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Basic Skills for Dogs and Families

Class Description

Dogs teach us to live in the present, embrace simplicity and embody fun.  In exchange we give them safety, comfort and companionship. Building a foundation of basic skills helps you get your dog out into the world as a safe and comfortable member of your household.

Develop or refresh your handling skills while you and your dog build a strong foundation and relationship.  Watch your dog develop self-control in sit, down, stay, wait, come and walking. This class addresses both management and training for being a fantastic companion.

We also offer the  AKC  STAR PUPPY program for  dogs under one year in classes taught by our CGC Evaluators. Participation is not required to take the class.

8 PM classes:  We offer a 25% discount for those attending the 8 PM classes.  Price shown is the discounted price.  

Class Candidate

For dogs that are 4 months old, or older.

Pre-Requisites / Requirements

Please bring dogs on flat collars or front or back attaching harnesses and a 4 to 6 foot leash. Please do not bring them on choke, prong or other correction collars or on retractable leashes.

When you register, note that we charge by the dog and require one handler per dog.


  • Basic Skills 2337: January 20~ February 24, 5:30 pm
    January 20, 2020
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Basic Skills 2354: February 6~ March 19, 8:00 pm
    February 6, 2020
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Basic Skills 2360: February 7~ March 13, 11:30 am
    February 7, 2020
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm


  • Train the Bay trainer Nancy Frensley with her Austrailian Shepherd and mixed dogs
    Nancy Frensley
    As the Lead Trainer at Train the Bay, Nancy spent the last three decades dedicated to her training work, to developing the program, and to helping Bay Area dogs and their families. In addition to the hundreds of students she teaches every year, she is the voice behind Berkeley Humane’s free Behavior Advice Hotline, and she evaluates and supports the training of shelter dogs at Berkeley Humane.
  • Dee Iaroli
    When Dee rescued Farley, a Border Collie who "had issues", her journey into animal behavior began. Dee was motivated to learn quickly in order to manage Farley and keep him safe. They attended the classes and private consultations offered by Train the Bay—Farley showed progress, which further motivated Dee to obtain her CPDT-KA certification. Today, Dee teaches dog training classes and her dog demonstrates for the class. Dee credits Farley for being a wonderful teacher. 
  • Train the Bay trainer Birgit Hafermann
    Birgit Hafermann
    Birgit has been teaching basic and intermediate obedience classes at Train the Bay since 2003. She attended the dog behavior academy at Marin Humane Society and became certified as a professional dog trainer through the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Birgit enjoys teaching dogs of all sizes and temperaments.
  • Train the Bay trainer Barbara Stanczyk with her pitbull mix dog
    Barbara Stanczyk
    Barbara specializes in basic obedience training for large and small dogs. Her life-long love for animals and dogs evolved into a desire to understand animal behavior. She enrolled with Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco to further her knowledge, and has continued to broaden her knowledge and training through courses and seminars. She enjoys teaching and helping families grow their connection with their pets. 
  • Train the Bay trainer Cindy Houser with her bull dog
    Cindy Houser
    Cindy is a professional dog Trainer who graduated from Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco. After adopting her own dogs and participating in obedience and Nosework, she felt compelled to help people build relationships with their own dogs. Currently she enjoys teaching at Train the Bay and helping the local community of dog families. She truly loves watching the bond between people and their dogs flourish!
  • Susan Solomon with her two dogs
    Susan Solomon
    Susan attended her first Clicker Expo in 2015, which shaped her approach to training with markers and positive reinforcement. Because of her curious mind and belief in continuing education, Susan regularly attends animal conferences and workshops. Among her credentials are a CPDT-KA and ANWI (Associate Nose Work Instructor) and she is a member of both APDT and IAABC. Susan has also competed and titled both of her dogs, Niko and Tot, in dog sports that include obedience, rally, K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and tricks.
Details Price Qty
Basic Skills 2337: January 20~ February 24, 5:30 pmshow details + $175.00 (USD)  
Basic Skills 2354: February 6~ March 19, 8:00 pmshow details + $131.00 (USD)  
Basic Skills 2360: February 7~ March 13, 11:30 amshow details + $175.00 (USD)  


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