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Confident Canine School of Behavior

Santa Barbara Campus Training Center

5399 Overpass Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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To see the classes available in Santa Maria, click here.

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FREE

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, October 10, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.
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Refined Rover

Ready to enroll? Visit the class registration page and enroll in the class pack of your choice. Then, 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: $100 for dogs recently adopted from Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and Santa Ynez Valley Humane/DAWG. Adopters use coupon code Refined25 for $25 off your class registration!

Class Schedule

Refined Rover participants can choose between three class times:

  • Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
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Reactive Rover

Ready to enroll? Visit the class registration page and enroll in the class pack of your choice.

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: $75 for dogs recently adopted from Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and Santa Ynez Valley Humane/DAWG. Adopters use coupon code Reactive75 for $75 off your class registration!

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 p.m.
  • Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
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Reserved Rover

Ready to enroll? Visit the class registration page and enroll in the class pack of your choice. Then, 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: $50 for dogs recently adopted from Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and Santa Ynez Valley Humane/DAWG. Adopters use coupon code Reserved25 for $25 off your class registration!

Class Schedule

Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.

Specialized Classes in Santa Barbara

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Two limited training classes offered by Andrea Bratt. 

To register, email [email protected]
or call 805-708-1418.

Where:
Santa Barbara Campus
5399 Overpass Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Loose-Leash Walking & Reliable Recall Class

Meets every Saturday for four weeks beginning September 11th – October 2nd
Cost: $200

Does your dog pull you down the sidewalk instead of walking at your side on walks? Does your dog sometimes ignore you when you call it to come back to you? In this four-week class, we will be using reward-based training methods to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash and to come when you call. We will learn how to deal with those distracting environments that make these two skills so challenging.

Therapy Dog Training Class

Meets every Saturday for six weeks beginning October 9th – November 13th
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 six-week 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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One-on-one training classes

To discuss your individual needs, class fees, and available days and times, call 805-964-4777, or email [email protected]

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.

Important Class Information

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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What to bring to 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.

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