Specialty Classes

Specialty Classes

Our specialty classes are designed to be fun, informative, and really take your dog’s behavior and training to the next level!

Please see Vaccination Requirements for all our classes below.

Grumpy Growlers

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

This class is designed for owners who have a challenging time walking their reactive dog on leash.  Grumpy Growlers are dogs that may whine, bark and lunge at the sight of other dogs.  Handlers will practice and be coached on strategies to manage their reactive dog with the goal of being able to enjoy long walks with your pooch.

The first class is a human-only orientation. Do not bring your dog to the first class.

Prerequisites: None.

Behavioral Appropriateness: This class is designed for dogs that are reactive to other dogs while on leash. If your dog has bitten another dog and/or person; been involved in several serious dog altercations involving injuries; barks, lunges and growls at people in your home; and/or barks, lunges and growls at people while on leash then this is not the class for you and your dog.  We recommend you pursue private training instead.  If you’re unsure if your dog will be behaviorally appropriate for this class, please contact us in advance at training@eastbayspca.org.

Price: 150.00 for the 5 week class

At this time we are only offering Grumpy Growlers at our Dublin Location.  If you’d like to be notified when we have this class scheduled and open for enrollment in Oakland, please let us know by contacting training@eastbayspca.org.

Intro to Nose Work

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

Nose work is an easy to learn activity that uses a dog’s natural abilities for hunting to find hidden treats, toys or other items. This game builds confidence and focus as the dog is rewarded for doing what comes naturally! It’s also a safe way to provide mental and physical exercise to all types of dogs. Handlers will learn about dog body language and how to motivate your dog, great tools for developing your relationship with your pet!

You and your dog will attend all 6 classes together.

Prerequisites: None.

Behavioral Appropriateness: Dogs work one at a time so this is a great class for dogs that are not comfortable around other dogs. Dogs must be crate trained and able to handle confinement in a crate between turns.

Price: 150.00 for the 6 week class

This class is not currently available; we anticipate holding a Intro to Nose Work / Intro to Odor class series during Summer, 2018.  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.

Intro to Odor

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

Introduction to Odor is a continuation of skills from our Intro to Nose Work Class. Dogs are taught to identify the first target odor, a natural essential oil.  Skills that each handler acquire from the class include search techniques, dog/handler teamwork and reading the dog’s body language during the search.

You and your dog will attend all 6 classes together.

Prerequisites: Dogs and handlers must have completed Intro to Nose Work and have instructor approval to register for this class.

Behavioral Appropriateness: Dogs work one at a time so this is a great class for dogs that are not comfortable around other dogs. Dogs must be crate trained and able to handle confinement in a crate between turns.

Price: 150 for the 6 week class

This class is not currently available; we anticipate holding a Intro to Nose Work / Intro to Odor class series during Summer, 2018.  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.

Continuing Nose Work

This class continues to advance the dog’s skills taught in the Introduction to Odor class. We will introduce exterior and vehicle searches and continue to increase the team’s skills at interior and container searches. Additionally, we will continue to enhance the handler’s skills for building better dog/handler teamwork. Dogs and handlers must have completed Intro to Odor and have instructor approval to register for this class.

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

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