Dog Obedience Training

Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs

At Woods University we are committed to the Positive Reinforcement (R+) Method of dog training.  It is a reward-based humane method that’s a highly effective way for dogs to learn free from stress or fear of retribution.   We train for success…not failure, so that training is fun, fast and fair.


Choose Your Class

C.H.A.R.M. School   (Changing Habits and Reinforcing Manners)

Basic Obedience for dogs with minimal or no formal training for all dogs 6 months and older
Classes meet weekly on Saturday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Note: Dogs do not attend the first class.
The fee is $100 for each 6 week session. New adopters from Woods and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services and other area shelters receive a $25 discount if enrolling a dog within 90 days of adoption.  If you don't have your promotion code call (805) 543-9316 x 10.
 
  •  Includes all the basic commands necessary for a well-mannered dog:  “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay”, “Focus”,  “Leave it”, “Go to your place” and more…
  • Learn effective and humane ways to discourage unwanted behaviors such as jumping up and pulling on the leash
  • Also includes helpful leash and handling techniques
Next Sessions:
 
Day Start Date End Date Time
Thursday June 8 July 13 6:00 pm
Saturday June 17 July 22 1:30 pm
Sunday June 25 July 30 1:30 pm
Saturday July 8 August 12 10:30 am
Wednesday July 12 August 16 5:00 pm

 

Petite Pals

Basic Obedience for dogs 6 months and older and under 25 pounds
Classes meet on Saturday or Sunday.  Note: Dogs do not attend the first class.
The fee is $100 for each 6 week session.  New adopters from Woods and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services and other area shelters receive a $25 discount if enrolling a dog within 90 days of adoption.  If you don't have your promotion code call (805) 543-9316 x 10. 

  • Specifically designed for smaller dogs with an emphasis on "little dog" issues.  You will train your dog in an environment designed to make learning more enjoyable and comfortable for small dogs.
  • Includes all the basic commands necessary for a well-mannered dog:“Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay”, “Focus”, “Heel”, “Leave it”, “Go to your place” and more…
  • Learn helpful leash and handling techniques and effective and humane ways to discourage unwanted behaviors such as jumping up and pulling on the leash
  • Participate in playtime to increase confidence and socialization skills.
Next Sessions:
Saturday, July 8  to  August 12

 

R.E.L.I.E.F. for the Fearful Dog (Relaxing Exercises to Lower Inhibitions and Ease Fear)

Confidence building for dogs 6 months and older who are having trouble navigating the world around them 
Classes meet on Saturday.  Note: Dogs do not attend the first class.
The fee is $100 for each 5 week session.  New adopters from Woods and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services and other area shelters receive a $25 discount if enrolling a dog within 90 days of adoption.  If you don't have your promotion code call (805) 543-9316 x 10. 
 
  • Some dogs that may show excessive fear towards people, children, sounds, sudden movements, etc.
  • Some dogs are just anxious in general about life and the world around them.
  • In addition to living such a sad existence, these overly fearful dogs can be dangerous to whatever they might consider to be a threat.
We'll use behavior modification techniques, desensitization and stimulation to build confidence, and to help the fearful dog learn to relax and enjoy life.  This class is limited to 4 dogs.  All dogs must be pre-quallified before entering the R.E.L.I.E.F. for the Fearful Dog class - online registration is not available.  Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to speak with our trainer to find out if this class is right for your dog.

 

Next Session:
TBA
Call to Register

 

Beyond Basics

Beyond Basics is intermediate obedience training for dogs 6 months and older who have been through a basic manners class or have equivalent knowledge of basic skills
Classes meet Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. 
The fee is $100 for each 6 week session.
This class involves a commitment to continue practicing all your dog’s basic obedience skills -- we raise the bar so that we can expect the best behavior from our dogs. Upon graduation all dogs are eligible to test for their Canine Good Citizen Certificate (CGC). A certificate is awarded to your dog directly from the AKC, recognizing only the best mannered dogs as a “Canine Good Citizen.” This prestigious award/certification is gaining recognition by landlords and insurance companies across the country. This class also serves to prepare dogs that are training to become Therapy Assisted Animals.

Next Session:
Saturday, July 1 to August 5

 

Fun-gility!

Fun-gility is a great opportunity for dogs who have completed a basic manners class or have equivalent knowledge of basic skills and who are comfortable with other dogs and people.
Classes meet Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  
The fee is $100 for each 5 week session.

This class combines a fun way of exercising your dog while improving his/her focus and attention on you.  Agility is a great sport that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork.  Our “Fun-gility" class is an introduction to agility training, with an emphasis on increasing your dogs’ focus, and improving your handling skills. But the bottom line is …it’s FUN! 

 

Next Session:
Saturday, July 8 to August 5

 

 

Puppy Social Hour

Manners and socialization for puppies 10 weeks to 5 months
Classes meet Saturday from 9 AM - 10 AM. 
The fee is $10 per session.  

Our training facility at Woods provides a safe, clean, comfortable environment for your puppy to learn and play. 

All puppies must have completed two sets of vaccinations, including Bordetella (for kennel cough).  Please bring proof of vaccination to class.  For the safety of all we cannot admit any puppy to our classes without seeing vaccination records. 

At puppy social hour, puppies will learn: appropriate play style with other pups, acceptable manners with people, tolerance for gentle restraints, confidence with the approach of friendly strangers, and more.

We will teach some basic manners using positive reinforcement including “sit” “down” “come.”   Your puppy will also learn how to walk nicely on the leash without pulling and greet people without jumping.  We’ll show you how to inhibit your puppy's bite during play, how to manage chewing, and the crazy “zoomies.”   If you are struggling with food or object guarding, housetraining, or any other issues, our staff will be available to help you through any of these puppy behaviors.

Classes are on going.  There is no obligation, you “pay to play” (and learn) each week.  
Attend as many classes as you'd like. Please register before you come to class.
 

 

Feisty Fido

A highly structured class for dogs who are reactive to other dogs
Classes meet Tuesday from 5 PM - 6 PM.  Note: Dogs do not attend the first class.
The fee is $275 for each 6 week session.
Every dog is not right for the dog park, but walking your dog around the neighborhood or at the beach should be fun, not embarrassing or dangerous.  This class is limited to 4 dogs.  All dogs must be pre-quallified before entering the Feisty Fido class - online registration is not available.  Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to speak with our trainer to find out if this class is right for your dog.


Next Session:
Tuesday, July 25 to August 29
Call to Register

 

Anti-Jump Party

Use Positive Reinforcement to teach your over-zealous dog to stop jumping!  We will have snacks and we will have fun...that's why we call it a party.
The fee is $10 for this one session class.
Next Session:  TBA
 

Individual Training Sessions

Take advantage of the opportunity to work one-on-one with Woods Humane Society Trainer Michelle Rizzi to overcome your dog’s unwanted behaviors.  Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to make an appointment.


General Information

  • Each class is limited to 4 to 8 participants to provide individualized attention for you and your dog.
  • All dogs must be current on vaccines: Rabies, Bordatella and DHPP.  Puppies must have 2 DHPP vaccines at least 2 weeks apart and one bordetella at least 3 days before class starts.  In order to participate, proof of vaccinations must be provided at the first class.
  • You may bring supplies to class or visit Woods Humane Society’s retail center WoodsGoods.   We have special training treats, harnesses and collars for sale to give you optimal control while providing humane comfort to your dog.  

 
Location:
WOODS UNIVERSITY
Woods Humane Society's Dedicated Training Facility
875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
 
Park at the east end of the parking lot and follow the signs to the rear of the building.

Additional questions?  Trouble registering online?  Please give us a call at (805) 543-9316 x 10. 

 

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learn more about the benefits of training your dog

You Gotta Have Class

By Michelle Rizzi

Association of Pet Dog Trainers states “Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps a dog in his or her ‘forever’ home.”

Being a trainer at a local animal shelter, this is a fact that touches my heart: “forever home” ….priceless! There are many reasons for taking your dog to a training class, aside from the obvious one of having a well-trained dog. Here are a few to consider.

Communication. When you can give your dog clear instructions, you are much more likely to get the behavior you want. Many of us assume that the dog knows our intention, knows what is expected of him long before he actually does. Because something is clear to us, doesn’t mean it is clear to the dog.

Confidence. That sense of accomplishment. We all know what that’s like. The chance to be a rockstar instead of a deadbeat. When your dog experiences the praise and success of getting it right, he feels a lot better about the world around him.

Bonding. Working with your dog toward a mutual goal is a wonderful way to bond. You both share the same objective of understanding one another. It’s not enough that your dog understands you. You need to understand your dog and ways he may be communicating with you. Might be a new perspective for many of us.

Tools. Learning new skills can help your dog deal with difficult situations. Having a repertoire of coping skills (deference behaviors, desensitization, etc.) can be a valuable asset in helping your dog respond well to certain triggers that might otherwise elicit unwanted behavior.

Real Life. In the classroom, dogs are learning to focus on you, amid the distractions of other dogs and people present. This provides a more realistic environment than training in your living room or back yard, and then expecting the same results when you walk out the front door.

Socialization. This should not be understated. Working, playing and learning around other dogs and people is very important for dogs to get used to. There are classes available for dogs of different sizes, at different levels of training, addressing specific issues, etc. You can always find something that fits the need for you and your dog.

Relationship. And it doesn’t stop with obedience! Don’t forget the classes available for fun and games: sports classes, competition classes, tricks classes, you name it. Taking a class “just for fun” goes a long way to building a strong relationship.

Dogs are never too old to learn. And a well-trained dog can easily be taught the rules of the household and behave as well as every other member of the family. Training builds confidence, improves communication, enhances your mutual bond, and adds enrichment to your dog’s life. So…why wouldn’t you?

Please check out our Positive Reinforcement classes offered at Woods Humane Society, or find a positive trainer in your area. …and keep it fun!

Click here to learn more about our trainer, Michelle Rizzi, CPDT-KA, CAP-2 

 



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