Private Dog Training

Private training sessions are currently available online via Zoom and in-person at our Oakland location only. 

In addition to our robust Dog Training Classes, the East Bay SPCA also offers Private Training Sessions. In these sessions, one of our trainers will observe and work closely with you and your dog and make recommendations for training and management plans.

Initial Private Training Sessions Include

  • Discussion of your dog’s Intake Form (available below) and questions regarding the dog’s history and main behavior concerns.
  • Discussion of management techniques to prevent escalation of behavior.
  • Discussion of equipment and tools needed for both training and management.
  • Discussion of triggers, thresholds, learning theory, and body language.
  • Implementation of at least one training technique to help modify the main behavior concern.
  • Follow-up email with an outline of a training plan and additional notes and resources to help you move forward with training at home.

Additional Sessions Include

  • Troubleshooting issues at home and follow-up regarding the training assigned during the first session.
  • Adjustments to the training plan as needed.
  • Building on the existing training plan and introducing additional tools or techniques.

East Bay SPCA Locations

Private training sessions are currently available online via Zoom and in-person at our Oakland location only. 

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Private Training Pricing Information

  • In-Person Training (60-minute Session): $125.00
  • Pack of 3 In-person Training (60-minute Sessions): $345.00
  • Polite Pooch Reactivity Sessions* (45-minute Sessions): $85.00
  • Pack of 3 Polite Pooch Sessions* (45-minute Sessions): $230.00
  • Zoom Training (60-minute Session): $80.00
  • Pack of 3 Zoom Training Sessions (60-minute Sessions): $215.00

*Minimum of one (1) 60-minute Session required prior to signing up for Polite Pooch Sessions.

About Polite Pooch Sessions 

Putting Reactivity Skills into Practice: Our trainer will work with you and your dog at the level they are ready for. Instructors will set up situations to help you and your dog practice their skills in a controlled environment that matches their ability level.

If you are interested in booking a private training session with us but require a scholarship due to financial hardship, please contact us at

How to Register for Private Training

Please complete our Private Training Intake Form. We aim to be in touch with you within 72-hours to discuss our availability to take on new cases and scheduling an appointment.


Prepare for Your First Session by Having the Following

  • Your dog on a 6-foot leash and collar
  • Treats that your dog enjoys
  • A stuffed Kong or chewie to keep your dog occupied during the discussions

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