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Training Classes

Please Note: We will be temporarily suspending all our behavior training group classes, workshops/lectures, as well as our Sunday Socials. Our private appointments will be suspended for the next two weeks and then will be looking at resuming private appointments at the SPCA facility. If you have signed up for a class, please contact us for a refund or credit. If you need assistance with a behavior concern, please call us and we will try to help you over the phone. Thank you for your support and understanding during this time. 


The SPCA believes in positive reinforcement to help strengthen the bond between people and pets. Our dog and puppy classes are professional, high-quality, and fun for the whole family. We provide exceptional group or individual dog training at an affordable price in multiple indoor and outdoor training centers.  

Our list of required and recommended vaccinations for class is here.  

Come learn with us and see what your dog can do! Click here to meet our skilled, compassionate, and accredited trainers. Join the conversation on Facebookfind us on Yelp, or call us at 831-264-5422.

Puppy Training Classes: Start your puppy off on the right paw! These classes focus on positive socialization, beginning training, and preventing potential problem behaviors.

Basic Training Classes: Have a wonderful time bonding in this fun class for dogs (and people!) of all ages and skill levels. Work on foundation skills like loose-leash walking, sit, lie down, “Come!” and more!

Advanced Dog Training Classes: These fun and challenging classes are for dogs who already have basic training skills. Out & About teaches training in real-life situations like malls and parks.

For Dogs Who Need More: Reactive Rover is tailor-made for dogs who spin, bark, or lunge on a leash when they see another dog. Our private training appointments help dogs with aggression, shyness, or other behavioral concerns. Our skilled, respected, and compassionate trainers receive referrals from all over for our work with special cases like these. Don’t give up – call us!

One Day Workshops:  Are you looking for fun ways to spend time with your dog, while learning and practicing skills? These short, helpful workshops teach you and your dog skills like walking nicely on a leash or coming when called. Take these classes as often as you want!. 

Socials: Socials are a safe alternative to dog parks and are best suited for dogs at least 9 months old.  Our socials are designed for friendly, well-socialized dogs, and are not intended for teaching your dog how to play with other dogs or rehabilitating social skills. If you are unsure about your dog's skills, please refer to Socials & Appropriate Play below. Socials are available for small dogs on Sundays and available for large dogs on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Private Training: Individualized training for problem behaviors, in your home or at the SPCA. Private training options include training for blind or deaf dogs, shy or nervous dogs, aggression towards people or pets, resource guarding,  and all other training that will help with your individual circumstances. We are here to help! Learn moreEmail us, or call 831-264-5422 to schedule an appointment.

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