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.

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 $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:

    Wednesdays, August 8 – September 19: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

    Saturdays, August 11 – September 15: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

    (No class 8/22)

    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
  • 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 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.

    When:

    Mondays, August 6 – September 24: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

    Mondays, August 6 – September 24: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

    (No class 9/3 and 9/17)

    Course prerequisites: 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.

  • 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 7 – September 11: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sorry, this 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 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.

    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:

    Thursdays, August 9 – September 13: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    (Sorry, this 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 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:

      Thursdays, August 9 – September 13: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

      Thursdays, August 9 – September 13: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sorry, this class is full.)

  • Beginner Agility
  • Beginner Agility 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: Check back soon for upcoming classes.

    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 $85 for active PHS volunteers.

  • Beginner Intermediate Agility
  • Our six-week Beginner Intermediate Agility class builds on the foundations of Beginner Agility 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: Check back soon for upcoming classes.

    Course Prerequisites: Previously completed Beginner Agility 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 $85 for active PHS volunteers.

  • Intermediate Agility
  • Intermediate Agility focuses 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: Check back soon for upcoming classes.

    Course Prerequisites: Previously completed Beginner Intermediate Agility 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 $85 for active PHS volunteers.

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 all workshops if space permits, please preregister to guarantee your spot.

Saturday, August 4

  • 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, August 11

  • 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.

Wednesday, August 15

  • Confidence Buidling
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Transform your wallflower into a social butterfly! Help your shy, fearful or insecure pup grow their confidence around people, other dogs and new environments through a fun combination of games, tricks, agility equipment and yummy rewards.

Sunday, August 19

  • Puppy Manners
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 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. Your puppy must be 2-5 months old.

Saturday, August 25

  • 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.

Sunday, August 26

  • Impulse Control
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Is your dog so excited to greet people that they sometimes jump or use their teeth? Help you pup keep its cool at our impulse control workshop! Learn techniques to teach your dog to greet people appropriately and to develop impulse control in a variety of situations. This workshop is for dogs 5 months and older.

    ****If your dog is reactive and/or aggressive to other dogs or people on leash, please contact our behavior staff at behavior@pasadenahumane.org or 626.792.7151 ext. 155 before enrolling.

Wednesday, August 29

  • Loose Leash Walking
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 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.


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.