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Basic Skills for Small Dogs

Class Description

During this six 6-week class dogs and handlers will learn special handling and management considerations for toy dogs to small dogs. Dogs will improve manners, interaction skills and self-control in sit, down, stay, wait, come and walking.

Dogs teach us to live in the present, embrace simplicity and embody fun. In exchange we give them safety, comfort and companionship. Skills training seals that contract for both ends of the leash and is essential for keeping your dog safe and comfortable as a member of your household. 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.

Class Candidate

For dogs that are 4 months old, or older and weigh under 25 pounds

Pre-Requisites / Requirements

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

  • Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2151: January 5~February 2
    January 5, 2019
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2167: January 16~February 20
    January 16, 2019
    6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2166: February 16~March 23
    February 16, 2019
    4:30 pm - 5:30 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.
  • Train the Bay trainer Dee Iaroli with her shepherd dog
    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!
  • Train the Bay trainer Karin Linden
    Karin Linden
    Karin Linden is a Certified Training and Behavior Consultant. A graduate of the prestigious Dog Training Internship Academy, Karin believes puppy and dog training should improve the quality of life of canines and humans both. She delights in teaching classes that are energetic and dynamic, taking the whole family's needs into account. Karin is dedicated to ongoing professional education, including most recently enrolling in Florida Institute of Technology's certificate of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Details Price Qty
Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2151: January 5~February 2show details + $160.00 (USD)  
Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2167: January 16~February 20show details + $160.00 (USD)  
Basic Skills (Small Dogs) 2166: February 16~March 23show details + $160.00 (USD)  


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