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.

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.

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

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 adult classes:

Basic Clicker Class:

1 p.m. Saturday, April, 28th, runs for six sessions. 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 Training Class:

5:30 p.m Monday, May 21st runs for six sessions. 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.

Real Life Class (Intermediate Obedience):

4 p.m. Saturday, April, 28th, runs for six sessions. 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.

Tricks Class (Intermediate Obedience):

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April, 25th, runs for six sessions. 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.

Leash Skills Class (Intermediate):

10 a.m. Sunday, May 2nd runs for five sessions. 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.

Recall Skills Class (Intermediate/Advanced Obedience):

10 a.m. Saturday, July 7th, runs for five sessions. 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 (Advanced Obedience):

12 p.m. Saturday, June 30th, runs for six sessions. Cost: $200
*Please note: the AKC has a separate $10 or $20 fee once the dog passes the test.
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, April, 29th, runs for six weeks. Cost: $200

4 p.m. Sunday, June 17th, 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 a 50 percent discount. Scholarships are available. The classes are open to dogs 5 months 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. 1251. To download an application, please click Puppy class training agreement. Bring the application to the shelter, fax the completed form to 505-820-6901, or email it to eburlingame@sfhumanesociety.org.