The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA offers a variety of training classes, specialty courses, private consultations and workshops. Our goal is to strengthen the bond between you and your pet with reward-based training methods. All training classes are taught at PHS in our state of the art Behavior & Training Center, a newly completed facility with everything your pup needs to excel.

Questions? Call our Behavior and Training Helpline at 626.792.7151 ext. 155 or email behavior@pasadenahumane.org. You can also view our pet training resources.

Training Classes

Unless otherwise noted, all training classes run for 6 weeks, and you should attend the first class session without your dog. Classes cost $150 for general registration, $110 for dogs adopted from PHS and $65 for active PHS volunteers.

Course information:

  • Agility Level 1
  • Agility 1 is an entertaining introduction to the fun and fast-paced sport of agility. In this six-week course, you will teach your dog how to jump over hurdles, run through tunnels, weave through poles, and more. We emphasize the importance of proper technique, usage of equipment and correct footwork, all while having lots of fun!

    When: Saturdays, January 7th – February 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Class is full; no class January 21)

    Course Prerequisites: We highly recommend that you and your dog have completed either Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Obedience. Your dog cannot exhibit aggressiveness or excessive shyness towards people or other dogs.

    Note: Please bring your dog to the first class. The fee is $150 for general registration, $130 for dogs adopted from PHS and $65 for active PHS volunteers.

  • Agility Level 2
  • Our six-week Agility 2 class builds on the foundations of Agility 1 by further refining your dog’s facility on the equipment and your skills as a handler. Our instructors emphasize increased precision and specific footwork for you and your pup!

    When: Mondays, January 9th – February 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Course Prerequisites: Previously completed Agility 1 or have prior instructor approval. Your dog cannot exhibit aggressiveness or excessive shyness towards people or other dogs and must be able to focus on handler and work off-leash around other dogs.

    Note: Please bring your dog to the first class. The fee is $150 for general registration, $130 for dogs adopted from PHS and $65 for active PHS volunteers.

  • Agility Level 3
  • Agility 3 is an advanced course focused on technique and footwork. In this six-week class, you and your dog will be running more challenging courses, as the instructor helps you and your pup master the equipment and achieve faster run times.

    When: Mondays, January 9th – February 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Course Prerequisites: Previously completed Agility 2 or have prior instructor approval. Your dog cannot exhibit aggressiveness or excessive shyness towards people or other dogs and must be able to focus on handler and work off-leash around other dogs.

    Note: Please bring your dog to the first class. The fee is $150 for general registration, $130 for dogs adopted from PHS and $65 for active PHS volunteers.

  • Basic Obedience
  • Basic Obedience is an introductory-level course designed to improve communication between you and your dog. This five-week course covers the essentials, including sit, down, stay, come and loose-leash walking. We will also problem solve behaviors such as jumping up, barking, chewing and destruction.

    When: Thursdays, January 12th – February 16th from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Course is full)
    Thursdays, January 12th – February 16th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Course is full)

    Course prerequisites: Dogs must be able to be handled by a friendly stranger and must be able to work safely around people and other dogs on leash.Dogs must not bark at other dogs when on leash.

  • Puppy Kindergarten
  • Puppy Kindergarten covers obedience essentials such as sit, down, stay, come and loose leash walking. We will also problem solve typical puppy problem behaviors such as puppy mouthing, chewing, jumping up, and house soiling.

    When Tuesdays, January 10th – February 14th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Class is full)

    Course prerequisites: Dogs must be between the ages of 4 to 6 months and must be able to be handled by a friendly stranger and able to work safely around people and other dogs on leash. Puppies must have their first full round of vaccinations. You must provide proof of vaccinations prior to the first day of class.

  • Puppy Pre-School
  • Puppy Pre-School an introductory-level course for puppies 4 months of age and under that takes advantage of your puppy’s critical socialization period. Puppies will learn basic skills like responding to their name, becoming comfortable with handling and grooming, and walking on leash. They will develop healthy play skills by socializing with their classmates in a safe and well-managed environment. Owners will be given vital information on early prevention of problem behaviors such as mouthing, biting and house soiling.

    When: This course operates on a rolling basis. Class meets every Tuesday from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Attend the first three classes after you register. Bring your dog to each class.

    No class: February 21

    Cost: $75 for general registration; $55 for dogs adopted from PHS; $40 for active PHS volunteers

    Course prerequisites: Dogs must be under 4 months of age on their first week of class and have had their first round of vaccinations 7 days prior to the start of class. You must provide proof of vaccination prior to the first day of class.

  • Large Dog Reactive Rovers
  • For dogs over 40 lbs, any age. Our large dog Reactive Rovers specialty course is designed for dogs that bark at other dogs while on leash. Over five weeks, we will discuss reasons for dog reactivity and teach you how to respond when your dog becomes over-stimulated. While in our modified group class setting, we’ll teach and practice basic obedience cues including sit, down, stay and more. Opportunities will be given for you to work with your dog around distractions while desensitizing your dog to other dogs in class.

    When: Wednesdays, January 11th – February 15th from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Class is full)

  • Small Dog Reactive Rovers
  • For dogs under 40 lbs, any age. Our small dog Reactive Rovers specialty course is designed for dogs that bark at other dogs while on leash. Over five weeks, we will discuss reasons for dog reactivity and teach you how to respond when your dog becomes over-stimulated. While in our modified group class setting, we’ll teach and practice basic obedience cues including sit, down, stay and more. Opportunities will be given for you to work with your dog around distractions while desensitizing your dog to other dogs in class.

    When: Wednesdays, January 11th – February 15th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Course is full)

Private Consultations

To register, call our Behavior & Training Helpline at 626.792.7151 ext. 155.

More information:

  • On-site Training
  • Fee: $90 per hour

    Is a group class too much for your dog? Do you have a specific problem you’d like to work on one-on-one with a trainer? Our certified trainers are here to help.

    All private appointments are at PHS and come with handouts that pertain to your specific situation, as well as an email or written recap of the private consultations and instructions given

  • Phone Consultations
  • Fee: $15 per 30-40 minutes

    Just need advice on how to handle a specific situation problem with your pup? Our phone consultations give you the expertise you need from the comfort of your own home.

Upcoming Workshops

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are $25 for general registration and $20 for dogs adopted from PHS

Saturday, January 21st

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Puppy Social is a drop in play hour for puppies under 6 months. This is the perfect opportunity to get your puppy socialized with other puppies in a safe and structured environment. Play interactions are managed and supervised by our trainers to ensure all puppies have a positive experience.

    Cost: $10

    Class capacity: First 20 dogs to arrive. Doors open at 9:15 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. Please arrive early if it is your first playtime. You will not be allowed to play if you arrive after 9:40 am or the max # of 20 dogs has been met. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a drop-in class and does not require pre-registration. Must bring proof of 1st round of puppy vaccines.

  • Puppy Manners
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You don’t need to send your puppy to finishing school to teach them manners. Just bring them to our Puppy Manners workshop! You and your dog will learn to address jumping, mouthing, crate training and leash manners while your puppy socializes with other puppies and people.

  • Loose Leash Walking
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Do you ever feel like your dog is taking you for a walk? Learn techniques to teach your dog appropriate leash manners and to positively reinforce walking with a loose leash. Your dog must be 5 months or older.

  • CGC Prep
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Help your dog become a model citizen with our CGC prep workshop! The workshop, which focuses on practicing the test items for the Canine Good Citizen certification, is also a great place to start if you’d like your pup to become a therapy dog one day.

Saturday, January 28th

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Puppy Social is a drop in play hour for puppies under 6 months. This is the perfect opportunity to get your puppy socialized with other puppies in a safe and structured environment. Play interactions are managed and supervised by our trainers to ensure all puppies have a positive experience.

    Cost: $10

    Class capacity: First 20 dogs to arrive. Doors open at 9:15 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. Please arrive early if it is your first playtime. You will not be allowed to play if you arrive after 9:40 am or the max # of 20 dogs has been met. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a drop-in class and does not require pre-registration. Must bring proof of 1st round of puppy vaccines.

  • Recall 101
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Your dog will be running to your side in no time with our Recall 101 workshop. Learn the techniques to train your dog to come when called in a variety of situations.

  • Crate Training
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Learn to think outside the box to help your dog enjoy their crate! Whether your dog is a crate novice or they simply don’t like being in their crate, this workshop can help. Owners are encouraged to bring their dog’s own crate. Dogs must be 5 months or older.

  • “The Basics 2”
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Are you ready to take your pup’s training to the next level? If your dog has already mastered ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘down’, why not strengthen your bond as you work on cues like ‘leave it,’ ‘drop it’ and ‘focus.’


If you don’t see the class you’re looking for check out our full training curriculum to look at our course offerings and be notified when we next offer them.