Animal Humane employs reward-based training techniques designed to strengthen your relationship with your pet. Pet owners are taught how to reinforce excellent manners and remove rewards to discourage inappropriate behavior. We do not promote choke chains or prong collars, and our instruction focuses on humane training aids for you and your pet.
Animal Humane adopters are eligible for a discount on our entry level training classes! In order to redeem this discount, enter your Adopter Discount coupon code at check out. If you have misplaced your coupon code, please email [email protected]. Partial refunds may not be given after check out.
Behavior Seminars and Workshops
We also offer a variety of workshops and seminars at our two adoptions locations for your convenience. New seminars will be added to our Training Calendar as they become available.
Start your puppy off on the right paw! Puppies learn how to play with other dogs and interact with new people, as well as manners including sit, down, stay and coming when called. Our team will answer your questions about common puppy behavior issues such as housetraining, chewing and jumping up on people.
Dog ages: 10-weeks to 4-months
Animal Humane Adopter Cost: $65
Is your dog new to training or in need of a refresher course in basic obedience? Dogs will receive real-world basic obedience training in sit, down, stay, loose leash walking and coming when called. Common behavior issues such as housetraining, jumping up on people, mouthiness when excited will also be addressed. Click here for our Train Humane class policies and rules.
Dog ages: 5-months and older
Animal Humane Adopter Cost: $100
The best dog training class you’ll ever take! Teach your dog how to demonstrate great manners in dog-friendly bar and restaurant settings. Held the last Saturday of every month at Tractor Brewing Company (Nob Hill). The first round is on us, so you can relax and test out your new skills.
Dog ages: All are welcome on leash
Duration: 11 – 12 pm
Do you own a Pit Bull? Are you interested in training and agility?
This course is offered specifically for Pit Bull owners and their dogs through our 505 Pit Crew. Dogs will receive real-world obedience training in sit, down, stay, loose-leash walking and coming when called. Common behavior issues such as housetraining, jumping on people and mouthiness when excited will be addressed, along with discussions of Pit Bull care. In addition, you and your dog will work as a team negotiating obstacles and running our agility course. This will give you and your dog an introduction to the fast-paced fun and competition of agility. Owners must be 12 years of age or older.
Dog ages: 4-months and older
Cost: $20 for owners 12-20 years of age, and $50 for owners 20 or older
Learn the basics of agility in a fun, light-hearted setting. Agility competitors teach their dogs to do commands from afar, to pause in a given command, and to climb, jump or weave through special equipment. These activities are great physical and mental stimulation for you and your dog, while you learn the fastest growing dog sport. It’s a great way to strengthen your dog’s basic obedience skills while learning new behaviors. Dogs must be at least 5-months of age and have had basic training to participate.
Dog ages: 5-months or older
This course builds on our Agility Foundations I course. Dogs learn all the agility jumps and obstacles while their people learn successful handling skills and strategies for agility trials.
Dog ages: 6-months or older
Our Behavior Team can help pet owners with reactive dogs learn better management and handling skills. This seminar’s purpose is to help change your dog’s response when they see other dogs, people or other stimuli that cause your pet to react. We will explain why your dog is displaying this behavior, what to do to prevent it and how to handle situations when they occur. This class is for human students only.
Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!
Distractions are everywhere and when they are present it makes it hard for our dogs to pay attention. In this class you will learn how to maintain your dog’s attention and have more control in situations that could be difficult. You will learn how utilizing basic manners that you have learned through obedience training and apply them to day to day situations. Learn how to build advanced skills with your pet that can either put you on track for starting in canine sports (Agility, Rally, Obedience or Freestyle), getting your pet’s CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certification, performing fun tricks, or just creating wonderful and reliable behaviors. This class will teach more advanced skills through clicker training, a great communication tool. We’ll cover important and fun advance training basics such as distraction work, targeting, directional cues, working with distance, and much more.
Pre-requisite: Must have completed Civilized Canine or 505 Pit Crew.
Familiarity with clicker training is extremely helpful but not required.
Dog ages: 5 months and older
Animal Humane Adopter Cost: $100
If your pet has had a basic manners class and you would like to do more, this is the class for you! Learn how to build advanced skills with your pet that can either put you on track for starting in canine sports (Agility, Rally, Obedience or Freestyle), getting your pet’s CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certification, performing fun tricks, or just creating wonderful and reliable behaviors. This class will teach more advanced skills through clicker training, a great communication tool. You will learn the basics of shaping new behaviors: how to take simple steps and build them into complex behaviors. We’ll cover important and fun advance training basics such as targeting, directional cues, working with distance, and much more.
Dog ages: 5 months and older
Perfect for those new puppy owners with busy schedules, Puppy Playtime offers Sunday socialization sessions on a “drop-in” basis. Puppies will learn how to improve their doggie social skills through interactions with puppies close to the same age in a positive, safe atmosphere. Each session is 45 minutes in length. Limit 2 puppies per person.
Dog ages: 2 months – 5 months
Cost: $5 fees for each session
For puppies that are a little older than Puppy Playtime attendees, Pups in the Park offers Sunday socialization sessions on a “drop-in” basis. Puppies will learn how to improve their doggie social skills through interactions with puppies close to the same age in a positive, safe atmosphere. Each session is 45 minutes in length. Limit 2 puppies per person.
All pets must be spayed or neutered to attend this social hour.
Dog ages: 4 months – 10 months
Cost: $5 fee for each session
Developed from detection dog training, this is a fun companion dog activity that ANY dog can do! It is fun for the dogs and fun for the handlers. Scent work comes very naturally to dogs: one-third of a dog’s brain processes are devoted to olfaction. Dogs will begin searching for food and toys. This activity is a huge confidence booster for the shy or reactive dog. It is also great for dogs that may have physical challenges or older dogs. It is a fantastic energy burner for adolescent dogs too!
Box work, searches in and out of boxes, and elevations will be introduced in this Nose Games for Fun class. No obedience training is required.
This class is all about continuing to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. We will build upon clicker skills you developed during your Civilized Canine class. Using shaping, targeting and capturing you will learn the skills needed to teach your dog how to ring a bell, roll a ball, shake, wave, and much more! You’ll have fun learning new tricks and games to keep your dog mentally stimulated and show off how clever your pup is at your next party!