Online Classes for Youth

Keep youth engaged with fun, interactive classes hosted by spcaLA Humane Educators. Have a budding dog trainer at home? Check out Woof & Wifi, where youth (ages 12+) work with spcaLA Humane Educators to train their OWN pet dogs! Have younger kids, or no dog at home? Check out our Virtual Pet Care Patch Workshops and Friends for Life @ Home sessions.

WOOF AND WIFI: Dog training for youth & their pet dogs
Taught by humane educator and dog trainer Paula Ferrel, CPDT-KA, youth participants (ages 12+) will learn the basics of positive reinforcement dog training while engaging their own pet dogs in games, training exercises, and at-home challenges that cover a fun mix of obedience, tricks, and agility. The course is an opportunity for participants and their pet dogs to enjoy quality time at home together, strengthen their relationship, and learn new skills that everyone in the family can appreciate.

Each group class is limited to a maximum of six dogs and runs for 45 minutes twice a week for three weeks. Registration includes up to 30 minutes of additional one-on-one support from the instructor every week, as well as access to independent learning materials, a video resource library, and a sharing platform to further support participants’ progress. This program is designed as an educational experience for youth and their dogs; it is not meant to address any serious behavior modification you may need for your dog.

Cost: $100/dog
Youth Ages: 12+
Sessions: 2, 45-minute group sessions weekly, for 3 weeks


To be notified of additional Level One sessions, email us at to let us know you are interested!

Level 1 Description

Level One teaches sit, down, watch, go to bed, touch, sit pretty, crawl, fetch, weaving, and jumps. To be notified of additional Level One sessions, email us at to let us know you are interested.

Level 2 Description

Level Two teaches down stay, play dead/roll over, give paw, sit at side, drop it, sit for bowl, intro to fun nose work, and strengthening level 1 behaviors of choice. Open to Level One graduates only.

Level 3 Description

Level Three teaches target, wait, boundary, leg weaving, station, a personalized trick, strengthening level 1-2 behaviors of choice. Open to Level Two graduates only.

Virtual Pet Care Patch Workshops
spcaLA’s Pet Care Patch Workshops teach young animal-lovers about dog and cat behavior, responsible pet care, and how to help animals in their communities! Each virtual workshop includes a live session with spcaLA humane educators and a virtual meet & greet with a shelter pet via zoom. Patches are mailed out to participants after the workshop.
Cost: $5/child
Youth Ages: 6-9 (Intro) & 9-12 (Advanced)
Sessions: 45 min (Intro) or 1 hour (Advanced)

Request a Reservation

To request a reservation, please submit the form below. We will contact you within two business days (M-F) to confirm request details and provide access to registration. Workshop requests should be made at least two weeks before your desired workshop date, and a minimum of 4 children in your group is required.

  • Workshops are available within the following time-frames: 9am – 5pm Mondays – Fridays; 9am – 3pm Saturdays – Sundays When would you like to have your workshop? Please provide at least two options.

Friends for Life @ Home
Kids will learn about helping pets in their homes and communities, imagine what it would be like to “adopt a shelter pet,” enjoy daily interactive sessions with spcaLA Humane Educators, and work on animal-themed crafts and activities with supplies found in their Program Kit!

Cost: $50 for the week (curb-side pick-up of Program Kit from spcaLA’s P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village or request shipping to your home for an additional $15 fee).
Youth Ages 7-12 year olds
Sessions: 1 week (Daily Live Zoom session from 10am to 11am, Monday-Friday, PLUS offline activities)


More Info
  • Participants will need an internet connection and a device with functional video and audio in order to participate in all aspects of the program. We will be utilizing Zoom for live programming and Flipgrid for sharing in between those live programming sessions.
  • Participation in our live meetings and sharing platform is encouraged, but not required.
  • Parent participation is not required during the program, but we ask that parents assist their child with any tech support they might need.
  • The Program Kit includes spcaLA giveaways as well all supplies needed to complete the program’s crafts and activities (with the exception of the following items that we suspect you already have at home: scissors, glue, and writing/drawing tools of choice).
  • For those who choose this option, pick-up of Program Kits will be available Wednesday – Sunday the week prior to your session, between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

Session 1: July 13th – 17th (registration closes July 6th at 10am)
Session 2: July 20th – 24th (registration closes July 13th at 10am)
Session 3: July 27th – 31st (registration closes at July 20th at 10am)

More Resources
Looking for more ways to bring compassion to your home classroom? Check out our DIY classroom presentations.