the SPCA Behavior Training conversation on Facebook or find us on Yelp.

Free Behavior Helpline

Still need help? No problem! Call our free behavior helpline.

Private Behavior Training

The SPCA offers low-cost private training for you either at the shelter or in the convenience of your own home.

Free Behavior Handouts

Click here to view or print out behavior tip sheets on everything from separation anxiety to litter box training!