Just the Basics

Learn how to communicate with your dog in our introductory adult obedience class! This class covers the training essentials, including sit, down, stay, come, and loose-leash walking, among other important topics. 

The first class of the 5-week series is an orientation for guardians only--please leave your dog at home. Training with your dog will begin in class two. This class is appropriate for dogs of all sizes. (We also offer a small-dog-only training class, Just the Small Basics.)

Frequency & Duration: 1 hour per week for 5 weeks. Please note: First class is a mandatory orientation for humans only--no dogs, please.

Fee: $175 (If your dog was adopted from a shelter or 501(c)(3) rescue group, the fee is $150)

Course prerequisites: Dogs must be 5 months of age or older, able to be handled gently by a friendly stranger, and able to work safely around people and other dogs on leash. (If your dog is between 4 and 9 months old, please look at our Adolescent Manners class.) You are highly encouraged to attend our free seminar, New Dog 101, prior to this class.

Class includes: Handbook, Homework and Certificate of Completion

Class capacity: 8-10 dogs

Location: SF SPCA Mission campus


Upcoming classes:

  • Mondays, September 25 - October 23, 6:15 - 7:15 pm with Michelle: Sorry, section and wait list are full.
  • Thursdays, October 5 - November 2, 7:30 - 8:30 pm with Maureen: Sorry, section and wait list are full.
  • Mondays, October 9 - November 6, 6:15 - 7:15 pm with Steph: Section is full, only 2 wait list seats remaining.
  • Sundays, October 15 - November 12, 1:15 - 2:15 pm with Michelle: Sorry, section and wait list are full.
  • Tuesdays, October 17 - November 14, 6:15 - 7:15 pm with Kimberlee: Register now, 4 seats remaining.
  • Mondays, October 30 - November 27, 7:30 - 8:30 pm with Michelle: Register now.

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