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:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Basic Obedience 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:

    Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

    Also offered on:

    Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19: 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:

    This class is not being offered this month. Check back later for updates.

    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:

    This class is not being offered this month. Check back later for updates.

    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:

    This class is not being offered this month. Check back later for updates.

    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:

    Thursdays, October 17 – November 21: 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 is a 3 week introductory course for puppies under 16 weeks of age. You will learn the foundations of positive reinforcement training and your puppy will learn leash skills, healthy play skills, and how to respond to their name. Our skilled trainers will manage play sessions during class ensuring a safe and fun environment for your puppy. Our trainers will provide guidance on such topics as mouthing, house training, and jumping. Pre-School puppies must be between 8-15 weeks at start of session.

    When: This three week course meets on Thursdays. Next Session will meet Thursdays Nov. 7-21 at 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

    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, October 16 – November 20: 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, October 16 – November 20: 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

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, November 2

  • 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, November 16

  • 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, November 23

  • 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.

Tuesday, December 3

  • Reactive Rovers Support Group
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Does your dog make a scene when they see dogs or people during your daily walks? Frustrated with all the leash pulling, barking and growling? This free workshop is an owners only meet up with a dog behavior specialist. We will help set you and your dog up for success by providing guidance and support for your reactive rover. Whether you are waiting to sign up for a group class or have already taken our Reactive Rovers course, you are welcome to attend this hour long session. Please leave your pup at home. No dogs will be admitted.

    Cost: Free

Wednesday, December 4

  • Puppy Manners
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Do you have a puppy under 6 months of age? Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for Puppy Manners! You and your puppy will learn to address jumping, potty training, mouthing, and much more!

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the day of class. Dogs must be under 6 months of age. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!

Tuesday, December 10

  • Confidence Building
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Is your dog shy, fearful or insecure? Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for Confidence Building! Grow Your pup’s confidence around people, other dogs and new environments through a fun combination of games, tricks, agility equipment and yummy rewards.

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the day of class. Dogs must be over 6 months of age. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!

Saturday, December 14

  • 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, December 14

  • Rocket Recalls
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Does your dog stare at you blankly when you ask them to “come”? Turn your life-saving recall into a fun game that your dog gets excited about! By making a training command like “come” fun by turning it into a game, your dog is going to find recalls more fun and exciting and will be more likely to come to you when you call. Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for our 1 hour workshop: Rocket Recalls!

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the first day of class. Dogs must be over 6 months of age. Dogs must not bark at other dogs when on leash. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!

Tuesday, December 17

  • Rocket Recalls
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Does your dog stare at you blankly when you ask them to “come”? Turn your life-saving recall into a fun game that your dog gets excited about! By making a training command like “come” fun by turning it into a game, your dog is going to find recalls more fun and exciting and will be more likely to come to you when you call. Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for our 1 hour workshop: Rocket Recalls!

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the first day of class. Dogs must be over 6 months of age. Dogs must not bark at other dogs when on leash. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!

Wednesday, December 18

  • Puppy Manners
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Do you have a puppy under 6 months of age? Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for Puppy Manners! You and your puppy will learn to address jumping, potty training, mouthing, and much more!

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the day of class. Dogs must be under 6 months of age. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!

Saturday, December 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, December 21

  • Reactive Rovers Support Group
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Does your dog make a scene when they see dogs or people during your daily walks? Frustrated with all the leash pulling, barking and growling? This free workshop is an owners only meet up with a dog behavior specialist. We will help set you and your dog up for success by providing guidance and support for your reactive rover. Whether you are waiting to sign up for a group class or have already taken our Reactive Rovers course, you are welcome to attend this hour long session. Please leave your pup at home. No dogs will be admitted.

    Cost: Free

Saturday, December 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, December 28

  • Confidence Building
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Is your dog shy, fearful or insecure? Come join us at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for Confidence Building! Grow Your pup’s confidence around people, other dogs and new environments through a fun combination of games, tricks, agility equipment and yummy rewards.

    Cost: $25

    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 be up to date on all vaccinations and owner must provide proof of vaccines by email or on the day of class. Dogs must be over 6 months of age. Please bring your dog’s favorite treats but please leave any treats containing peanuts, peanut butter and/or peanut oil at home!


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.