Just the Small Basics

Just the Basics with a tiny twist! This beginner-level training course is tailored for dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less. This unique course covers the training essentials, including sit, stay, come, and walking on leash -- all with a little dog focus in mind. In addition, students will learn valuable tips on keeping small dogs safe in the city and travel training.

Frequency & Duration: 1 hour per week for 5 weeks. Please note: The first week is a mandatory orientation class for humans only--no dogs, please.

Fee: $175 (If your small dog was adopted from a shelter or 501©3 rescue group, or if your dog has taken a class with us in the last year, the fee is $150).

Course prerequisites: Dogs must weigh 20 pounds or less and be 5 months of age or older. (If your dog is between 4 and 9 months old, please look at our Adolescent Manners class.) No prior training is required. Dogs must be able to be handled gently by a friendly stranger and must be able to work safely around people and other dogs on leash. You are highly encouraged to attend our free seminar, New Dog 101, prior to the start of your first class.

Class includes: Handbook, Homework and Certificate of Completion

Class capacity: 8-10 dogs

Location: SF SPCA Mission campus


Upcoming classes:

  • Thursdays, August 24 - September 21, 7:30 - 8:30 pm with Kimberlee: Sorry, section and wait list are full.
  • Wednesdays, September 13 - October 11, 2:15 - 3:15 pm with Michelle: Register now, 1 seat remaining.
  • Wednesdays, October 4 - November 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm with Michelle: Register now.


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