Group Classes

Group classes are an excellent way to train your dog around other pups and distractions. Our class sizes are limited to allow for personal attention and instruction. We train using only positive reinforcement methods, meaning our instruction is motivational, reward-driven and fear-free. (No e-collars, electronic devices or choke collars.) Our curriculum includes Puppy & Beginner classes, Intermediate, Tricks and Therapy Dog certification training. (Please note that not all classes are offered at the same time.) Everyone registered in one of our classes receives a clicker, weekly handouts and materials for follow-up practice, and online video support.

NOTE: ALL PUPPIES AND DOGS ENROLLING IN CLASSES AT EAST BAY DOG SPOT MUST HAVE PROOF OF UP-TO-DATE VACCINATIONS, INCLUDING DISTEMPER/PARVO, BORDETELLA (KENNEL COUGH) AND RABIES, IF APPLICABLE.

NO DOG CAN BE ADMITTED INTO THE TRAINING CENTER WITHOUT PROOF OF CURRENT VACCINATIONS! - PLEASE CHECK VET RECORDS BEFORE ATTENDING YOUR FIRST CLASS.

Classes meet once per week at the same time starting on the dates shown below.

Payment for group classes will be made with a valid credit card at the time of registration. Payments are non-refundable.

REGISTERING 2 DOGS FOR CLASS?
FILL OUT 2 SEPARATE REGISTRATIONS AND PAY SEPARATELY.

COVID UPDATE:
ALL NON-VACCINATED STUDENTS MUST WEAR MASKS INSIDE THE TRAINING CENTER.

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Positive Puppy Training

6-Week Class | $160

Puppies must be between 11 weeks and 5 months of age at start of the class.

NOTE: Dogs MUST be current on Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper/Parvo & Rabies vaccinations (if age applicable) to be in this class. Vet records must be shown at the first class. 

This class incorporates puppy socialization, crate and potty training, and addresses such typical puppy problems as nipping, biting, barking, jumping and chewing, replacing unwanted behaviors with desirable manners and simple obedience skills.  By starting puppy training early, owners learn how to facilitate the all-important bonding and communication process in a non-stressful environment. Our positive reinforcement methods utilize hand signals, verbal cues and clickers to teach puppies attention focus, as well as how to sit, lie down, come when called, behave politely in public and at home, how to walk on leash without pulling, and how to train a reliable leave it/drop it. Weekly practice handouts and videos ensure success.  Graduation includes a certificate for achievements well done!

BEGINNER BASICS

Beginner Basics Training

6-Week Class | $160

Dogs must be 5 months of age or older at the start of the class.

NOTE: Dogs MUST be current on Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper/Parvo & Rabies vaccinations to be in this class. Vet records must be shown at the first class.

This class emphasizes better owner-dog communication through hand signals, verbal cues and clickers as we train attention focus skills, sit, down, come when called, leave it / drop it, loose leash walking, and the introduction to stay. Weekly review exercises, training materials and practice assignments help owners stay on track both at home and away as their dogs learn manners are for everywhere!  This class also covers how to correct undesirable behaviors such as jumping, rushing the doorbell and running off.  Weekly practice handouts and support videos ensure success.  Graduation includes a certificate for achievements well done! NOTE:  This class is ideal for newly-adopted or rescue dogs of any age.

Puppy/Beginner 101 Training

6-Week Class | $160

This is a blended class for puppies & dogs of any age above 11 weeks of age at the start of the class

NOTE: Dogs MUST be current on Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper/Parvo & Rabies vaccinations (if age applicable) to be in this class. Vet records must be shown at the first class.

Group Classes Puppy-Beginner 101

Our popular Puppy & Beginner classes cover all essential manners, socialization and basic obedience skills for a well-behaved family puppy or dog. Curriculum covers attention focus and impulse control, use of the clicker, sit, down, come when called, leave it, drop it, loose leash walking and introduction to stay. Owners learn hand signals, verbal cues, canine communication techniques, and how to use clickers for excellent results. Also covered are such typical problems as: jumping, nipping, chewing, barking, dogs not listening, hyper-activity issues, and how to teach a reliable “settle” command. At graduation, participants receive a Certificate of Completion for their dog. This class sets the stage for our Intermediate "Beyond the Basics" class which takes training to a whole new level!

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Beyond The Basics (Intermediate)

5-Week Class | $160

This class is for dogs who have completed their Puppy/Beginner training skills

NOTE: Dogs MUST be current on Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper/Parvo & Rabies vaccinations (if age applicable) to be in this class. Vet records must be shown at the first class.

We call this class “Beyond the Basics” because it takes dogs’ training to new levels. Prepare to be amazed as your dog masters the art of reliable recalls past food and toys, stays with distance, distractions and duration, park it (place), heeling, wait, take it, and so much more. "Beyond the Basics" intermediate-level classes are open to handlers whose dogs have completed "Puppy/Beginner 101," work well around other dogs, and are ready to continue their education with impressive new skills. This is the class that gives people a well-behaved dog outside the house and everywhere they go!

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Quick Tricks Class

4-Week Class | $100

Note: all puppies and dogs enrolling in classes at East Bay Dog Spot must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations, including distemper/parvo, Bordetella and rabies, if applicable. No dog can be admitted into the training center without these – please check vet records before first class.

“Dog’s Got Talent!” Of course they do, and this is the class to bring it out. Prepare to laugh and be entertained as you teach your pup how to be a star in the spotlight. Whether it’s Bow, Roll Over, Spin/Unwind, Say Your Prayers or weaves through legs, there’s no limit to what your dog can learn. Sign up now for this popular 4-week class and learn tricks guaranteed to impress family and friends alike!

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Therapy Dog Class

6-Week Class | $175

Note: all puppies and dogs enrolling in classes at East Bay Dog Spot must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations, including distemper/parvo, Bordetella and rabies, if applicable. No dog can be admitted into the training center without these – please check vet records before first class.

In this 6-week course, students will be taught all-important social and behavioral aspects of training a therapy dog.   Skills covered will include:

  • Advantages of training with a clicker (clickers provided)
  • Body language & non-verbal commands
  • Wait / Emergency stop!
  • Off-leash work
  • Managing unexpected occurrences & difficulties
  • Dealing with food distractions
  • Meeting strangers, children, physically-challenged & elderly
  • Working around equipment such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Handler / therapy dog team interaction with patients, children, etc.

Each class will last approximately 75 minutes and at its conclusion, dogs will be tested according to the standards of national therapy dog organization Love on a Leash at the conclusion of the six weeks.  Dogs who successfully pass the Love on a Leash test will be eligible to begin their supervised visits certification process with facilities in this area.

PREREQUISITES: All dogs accepted for this class must be at least one (1) year old and be current on all vaccinations, including bordetella, distemper/parvo and rabies. For their assessment evaluation, each dog must demonstrate ability to sit, stay, lie down, be calm, greet strangers, work around other dogs, and walk nicely on a leash.  Participating dogs must have stable temperament, enjoy meeting people, be comfortable around children, strangers and other dogs.

NOTE:   ALL DOGS WILL BE INDIVIDUALLY ASSESSED FOR ELIGIBILITY PRIOR TO THE START OF THERAPY DOG CLASSES.   

For more information about our therapy training, please email kip@eastbaydogspot.com

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Say goodbye to jumping, biting, barking, pulling, running away, ignoring commands and more. Let East Bay Dog Spot help you achieve the dog you’ve always wanted!