Group Training Classes
Expert Dog Training Classes in Southern California
Whether you’ve recently acquired a dog or you’ve been putting training off, these group dog training classes are for you! Come enjoy our fun and friendly trainers while they guide you and your pup in our small class sizes for quality learning.
Group Class Topics Include:
- Puppy Foundations
- Manners & Life Skills
- Loose Leash Walking
- Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
- Tricks & Parkour
- Service Dog Training & Therapy
- Recall, Settle & Chill, Public Access
- And Much More!
Group classes can be fun for your dog – and for you!
A group dog training class is not only a great way to keep your dog socialized and teach them new skills, but it also allows you to meet and build a rapport with fellow pet parents in your community.
Your dog will be able to add to their skillset, which in turn, will increase their confidence – and build upon the existing bond and trust between yourself and your pup.
(8-20 weeks of age)
Dogs of All Ages
(Manners & Life skills, Advance, Therapy, Service Dog in Training)
(Tricks, Parkour and more)
What to expect at a group dog class
Group classes vary from a private lesson in one undeniable way – the number of other dogs (and humans) present.
With the potential to meet several different dogs, group classes could appear to be a daunting prospect if you have a dog who is particularly hyperactive when meeting others for the first time. Similarly, you may be anxious about signing your dog up if they are timid or skittish. Yet the group atmosphere can be positive in the long run.
In each group class:
- You’ll have a lesson of the day
- We will explain what your dog will learn, why it’s useful, and how to apply it.
- Once we understand the theory, we’ll go through a demonstration
- Then you practice before us, so we can troubleshoot any problems and ensure everyone can implement what they’ve learned before they leave.
- Practice assignments are given after class to work on for the week until the next lesson.
“It can be a little overwhelming at first – for both the dogs and their owners,” explains Julie Fryman, a group class trainer at Canine Learning Academy.
“But each week, you’ll notice a distinct change in your dog’s confidence and behaviors. Dogs that started in the first class overly bouncy end up being able to calm down and even settle into class. Private lessons are great, but group classes offer a unique opportunity for your dog to gain invaluable experience around other dogs. And you connect with others with dogs about the same age. ”
3 Easy Steps
1. Select a Class Pass
2. Enroll in a Class
3. Attend Orientation
1. Selecting a Class Pass
Flexibility is the key to an effective training plan. With our Class Pass system, you can choose the class you want to attend and set your schedule. You can attend classes as frequently as possible or skip a week or two when life gets busy. Many of our classes are on a drop-in schedule so that you can master the skills that are specifically important to you. Book your classes in advance to secure your spot. Most classes are limited in size.
*Please note that some of our clinics or workshops do not qualify for Class Pass and must be purchased separately. If no class pass is available, it will be noted in the class description.
Six classes for $250; 10 classes for $400
2. Enroll in Class
Once you’ve chosen your class and purchased a class pass, you can schedule the class you would like to attend.
Before class begins, watch our orientation video so you know what to expect and learn how we’ll approach positive reinforcement dog training. You’ll get all the information you need to know before bringing your dog to its first class.
(8-20 Weeks of age)
For puppies under 20 weeks
Class Length- 4-6 weeks
We offer two classes for puppies 8-20 weeks of age: Puppy Start Right Preschool and Puppy Kindergarten.
These classes set the foundation for a lifelong partnership between you and your dog based on mutual understanding and trust.
Puppy Start Right Preschool Class will teach you how to safely and positively socialize your puppy; it’s a positive approach to problem-solving, prevention, and training, all without force. Class may include small group puppy play sessions (if suitable).
Puppy Kindergarten Class, we jump right into teaching the introduction to the foundation skills and implementing training games to help give your puppy the confidence they need to succeed.
Rolling Enrollment – Start any time
Manners & Life Skills
For ages 20 weeks and older
Class Length- 6 weeks
Did you just adopt a new rescue or shelter dog?
If you are looking to have a canine who can travel with you and handle the various challenges of downtown, the pet store and the park, look no further than this Manners & Life Skills group class!
Learn how to teach, practice sits/downs/stays, come when called, loose leash walking, back/wait, leave it, get it, go to the mat, and more.
We will teach you the building blocks to having a more relaxed, polite, well-mannered dog and a joy to be around.
We offer two levels – both are 6 class group training class series so that you can practice and learn to troubleshoot how best to handle real-life distractions.
Advance Manners & Public Access
(CGC, Therapy & Service Dog)
For ages 6 months and older
Prerequisite: Manners & Life Skills 2
Class length- 6-12 weeks
This class is an ongoing open enrollment practice and an advanced developmental class for dogs who have completed Manners & Life Skills 1 & 2 Classes and are not reactive. Each class covers various topics.
In this class, we will practice all of the skills necessary to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. We will work on sitting politely for petting, walking calmly on a leash, and other skills proving a dog’s social-savvy.
Passing the CGC Test can expedite acceptance into animal-assisted therapy programs, give you a discount on renters insurance, and accelerate your dog’s manners in public.
After prepping for or passing the CGC, you can progress in class to prepare for Therapy or Public Access and SD task training; however, this class does not guarantee you will pass certification.
Join us for a fun and adequate time working with our dogs, fine-tuning skills, and playing games while practicing together.
*CGC is included in the class. Any dog can take the CGC Test; you don’t need to be AKC registered
For dogs of all ages
Class length- 3 weeks
Teaching your dog tricks is a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. There’s no right or wrong — only a whole bunch of fun! Trick Training can help build a better relationship and stronger bond with your dog.
We offer two tricks classes:
- Tricks & Manners (Novice & Intermediate)
- Advanced Tricks and Task Training (advanced & Expert Tricks)
For those who wish, we will help you work towards achieving the new Do More with Your Dog Title or AKC Trick Dog title. Tricks Class is a virtual class. Our modular format allows new students to join at any time (as space allows – reservations are required), take breaks as needed, and resume more advanced sessions when ready.
Rowdy Rover Group Class
(Class for over-reactive dog)
Class is a 10 week Virtual Series with 2 optional in-person practice sessions
Prerequisite: Before attending first day of class, you must watch the orientation videos.
Does your dog overly excite when encountering dogs or labeled “over-reactive” toward dogs or even too excitable with people? Our Rowdy Rover class will provide a controlled environment where you and your dog can practice and learn with others teams with similar challenges.
You will also learn leash skills, management skills, and body language to get out of difficult situations, and how to change your dog’s behavior. Our approach includes Empowerment Training with fun training games to help ease both your and your dog’s stress levels, many of which are played for just a few minutes at a time.
*This class is available 2 times a year, check for the next available series.
Reliable Recall - Coming When Called Workshop
Teaching the foundations of coming when called is critical to your dog’s safety. Coming when called is not just saying a cue; the dog comes running.
This class will incorporate relationship-building games and foundation manners to build the best recall.
This class is not appropriate for dogs with issues barking on a leash. Your dog must be able to work in a classroom setting with other dogs.
Walk This Way Workshop
(Single day workshop)
Do you walk your dog, or does your dog walk you? Taking your dog for a walk should be a joy, not a struggle. If your dog pulls, lunges, leaps, barks, or squirms on a leash, this workshop is for you. We’ll focus on the heel, leash control, distraction training, and more!
Important: This class is not suitable for a dog that barks at other dogs. If you’re unsure if your dog is appropriate for this class, please contact us before enrolling.
Settle and Stay Put!
(Single day workshop)
Does your dog get rowdy, overly excited, or uncontrollable sometimes?
This class focuses on self-control exercises to help your dog calm around distractions. We will teach dogs how to relax on a mat, settle around distractions, practice impulse control, and more!
This class is perfect for teams that want to be able to take their dog out and about.
My Little Helper
This is a fun class where we’ll teach dogs how to perform tricks that help you with everyday chores! Teaching your dog to do useful tricks will be cute and provide mental stimulation, brain games, and physical exercise for your little helper.
Dogs will learn how to turn on and off lights, put their toys away, open and close doors, and many more skills.
This is a great class for busy dogs or future service dogs!