Group Classes

Group classes are taught in Orinda, Walnut Creek, Briones and Moraga.

PuppyHead Start: For dogs 9 to 20 weeks

Get a headstart on socialization and puppy manners by enrolling your pup in this fun and safe interactive class. Your pup will roll and play with other puppies and interact with new people. We cover house breaking, manners, rudimentary obedience, leash training and coming when called. It is a class suitable for the entire family to attend, however all puppies must be accompanied by a handler who is 18 years or older. Puppies must be between the age of 9 – 20 weeks. Bring puppy’s proof of shots, a 6 foot leash and dog kibble the first day of class.



Beginning Obedience: For dogs 20 weeks and older

Basic Obedience is the foundation for all training goals. We teach you how to motivate your dog to want to learn the basics of heel, sit, and down. We teach how to shape the “leave it” and “come” commands, and the command “wait” to prevent your dog from bolting through doors. This is a critical step in developing a healthy bond, and puts your dog on the road to a more meaningful life. The first class of the session is mandatory, and you come without your dog. Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccination records for the instructor to keep. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



Intermediate Obedience: Pre-requisite, Beginning Obedience or Instructor Approval

This is the next step to improve on your beginning obedience skills. Intermediate obedience focuses on teaching your dog to stay with distractions, coming when called in various situations and to heel in a more formal fashion. We teach dogs how to relax when you are out of sight, and to be calm as they execute their obedience. The intermediate class is excellent preparation for taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen Class. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



Off-Leash Preparation: Pre-requisite, Basic Obedience or Instructor approval

If your goal is to have off-leash control of your dog on hikes and around the home, this is the class for you. Dogs begin their training on 6 foot leashes and advance to performing skills of coming when called, heel, leave it, and emergency drop on a 20 foot long leash. Successful completion of Beginning Obedience is required. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



Novice Rally: Pre-requisite, Beginning Obedience or Instructor Approval

Novice Rally: Ready for something fun? Rally is based on the rally-style auto racing, and requires teamwork between the dog and handler. Rhythmic music plays in the background to encourage a more relaxed and interactive environment as you weave your way through a series of 10 – 20 signs that instruct the team on what to do. Why not try something different and come play! Successful completion of Beginning Obedience is required. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



Canine Good Citizen Program: Pre-requisite Basic Obedience or Instructor’s approval

The American Kennel Club developed a test designed to encourage owners to train their dogs to be socially comfortable and well mannered. During this 6 week program your dog will practice how to meet and accept petting and grooming by a stranger, how to walk nicely by other dogs and distractions, to be confident when met by new sounds and sights, demonstrate basic sit, down and come, and how to remain calm when separated from you. On the sixth class the dogs will be tested. The first class of the session is mandatory, and you come without your dog. Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records for the instructor to keep. Minimum age limit for handler is 16. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.



Help for Reactive Dogs: Human to Dog Communication 101

Don’t let another walk with your dog feel like a disaster because of lunging and barking behaviors. Don’t seclude your dog in the backyard because his behavior in public is unmanageable. Come and learn what makes your dog react and the steps you can take to redirect that energy into more positive social behavior. Please do not bring your dog the first day of class. Please call instructor if your dog is overly reactive toward you or your family members. Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccination records for the instructor to keep. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



Collar Clinics: Pre-Requisite Beginning Obedience or Instructor’s approval

During the last year Sheba dug two holes, escaped from the yard and ignored her owners command to come, barely missed being hit by a car, ate the landscaping, chased numerous squirrels and neighborhood cats, raided the garbage can and munched on cow manure, chewed up Dad’s new boots and knocked over Auntie Mae…She got better. Learn how to safely and fairly use an electronic collar to teach your dog to: reliably come when called, walk nicely on a loose leash when distracted, and leave the garbage and critters alone. Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records for the instructor to keep. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



The Nose Knows: The Art of Scent Detection

Dogs have the ability to detect a scent one hundred thousand to a million times greater than a human. This fun class taps into your dog’s powerful olfactory senses and drive to hunt. It builds confidence and exercises your dog mentally and physically. And, it’s all done in a positive way! Appropriate for any dog with a nose, but it is helpful if your dog is comfortable handling confinement in either a crate or a safe spot. Food or toy motivation and basic obedience skills are helpful. Minimum age limit for handler is 18.



6 Paws Fitness: Two feet, Four Paws Fit!

With Paws Fitness Boot Camp you leave your boots at home and bring your four pawed companion. During this 60 minute program you and your dog will perform challenging cardio and strength building exercises. We will work on nutrition, agility, balance and team work in an encouraging environment. But this is not just about fitness; it’s about team-work, which shapes good obedience and a calmer dog. Bonnie Brown Cali helped lead the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and California Rescue Dog Association physical fitness program and spoke on how to develop and maintain a canine athlete. Contact Instructor if your dog can be overly reactive. Dog handlers must be at least 18 years of age



Fun with Agility

Have fun with your dog and learn basic agility moves and obstacles. We will start with the basics and add a new obstacle each week, by the end of the 6 weeks dogs will be running an agility course with jumps, tunnel, chute, hoops, tire and weave poles. Minimum age of handler is 18 years old. Dogs from 16 weeks and older are welcome and should already have an understanding of basic obedience with a good wait command.



Leash Manners

Start enjoying your walks and experience the splendor of a relaxed loose leash. Walking properly on a leash is one of the most common difficulties for dog owners and is not natural for our dogs. It can become frustrating, embarrassing, and confusing at times. In this class we teach you how to motivate and help your dog learn how to walk properly without pulling on the leash. Minimum age of handler is 18 years old. Dogs from 16 weeks and older are welcome.



Special Events

Dog Dynamics offers Rattlesnake Avoidance Training, Guest Trainers, Hike Days, Picnics and more throughout the year. Send us your email address if you would like to be on the list and we will be sure to keep you updated


We Also Provide Private Instruction!

There is nothing like individual attention and Dog Dynamics, Inc. offers in home training for you and your dog Monday through Thursday.