Dog Training Classes
We offer a twice monthly basic obedience classes for Oakland residents with their own dog, adopters of OAS dogs, and OAS volunteers working with OAS dogs. You must have a city of Oakland dog license for your dog (unless you are an OAS adopter or volunteer who is not an Oakland resident). Dogs must be 6 months or older. We have a limit of 15 dogs or fewer and classes run for about an hour. The classes are free, though we do appreciate the donation of items for the shelter when you come such as bedding or large black kongs. Dog volunteers can attend class and work with shelter dogs or their own. Dogs must have a regular flat collar, and you must bring a regular 4 to 6 foot leash. If your dog is out of control in class or aggressive, you may be asked to not participate.
Classes are held at Oakland Animal Services at 1101 29th Ave on our beautiful grass lawn. Our volunteer instructors are friendly and supportive, and will work with you one-on-one as needed.
These group classes are perfect for learning basic obedience in a social setting—these classes are for adolescent (6 months +) and adult dogs with no prior training. This class will reinforce good behaviors while extinguishing unwanted ones. Learn and review basic obedience. Important social skills will also be introduced.
Some basic commands we cover include:
• Sit: The dog is in a sitting position.
• Down: A dog is typically down when its elbows (front feet) and hocks (rear legs) are touching the ground or floor.
• Heel: The dog’s head or shoulder is parallel to the handler’s leg on the left side of the handler.
• Come or Here: (referred to as the recall) “Call your dog” equals “come” or “here.”
• Stay: The dog must remain in the position (sit, down, stand) and location under which the command was given until it is released by the handler.
If you would like to book a training session please use the link below to see available dates:
Thank you to our wonderful OAS dog mentors who make this class possible and Our Pack for helping us to get it going!
There is time after each class to socialize and ask behavior/training questions.