Training Classes: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (AND ANSWERS)
Why should I enroll my dog in Obedience or Activity classes?
- Obedience classes are a wonderful way to learn proper handling techniques, problem solve through unwanted behaviors, and learn regularly used obedience cues. Cues including: Sit, Down, Stay, Come When Called, and many more…
- Activity classes provide options for owners who have already taken some form of obedience and want their dog to learn new skills or solidify old skills, in a fast paced and fun environment.
What is the training philosophy and how are classes structured?
- Our instructors approach training with reward-based methods, positive reinforcement and a genuine desire to help you and your pet succeed. Our obedience classes are designed to:
- Teach your dog to respond to all skill levels of obedience commands
- Help with common behavior questions and problems
- Improve your dog handling skills
- Enrich your relationship and bond with your dog
- All classes, with the exception of drop-in classes, meet for 1 hour each week for 5 week sessions. Classes will consist of instructor demonstrations, hands on training, fun exercises, and written homework is always provided.
If my dog completes one class, is this enough training?
- Training is a lifelong process and while one class will definitely teach you and your pet the building blocks for a life-long relationship. We highly recommend that every class participant continue their training through classes or other fun activities that promote well balanced and behaved dogs.
Are there discounts for classes?
- Yes! We offer special discounts for PHS adopters, active PHS volunteers, and promotional discounts for recurring clients: call for details.
My dog is aggressive; can he/she still participate in classes at PHS?
- If a dog displays extreme aggression toward people or other dogs, please contact our Behavior & Training Hotline, (626) 792-7151 ext. 155, to speak with an instructor and determine whether your dog is a good candidate for group classes.
- We currently offer specialized classes for dogs with leash reactivity and other forms of dog-dog arousal. For more information please call or visit our Reactive Rover class description by clicking here.