San Francisco SPCA Dog Training

San Francisco SPCA Dog Training

243 Alabama Street
San Francisco, California 94103
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Local Phone: (415) 522-3509
E-mail: DogTraining@sfspca.org

The San Francisco SPCA conducts a wide variety of reasonably priced pet dog training classes for people and their dogs. All classes, from puppy basics to specialty classes, are offered on both weeknights and weekends.

Knowledgeable instructors use positive based training methods to help you train your dog and build a strong bond. The goal of our training program is to keep your canine companion in a loving home and help him become a well-behaved canine citizen.

Basic classes include New Dog 101 (free), Puppy Parent Orientation (free), puppy playgroups, Puppy Manners, Bravery Class for Shy Dogs, Nose Work, basics, Doggy Freestyle, Tricks classes, Agility and Rally sports, Canine Good Citizen Prep, Reactive Rover, Fido Home Alone (to help prevent separation anxiety), and more.

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Dog on leash
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By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA.

Leash reactivity is a very common problem and can happen to any dog guardian – don’t be embarrassed. It is common to see leashed dogs pulling or lunging towards another dog, barking, or even growling and snapping when they see another dog on leash, or more so when they are approached by another (un)leashed dog. On the other hand, these same dogs can be well behaved when meeting a dog off leash and might be playing nicely. So what’s the deal? more »

SF SPCA ad The 146-year-old San Francisco SPCA, first animal welfare organization in the nation to adopt a “no-kill” policy for abandoned and surrendered animals, has joined forces with Pets Unlimited, a nonprofit that has been rehabilitating and adopting out cats and dogs for more than 60 years. The merger means clients and the community can now benefit from two state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals and adoption centers, one in Pacific Heights and one in the Mission.  more »

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DogTrekker is happy to report that our rescue partners, the San Francisco SPCA and Pets Unlimited, have merged, creating a centralized animal care nonprofit. As a result, the organization’s two veterinary hospitals will both fall under the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital name. Despite the name change, there will be no changes in operations at the hospitals. Clients and their pets will continue to receive great care from the same veterinarians and support staff at each campus location. more »
wag brigade
In December, SFO will launch a new program, titled “Wag Brigade,” to bring trained dogs to the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. The San Francisco Chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will bring nine dogs, certified through their Animal Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program, to roam the terminals to take the stress out of holiday travel.  more »
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