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Affordable Dog Training Classes at Woods Humane Society

Woods Humane Society is proud to offer San Luis Obispo County dog owners affordable dog training classes, dog obedience classes, puppy training classes and more at our dedicated dog training facility, Woods University, located at our Woods San Luis Obispo campus. With a highly-qualified, certified, and experienced team of professional dog trainers, we offer dog owners fun, humane and effective methods to teach your dog new skills, build your bond with your dog, and find a richer, more fulfilling relationship with your four-legged friend.   

Positive Reinforcement Training Classes for Dogs

At the Woods University dog training facility in San Luis Obispo, we are committed to the Positive Reinforcement (R+) Method of dog training in our dog training classes. 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 dogs for success, not failure, so that training is fun, fast and fair.

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In-Person or Virtual Dog Obedience Training Classes Available Now

Your dog will likely be very excited in a room with several other leashed dogs, which is understandable. However if your dog presents with a high degree of reactivity towards the other dogs or clients in the room (excessive barking, lunging, etc.) the instructor may excuse you from the class and recommend an alternative training program at Woods. 

If you have questions or concerns about how your dog may fit into our group classes, please feel free to contact our training department at:

(805) 543-9316 x24.

Virtual Woods University

Virtual Woods University

Virtual Woods University is a Basic Dog Obedience online class for dogs with minimal or no formal training.

Woods University has created a private Facebook Group dedicated to our virtual dog training students. The dog training classes and their content are listed in chronological order, the program is self-paced and you will have access to the content for a total of 8 weeks. (Requires a Facebook account)

The fee is $50 for 8 week access to Virtual Woods University, plus one 20-minute private virtual session with our dog trainers.

Once you register, you can use your Facebook account to go to Woods University Facebook Group and ask to join.

The Woods dog training team will invite you aboard shortly after receiving your request and confirming your registration.

The virtual dog training classes are listed in units; scroll through to access each weekly class which contains a printable Handout as well as individual posts of video segments. Watch each segment, and practice at home with your dog. The very last video will be dog training troubleshooting tips.

The virtual dog training program includes all of 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. This training also includes helpful leash and handling techniques.

The Virtual Woods University dog training class takes place in an online setting which you implement in the comfort and security of your own home and is appropriate for dogs of all ages.

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Puppy Social Hour

Puppy Training Classes Are Open!

  • Manners and socialization training for puppies 10 weeks to 5 months
  • Puppy classes meet Wednesdays at 10 AM and Saturdays at 9 AM
  • The fee is $25 per session. Payments are non-refundable. 

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

  • Puppy Classes are held in an indoor enclosed area
  • Only 10 registrations allowed per class
  • Must be pre-registered to attend

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 puppy classes, 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 puppy manners using positive reinforcement including “sit” “down” “come.” Your puppy will also gets tips on 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 experienced dog training staff will be available to help you through any of these puppy behaviors.

Puppy Classes at Woods Humane Society are ongoing. There is no obligation, you “pay to play” (and learn) each week. You must register before you come to class. Our “drop in” puppy classes typically have a wait list. If you schedule yourself for a class that you cannot make, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allow another puppy into class.

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YOU MAY REGISTER FOR UP TO TWO PUPPY CLASSES AT A TIME

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Puppy Social Hour - Wednesday, February 28
Puppy Social Hour - Wednesday, March 6
Puppy Social Hour - Wednesday, March 13
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Puppy Social Hour - Saturday, March 2
Puppy Social Hour - Saturday, March 9
Puppy Social Hour - Saturday, March 16
Puppy Social Hour - Saturday, March 23
Spunky Sprouts

Dog Training for the "teenage" puppy

6 months to 1-year-old

This dog training class is for social dogs who are comfortable being in a room with other dogs. If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

This is a basic dog manners class for the evolving pup, with emphasis on sociability and impulse control.

The Spunky Sprouts class is designed to help you learn how to survive the next phase in your young dog’s life. Still a puppy, the “effervescent adolescent” will never stop exploring, and pushing the boundaries. We’re here to help!

The fee is $150 for each 6 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund.

The first class will be without dogs.

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Rocket Recall

Train Your Dog to "Come" When Called  

All dogs enrolled in this dog training class must have previously completed a basic dog manners class.

The Rocket Recall dog training class is for social dogs, that are comfortable engaging with other dogs. 

If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

The Rocket Recall Dog Training Class focuses on teaching your dog to reliably and obediently come back to you when called. A reliable recall is probably the most important (if not the safest) cue we want our dogs to learn, so this specifically focused dog obedience class is essential and invaluable for dog owners.

There are lots of ways to make a reliable recall happen, and even more exciting, to have your dog return to you with rocket speed!  This is a totally positive and scientifically proven method of dog training. 

The fee is $150 for each 4-week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund.

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Register for Rocket Recall on February 24 at 2:30 p.m.
C.H.A.R.M. School

Basic Dog Obedience Training Class

C.H.A.R.M.: Changing Habits and Reinforcing Manners

For Dogs 6 Months and Older. This basic dog obedience class is for social dogs, or dogs that are able to tolerate being in a room with other dogs. If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

  • Basic Obedience class for dogs with minimal or no formal training
  • Learn all the basic commands for a well-mannered dog: "Sit", "Down", "Come", "Stay", "Focus", "Leash Manners", "Leave it", "Go to your place" and more
  • Learn effective and humane ways to discourage unwanted behavior such as jumping up and pulling on the leash.
  • Also learn helpful leash and handling techniques.

The fee is $150 for each 6 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund. 

The first class will be without dogs.

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Beyond Basics

Intermediate Dog Obedience Class

The next level for your Prestigious Pooch

For Dogs 6 Months and Older who have completed C.H.A.R.M School basic dog obedience classes or an equivalent basic dog manners course. This dog obedience class is for social dogs, or dogs that are able to tolerate being in a room with other dogs. If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

This six-week dog training and dog obedience class prepares your dog for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The CGC test is awarded by the AKC and open to all dogs, purebred and mix breeds. Upon graduation of this class, dogs will be eligible to test for the Canine Good Citizen certification. You can have the “model dog”…and the papers to prove it!  You'll also be welcome to more places when you have a well-behaved dog with you. In some cases, this certification could be required by landlords, home-owners insurance, and other canine events. The cost of the CGC test is included in the price of the Beyond Basics course.

The fee is $150 for each 6 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund. 

 

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Petite Pals

Basic Dog Obedience Classes for Small Dogs

(for dogs 6 months and older and under 25 pounds)

This dog training class is for social dogs, or dogs that are able to tolerate being in a room with other dogs. If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

The fee is $150 for each 6 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund.

The first class will be without dogs. 

  • The Petite Pals dog training and dog obedience course is 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.
  • The dog training class includes all of the basic commands necessary for a well-mannered dog: “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay”, “Focus”, “Leash Manners”, “Leave it”, “Go to your place” and more.
  • There will also be some playtime to increase confidence and dog socialization skills.
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Feisty Fido

A highly structured dog training class for dogs who are reactive to other dogs

Note: Dogs do not attend the first class.

The fee is $275 for each 6 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund. 

Feisty Fido dog training classes are focused on teaching effective strategies and training methods for reactive dogs and their owners. 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 dog training class is limited to 4 dogs.

All dogs must be pre-qualified before entering the Feisty Fido dog training class - online registration is not available. Dogs adopted from Woods Humane Society receive a discount. Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to speak with our trainer to find out if this class is right for your dog.

 

Next Sessions Begin:

Saturday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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Fungility

Introduction to Dog Agility Training Classes

A fun and different class to build confidence and have fun!

This dog training class is for social dogs who are comfortable being in a room with other dogs. If your dog is not suitable for this class, you may be asked to leave. Please call (805) 543-9316 x24 if you have any doubts or concerns about whether or not this is the right class for you. Our trainers will be happy to help.

Dog agility is a canine sport in which dogs have to navigate through a course that has various types of obstacles, under the direction of a handler. The sport is fun, engaging and helps build confidence and bonding between dogs and handlers.

Agility training uses your dog's natural instincts to run, jump and smoothly navigate their environment. It provides great exercise both mentally and physically, encourages learning and problem solving skills and promotes open communication between canine and human! As the dog relies on your for guidance on the course, they become more obedient and well-behaved off the course. 

With the Fungility dog training class, Woods has designed an introduction to agility class that is all about Fun!

The fee is $150 for each 5 week session. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance in order to receive a refund. 

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Individual Training Sessions

Take advantage of the opportunity to work one-on-one with Woods Humane Society's highly-experienced, certified Dog Trainers to overcome your dog’s unwanted behaviors. Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to make an appointment.

General Information

  • We limit participants in each dog training class to provide more individualized attention for you and your dog.
  • All dogs enrolled in our dog training classes must be current on vaccines: Rabies, Bordatella and DHPP. Puppies in the puppy classes 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 dog training supplies to class or visit Woods Humane Society’s retail center Woods Goods. We have special dog training treats, harnesses and collars for sale to give you optimal control while providing humane comfort to your dog.
  • To sign up to receive email updates about new dog training and dog obedience classes and dog training tips, click here. 

Location:

WOODS UNIVERSITY
Woods Humane Society's Dedicated Dog 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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