Furry Friends Rescue does not endorse any of the trainers or facilities listed below. We do highly recommend and feel it is crucial for you, your entire family, and your new puppy or dog to attend dog training to ensure you learn how to train your dog while socializing them with other dogs/people.
Puppies must attend puppy training classes between the ages of 12-18 weeks. Please call or visit any of the trainers listed below and work with the one you feel most comfortable with. We are providing this list as we truly believe that a well behaved animal is a joy to share your life with. Both you and your pet will benefit from this training and the time you share together.
Puppy and Adult Group Lessons
Locations: Throughout the bay area, call to find a site nearest you. Dr. Ian Dunbar is a nationally published author of many dog training books and videos.
A nation-wide list of dog trainers.
We recommend working with trainers who use positive reinforcement / reward based training only. Avoid the use of shock, choke or pinch collars.
Avoid any trainer who tells you to yell, hit, shock, jerk the leash, throw things at, use a pinch or choke collar on your dog OR if they forbid you to use food in the training.
Scotty, Adopted 2008
The highest bite accidents are with kids 2-7 years old. 70% of dog bite victims are children. Kids 12 years & under need 100% supervision. Also, one of the highest reasons for dog returns or abandonment, are due to new babies or young kids. Please be committed for life. Learn about dog & kid safety and training first.
2427 Pratt Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Puppy Socials - Saturday
Discount to FFR adopters for training classes & socials.
Cheryl Johnson Collett
Private training/behavior modification for a variety of problems including aggression towards people and dogs Group classes.
East Bay SPCA Dublin, Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, Metro Dog - Richmond. Agility for fun. Obedience class for pups, adult dogs, small dogs.
Tell a Tail Dog Training
Group classes - puppy, adult, agility for fun, k9 nosework, Canine Good Citizen; private consultations available for manners, obedience and behavior problems.
Group classes at Livermore Country Pet Hospital; Private consultations in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Tracy and surrounding areas. Agility classes in Pleasanton and San Jose. NOW OFFERING K9 NOSEWORK CLASSES IN LIVERMORE, FREMONT(parks and rec) AND SAN JOSE (Downtown Dogs).
Vicki Ronchette, CPDT
San Lorenzo, Casto Valley, Dublin
Classes including Conformation, Puppy Preschool, Beginning through Advanced Obedience and Manners, Intermediate Obedience, Rally O, Competition Obedience, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep and Test, Agility Fun and Games, Canine Body Language as well as Toy and Small Dog Social Play Groups. Private training also available.
Brian Sullivan, CTC
One-hour group off-leash outings, private training consults and behavior modification, and group classes at Piedmont Adult School.
1-to-1 in-home training using Amichien Bonding, the training philosophy developed by Jan Fennel, the original dog listener.
Learn how to have your dog elect you as "Leader of the Pack."
Call or Text 510-342-9364
Sunday classes at Pet Food Express, Fremont
2045 Woodard Rd.,
San Jose, CA 95124
408-267-7606 or 800-436-4443
Variety of group classes (puppies thru adults to advanced classes), private in-home training. Dawna covering needs ranging from basic obedience to aggression and Pit Bull Terriers training. Dawna is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen tests, and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Canine Behavior Counselor (Discount to FFR adopter)
Specializing in the Child-Dog relationship, training & agility
831-768-9803 or 408 335-8745
Watsonville to Santa Cruz and surrounding areas
Group Classes - Private Lessons - Behavior Problems - Board & Train
Classes offered: agility, fly ball, tracking, freestyle, pet-assisted therapy, rally, etc. Nancy also offers group and private training for special interests such as multi-dog households, grooming the "fluffy" puppy, clicker training and conformation training.
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Cupertino
Puppy and adult group lessons, private lessons, tricks class.
San Jose, Los Gatos
Mary Beth Howard
Private and group training, pet walking, pet sitting.
Throughout the bay area, call to find site nearest you.
Agility classes in Morgan Hill
Canine Family Integration and Education Instructors
San Jose, CA 408-292-4280
Daphne Robert-Hamilton, CPDT
Morgan Hill, CA 408-857-2468
Puppy and adult group training, private behavior consultations, specializing in problem dogs.
In-home training, specializing in problem dogs.
Stacy Braslau-Schneck, Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Puppy and adult group classes, expert personal training, private lessons, baby preparation, tricks class.
San Jose area; visit the website to find site nearest you.
Mark & Kelly Helsing
Supervised day care for dogs
564 West San Carlos Street, San Jose
Group obedience and agility classes
Canine Behavior Counselor / Training Instructor
Sport dog trainer, Dog-Kids training, Behavior counseling
Wendy teaches rally obedience, puppy manners, basic manners, tricks, CGC, growly dog and other classes in Los Gatos, Redwood City, San Carlos. Private training also available.
Cerena's PAWSitive Effect
In-home sessions for: fear of people/dogs, thunderstorms/other phobias. Aggression toward strangers, children, dogs, cats, guests, family members, household pets. Guarding self, food, territory and other resources. Compulsive behaviors, destruction of property, house soiling, barking and running away.
SIRIUS Puppy Training, Trainer
Palo Alto & Sunnyvale
From puppy/dog obedience training, crabby canine to dog sports (agility, flyball, disc) and conformation lessons.
12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94401
Whether you've just adopted a dog and want to get off on the right paw, or you want a refresher course for your longtime companion, PHS/SPCA companion dog training courses are ideal. We hold year-round Puppy Classes, Level I, and Intermediate obedience classes. In addition, we're offering dog training geared for children and dog training conducted in Spanish. Classes are 6 one-hour sessions and limited to 12 dogs. Discounts are available for dogs adopted from PHS/SPCA, and for seniors.
Puppy manners, puppy intermediate, dog basic training, dog basic real world manners, manners at home, the civilized canine, growly dog, intro flyball, flyball II, agility classes
San Francisco SPCA > Behavior & Training
Group classes: pup, adult, agility, freestyle, competition obedience. Pup and small dog socials. Private lessons.
San Francisco, Menlo Park, Redwood Shores
Puppy training and socials
Owned and run by SF SPCA certified dog trainers and instructors, Aishe Berger and Stephanie Miller.
We will personnaly pick up each puppy at your home, bring them to a safe, indoor space in SOMA for 2 hours of play, and then drop them back off at home.
Group puppy classes covering all puppy issues and socialization. Wine and cheese happy hour play session for pups and small dogs.