Minimum Age 6 months* –  No prerequisite, but a prior puppy class is desirable.
Family Dog Level 1 is one of the SPCA’s most popular classes. Family Dog training class teaches important basic skills such as sit, stay, come, leave it, and loose-leash walking. The aim of this class is to help your dog become a companion that is easy to live with, that listens, and has skills. Positive reinforcement will be used to grow your training relationship with your dog.  This fun, non-judgmental environment is great for the entire family. Classes are available at the SPCA Thursday evenings or Saturday morning, or Saturday morning at Pet Food Express in Carmel.

*Is your dog over 6 months old, but still an older, dog social puppy? Have a look at Puppy Level 2 class. For a young dog this might be a better fit!

If your dog is displaying aggressive behaviors, or you are not sure which class is a good fit for you, please call so we might place your dog in the appropriate class or private training.

Please bring proof of vaccinations the first week of class.

Duration: 5 weeks
Thursdays at the SPCA: 6 – 7 pm Register Now
Saturdays at the SPCA: 10:15 – 11:15 am Register Now
Saturdays in Carmel:  10:30 – 11:30 am Register Now
Sundays at the SPCA:  10:15 – 11:15 am Register Now
Cost: $130 Shelter Adoptees, $140 General Public


We recommend at minimum a flat or martingale collar with a 6-foot leash. Sometimes we will suggest the addition of head halters or front hook harnesses, If you need a harness we can sell you one after class. Please, no choke or pinch collars, or retractable leashes. We have found that good training with comfortable, non-aversive equipment will enable your dog to perform consistently better!


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