Dog Training Classes

Course Descriptions

Positive Pet Training ~ Family-Friendly Instruction

Call 967-7383 or email to sign up!

Training Courses

(6-week Dog Training Classes at AVAC)


Puppy/Beginner Obedience  

  • Monday, Oct. 22 @7:30 pm (Registration Open)Trainer: Emily Daniel
  • Cost: $225


Impulse Control

  • Monday, October 29 @6:30 pm (Registration Open)Trainer Rebecca Mason
  • Cost: $225 


Tricks Time

  • Sunday, Nov. 4 @5:45 pm Trainer: Rebecca Mason (Currently Full)
  • Cost: $195

Altadena Valley Animal Clinic

Puppy/Beginner Obedience
This six-week course is designed for puppies and adult dogs ages 10 weeks and older. Owners and dogs will both be instructed, so that the dog responds to its human family members, not just to the trainer! Included in the curriculum are commands such as sit, down, stay, and come, plus leash walking instruction and even a couple of tricks! Students will also learn how to teach their pets to wait at doorways, how to sit for petting, and how to “leave it!” Our courses are very family-friendly, and older children are encouraged to attend.


Impulse Control
This six-week course addresses impulse control issues in dogs, such as pulling towards distractions, not coming when called, counter surfing, and refusing to leave things that aren’t theirs. Strong emphasis is put on offered behaviors, teaching the dog to make good decisions without being asked. Come, leave it, stay, 
and settle are delved into more deeply, through the use of new, innovative exercises. Prerequisite: beginner obedience or equivalent skills.


Therapy Prep I: Canine Good CitizenTherapy Prep I is a challenging class, perfect for students wanting to expand their pet’s obedience skills but also great preparation for those hoping to pursue therapy work with Hand In Paw, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, or Pet Partners. This six-week course includes – but is not limited to – items on the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam, an obedience certification through the American Kennel Club, which examines how well owners handle their dogs in public. This exam is very similar to evaluations done by therapy dog organizations.

Therapy Prep I is the first in a series of courses designed to prepare dogs for therapy work. It includes things like getting comfortable with strangers touching them, not jumping up, distractions and distance work with come and stay, walking nicely through a crowd, and staying next to the owner when approaching people with dogs. Since therapy dogs must endure high-level distractions such as rolling wheelchairs and IV poles, “scary” balloons, and strangers wearing masks and medical gloves, we provide weekly opportunities for desensitization with unfamiliar objects and medical equipment. We want every dog to be successful, therefore, exposure is gradual and adjusted for the needs of each dog.

One week of class will be a “field trip” where teams will work in a public setting. Immediately following the course will be an opportunity to take the CGC exam. Students pursuing therapy certification through an organization will also want to attend Therapy Prep II: Out and About.

Prerequisite: Impulse Control or equivalent skills.


Tricks Time!
If you’re looking for a fun challenge, tricks class is where it’s at! This six-week course features 25 fun tricks that will awe and delight! At the end of the course, students perform a routine for the class! Included are high five, jump through a hoop, play
a piano, push a buggy, skateboarding, the hokey pokey, and more! This class is excellent for active, bored, or destructive dogs who need an outlet! Any dog can enroll – no prior training required!


About Our Trainers 

Rebecca Mason is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), holds a Masters in Education, and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She draws from her background as an educator and her 11 years of dog training to implement a program that teaches both dogs and their humans the joys of learning together. Rebecca Mason is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a certification awarded through the official sanctioning body for the sport of Dog Tricks, Do More With Your Dog!®  The organization establishes guidelines for instructor certification to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport to handler/dog teams.

Emily Daniel has a Bachelors degree in Biology and has worked in animal rescue for years. Anthony Rodriguez is passionate about working with shy, anxious dogs and is very patient with pet owners and family members. They train using only positive methods and believe that every dog has potential, no matter the age or breed! He is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild.