Obedience Class Descriptions

spcaLA Obedience Class Descriptions
Not sure which obedience class is right for you and your dog? Read our class descriptions to find where you fit! Please visit our scheduling page for available classes and to register. Questions? Email us at training@spcaLA.com. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Puppy Preschool™
  • Puppy Preschool™ teaches the basic manners necessary for a happy home and a well behaved puppy. Puppies will be given time to socialize with other puppies and people if appropriate.
  • Price: $100
    Dog ages: 8 weeks to 16 weeks.
    Schedule: 6 weekly classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: One set of puppy vaccinations given at least 7 days before first class and a health clearance.
Level 1: Magical Manners™
  • Level 1: Magical Manners™ teaches sit, down, wait, come, touch, watch, and focus. These are the skills your dog needs for advanced behaviors such as calmly greeting new people, coming when called while off leash, and heel.This class also provides an opportunity for your dog to focus on you with the distraction of other dogs and people in close proximity.
  • Price: $100
    Dog ages: 16 weeks or older.
    Schedule: 6 weekly classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Dogs must be able to work in close proximity to other dogs(3-5 feet) with no barking. Dogs who cannot meet these requirements may be excused from class.
Level 2: Outstanding Obedience™
  • Level 2: Outstanding Obedience™ teaches the skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen® Test. We work on and expand our basic behaviors taught in Level 1: Magical Manners™. We also work on expanding our distance and duration of behaviors.
  • Price: $100
    Dog ages: 18 weeks or older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Pass Level 1 Magical Manners™ or be able to sit for 30 seconds, down for one minute, front, side(get ready), touch, be comfortable with clicker and have a heel position. Must be able to work in close proximity to other dogs(3-5 feet) and people without a reaction.
Level 3: Precise Pups™
  • Level 3: Precise Pups™ is a fun mix of obedience and prepping for the Therapy Dog test. Work on advanced behaviors such as heel in close quarters to distractions, prolonged down/stays, and Recalls. Have fun mixing up Rally-O, Tricks and Recalls in a controlled setting.
  • Price: $100
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Pass Level 2: Outstanding Obedience™, be able to ignore other dogs in close proximity (within 2 feet), friendly to all people, sit and down for 30 seconds with no reinforcement, beginnings of heel off leash.
Level 4: Collegiate Canines™
  • In Level 4: Collegiate Canines™, you will work on advanced obedience including recalls with distractions, heeling in groups and with distractions, 10 minute stays and out-of-site stays, and shaping.
  • Price: $80
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Pass Level 3: Precise Pups™

Please note:
spcaLA group training classes are for friendly dogs and their owners, looking to learn. Dogs must be in good general health and current on vaccines. spcaLA only uses positive training methods and training tools. We do not support the use of aversive collars such as prong, modified prong, pinch, choke, or shock collars. spcaLA group training classes are NOT meant for:

  • Dogs who growl at or are otherwise unfriendly to people;
  • Dogs who have bitten people or other animals;
  • Dog who exhibit aggression or other behavioral issues.

If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors, or if your dog does not meet class prerequisites, you will be dismissed and no refund will be issued. If your dog has behavior issues, private training is available. Please call (562)570-4910 to discuss options.