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San Diego Humane Society

Behavior and Training Classes

With the world focused on containing the spread of COVID-19 and with our community’s best interest in mind, San Diego Humane Society has made the decision to suspend all new in-person training classes and workshops through April. We will instead be going virtual with our training classes! Registration for our virtual classes can be submitted below. 

Thank you again for your support and understanding during this time. The health and safety of our community and the animals in our care is our top concern. Other training handouts and resources can be found in our resource center. For questions about behavior and training classes, please call 619-299-7012 ext. 2398 or email behavior@sdhumane.org.

Please note: Classes will be posted below as soon as confirmation of schedules is confirmed.


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San Diego Humane Society offers training classes and resources to address a variety of needs for companion animals.

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.

Behavior Helpline

619-299-7012, ext. 2244 

Questions About Public Classes

619-299-7012, ext. 2398 

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Class Schedule

San Diego Humane Society offers training classes and resources to address a variety of needs for companion animals.

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.

Call 619-299-7012, ext. 2398 for information about San Diego Humane Society's public classes. 

Class Policies

HEALTH

Dogs must be current on their rabies, DHPP (or equivalent) vaccines and be in good general health. Fees paid for dogs excused from class due to a medical concern that are unable to return to class will not be refunded.

BEHAVIOR

San Diego Humane Society group classes are not meant to address serious aggression or behavior issues. Dogs exhibiting these behaviors will be asked to leave and no refund will be issued. If your animal is displaying behaviors that may cause concern, please schedule a private training by calling 619-299-7012 ext 2398.

PREREQUISITE CLASSES/TRAINING

Some classes have prerequisites or items that must be completed prior to enrollment. Please read the description of each class to ensure you and your dog are ready to attend. If you enroll in a class and it is determined that your dog does not meet the prerequisites for participation, you will be excused from the class without a refund.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

Classes fill quickly. You may register online. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration, no exceptions. Please call 619-299-7012 ext 2398 if you need additional information about class availability.

ADOPTERS DISCOUNT

Please call 619-299-7012 ext 2398 prior to enrolling online.

ATTENDANCE

In deference to other students, those who arrive 10 minutes late to class will not be admitted and will be marked as absent. No class make ups will be given for students who are tardy.

REFUND POLICY

  • Classes must be paid for in full at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled start date, including online registrations and manual registrations.
  • If space is still available, class registrations will be accepted until the start of the scheduled class.
  • Refunds and cancelation are offered until 72 hours prior to the class’ scheduled start date.
  • Students must request a cancelation no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled class start date to receive a refund.
  • Refunds will be processed within one week of student's request for refund/cancelation.
  • No drop-ins, class transfers, or pro-rated class fees.

CLASS CANCELATIONS, RESCHEDULING & HOLIDAYS

Most classes run weekly for six weeks - view specific class descriptions for more information. Classes can be canceled and/or postponed with no notice. We will do our best to alert you if classes are canceled or rescheduled, so you may adjust your schedule accordingly. You will receive the full number of sessions, but the class end date may be later than anticipated.

Below is the current list of days in which classes are not held. This is only a preliminary list of dark days; individual classes can be canceled and anytime without notice and the end date adjusted accordingly. This is usually due to weather. Refunds are not given if you are unable to attend any scheduled classes.

  • Easter Day and the day before
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the days immediately before and after
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day

DOG TRAINING CLASS LOCATIONS

SAN DIEGO CAMPUS

(MAP)
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
619.299.7012

OCEANSIDE CAMPUS

(MAP)
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
619.299.7012


Have a training question or Need behavior help?

Click here to a ask a trainer for advice.

Due to the potential for serious injury, canine and feline aggression is best handled by a professional who specializes in behavior. Because phone or email counseling is inadequate for addressing serious behavior concerns, we ask that you contact a qualified professional for help.

To learn about Veterinary Behaviorists visit dacvb.org.

To learn about Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists visit animalbehavior.org.

Veterinary Behaviorists

Dr. Rachel Malamed
DVM, DACVB
behaviordogtor.com

Dr. Patrick Melese
DVM, DACVB
sdvetbehavior.com

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz
DVM, DACVB
petbehavior.org

Dr. Karen Sueda
DVM, DACVB
vcaspecialtyvets.com

Dr. Jill Goldman
Ph.D., CAAB
drjillgoldman.com

All training partners have demonstrated their commitment to using positive reinforcement training techniques and San Diego Humane Society’s mission of promoting the humane treatment of animals, preventing cruelty to animals and providing education to enhance the human-animal bond.

These trainers donate their time to San Diego Humane Society in various ways, and we would like to recognize them with preferred status on our Training Partners list.

Preferred Partners

April Bove-Rothwell
Bella Woof, Inc.
619-980-6502
april@bellawoof.com

Jamie Bozzi,
CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CC, CNWI, AKC Scent Work Judge
SMRTDOG (Help with your four-legged kid)
619-246-5634
jamie@smrtdog.com
smrtdog.com
Specializes in: Positive reinforcement training and customized behavior modification plans for fearful, anxious, and aggressive behavioral issues, as well as, basic obedience and tricks. She also works with sport, performance and working dogs, especially in scent detection work- K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and SAR/MAR (Search & Rescue/Missing Animal Response). Additional dog sports include agility and Treibball.

Tina Flores,
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CSAT
Doggy Einstein’s Training
www.doggyeinsteinstraining.com
Specializes in: Separation Anxiety training

Stefanie Kennedy 
Eden Animal Training Services LLC
Edenanimal.training@gmail.com
www.edenanimal.com
Specializes in: Coaching you and your pets (cats, dogs, small pets, horses) in your home through training games and basic obedience skills. Understanding our pets helps us be the best pet parent they can have. 

Kelly Viscosi,
CPDT-KA
619-813-5261
kviscosi@icloud.com 
https://www.facebook.com/DogTrainingByKelly/

Lynn Webb,
MA, KPA CTP, CTMT
The Proficient Pup Dog Training and Massage
760-651-6364
https://www.theproficentpup.com
lwebb@theproficientpup.com

Specializes in: fearful, reactive, or anxious dogs and rattlesnake avoidance training. 

For an additional list of dog trainers in San Diego, visit: http://sandiegodogtrainers.org/index.htm



Behavior Helpline

For behavior questions, please contact our Behavior Helpline either by calling 619-299-7012, ext. 2244, emailing behavior@sdhumane.org or filling out our Ask a Trainer form

Questions About Public Classes

San Diego Humane Society offers training classes and resources to address a variety of needs for companion animals.

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.

Our website includes a current schedule of training classes or call 619-299-7012, ext. 2398. 

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