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Dog Classes and Workshops

Marin Humane’s Behavior &   Training team offers dogs training classes from beginning skills to advanced behaviors that will help you and your dog develop a great relationship. Our instructors use positive reinforcement to teach your dog a variety of skills including how to walk on a leash without pulling (ugh!), to sit or lie down quietly (ahhhh), to come when called and to wait at doors (yay!). In addition, we offer dog sport classes including agility (yippee!), scenting (hmmm), flyball and rally obedience (woohoo!).

NOTE:

  • Please review different Tabs below for various offerings as you progress in your training.
  • Is your class sold out? New classes, IF and WHEN available, will be posted on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 12:00pm so please check back with us!
  • Do you want to switch classes before the 48-hour cut off? If there is a class with openings, you can switch without penalty. We have no ability to hold credits, so you need a place to switch to!  Please reach out to ohbehave@marinhumane.org or 415-506-6280 to avoid the 10% cancellation fee.
  • If you require financial assistance for classes, you may qualify for our Pet Safety Net program.  https://www.marinhumane.org/get-help/safetynet/




101 - Puppies in the Park - Big and Bold

Join Puppies in the Park! This class is for pups approximately ages 14-20 weeks & between 16 and 30 pounds. These single-day events are held in the Marin Humane Parks. You and your dog will learn how to play with other dogs, how to interact with new environmental objects, and how to play with YOU. At least 2 sets of distemper/parvo shots are required (please confirm before signing up!) Please only sign up for one Puppies in the Park class per day. Each class is 45 minutes long for $25.  Classes will be held for mild weather (sprinkles for example). 
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Time
Instructor
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9:30 AM
Lorraine Wilson
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Sold Out
9:30 AM
Lorraine Wilson
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9:30 AM
Natacha Sittner
4 4

101 - Puppies in the Park - Tiny and Tender

Join Puppies in the Park! This class is for pups approximately ages 10-20 weeks & under 20 pounds. These single-day events are held in the Marin Humane Parks. You and your dog will learn how to play with other dogs, how to interact with new environmental objects, and how to play with YOU. At least 2 sets of distemper/parvo shots are required (please confirm before signing up!) Please only sign up for one Puppies in the Park class per day. Each class is 45 minutes long for $25.  Classes will be held for mild weather (sprinkles for example).  When available, classes will be moved indoors for more severe weather.  Your instructor will email the morning of the class to indicate the status of the class!
Date
Time
Instructor
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10:30 AM
Lorraine Wilson
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Sold Out
10:30 AM
Lorraine Wilson
0 0
Sold Out
10:30 AM
Natacha Sittner
3 3

102 - Family Dog 1 -

This group class is designed for dogs 4 months and older, any breed size. A beginning-level class teaching the fundamentals of good manners - sit, down, stay, come, polite greetings and walking, wait at doors, and leave it. Six week class for $200. Prefer a class just for small dogs? We offer the same beginning-level class for the little guys. Check out our Small Dog 1 class. A current dog license, rabies vaccine, and distemper/parvo shots are required (please confirm before signing up!). A 1-hour virtual orientation will be emailed about 1 week before the start of class and you will need to complete this and start some homework prior to the first class! If extenuating circumstances prevent us from having an in-person class, we may substitute it for a Zoom class! 
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Time
Instructor
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4:00 PM
Amy McPherson
2 2
11:00 AM
Ali Vorhies
8 8

106 - Bull Breed Basics

Are you a bully breed lover who would like to train with fellow bully enthusiasts and learn more about these unique dogs? This class is meant to give owners of Bully Breeds and Bully Breed mixes a head start on some basic attention and handler focus to get handler and dog ready for Family Dog 1.  This class is not a substitute for Family Dog 1, nor does every Bully Breed need this class. In this 3 week series, you will learn about some of the unique behaviors these breeds typically exhibit that can be interpreted as aggressive or rude.  Behaviors such as staring, rough play styles, and not allowing for customary personal space can all be misread and cause problems in the doggy world.  Taking this course will give you a little more support, give you skills and time to practice specific tools, and ensure you are comfortable when you begin Family Dog 1. Relevant breeds and breed mixes are: Boxers, Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers and Mastiffs. This 3 week series is $75 and is for dogs 4 months or older.  A 1-hour virtual orientation will be emailed and you will need to complete this and start some homework prior to the first class!  Overly reactive dogs are not suited for this class.  Please see Reactive Dog Consulting options here. 

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Time
Instructor
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1:00 PM
Marisa Walker
2 2

911B - Free Workshop - Wait You Are Leaving Me

Have you been at home with your dog for the past few months? Are you planning on heading back into the office in the near future? If you answered yes to both of those questions, this free course was made for you! This short course was designed to give our community the tools to prevent separation anxiety as we transition back to our old routines.

Though the date says 12/31/23, it’s available on-demand for whenever you want to watch it! When you register for this free course, you’ll also receive an email with some helpful resources. Please note that this course is designed for preventing and managing mild separation anxiety. If your dog has moderate to severe separation anxiety, you may want to schedule a consultation by emailing OhBehave@MarinHumane.org or calls us at 415-506-6280.
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Time
Instructor
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12:00 AM
ON DEMAND
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