Calling all canines and pet parents! January is “National Train Your Dog Month,” which celebrates the importance of giving dogs the structure and routine they thrive on, through positive reinforcement training.
Start the New Year off on the right paw with new and enlightening dog training classes, now available at San Diego Humane Society.
Whether you have a spry puppy, active adolescent or seasoned senior, classes are available for all skill levels to help you and your pet better understand one another.
- Puppy Fun Class: This class is designed to meet the training and socialization needs of pups that are 8-18 weeks of age.
- Head Start: This introductory-level course covers basic obedience, good manners, and addresses training areas of immediate concern for dogs 18 weeks and up.
- Moving On Up: This class focuses on differentiating verbal cues from hand signals as well as adding distance and duration to all behaviors learned in Head Start.
- Canine Good Citizen: This intermediate-level class prepares you and your dog to become a valued member of the community by earning your Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
- Loose Leash Walking: Teach your dog to trot attentively by your side and walk nicely on-leash in any situation.
- Rapid Recall: Learn what it takes to have your dog reliably come when called, all the time, any time.
- Shy Dog: An introductory-level course designed for dogs that are overwhelmed by their environment. This class focuses on building trust between you and your dog, as well as boosting your dog's confidence through positive reinforcement training.
“Positive reinforcement training yields a multitude of benefits for both you and your dog. It’s the most effective and humane way to help your dog understand what you expect from them. And, equally as important, it teaches them what they can expect from you in return – like treats, praise and belly rubs,” says Shauna Romero, Community Training Coordinator at San Diego Humane Society. “This mutual understanding creates a well-behaved pet and also builds a healthier, happier bond between you and your dog.”
About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit www.sdhumane.org.