Dog training

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Welcome to

Confident Canine School of Behavior

Through the Confident Canine School of Behavior, Santa Barbara Humane offers affordable training classes for your dog, from puppy to adult, and also for those who just need a refresher.

The staff at Santa Barbara Humane is focused on strengthening the connection between humans and pets. By improving communication between humans and dogs, this training program can help you create a healthy, happy, lifelong partnership.

Behavior Team members are highly trained and experienced in the modern, humane, and effective use of force-free, reward-based training techniques. We do not use coercive methods that employ fear, pain, intimidation, or outdated notions of dominance. As a result, dogs learn to trust their human handlers, strengthening the bond between dog and owner.

If classes seem unaffordable or you have additional questions, we want to help. Email [email protected].

Class Locations

Santa Barbara Training Center
5399 Overpass Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Santa Maria Training Center
1517 Stowell Center Plaza, Suite B
Santa Maria, CA 93458
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New!

A specialized, limited training class offered by Andrea Bratt. To register, email [email protected]
or call 805-708-1418.

Therapy Dog Training Class

Meets Saturdays on July 24th, 31st, and August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
Cost: $250

Do you have a friendly dog who enjoys meeting new people? Our community has a shortage of certified therapy dogs. Therapy dogs provide wellness visits and companionship to people in settings such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Visiting with a therapy dog can promote the release of hormones that can elevate people’s moods and decrease anxiety.

In this class, we will be learning dog training skills to teach your dogs behaviors that will help them to pass a therapy dog evaluation. We will be learning skills from the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC), The Therapy Dogs International Test (TDI), the Love on a Leash Test (LOAL) and the Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara evaluation.

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Introduction to dog training

Introduction to Dog Training is a pre-requisite to Refined Rover, and Reserved Rover (Reactive Rover has its own orientation). The introduction class is FREE for everyone and REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. Simply show up to one of our classes.

You can attend Introduction to Dog Training even if you are not interested in taking a follow-up class. It’s the perfect time for you to learn about positive reinforcement or to ask any dog training and behavior questions you may have. 

Please DO NOT bring your dog to this class. It is meant for humans only.

Upcoming Classes

  • Sunday, July 25, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 22, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 5, at 4:00 p.m.
  • September 19, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 11, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 14, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 5, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 5, 10:00 a.m.
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Refined Rover

Ready to enroll? Complete the form at the bottom of the page and come to the next available Introduction to Dog Training Class. See you there!

The Refined Rover class encourages manners and safety for your family dog aged four months or older. The Refined Rover class is limited to 10 dogs per session.

Imagine the staff at your veterinarian looking forward to a visit from your dog because he is an example of good behavior. This is the same dog you can stroll down the street and sit down with on an outdoor patio at a café, and he will rest beside you as you enjoy the sun. Most importantly, you no longer worry about him darting out the front door when you open it to retrieve your latest package.

This five-week class strives to provide basic skills to help you prevent common problems and train the behaviors you like. Learn skills that will enhance your relationship while setting both you and your dog up for a lifetime of success and desirable behavior.

Fees

  • Five Weeks: $125
  • Five Weeks (Recent Santa Barbara Humane Adopters): $100

Class Schedule

Refined Rover participants can choose between three class times:

  • Mondays at 6:30 PM
  • Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
  • Saturdays at 10:00 AM

Refined Rover participants can choose between two class times:

  • Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays at 10:00 AM
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Reactive Rover

Ready to enroll? Complete the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll contact you with the next available start date.

The purpose of the Reactive Rover class is to help adjust maladaptive behavior in dogs.

You’re reading this because you need help. You may feel embarrassed by your dog’s behavior. Worse, you may be afraid of your dog’s reaction to new circumstances. The Reactive Rover class is here to help you lose that anxious feeling and identify ways to improve your dog’s behavior in the presence of triggers. 

This class is designed for dogs who are reactive to other dogs, people, or objects while on leash. It will focus on reducing anxiety, building coping skills, and improving behavior when in the presence of these triggers. We understand owners can often struggle not realizing what may make matters worse, so the Behavior Team members will also focus on increasing handler skills and confidence.

Fees

  • Six Weeks: $150
  • Six Weeks (Recent Santa Barbara Humane Adopters): $75

Class Schedule

Important: The first class is an orientation. Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class.

Reactive Rover classes will be offered on:

  • Saturdays at 2:00 PM
  • Sundays at 10:00 AM
  • Sundays at 2:00 PM

Important: The first class is an orientation. Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class.

Reactive Rover participants can choose between two class times:

  • Thursdays at 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays at 12:00 PM
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Reserved Rover

Ready to enroll? Complete the form at the bottom of the page and come to the next available Introduction to Dog Training Class. See you there!

The Reserved Rover class is tailored to dogs that are shy and timid. The Reserved Rover class is limited to six dogs per session.

Your dog may be shy around new people. You know the humans who think every dog needs to be everybody’s best friend? Well, actually, that’s not the case at all. Dogs are not the same any more than people are. Your dog may be fearful around new people or just take a little longer to warm up. Sometimes it’s just a new situation that may be scary for your dog or a certain object like the vacuum that makes your pooch run away. If you have a shy or reserved pet, this class can help!

This four-week course provides tools to build your dog’s confidence while comforting and easing anxiety. You will feel better about understanding what your dog is feeling, and also what tools can help your pet relax and feel confident.

Fees

  • Four Weeks: $75
  • Four Weeks (Recent Santa Barbara Humane Adopters): $50

Class Schedule

Reserved Rover will be held on Saturdays at 4:00 PM.

Reserved Rover will be held on Saturdays at 3:00 PM.

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One-on-one training classes

Ready to enroll? Complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your individual needs, class fees, and available days and times.

Get individualized, one-on-one training for your dog.

We offer individual half-hour or one-hour training sessions. These classes are primarily aimed at owners who have a specific issue they would like to work on with their dog, but don’t necessarily need or want to come to the group classes.

Training issues may include barking, poor leash manners, jumping up, etc. Please note: we do not offer one-on-one training for severe aggression problems.

Ready to join a class?

Select a campus and complete the registration form. Please note: The free Introduction to Dog Training class is required before attending the Refined Rover or Reserved Rover classes. Reactive Rover has its own introductory class.

For general questions, or more information, email [email protected].

Important Class Information

What to bring to class

  • Download and complete a liability waiver for each person attending and bring it with you to your first class.
  • Dogs must wear a flat collar or harness. Dogs MAY NOT wear choke chains, prong, or electronic collars (e-collars).
  • A six-foot, non-retractable leash.
  • A hungry, but not famished dog.
  • Treats: A variety of your dog’s favorite treats, cut into very small pea-sized pieces that you can carry in a treat pouch that allows easy access when you are seated, standing, or walking. Please bring a variety of treats.
  • A treat pouch that you can wear, which is easy to put your hand in and will not make noise when you grab a treat.

Locations

Santa Barbara Training Center
5399 Overpass Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Santa Maria Training Center
1517 Stowell Center Plaza, Suite B
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Directions >

Liability Waiver

IMPORTANT: Please download and complete a liability waiver for each person attending and bring it with you to your first class.

Policies & Guidelines

  • Adult dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations
  • Attendees must be accompanied by an adult if under 18
  • At least one adult present for every child under the age of 14
  • Attendees must wear closed-toed shoes
  • For classes at our Santa Barbara campus, please park in the back parking lot (South entrance). The front lot will close at 5:00 PM, and any cars parked in that lot will be closed in.

COVID-19 Policies

  • Class participants must wear a face covering
  • Please practice social distancing and stay six feet from other participants
  • No more than two people from each family group can attend class
  • Please do not attend class if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or coughing