HUMANE EDUCATION VIOLENCE PREVENTION and

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 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 11+) 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 eight 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: 11+
Sessions: 2, 45-minute group sessions weekly, for 3 weeks
To be notified of additional Level One sessions, email us at HumaneEducation@spcaLA.com to let us know you are interested!

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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 HumaneEducation@spcaLA.com to let us know you are interested. Next session begins Monday, September 28th, and meets Mondays & Thursdays from 4:30pm-5:15pm.

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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. Next session begins Monday, October 26th, and meets Mondays & Thursdays from 4:30pm-5:15pm.

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. Next session begins Monday, November 30th, and meets Mondays & Thursdays from 4:30pm-5:15pm.

Private Woof & Wifi Sessions
During a private Woof & Wifi session, participants can focus on a Woof & Wifi behavior of choice. Participating youth/dog teams can use it to start learning a new trick or strengthen a specific skill that is appropriate for their experience and ability. One session is $25 for 30-minutes and is open to youth ages 8+. Enrollment in a full-length Woof & Wifi class is not required.
Cost: $25/half-hour
Youth Ages: 8+
Requirements: Pet dog at home

Request a Reservation

To request a session, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with next steps within three business days.

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.

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