The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA offers a variety of training classes, specialty courses, private consultations and workshops for both dogs and cats. Our goal is to strengthen the bond between you and your pet with reward-based training methods. All dog 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. All classes require registration prior to the first day of class. View the class lists below to register.

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, $90 for auditing, and $85 for active PHS volunteers.

Course information:

  • Small Dog Basic Obedience
  • Basic Obedience for small dogs (under 40 pounds) is an introductory-level course designed to improve communication between you and your dog. This six-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, August 22 – September 26: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Large Dog Basic Obedience
  • Basic Obedience for large dogs (over 40 pounds) is an introductory-level course designed to improve communication between you and your dog. This six-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, August 22 – September 26: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Intro to Nose Work / Intro to Nose Work Level 2
  • K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. Inspired by working detection dogs, it builds confidence and focus in your dog, and is a great way to provide mental and physical stimulation. It starts with getting your dog excited about searching boxes, which is the main focus in this Intro to Nose Work Level 1 class. Your dog will be exposed to boxes and box puzzles in a variety of environments. Dogs work one at a time and rest in their crate while waiting to search, so reactive dogs can enjoy this sport as well. And shy or fearful dogs build confidence while overactive dogs put their energy into searching. You will build a tremendous bond with your dog as you learn to observe, understand and rely upon their fabulous nose and grow together as a team.

    “Intro to Nose Work Level 2” is for dogs that have taken “Intro to Nose Work Level 1”. This class will continue to expose the dog/handler team to different environmental conditions and fun challenges while still on primary (food/toy only). We will further develop the dogs search intensity and continue to hone the handlers’ observation and handling skills.

    When:

    Mondays, July 29 – September 16: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (No class on August 12th, August 19th or September 2nd.)

    Course prerequisites for Intro to Nose Work Level 1: All dogs, including dog reactive dogs, are welcome. The only caveat is that they must not be aggressive towards people. No obedience is necessary for this class.

    Course prerequisites for Intro to Nose Work Level 2: Intro to Nose Work Level 1with a NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor and be pre-approved by the instructor to enroll in this class. Email Julie at riekesjl@pacbell.net to see if your dog is eligible before signing up for this class.

  • Intro to Odor
  • “Intro to Odor” focuses on transitioning your dog from hunting for food to hunting for a target odor. We will build on the dog’s desire to hunt and incorporate “target” odors into the class environment. Through ongoing exposure to a variety of environmental conditions, further development of the dog’s search intensity, hide placement and fun challenges we will prepare you and your dog for on-going fun and competition.

    When:

    Mondays, July 29 – September 16: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (No class on August 12th, August 19th or September 2nd.)

    Course prerequisites: Working dogs and handlers must have completed an Intro to Nose Work class level 1 and 2 with a NACSW Certified Instructor and be pre-approved by the instructor to enroll in this class. Email Julie at riekesjl@pacbell.net to see if your dog is eligible before signing up for this class.

  • Continuing Nose Work
  • “Continuing Nose Work” is for dogs that have met minimum proficiency finding the initial target odor. This class will continue to expose the dog/handler team to different environmental conditions and fun challenges while also further developing the dogs search intensity and honing the handler’s skills. The dogs will also be exposed to additional target odor(s). We will be preparing you and your dog for on-going fun and competition.

    When:

    Mondays, July 29 – September 16: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (No class on August 12th, August 19th or September 2nd.)

    Course prerequisites: Working dogs and handlers must have completed Intro to Nose Work level 1 and 2 and Intro to Odor classes with a NACSW Certified Instructor and be pre-approved by the instructor to enroll in this class.

    Email Julie at jriekes@earthlink.net to see if your dog is eligible before signing up for this class.

  • 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, August 20 – September 24: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    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 under the age of 4 months 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 three-week 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 on 8/6 or 8/13.)


    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 six 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, August 21 – September 25: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

    NEW! The Behavior and Training team is now offering auditing spots for this class. While these spots do not allow you to bring your dog to class, dog owners will still be able to learn all the valuable information and techniques associated with the management and training of a reactive dog! The cost is $50 for general registration and free for active PHS volunteers.

    Register here to audit this class.

  • 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 six 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, August 21 – September 25: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

      NEW! The Behavior and Training team is now offering auditing spots for this class. While these spots do not allow you to bring your dog to class, dog owners will still be able to learn all the valuable information and techniques associated with the management and training of a reactive dog!The cost is $50 for general registration and free for active PHS volunteers.

      Register here to audit this class.

Private Consultations

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

More information:

  • On-site Dog 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
  • Just need advice on how to handle a specific situation with your dog or cat? Our phone consultations give you the expertise you need from the comfort of your own home. Call our free behavior helpline at 626.792.7151 ext. 155 for help.

Upcoming Workshops

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are $25 for general registration and $20 for dogs adopted from PHS. Although we accept drop-ins for Puppy Social Sessions, all other workshops require preregistration. Payment is by cash only and please, no bills over $20.

Saturday, September 21

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 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. Please arrive early to sign in. Doors open at 9:20 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. 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.

Saturday, September 28

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 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. Please arrive early to sign in. Doors open at 9:20 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. 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.

Saturday, October 5

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 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. Please arrive early to sign in. Doors open at 9:20 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. 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.

Saturday, October 12

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 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. Please arrive early to sign in. Doors open at 9:20 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. 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.

Saturday, October 26

  • Puppy Social Session (drop-in)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 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. Please arrive early to sign in. Doors open at 9:20 am and close promptly at 9:40 am. 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.


If you don’t see the class you’re looking for check out our full training curriculum to look at our course offerings. The website will be updated for our August classes on August 2, 2019 please check back then for class availability.