Dog Training
Santa Maria Campus

1687 West Stowell Road, Santa Maria, California 93458

Before you attend class, it is mandatory that you attend Introduction to Dog Training. These single-day sessions will help you understand what you can expect from our classes, and which class is right for you. Attendance is free for everyone and registration is not required.

Select a class below for more information, schedules, and registration.

Introduction to Dog Training

You can attend Introduction to Dog Training even if you are not interested in taking a class. It’s the perfect time for you to learn about positive reinforcement or to ask any dog training and behavior questions you may have. Attendance is free for anyone in the public and registration is not required. Simply show up at one of the days and times listed below.

Please DO NOT bring your dog to this class. It is meant for humans only.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, January 7th at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 AM

 

Refined Rover

Classes to encourage manners and safety for your family dog aged four months or older.

Imagine the staff at your veterinarian looking forward to a visit from your dog because he is an example of good behavior. This is the same dog you can stroll down the street and sit down with on an outdoor patio at a café, and he will rest beside you as you enjoy the sun. Most importantly, you no longer worry about him darting out the front door when you open it to retrieve your latest package.

In this five-week class, we will strive to provide basic skills to help you prevent common problems and train the behaviors you like. Learn skills that will enhance your relationship while setting both you and your dog up for a lifetime of success and desirable behavior.

Schedule

Important: The first class is an orientation. Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class.

Refined Rover participants can choose between two class times:

  • Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays at 10:00 AM

Please complete the registration form and we will contact you with the next available class start date.

Fees

Six Weeks   $125
Six Weeks (Recent  SMVHS Adopters)   $100

 

Reactive Rover

Classes to adjust maladaptive behavior in dogs.

You’re reading this because you need help. You may feel embarrassed by your dog’s behavior. Worse, you may be afraid of your dog’s reaction to new circumstances. We are here to help you lose that anxious feeling and identify ways to improve your dog’s behavior in the presence of triggers.

This class is designed for dogs who are reactive to other dogs, people, or objects while on a leash. We will focus on reducing anxiety, building coping skills, and improving behavior when in the presence of these triggers. We understand owners can often struggle not realizing what may make matters worse, so we will also focus on increasing handler skills and confidence.

Schedule

Important: The first class is an orientation. Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class.

Reactive Rover participants can choose between two class times:

  • Thursdays at 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays at 12:00 PM

Please complete the registration form and we will contact you with the next available class start date.

Fees

Six classes   $150
Six classes (Recent SMVHS Adopters)   $75

 

One-on-One Training Classes

Get individualized, one-on-one training for your dog.

We offer individual half-hour or one-hour training sessions.  These classes are primarily aimed at dogs who have a specific issue you would like to work on but don’t necessarily need or want to come to the group classes.

Training issues may include barking, poor leash manners, jumping up, etc. Please note: we do not offer one-on-one training for severe aggression problems.

Please complete the registration form and a trainer will contact you to discuss your individual needs, class fees, and available days and times.

IMPORTANT: Please download and complete the liability waiver HERE and bring it with you to your first class. En español, haga clic AQUÍ.

What to bring to class

  • Download and complete the liability waiver above and bring it with you to your first class.
  • Dogs must wear a flat collar or harness. Dogs MAY NOT wear choke chains, prong, or electric collars.
  • A six-foot, non-retractable leash.
  • Necessary vaccination records.
  • A hungry, but not famished dog.
  • Treats: A variety of your dog’s favorite treats, cut into very small pea-sized pieces that you can carry in a treat pouch or other suitable container that allows easy access when you are seated, standing, or walking. Please bring three different types of treats.
  • A treat pouch that you can wear, which is easy to put your hand in and will not make noise when you grab a treat.

Download the checklist HERE

If classes seem unaffordable, we still want to help. Email [email protected] for more information.

Policies & Guidelines

  • Adult dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations
  • Attendees must be accompanied by an adult if under 18
  • At least one adult present for every child under the age of 14
  • Attendees must wear closed-toed shoes
  • Please park in the back parking lot. The front lot will close at 5 PM, and any cars parked in that lot will be closed in.

COVID-19 Policies

  • Class participants must wear a face covering
  • Please practice social distancing and stay six feet from other participants
  • No more than two people from each family group can attend class
  • Please do not attend class if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or coughing.