Behavior Team Members assess each animal 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.
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 email@example.com.
You can also check out our Behavior Library for information and advice regarding some common behavioral questions and situations, including introducing a new pet into your home. Enjoy this New Dog Guide that spells out how to bring a new dog home.
Training & Behavior Classes
If you would like class availability information or to sign up for a class, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download the SFAS Training Class Agreement here. Classes are 50% off for any dogs adopted from any shelter within a year of starting class.
Puppy Training Classes
This course incorporates socialization, handling and fundamental behaviors to set your puppy up to be an excellent community member. The course is based on the American Kennel Club’s STAR certification and is open to puppies under 5 months of age and 35 lbs. Dog owners get information about puppy-raising questions, such as housetraining, chewing, practical skills and fun training games. The certification is a natural lead into the AKC Good Citizen Program.
•Saturdays – starts Nov. 3rd, 11a – 12pm, runs for 6 sessions (skipping Nov 24th). Cost $200.
Teen Training Classes
This class is designed to help owners of teenage dogs who still need some basic training and socialization but are too old for the puppy class. This class will continue their socialization and training journey. The class will have a designated socialization period as well as basic training of behaviors. For dogs under a year old, AKC STAR Puppy certification is available.
Adult Training Classes
This class has all the building blocks to teach your dog to be a well behaved, well mannered dog. This class teaches basic commands, cues, polite leash walking and basic recall. This class is a prerequisite for all other adult classes offered (except Reactive).
•Tuesday starting October 23rd, 5:30-6:30 pm, runs for six sessions (skipping Nov 20th). Cost $200.
Intro to Nosework
K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.
Intro to K9 Nose Work® (6-week class) Using boxes, we start building the dog’s drive to search for treats independently & learning how to play the game. That game is then extended to outside the boxes & Interiors. Handlers learn what a dog looks like while searching for treats & when they find them. Handlers also learn how odor moves in a room simply by watching the behavior of the dogs.
•Mondays – Oct 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 26 and final class on Dec 3rd. (Skipping Nov 5) 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, 6 sessions. Cost $200
This class is centered around the 10 testing elements for the Canine Good Citizen title. This class fine tunes skills learned in Basic through the use of games and distractions so that owners and dogs can pass the CGC certification on the final class. Prerequisite: Basic Adult, STAR Puppy, Teen, or Real Life Skills.
What is reactivity? A “reactive dog” is one that becomes emotionally charged when he or she sees other dogs or novel items. Some become extremely excited to the point of appearing threatening. Others become fearful or anxious and some even become defensive. This class is designed to teach dogs and guardians the skills they need to help handle the scary and frustrating experience of reactive behavior.
•Saturdays starting October 13th, 3:30-4: 30 pm, runs for six sessions. Cost $250.
New Mexico has a vast amount of outdoor opportunities to enjoy with your dog. This class is taught in different locations around Santa Fe, including parks and trails, so you can get experience and confidence with your dog. This class will teach you what skills you and your dog need to be successful partners in New Mexico’s parks and wilderness. Prerequisite: Basic Adult, STAR Puppy, Teen, or Real Life Skills.