Open Space Etiquette

In the San Francisco Bay Area, off-leash areas in urban or park settings are typically shared with other people, dogs, horses, and varied wildlife. This short course is designed to help handlers learn how to train and proof behaviors that will enable dogs to behave politely in a multi-use open space area. Focus will be on obedience, environmental and situational awareness, control and management.

The first class meeting will be an orientation for guardians only – no dogs please.


  • Learn responsibilities needed in order to be a welcome member of a multi-use open space area, specifically park rules, safety guidelines, and voice control of your dog
  • Manage behavior during the training process and in new or challenging situations
  • Train your dog in basic obedience skills needed to obtain voice control
  • Apply the above knowledge and skills to manage dogs in voice control areas, around wildlife, other animals and the public

Frequency & Duration: 1 hour per week for 4 weeks. Important note: First class is a mandatory orientation for guardians only--no dogs, please.

Fee: $175 per dog (If your dog was adopted from a 501(c)3 rescue group or shelter, or has taken a class with us in the past year, the fee is $155)

Course prerequisites: Successful completion of a Basic-level training course or equivalent. Dogs must be 5 months of age or older, able to be handled gently by a friendly stranger, and able to work safely around people and other dogs on and off leash. Dogs should have a solid Sit, Down, Stay and Recall from at least a 10-foot distance. Reactive dogs will not be permitted; even if the reactivity is based in frustration and/or excitement about being around other dogs, this class is not a good fit.

Location: Crissy Field, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

Class includes: Handouts and Certificate of Completion

Class capacity: 6 dogs


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