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Dog Training Schedule

We offer a wide variety of classes to appeal to the interests and talents of many different types of people and dogs. Our class offerings range from behavior modification classes to classes for fun and competition.

Puppy Kindergarten

A "head start" for puppies - includes socialization and early training issues. This class provides shaping of basic manners, learning how to learn and vital early (pre-four month) play groups with dogs and people.

Early Puppy K is recommended by The American Veterinary Medical Association and by the American Society  of Veterinary Behaviorists.

We offer the AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program for all puppies in our classes. Participation is not required to attend classes. For more information on S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC brochure .

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes; class limited to 10 puppies. Puppies attend all classes.
Fee: $130 per puppy Family and friends are welcome to attend with puppies
Prerequisites: Please bring puppies on flat collars or harnesses and a 4 to 6 foot leash Please do not bring them on choke, prong or other correction collars or on retractible leashes
Dog Details: Puppies 10-16 weeks old,  two doses of the  basic distemper combination vaccine. Puppies do not have to have completed the puppy vaccine series and do not need the Rabies vaccine to attend class.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Monday 6:45 PM April 28-June 9 (no class 5/26) 1423 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI,CGC evaluator

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Puppy K-2

This class is a continuation of early puppy k. It adds a lot more obedience training but still includes pay periods during the class for adolescent socialization and development of good play manners. The obedience focus is on getting your puppy to understand walking on leash with you, getting reliable responsees to sit, down stay and come and working through adolescent challenges.

Class Details: The curriculum is designed to include training games that you can use on outings and at home to train your puppy.
Fee: $130.00 for 6 weekly classes.
Prerequisites: Puppies should be 4 to 10 months of age. It is helpful if they have completed and early puppy K class.  
Dog Details: Completion of the puppy distemper vaccine series is required.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration

No classes scheduled at this time.

Basic Obedience

Develop or refresh your handling skills and learn to control your dog while your dog learns the basic skills of self-control: Sit, Down, Stay, Stand, Wait, Leave It, Come, and Heel. This class addresses management and training for being a good companion.

The AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program for dogs under 1 year is available in Basic Obedience classes held Tuesday evenings, Friday mornings & for Saturday Small Dog. Participation is not required to attend the class. For more information on S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC brochure

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $130.00 per dog.  Family and friends are welcome at no extra charge 
Prerequisites: Please bring your dog on a flat collar, harness or head collar.  Do not bring dogs on a choke, prong or other correction collar. You will need a 4' to 6' training lead. No retractable leashes in class, please.
Dog Details: Dogs/puppies over 4 months of age.

 

Day Time Date       Class No. Instructor Registration
Friday 11:30 AM May 23-June 27 1433 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC evaluator
 Sunday  4:30 PM

 Apr. 27-June 8 (skip 5/25)

 1424  Birgit Hafermann, CPDT

 

Small Dog Basic Obedience

For dogs under 25 lbs. This version of our basic obedience will help you with special handling and management considerations for small to toy-sized dogs.

The AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY program is now offered with Tuesday sessions of this class for puppies under 1 year. Participation is not required to attend classes. For more information on the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, read the AKC brochure

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dog attend all classes.
Fee: $130 per dog. Friends and family are welcome at no extra charge
Prerequisites: Please bring your dog on a flat collar, harness or head collar.  Do not bring dogs on a choke, prong or other correction collar. You will need a 4' to 6' training lead. No retractable leashes in class, please.
Dog Details: Dogs under 25 lbs and over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Saturday 4:30 PM Apr.12-May 17 1413 Dee Iaroli,CPDT
Tuesday 6:45 PM April 29-June 3 1414 Lyla Foley, CBAC II

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Intermediate Obedience

Improve your dog's reliability by developing faster response rates and building reliability into the basic skills. Develop your dog's attention, attitude and accuracy. Going in the direction of off-leash work.

Class Details: Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $100.00 per dog
Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed a basic obedience course or have reasonably good responses to down, sit, stay and heel. Dogs must be able to work next to other dogs.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age. Best results if dog is over 6 months
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 6:45 PM

June 11-JUly 16

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Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC Evaluator

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Small Dog Intermediate Obedience

Small Dog Intermediate obedience follows the regular Intermediate class curriculum which allows you to improve upon your dog's foundation obedience skills and points you toward reliable off leash control. 

It offers a training environment exclusive to small dogs and allows troubleshooting of small dog specific behavior challenges-such as, alarm barking, fears and defensive behaviors.

Class Details: Improve your dog's reliability by developing faster response rates and building reliability into the basic skills. Develop your dog's attention, attitude and accuracy and go in the direction of off-leash work
Fee: $85.00 per dog. Class is specially priced for this session only.   Friends and family, no extra charge
Prerequisites: Your dog must have taken a basic obedience class or be fluent with Sit, Down, Stay and Come in a class setting.
Dog Details: Dogs should be over 6 months of age and have some class manners established. 
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 6:45 PM April 24-May 29 1434 Dee Iaroli, CPDT

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Novice Sport Obedience

This class is based on competition style obedience skills and will give you a foundation for obedience competitionand other precision work with your dog. These exercises also transfer into handy skills for everyday life with your dog and includes off leash work. Novice exercises include: Heel on leash, Heel Free, Figure 8, Stand for Examination, Fronts and Finishes, Recall from 30', Group Sit-Stay and Down-Stay for 3 minutes at distance. Sharpen your dog's responsiveness and enhance your off-leash control whether or not you are planning to campaign your dog. The class is taught by Nancy Frensley, who is an active and successful competitor in AKC obedience and other dog sports.

Class Details: The American Kennel Club and other registries are open to mixed breeds and all dogs of unknown ancestry for performance & competition events. Go to the AKC link for mixed breed registration information: http://www.akc.org/canine_partners/ Dogs do not have to be registered to take the class. Series of 6 one-hour classes. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $90 for a 6-week  class
Prerequisites: Dogs should  have completed an Intermediate obedience course and/or have reliable responses to down, sit, stay and heel. Dogs should be mature, friendly and safe with other dogs and people.
Dog Details: Over 1 year of age and vaccinated with basic distemper/parvo combination according to a veterinarian's protocols (variable vaccination OK). 

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No classes have been scheduled at this time.

Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
 Wednesday  6:30 PM Apr. 30-June 4  1430 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWI,CGC evaluator
Monday 8:00 PM June 16-July 21 1441 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWI,CGC evaluator  

 

Rally Obedience

For the connoisseur of dog training, rally obedience challenges you and your dog on flowing obedience courses that build great attention, good timing, and versatility.  This is a good class for both competition level and fun level training. All the basic, plus much more.

The American Kennel club and many other registries now welcome mixed breed dogs in all performance events.

 

Class Details:  This class is currently on a drop-in basis.  Come, enjoy and pay at class.  Class meets weekly.  Cost is $10 per dog for drop in.
Fee: 2014 Special:  Try  a 6-week Rally class for $75.  You might like it. We know your dog will! 
Prerequisites: Basic Obedience to a reliable level. Dogs must be able to be in class without being disruptive.

Dog Details:

Over 6 months of age. 

Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 8:00 PM

April 23-May28

Not drop in

1431 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWICGC evaluator

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Let's Just Walk

This class offers a series of exercises, which, if practiced will increase your dog's ability to focus on you and improve communication between handler and dog.  The goal is relaxed walking with the dog maintaining a slack leash.

Class Details: Series of 4-45 minute classes. Meets every other week . Dogs attend all classes The final class will be a field trip to a park to work in real-life situations. 
Fee: $90 for a 4-week class
Prerequisites: Dogs should have some basic obedience training and respond to Sit, Down & Stay.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration

No classes scheduled at this time

Dog Tricks And Useful Skills

Tricks are a great way to pass the time on the rainy days, when you are feeling blue or just anytime you want to get a happy feeling. Get your dog ready to entertain at holiday parties, pet therapy visits and give your dog a job at the same time.  In this class you will learn to capture, lure and shape your dog's natural behaviors into Shake, Hi 5, Play Dead, Beg, Rollover, Say a Prayer, get you a tissue, dig a hole and crawl.  

Class Details: Series of 4 one-hour classes that meets every other week. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $85 per dog  
Prerequisites: Dogs should have enough basic obedience skills to be able to focus during class. Ability to work off leash a plus.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Saturday 3:00 PM

May3- June 7

 

 1437 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWICGC evaluator

 

 

DWA-Orientation

This is the orientation session for Dogs With Attitude, a class designed to teach you and your dog techniques for changing dog-reactive behavior. Techniques and protocols used in this class will also help change your dog's behavior if practiced long-term.

Class Details: One 2-hour session: This orientation is for people only. It is a presentation that will give you solid, science-based information about your dog's behavior and will help you decide on a course of action that might include: taking the following six weeks of class, getting a private consult and customized training plan or continuing to work on your own. This session is mandatory for attendance at the other DWA sessions. DWA registration will not be accepted until the orientation is completed.NO DOGS MAY ATTEND THIS SESSION.
Fee: $10 per person Preregistration is required.  Payment is by check or cash at the session. 
Prerequisites: ATTENDANCE AT THE ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY TO ENROLL IN DWA CLASS. The class will start within two weeks after the orientation. We will open enrollment on orientation day.
Dog Details: Dogs taking this class should be over 1 year of age and be up to date on basic distemper combination and rabies vaccinations.    
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Tuesday 6:45 PM April 8  1416 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWICGC evaluator

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Dogs With Attitude - DWA

This class focuses on dog to dog aggression and leash reactivity. It takes commitment and skill to change such strong, driven behaviors so we immerse you and your dog in helpful techniques and routines. This is a group behavior modification class that requires attendance at a no-dogs orientation before admission. Some dogs may elect to have a private evalution or consult before the class begins or during it. Although it is not suitable for dogs aggressive toward humans, we offer private consultations and behavior plans to address those situations.

Class Details: Series of 5-forty-five minute classes, plus a 2 hour orientation. Meets every other week to allow time to master behavior. The first session is a dog-free orientation which will enable you to decide if this is the right class for you.
Fee: $215
Prerequisites: You must attend the orientation session in order to participated in the class.
Dog Details: One year old or older.  A maximum of six dogs are allowed in this class.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
 Tuesday  6:45 PM April 22, May 6& 20, June 3 & 17  1417 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2,CNWI, CGC evaluator

Canine Good Citizen Class & Certification

This class will prepare you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. This title and certification are bestowed by the American Kennel Club and show that your dog can handle real life activities, people and other dogs in a calm and safe way. This class gives you an opportunity to practice all ten exercises required for the CGC. All who pass the test receive a certificate from American Kennel Club and are entitled to wear CGC insignia. This is a must for potential service and therapy dogs.

The test is open to all dogs (mixed or purebred). The class is not a pre-requisite for taking the test. Day of test entries taken.

Class Details: Series of 3 one-hour classes plus the test. Dogs attend all sessions.
Fee: $95 (test only - $15)
Prerequisites: Dogs should have good basic obedience foundation. Test may be taken without the class.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Tuesday 6:45 PM

May 27-July 8

This session meets every other week.

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Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI,

CGC  Evlauator

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Canine Good Citizen Certification (Test Only)

All who pass the test receive a certificate from American Kennel Club and are entitled to wear CGC insignia. This is a must for potential service and therapy dogs.

The test is open to all dogs (mixed or purebred). The class is not a pre-requisite for taking the test. Day of test entries taken.

Download The Ten Tests of the Canine Good Citizen

Class Details: The test is done on a drop in basis.  Preregister here and then pay at the door.  You will need to bring your dog on a regular flat collar (no choke, prong or other correction collars, please) or non-restrictive harness. Bring your own brush if you prefer for the appearance and grooming test.
Fee: $15 We will send a Paypal invoice in advance of the test.  It should be paid before the test date.
Prerequisites: Dog should be adequately trained in the test exercises. 
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Saturday

12:15 PM

April 26 1428T Pamela Wu,CBACII,CGC evaluator
Tuesday

 6:45 PM

July 8  1438T Nancy Frensley, CPDT,CAP2,CNWI,CGC Evlauator

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Outwitting Your Dog

Explore a variety of techniques to resolve jumping up, running away,lunging, plunging, piracy and plundering as well as other unruly behavior. Four weeks to doggie Zen. This is focused training for exuberant, but not aggressive,pooches. This class will challenge you and your dog and you will get results.

Class Details: Series of 4 one-hour classes that meet every other week. Dogs attend all classes.
Fee: $90.00 per dog
Prerequisites: None.
Dog Details: Over 4 months of age and up-to-date vaccines.  
Day Time Dates Class No. Instructor Registration
Tuesday 8:00 PM May 6-June 17 1440 Nancy Frensley, CPDT-KA, CAP2, CNWI

 

 

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Introduction to Nosework

Harness your dog's natural instincts and desire to hunt and use his nose with techniques similar to those used to train detection dogs. 

You and your dog will have fun, build confidence and use mental and physical energy during class and during homework sessions. The intro class focuses on interior and container searches.  Workshops for special types of searches will be offered to students who complete the Introduction to Nosework class.

Instructor Nancy Frensley is a Certified Nosework Instructor of the National Association of K-9 Scentwork (NACSW) and offers a class curriculum that is suitable to prepare your dog for nosework competitions as well as  for fun. 

Class Details: Six week class for dogs 4 months and older. Each class is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes long, depending on the size of the class.  Dogs will work individually in the class format.  While it's helpful to have a dog that is highly food or toy motivated, it's not necessary.  Sometimes dogs just have to "find" their abilities to enjoy them.
Fee: $100.00 for a six week class
Prerequisites: Vaccinations: Your dog must be current on DHLPP and Rabies.  If you have taken a class with us within the last year, you do not need to submit a vaccination form. Prerequisites: Dogs in this class must be able to stay in a crate out of sight of their owners for short periods of time.
Dog Details: Ages: 4 months and older
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 8:00 PM

June 5-July 10

1443 Nancy Frensley CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC evaluator

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K-9 Nosework-Introduction to Odor

This is the second stage of Nosework. In this stage, we introduce a target odor. Using the guidelines of the National Association of Canine Scentwork, we introduce the essential oil of Birch, also recognized as Wintergreen. The dog will learn to identify this scent and locate the highest concentration of it.

Class Details: Once odor has been introduced, the dog is no longer searching for food. We will also work on procedures for passing the Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and trialing procedures. If you want to do this for fun, once you learn how to introduce odor, you can teach your dog find a number of different scents Nancy Frensley, CNWI is a certified nosework instructor of the National Association      
Fee: $100.00 per 6 week session.
Prerequisites: Dog must have taken Introduction to Nosework with any nosework instructor.
Dog Details: Dogs must be over 4 months of age and vaccinated.  Puppies and young dogs ok if they can stay calmly in your car. Your car/truck must be adequately ventilated so that your dog is not uncomfortable.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Thursday 6:30 PM

May 1-June 12

Skip 5/22

1435 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC evaluator

 

Nosework-Continuing

If you have taken Introduction to Nosework and/or Introduction to Odor, these two hour sessions will give you practice, or introduce you and your dog to both vehicle search and exterior search. Emphasis will be on recognition of finds and handling.

Class Details: Vehicle search will be done on a regular 4' to 6'  leash.  Exterior search will be done on a long line.  The long line will be provided or you can bring your own.  These sessions usually take place off site and dogs will stay in cars or crates when not working. Crates will not be provided but you may bring your own.  Dogs already on odor will work odor and dogs not on odor will search for food.      
Fee: $15 per dog per session payable by paypal invoice or by check at the class session.
Prerequisites: Dog must have taken Introduction to Nosework with any nosework instructor.
Dog Details: Dogs must be over 4 months of age and vaccinated.  Puppies and young dogs ok if they can stay calmly in your car. Your car/truck must be adequately ventilated so that your dog is not uncomfortable.

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Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration

Crate Training Workshop-Free

Learn how to teach your puppy or adult dog to go willingly into a crate and remain quiet and peaceful while crated. Crate training greatly enhances house training efforts as well as being a good tool for use in many behavior adjustment programs. 

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Class Details: We use pattern  games to get dogs and puppies to rush into their crates and wait for permission to come out.  Crate games habituate your dog to crating and add to the list of manners your dog has.  A dog that is crate tolerant is a manageable and mobile dog. This class is a one-time, 1 1/2  hour session.
Fee: Free, but Pre-registration  is required.  We require 4 registrations to hold class. Crates will be provided or you can bring your own. 
Prerequisites: Puppies must be over 10 weeks and have at least two of the puppy vaccinations (proof required at door).  Adult dogs should  have up to date vaccinations.
Dog Details: If your dog has an aggression problem with either people or dogs, please check with the training department before enrolling.  Email training@berkeleyhumane.org or call (510) 845-7735, ext 215

 

Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 6:45-8:15PM April 16 1429 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC evaluator
Tuesday 6:45-8:15 PM May 13 1439 Nancy Frensley, CPDT, CAP2, CNWI, CGC evaluator

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Clicker Savvy for Cat Training

In this 2-hour seminar style class, learn clicker basics: Principles of Operant Conditioning, Mechanical Skill of Clicker Use,How to shape a behavior from nothing to a behavior that happens reliably on cue. Includes teaching cats to work with targets. 

Class Details: We use natural and trick behaviors to develop skills along with slides, videos and discussion. This curriculum will prepare the human to work with a cat at home to teach tricks and useful behaviors (such as go to a specific place when asked).  
Fee: $25.00
Prerequisites: This is a class for people only.  Cats learn best in a familiar environment. 
Pet  Details: No cats will attend.

We are preparing to debut this class in Summer, 2014

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Dog Tricks-2

This class is a continuation of Dog Tricks and Useful skills for the former trick student or anyone who has some tricks in development and wants to move forward with guidance and coaching. It will increase communication between dog and handler and further develop each dog's IQ.

Class Details: The class will meet for 4 sessions, every other week.  It is primarily a clicker class.  In the first tricks class the students worked on mastering mechanical skill with the clicker and rewards and shaping behaviors.  This section will work on criteria changes, makeing clean cues and geting trick behaviors to flow.  New behaviors are invited.
Fee: $75 for dogs.  No charge for the people
Prerequisites: Dogs will need reasonable obedience and focus since they will be working off lead much of the time.  Handlers should have some skill with the clicker or verbal markers and good control over their dogs.
Dog Details: Dogs should be over 8 months of age and be current on vaccinations.

No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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