Behavior Team Members assess each dog before he/she is made available for adoption to help make the best match possible for animals and adopters. These behavior assessments give adoption counselors and potential adopters information to help make a lifelong decision.

Behavior Helpline

Are you experiencing a behavior challenge with your pet? Please fill out our Helpline Questionnaire to receive the fastest support. You can also leave a message on our Behavior Helpline, 505-983-4309, ext. 1251 or email us at training@sfhumanesociety.org.

Training & Behavior Classes

Adult Dog Training classes

The shelter offers a series of training classes for adult dogs throughout the year. The hourlong classes run for six weeks and cover basic training, such as sit, stay, down, leave it, along with leash work and at least one trick. Owners will come away with a sense of how dogs learn, how to teach them and how to troubleshoot troublesome behaviors or issues that are happening at home.

Here’s a lineup of currently scheduled classes:

Basic Clicker Class

6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, runs for six sessions (No class Sept. 14.) Cost: $200.
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

Intermediate Clicker Class

6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, runs for six weeks. Cost: $200.
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

Canine Good Citizen Class

12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, runs for six sessions (No class Saturday, Sept. 16.) Cost: $200. Includes test fee.
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

Rock Solid Recall Class

10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, runs for six sessions (No class Saturday, Sept. 16.) Cost: $200.
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

Basic Obedience Class

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, runs for six weeks. Cost: $200
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, runs for six weeks. Cost: $200
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, runs for six weeks. Cost: 200
Download the SFAS Basic Training Class Agreement and send the completed form to training@sfhumanesociety.org or fax it to 505-820-6901.

Puppy Training Classes

STAR Puppy Class

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, runs for six weeks. Cost: $200

The course is based on the American Kennel Club’s STAR certification, which offers incentives to dog owners. The STAR program offers organized training classes aimed at socializing puppies to other dogs, people and everyday situations. Dog owners also get information about puppy-raising questions, such as housetraining, chewing and practical skills. The certification is a natural lead into the AKC Good Citizen Program.

Dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue are eligible for 50 percent. Scholarships are available. The classes are open to dogs 16 weeks of age and younger. The classes are held in the shelter’s Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center, located behind the shelter’s main buildings.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please call 505-983-4309, ext. 1152. To download an application, please click Puppy class training agreement. Bring the application to the shelter, or fax the completed form to 505-820-6901 or email it to eburlingame@sfhumanesociety.org.

Puppy Guide

Bringing a puppy home for the first time? Check out this infographic – it’ll help make the process go smoother!

An infographic on what to do when you adopt a dog.

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