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Dogs With Attitude: DWA

Class Description

This is a group behavior modification class that focuses on dog-to-dog behavior and leash reactivity.  Learn counter-conditioning, improve your handling and management of situations while you condition training routines that will help you and your dog relax in the face of over-stimulating events. Consistent use  of the routines and principles taught in class will assist you and your dog in developing relaxed behavior, changes that will make walks and outings more comfortable for both of you.

It takes commitment and skill to change  strong, driven behaviors so we immerse you and your dog in helpful techniques and routines.

This class is 6 weeks in length, meeting for 45 minutes to 1 hour weekly.  The first session is an orientation for people only which is usually 1/2 hours.  It is required for attendance in the following sessions.

Class Candidate

The best candidates for DWA class are dogs with a history of reacting to dogs either on or off leash in an aroused state.  This is usually exhibited by hyper-vigilance, barking, growling, lunging, snapping and a general inability to control themselves or respond to their handlers.  They should be over 10 months of age and be up to date on basic distemper combination and rabies vaccines.


Handlers should be committed to changing their dogs’ behaviors and be willing to practice the training and conditioning routines daily, even after the course has ended.  Dogs with hyper-vigilance and reactivity to other dogs will be the best candidates for the class.


  • Dogs With Attitude 2156: January 26~February 23
    January 26, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Dogs With Attitude 2274: August 31~September 28, 1:30 pm
    August 31, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:30 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.


2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, California, 94710, United States