Dog Training

We offer private and group dog training for any individuals interested in building a better bond with their dogs and enjoy their time together. Whether you just got a new puppy, adopted a dog from the shelter, or want to teach your old dog new tricks, we can help!

We teach relationship-based and positive reinforcement training techniques. Rather than using intimidation or force to correct the dog’s behavior, we focus on teaching the dog the behavior we want instead and promoting a relationship based on love, trust, cooperation, and respect. Click each to read more about positive reinforcement training, relationship-based training, the adverse effects of using punishment and aversives in dog training, and misconceptions about dominance theory.

What makes our services unique: much of dog training is actually training the human. As an occupational therapist, Karen has specialized knowledge and experience in working with clients and families of all abilities and disabilities. She is able to teach skills, adapt tasks, and modify the environment so both the dog and human are successful. Karen also educates and consults with individuals on assistance/service dogs and emotional support animals (what are the differences, who may benefit, legal and ethical considerations). We may assist with basic training or refer to reputable trainers and organizations. Karen is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Our training curriculum teaches dogs good manners, life skills, and social skills. We prepare people and dogs for programs such as:

Private Lessons 

Lessons take place in the home or community. They are typically 1 to 1.5 hours and we meet once a week or as needed. Please contact us for training rates.

We Teach:

  • Basic Obedience (prepare for AKC Canine Good Citizen or C.L.A.S.S.)
  • Preparation for Animal Assisted Interventions (for volunteer visiting therapy dog programs and for professional animal assisted therapy work)

We train healthcare and education professionals who want to work with their dog in animal assisted therapy/education, and for individuals who want to conduct volunteer visits with their dog (animal assisted activities). Please review the definitions of Animal Assisted Interventions here.

We do not offer training for difficult behavior issues and may refer you to a veterinary behaviorist or dog behavior specialist. Contact us to discuss your specific situation.

Group Classes

Classes starting soon. Contact us for more information on how to sign up.

  • Class size: between 3 to 6 participants, open to people with and without disabilities
  • Time: meets for 1 hour, once a week, for 6 weeks
  • Location: varies within Orange County, Long Beach, and South Bay

We Teach:

  • Basic Obedience (prepare for AKC Canine Good Citizen or C.L.A.S.S.)
  • Preparation for Animal Assisted Interventions (for volunteer visiting therapy dog programs and for professional animal assisted therapy work)
  • Tricks (teach your dog how to shake, roll over, take a bow, ring a bell, and more!)
  • Enrichment (learn activities and games for physical and cognitive stimulation with simple household objects)