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.

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.

New to our classes? New training clients use promo code FALL2018 to receive 20% off!

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

For puppies starting class at 3-4 months old  Puppy Level 1 at the SPCA or at Pet Food Express (Carmel)
For puppies starting class at 5-6 months old  Puppy Level 2
For puppies 7-18 months old                                Puppy Level 3
For puppies starting social 3-5 months old     Puppy Social

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, stay, “Come!” and more!
Family Dog Level 1 (available at the SPCA or in Carmel)

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.

Agility for Fun
Family Dog Level 2
Out & About
Therapy Dog Training Class

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 classes 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!
Reactive Rover
Private Training

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.  You and your dog can learn fun Carnival Tricks, play Sniff & Search Games, or even practice for your Canine Good Citizen Test.  Take these classes as often as you want!
Adopter’s Workshop (people only, please)
Agility Play Date
Canine Good Citizen Workshop
Carnival Tricks Workshop
Clicker Training Explained Workshop – for all animals!
Loose Leash Walking Workshop
Reactive Rover Seminar (people only, please)
Recall Workshop
Sniff and Search Workshop
Therapy and Service Dog Informational Workshop

Sunday Socials: Sunday Socials are the safe alternative to dog parks. They are for friendly dogs and puppies of all sizes.
Small Dog Social (under 30 lbs)
Large Dog Social (30 lbs and over)

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 dogsaggression towards people or pets, resource guarding, service dog training, and all other training that will help with your individual circumstances. The options are limitless – we are here to help! Learn moreEmail us, or call 831-264-5422 to schedule an appointment.


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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!