Advanced Classes

Intermediate & Advanced Classes

Our Intermediate and Advanced classes are designed for those who are committed to their dog’s ongoing education.  Just like with children, our dogs need more than one class if they’re going to have a lifetime of good manners.  These classes are great for those who are continuing on from the beginner level, those looking for a refresher and those looking for a new training challenge!

Please see Vaccination Requirements for all our classes below.

Learn how you can save more on your dog’s education by “bundling” your Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Level classes together!

Puppy Kindergarten – Part 2

4 week class – For puppies who are between 6-11 months old on the first day of class.

Now that you have a basic vocabulary with your canine companion, we’re going test his/her skills using real life distractions. This class focuses on strengthening existing behaviors while learning new ones, such as focus and impulse control; these are skills every “teenage puppy” needs to learn. Learn how to troubleshoot challenging situations and achieve the desired behavior from your growing pup.

You and your pup will attend all 4 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any intro level course such as Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, Older Puppy Kindergarten, Mind Your Manners Part 1, or any similar class from another training school.

Price: 125.00 for the 4 week class

Mind Your Manners – Part 2

4 week class – For puppies and dogs that are 6 months and older by the first day of class.

Now that you have a basic vocabulary with your canine companion, test his/her skills using real life distractions. Learn how to troubleshoot challenging situations and achieve the desired behavior from your dog. This class focuses on strengthening existing behaviors while learning new ones, such as focus and impulse control.

You and your dog will attend all 4 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any beginner level course such as Mind Your Manners Part 1, Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, or another similar class from another training school.

Price:  125.00 for the 4 week class

Tricks for Fun

5 week class – For puppies and dogs that are 6 months and older by the first day of class.

Does your dog need something to do? Are you looking for different ways to play with your dog? If you answered yes, then Tricks for Fun is a great way to continue your dog’s education!

Learning new things can help your dog calm down, gain focus, develop confidence and give much needed mental stimulation and exercise. Working together with your dog is a great way to develop a deeper relationship while also giving your dog a job to do!  In this class we’ll explore the various techniques to teach your dog some fun tricks, including: spin & twirl, shake, roll over, and targeting an object (e.g. teach your dog to ring a bell). The last night of class will be a “talent” show of what you and your dog have learned.

You and your dog will attend all 5 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any beginning level course such as Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, Older Puppy Kindergarten, Mind Your Manners Part 1, or any similar class from another training school.

Price:  $150.00 for the 5 week class

This class is not currently available.  If you’d like to be notified when we have this class scheduled and open for enrollment, please let us know by contacting training@eastbayspca.org.

Canine Good Citizen (Prep & Test)

5 week class – For puppies and dogs that are 6 months and older by the first day of class.

Our Canine Good Citizen class is designed to practice the 10 test items you and your dog must pass in order to receive the AKC CGC certificate.  The test includes meeting novel people politely, accepting petting and grooming, walking nicely on a loose leash alone and through a crowd, demonstrating Sit, Down, Stay, and Come, meeting another leashed dog, remaining calm during sight and sound distractions and being separated from owner for 3 minutes.  On the last day of class, a certified AKC CGC evaluator will conduct the test and determine at that time whether your dog has passed the test.

You and your dog will attend all 5 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any intro level class such as Mind Your Manners Part 1, Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, Older Puppy Kindergarten, or another similar class from another training school. Dogs are most successful when they’ve taken a Part 1 and Part 2 class before attending our CGC class.

Price:  $150.00 for the 5 week class

This class is not currently available.  If you’d like to be notified when we have this class scheduled and open for enrollment, please let us know by contacting training@eastbayspca.org.

Rocket Recall

3 Week Class – For puppies and dogs that are 6 months and older by the first day of class.

Do you find yourself calling your dog to come over and over again? Is your dog unreliable off leash? Are you longing to take your dog to the beach or on a trail, but are nervous about taking that first step and unclipping the leash?

You are not alone! Teaching your dog to come around distractions like squirrels, other dogs, and people takes time and practice. This class will share the secrets of getting a rocket recall, give you tips and tricks to motivate your dog, and show you how to properly practice at home for the best results!

You and your dog will attend all 3 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any beginner class like Mind Your Manners Part 1, Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, or another similar beginning level class.

Price: 75.00 for the 3 weeks

This class is not currently available.  If you’d like to be notified when we have this class scheduled and open for enrollment, please let us know by contacting training@eastbayspca.org.

Holiday Manners Crash Course

3 week class – For puppies and dogs that are 5 months and older by the first day of class.

Are you and your dog ready for holiday visitors and visits? If not, we’ve got the help you need! This course is designed to refresh your dog’s manners just in time for the holidays. The behaviors taught in this class are particularly useful when guests arrive; they also help when dinner is being prepared, being served, and for those times when a tasty morsel hits the ground. Hoping to impress family and friends? We’ll even help your dog learn a cute parlor trick so s/he can show off! This course is a great choice for dogs who have already been to a beginning level class, even if they may need a refresher. Behaviors Introduced: Doorbell training, go to bed (during dinner and when you open the door), polite greetings (sit and stay), leave it (for when tasty morsels hit the floor), preventing counter-surfing, and even a cute parlor trick that you can show off to family and friends!

You and your dog will attend all 5 classes together.

Prerequisites: Any beginning level course such as Puppy Kindergarten Part 1, Older Puppy Kindergarten, Mind Your Manners Part 1, or any similar class from another training school.

Behavioral Appropriateness: If your dog does not get along with other dogs and/or barks incessantly at the sight of other dogs, s/he may not be appropriate for class. Extremely fearful dogs may also have a hard time in the group class environment. Please contact us in advance at training@eastbayspca.org if you’re unsure if your dog will be behaviorally appropriate for this class.

Price: $75.00 for the 3 week class

This class is only offered during the holiday season.  If you’d like to be added to our wait list for when we have this class available, please let us know by contacting training@eastbayspca.org.

Vaccination Requirements

We are dedicated to the safety of all the dogs that attend classes, therefore we ask you to have at least 2 DH2PP vaccines before coming into any class. This shot should include Distemper and Parvo. We encourage a Bordetella vaccination, but it is not a requirement. For dogs 4+ months old, we also ask that your rabies vaccination be up to date. Please bring in your vaccination papers to your first class.

We do strongly recommend that you vaccinate your canine companion against the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV).  For more information on CIV talk with your veterinarian or visit our Canine Influenza Virus information page

“Bundle” Discount for Beginner & Advanced Classes

We offer a 15% “bundle” discount when you purchase a 5-week beginner level class and a intermediate/advanced level, Part 2 class at the same time.  For example, if you register for Puppy Kindergarten – Part 1 and Puppy Kindergarten – Part 2 at the same time, you will receive the 15% discount on both classes.  We offer this discount to encourage you to commit to your dog’s ongoing education!  To take advantage of this discount, contact training@eastbayspca.org for the special coupon code to enter at checkout.

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