Group Classes - Levels

Group Classes

Groups are usually held weekly same day/same time and the same location for the duration of the course.  Click on a box below for course details, pricing, schedules and registation.

To see class descriptions, or go to a specific page on the site, hover of "Group Classes" (white on black background, upper left) you will see a list of all our classes, click the one you want to get descriptive information about the class :-D

Don't wait until the last minute... class registration closes 24 hours before the start, or when it is full.  Call the office at 818 996 3647 if you have any trouble enrolling.

Not sure how to choose? Scroll down to Learn more about how to place your dog in the proper class.

How to Select the right class for your dog

  • Puppy Socializing and Manners class is for healthy PUPPIES from 11 weeks to 5 months with at least 2 sets of vaccines, no parasites, should join a Puppy Socializing and Manners class. Proof of 2 sets of vaccines, Bortedella for Kennel cough vaccine, and a clear fecal test is required for participation.

    • Remember socializing is super important before 5 months of age, if your pup left the litter and mom early, under 8 weeks.

    • Pups under 11 weeks should do a private session for potty training, biting nipping and chewing issues.

    • Private sessions are for owners and pups who need a more definitive plan for biting, nipping, chewing, potty training, or separation anxiety. Also for any problem behaviors or aggression.

  • Look at Beginner level below if:

    • If your pup is under 5 months, and has already been socialized with 25-50 different people and dogs (varied colors, ages, sizes, smells... and not just the ones you live with).

    • If you don't need help with biting, nipping, chewing and potty training...

  • Beginner Obedience - pup should be at least 3 months and have 3 sets of shots. Sometimes financial reasons prevent students from doing both courses, if you need to choose between these levels, Beginner obedience is the most crucial.

    • If you have already dealt with the above puppy issues, do Beginner obedience.

    • If you have an older dog or an older pup enroll in a Beginner group!

    • With an Adult dog or older pup, if you are having biting, nipping, chewing and potty training issues, schedule a private session;

    • Start with Beginner if you have an adult dog, or pup that is friendly with people and dogs, and you haven't done a class yet, but are past the puppy issues. Puppy class doesn't replace beginner, it is a supplement.

    • Pick beginner level, even if you have a little training already! You and your dog will need to learn how we train in general to do our classes and be able to keep up.

  • Choose a private session if:

    • your dog has a socializing, training or behavior problem not covered in the classes. Separation Anxiety, Barking, excessive fear, house soiling, feces eating, stealing things, keep away, eating everything, dog aggression, human aggression, guarding issues, possessive over toys of food, problems with nails or grooming, destructive behavior,

    • you only need help in a specific area

    • you just need a one time session to get up to speed on our techniques to participate in class

    • your dog is not friendly with other dogs or people.

  • Growly class:

    • Dogs in group class must not show any aggression toward dogs or people, even in Growly group, prior training is required privately.

    • Reactive dogs (barking and lunging on leash at dogs, but not necessarily aggressive) must do private first.

    • If you were referred to us by a known trainer who has recommended our classes as part of your ongoing training (potentially a Growly class), then we may consider your enrollment without a private session :-D.

  • Intermediate level or higher, even though you haven't taken our classes? You know your dog already knows the material at a particular level:

    • You may register for the appropriate level, BUT you must understand how to train using an event marker/clicker and fade rewards. If you need to get that part first you may opt for a private session to fill in the 'holes'... We hope this will help you decide how to choose! If your dog is not appropriate for that level and you register for it, you may not be able to get a refund. It is a good idea to set up a private session with a trainer to get up to speed with the current group, or an evaluation only if you are really certain you know all the material in level(s) prior.

  • Tricks Levels - the levels are designed to do in order but if your dog already knows most of the tricks in level one there is no reason not to do level 2! If you want to do a different level, feel free to join the one you like

  • Nosework Levels - These classes are progressive. Once they begin students often continue with the group for months unless we dont have enough continuing on to have a group, Then, those students move to the next logical place to complete their training and we add a group. We only do two classes a week, so if you miss one starting, it is worth it to do some private to catch up with the group, if it just began and there is room. If not, get on the mailing list for updates!