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San Diego Humane Society

Public Behavior and Training Classes

Our training philosophy is based on the behavioral science concepts of positive reinforcement. Training your pet using these concepts will not only help them learn new behaviors more quickly, it will also strengthen the bond you share. We use positive reinforcement methods and a force and fear free approach in all of our dog and cat training classes.  See our B&T Lecture on How To Pick a Trainer 101 to learn more about methods, trainer qualifications, and how to make the best choices you can for your pet.

Classes are offered in a variety of formats, detailed below, to accommodate different training needs. 

In-person: Designed for social pets who are comfortable and able to focus around other people and pets. Classes may be offered at our San Diego, Escondido or Oceanside campuses. Class type availability varies by location. Please check location carefully before enrolling as space is limited.

Online (via Zoom): These classes are appropriate for ALL pets! Low-distraction learning environments like your home are often the most effective. They’re especially critical for pets experiencing high arousal (stress, high excitability, fear, shyness, reactivity, etc.). Some classes are only offered in online formats for this reason, and students consistently share stories of excellent progress with behavior challenges. Most classes are recorded live each week so you can review the material.

Online (on-demand): These pre-recorded classes are appropriate for ALL pets and are designed for maximum schedule flexibility. Enroll in the next upcoming session, but start anytime that is convenient for you! Trainers hold a weekly live Q&A session over Zoom (also recorded for flexibility).

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for ALL classes and typically closes 24 hours before the first session. If registration has closed, call our team directly to inquire about available space in a class. Prior to 24 hrs before class begins, any class lacking an “enroll” button has sold out.

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